how to stay committed

Entering through the Narrow Gate – Stay Committed

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How do we stay committed in our walk as Christ-followers? Where do we turn when things get rough?

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7: 13-14

In last Sunday’s service, we talked about commitment – such a heavy word, if we look at it honestly.

You see, in our Christian-life walk, when things are easy, it is very easy for us to keep going, move on and praise the Lord. But when things start to get rough and things start to fall apart, what’s the condition of your heart?

Do you stay walking on the same path and following God’s plans for you or do you start looking around and doing your own plans?

This is the message that was delivered by Sister Zenaida Villegas as she discussed about Staying Committed – a continuation of the sermon series “Living with Confidence in this Chaotic World.

The Power of Commitment

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“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – Joshua 1:8

This is how the Bible defines commitment.

And it comes with a promise – that if we do everything written in it (Book of Law), we will be prosperous and successful.

It is very important to stay committed. Why? Because your level of commitment is a foundation to your relationships and attitude.

As sister Nayda said,

“Commitments are powerful. The way I think, the way I sound, and the way I act, it connects to the commitments that I have in my life.”

In short, your commitment is your guide. When you are committed to something, it becomes your driving force.

This is the reason why Paul said in Hebrews 12: 1-2,

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

This is the power of commitment. It gives you a direction and a guide as you continue your walk and in whatever you do.

The question is, how do we stay committed?

#1: Be Patient – Commitment Takes Time

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“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” – James 5:7-8

We all have one goal – to be welcomed by Jesus, in Heaven, when we pass through this life, with arms wide open and saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

In the same manner, James likened this to a farmer, who is waiting for the land to yield its crop.

And what do the farmers do during the offseason? Do they stay at home, sleep and wait for the crops to grow? No, they don’t. They work and work and work every day.

They till the soil, nurture the land, prepare for the rain, and prepare for the harvest.

The same way as the farmers do this, we should also be doing this in our Christian lives. We should:

  • Till the soil – pray for the heart of men to accept Jesus Christ
  • Nurture each other – through prayer and fellowship
  • Make good use of the early rain – by preaching the gospel to all people
  • Prepare for the latter rain – the second coming of Christ

History of Commitment through the Bible

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Christianity was built and established on patience. Look at the number of years these people had to wait for them to see the fruits of their ministry? This is commitment.

How do we manifest patience?

Patience is already given through us when we received the Holy Spirit.

“For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, PATIENCE, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5: 22-23.
And it will also help to know that God has been patient in laying out His plans for us.
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If God is patient with us, how much more should we be, right?

#2: Rely on God’s timing – it’s always perfect

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God’s plan is perfect. He is a God not bound by time, matter, or space, therefore, He knows, sees, and sets the future.
He is the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end.
Why then would we not rely on someone who already knows everything that will take place, right? It is common sense.

We rely on God’s timing because:

  • God knows the future (Isaiah 46:10)
  • His Word will never fail (Isaiah 55:10-11)
  • God has good intention for us (Matthew 10:29-31)
  • He has proven Himself trustworthy (Deuteronomy 7:9)
He is always on time (2 Peter 3:8-9)

#3: Focus your eyes on Jesus – the author and finisher of your faith

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Jesus Christ is the ultimate prize.

When we stay committed to our walk with God, we have a reward of eternal life. But even before eternal life, God made a promise that if we stay in Him and follow His words, we will be prosperous and successful.

Here’s the secret, brothers, and sisters – everything is found in Jesus.

And if we focus our eyes on Jesus, we have everything we need.

Matthew 7: 7-8 – “Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be open unto you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

John 14: 13-14 – “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

There are a lot more promises like this in the Bible. And they all say the same thing. That Jesus holds everything and if we look unto Him, we will lack nothing.

The Bible tells us of God’s faithfulness, commitment, and promises to us, so if we continue walking with Him and listening to His words, we will surely be steadfast.

Are you struggling with Staying Committed?

Let me tell you this, a lot of us are.

But always remember that we are not fighting the battles by ourselves. We are fighting this battle with Jesus Christ, who made a way for all of us and with the Holy Spirit, giving us the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.

You can stay committed, not of your own, but through God’s help.

If you have something you want to pray for or if you’re struggling with your commitments to God and His purpose for you, talk to us.

You can message us at +1 (707) 600 – 6010 or leave us a message on our Jesus Reigns Ministries Facebook page or DM us on Instagram @jrmvallejo.

You can also watch the entire sermon here.

Keep going, keep running the race and let’s all meet at the finish line! God bless and stay safe.


Are you Afraid of Tomorrow?

Recent events may have given you concern about our future. Rumors of war, diseases, economic shutdowns and world leaders who seem distant to the wishes of their people are not necessarily sunshine and rainbows. 

However, the world keeps spinning. The sun rises and sets. Life goes on. 

The bible tells us to refrain from embracing fear. In fact, it commands us to be courageous, to take a position of confidence in the goodness of our Father. Many times men and women of God throughout history went beyond their fears and overcame their situations. Every act of courage is the overcoming of the easier choice of succumbing to fear. 

Are you afraid of tomorrow? Is the situation out of hand? Here are three things you can do to overcome fear. 

Embrace the Situation

The first step to being worry-free is to accept the situation you are in. Sometimes, being on the extreme end of positivity creates a false sense of reality. A sound understanding of what is taking place at the moment pushes one to a corner. At this point, the only decision to make is either to succumb to fear or to plan the next steps ahead.

Adjust Your Perspective

As Christians, we are bound to face different situations in life. We are exposed to challenges both inward and outward. However, we are reminded that our battle is not against flesh and blood. Our fight is not with the physical world. 
It is, therefore, necessary for us to keep adjusting our point of view. Sometimes, it is not the lack of money that is the problem but our inability to trust that God will provide in time. Sometimes, it is not the sickness we are against but the assurance that what God has promised, He will do. 
Commit Your Next Steps
Once you have embraced your situation and have adapted a heavenly point of view, you can now plan ahead the steps you can make. When we plan, we do not rely on our own wisdom. We do it prayerfully, believing in your heart that God is with you and that His favor is upon you. 
Are you still worried about tomorrow? Worry no more! Start embracing Jesus in you, He will pave the way. 


Christmas Begins with Christ

Christmas is celebrated around the world. Each culture has a slightly different version of it. To those who have grown around a Filipino community, Christmas begins as early as September, popularly known as the start of the “BER” months.    

Being one of the most important events in the Christian calendar, Christmas is surrounded by arguments and controversy. During this time you will hear arguments about the exact birth date of Christ, the inclusion of the Nativity Scene in Christmas trees, whether to use “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”, or making sure Christ is not eliminated from Christmas by writing it as “X-Mas”. 

However, this season is not about winning an argument. It is about winning the hearts of men. 

Our series this year is titled, “Christmas Begins with Christ”. Our desire as a church community is to highlight the person and work of Jesus. It is easy to get distracted in this season wherein the world offers diverse alternatives. Ask 10 people around what this day means to them and you’ll probably get 10 or more different answers. 


Remember these three things Christians have to emphasize on what this season is about. 

Christmas is a Promise


Throughout the Old Testament, God promised a savior who will save the world. From the garden of Eden, through the lives of the patriarchs, and through the words of the prophets, Christ has been foretold and previewed. You have to know that Jesus is the Son of God long before He was born to Mary.

On the day Jesus was born, God has finally brought into fruition what He has promised to His people generation after generation. Christ has come, the savior of the world. 


Christmas is about Hope

If you are feeling down and hopeless, this is a time to reflect on the promises of God in your life. Let all the sounds and smells of this season point you to the faithfulness of God. Remember His goodness and His providential care. Keep the hope alive and burning in your heart. What He has promised, He will do! 

Begin with a quick google search on the promises of God in the Bible. Try this now and get blown away by the result!

Christmas is about Family and Community

The Nativity is a powerful picture of what Christmas is really about. While the focuses on lights, food, and acquiring material things, the first Christmas pictures family and community bound by a purpose. We can see that heaven and earth have come together to witness God’s greatest promise: to save the world from the death caused by sin. 

Keep reaching out to your family members and to the people in your sphere. Let them experience the love of Christ through your speech and actions. Make all efforts to make Him known, especially at this time of the year.

It is our hope that in this season, more than anything else, make Christ the reason why we gather, give gifts, and celebrate. Let us keep in mind that when God makes a promise, He is sure to fulfill it. 


Why Tarry?

The meaning of the word tarry means “to delay”, “to linger in expectation”, or “to wait”. It also means to abide or stay in or at a place. (

According to, this word appears in occurs 51 times in 50 verses in the KJV.

The idea of waiting is not new in the bible. Throughout time, God’s people have had periods of tarrying. Whether it involves waiting for an answer to a prayer or to simply spend a little more time with God, waiting on God always involves a reward. It is His pleasure to “reward those who diligently seek him”. Heb 11:6

Here at Jesus Reigns Ministries Vallejo, we have adapted to the culture of tarrying. Every quarter of the year, we set aside time to pray and fast as a congregation. We do our best to rally our JRM-Vallejo family to embrace the idea of spending time sitting at His feet and having either a conversation with Him or simply enjoying His presence.

So many things can be learned through tarrying. Please stay tuned for our next couple of entries focused on answers to the question, “Why tarry?”