“We do not glory in the blessings as much as we glory in sacrifice…”
Pastor Apollo Quiboloy
There is no Glory without Sacrifice
By Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy
About This Post
We do not glory in the blessings as much as we glory in sacrifice because this ministry has been built with the blood, the sweat, the tears, the pain, the agony, the trials, the tribulations of all faithful sons and daughters of the Almighty Father.
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We thank God for the Word of God is not in vain. It is life, and it is a spirit within our soul, heart, and spirit that keeps us trudging into the spiritual warfare of life. Saving souls and making souls realize that without God in this life, we are nothing.
And so we gave them that spiritual mandate as the Father has given me — the spiritual mandate to go into the world and preach the Gospel — preaching to the people how to serve God, how to come back to Him, and how to offer your life as a living sacrifice.
I think that is the most difficult ministry in this world today because, in religion, you do not see that. But here (in the Almighty Father’s Kingdom nation), it is total commitment, total dedication, total obedience, and total loyalty to the cause of Jesus Christ, which is the salvation of the soul.
Sheep in the midst of wolves
In the midst of the world, you are like a sheep sent in the midst of wolves. The instruction the Lord gave us is to be wise as serpents and be harmless as doves because as He said in Matthew 10:16, “I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves”.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.Matthew 10:16 KJV
Anytime and anywhere, you can be pounced by those wolves that can tear you apart. So, we were sent with the courage in our hearts and faith that let us move on wherever we go.
That is why we have KLCs (Sentinels of Light) being established all over the world and the territories of darkness being dismantled everywhere.
I thank the Father for this mission that He has given to His Appointed Son. It is now shared by many appointed sons and daughters of the Father Almighty.
Built with Sacrifice
We do not glory in the blessings as much as we glory in sacrifice because this ministry has been built with the blood, the sweat, the tears, the pain, the agony, the trials, the tribulations of all faithful sons and daughters of the Almighty Father who have been with me from the beginning.
During those times of sacrifice, there was no TV. From the 60s to 70s to 80s, we did not have social media. The fastest that you can send a message, in my time, was by telegram.
In the Philippines, we have the RCPI. We have the PTNT. When you send a telegram, it will take three days for it to reach the destination. That was the shortest period of time. If you send it by mail, it will take you one or two months.
Sometimes it gets delayed. So if your father died, your father has already been buried before it reaches the other end. You cannot go home anymore. It’s too late.
Now, it is different. The generation Z today have cellphones with cameras.
In just mini-seconds, you can send your video and your picture anywhere in the world — through Instagram or Facebook. It is so different today than when we were starting the ministry.
Now, you have nice transportation, nice roads, and nice communication. Before, we do not have that.
So, it entailed a lot of sacrifices in my time when the Father sent me into all the world and we did not have the means. We came from Tamayong. We only ate bananas. We did not have money in our pockets.
Rich in Faith
All that we were rich in was faith — faith in what the Father has said, faith in what the Father has promised. “I will send you into all the world, my Son. I have sons and daughters all over the world. They do not know you; you do not know them. But when they hear your voice, they will follow it, because my sheep, know my voice.”
He sent me into all the world when I cannot even afford to go to the next town, which only cost 50 centavos. I had no money in my pocket. I just ate bananas for five years. He sent me into all the world.
Wow! If you do not have the faith that was implanted in me, and you listened to that promise, you would say, “What’s happening? Is there something wrong up there?”
One of those who followed me asked me, “Pastor, there are religions who were ahead of us for a thousand years but they were not able to reach the whole world. We, in Tamayong, are eating bananas. Nobody knows us. We don’t have money, and you will go to all the world? Amazing!”
It is amazing.
The Father will fulfill His Promise
Throughout all of those years, that promise never left my heart. There were many who were with me that left me because of that. But that promise did not leave me and I did not leave Him because it was done and promised by the Father Almighty. And whatever He promised, He can fulfill.
Now, almost 35 years later, we are in 200 countries and 2,000 cities. I am now seen all over the world and people are being born in the spirit of obedience to the Father’s Will.
Many have believed in my message even without meeting me personally. It is as though I am in front of them. I am now in their homes. Some watch me on their computers and their cell phones wherever they are. Text messages are coming in from all over the world.
Whenever I face the camera, there are people all over the world watching me. I am everywhere. I do not have to personally go to your place or your nation. You can listen to me and you can hear me in real-time with just a mini-second delay.
Oh, what a wonderful way to evangelize the world! What a wonderful way to say to the world, “Repent!”
What a wonderful way to say to the world, “Hello world! Repent for the day is coming when the judgment shall fall upon every human being!”
Coming Back to God
We have forgotten the Lord God Almighty who created the planet Earth and who created everything that you see and you don’t see. We have forgotten Him. We have formulated some faith that is not according to Him. It is now time for us to come back and say, “Lord God, we recognize you. Thank you for sending Your Word to us — the Word that gives us faith in our hearts.”
I am living in this wonderful time where technology is helping me spread the good news throughout all the world in no time at all. Just imagine the time of the apostles 2,000 years ago.
What an advantage we have against those who have sacrificed and given us the Word with their blood, with their sweat, and pain, and labor — like Paul the Apostle who was beheaded at the end of his journey, or Peter the Apostle who was crucified upside down at the end of his fight of faith.
All the apostles suffered the same fate as the owner of our salvation, our Lord Jesus Christ.
How the Apostles Died for their Faith
- James the Greater – stabbed with a sword
- James the Lesser – stoned to death
- Jude Thaddeus – filled with arrows
- Philip – crucified by soldiers
- Thomas – thrust with a spear
- Paul – beheaded in Rome
- Peter – crucified upside down
- John – died a natural death
- Matthew – stab with a sword
- Simon – crucified
- Bartholomew – flayed and beheaded
- Andrew – crucified on an x-shaped cross
- Matthias – crucified in Judea
All of them are heroes of faith who have gone before us, who gave us these Words today. They died because of these Words.
And lastly, the owner, the author, and the finisher of our faith, our Almighty Father in the Spirit now in the Gentile setting, our Lord Jesus Christ. He was arrested. He was tortured on Pilate’s scourging post where they used this cut of nail tails to scourge Him.
A nail tail is a tail of leather straps lined with iron at the end of which are attached hooks, that when these hit your back, would literally plow into your skin. When withdrawn, the hooks would take with it flesh and skin. This is what they did to Jesus Christ.
They flogged Him with those cut of nail tails and put a crown of thorns on His head, which was too small for His brow that they had to push it down, the thorns literally sticking into the skin of His head. That is how they tortured Him in His humanity. He who is the owner and the author of our faith.
The Bitter Cup
You talk about sacrifice. Let me tell you, my brothers and sisters, we have not sacrificed yet when compared to those who gave us the Word of God.
Jesus Christ was tortured and crucified just so He could give us the Word of God. He never retreated. He said, “Let this cup pass from me.” That is the bitter cup He was talking about — His sacrifice. But Jesus Christ said, “Nevertheless, not my will, but Your will be done.”
Do you want to go to heaven? How many of you want to go to heaven? You will see the apostles there. You will see them lined-up and you will see Jesus Christ at the end.
How will you go to heaven? By being a traitor? By turning away or turning back because of a little persecution? Because of a little hardship? Because of a little sacrifice? Because of the lure of the world? And at the end, you call Him, “My Almighty Father.” You will say, “I am your son. I am your daughter.”
Jesus Christ would tell you, “How are you My son or daughter?”
Do you know how heaven was created and how these people (the apostles and the heroes of faith) are now the pillars of heaven? They poured out their blood, their sweat, and their pain. Their lives were laid down because of what they believed in.
I thank the Father for all those who went ahead of us. Now they are in heaven waiting for us, who in these last days offered our lives to Him.
Everybody expects to go to heaven. You will see all of the apostles there.
If you ask “Paul, how did you come to heaven?” Paul will answer, “I was beheaded.” If you ask “Philip, how did you come to heaven?” Philip will answer, “They killed me with arrows for my faith.”
Then you are asked, “How did you go to heaven?” You will answer, “I am a traitor.”
Judas is not in heaven. He killed himself. The Word of God says it is better for him not to have been born at all than to be born and then do that (become a traitor). Is that your record in heaven, my brothers and sisters? That is not a good record.
The record of these apostles (the heroes of faith) is sterling — worthy to be in heaven as pillars for those that will come after them.
We always remember the humble beginnings of the Kingdom Nation wherein the Almighty Father had led us from the spiritual wilderness into the Promised Land. It was a journey of enduring faith.
Blood, sweat, tears, pain, and agony have marked each step to bring us to the glorious position where we are today. We reflect on how we sacrificed, at the same time, we never forget how the Father had delivered us in every moment of affliction.
The Father has always been with us. This ministry is marked with affliction, persecution, agony, and bashing. But we went on through to the way we are today.
This is why these afflictions and sacrifices are necessary ingredients to strengthen our faith. Without these, we will be weak. Now, our faith is stronger than ever before!
There is no fear in faith
There are promises in the Scripture — instructions along our journey of faith. Just like when you drive down a highway, there are many road signs. These are instructions so that you do not get wrecked or have an accident. We also have road signs in our faith, in our journey towards heaven.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.Psalms 143:5
How had the Father given those apostles that great faith within them, having no fear of death? They have overcome the fear of death.
Just imagine Paul the Apostle. He was to be beheaded the next day but that night, he was still writing to Timothy. He was still writing to Titus: “I have fought the good fight of faith. Now, I am ready to take the crown of life. Timothy, be a good soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
If there was a nurse who could have taken the blood pressure of Paul, it would have been the same — 110 over 80. No fear! Because he was the one who wrote “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
We are not afraid to die.
The Pretenders will NOT endure
When we are put in the place of glory because we have been through sacrifices although they are not worthy to be compared to the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles, let us look at ourselves and say, “Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” (Deuteronomy 6:12)
People who do not sacrifice for the Lord are very dangerous people. They are candidates to become traitors. All they see are the blessings — the material things that are now in the ministry. They just want to come into the fence and say, “We will enjoin with you. We will pretend to be with you.”
But when the sacrifices and the shaking comes, all the pretenders will go and be pulled out. The shaking and the spiritual earthquakes are very important so that only the genuine will remain.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.Hebrews 10:32-39
Living by Faith
The essence of faith is that our faith will never backslide.
Why are you here? Because you believe in what I say. If somebody persecutes you because of your faith, will you be weakened? Do not be shaken. That is living by faith. We are living by faith. If you backslide, the Father will not be pleased with your soul. Whatever tries you, stand up!
To those who want to go to heaven with me, this ministry is appointed to affliction. So if you are looking for comfort only, this ministry is not for you. If you are looking for blessings only, this ministry is not for you. If you are looking for material gain only, this ministry is not for you. If you have greed and love for money only, this ministry is not for you. Because this ministry is appointed to affliction. Affliction is our friend.
What is Calvary? Calvary is all afflictions.
To the righteous, afflictions are very useful and profitable. They produce a meek and humble spirit. In the Kingdom Nation, we have an abundant share of suffering, affliction, danger, grief, and sorrow. These are the sources of our strength, and collective faith and trust in the Almighty Father.
Be Careful what you pray for
How can you have faith if you have no problems? If you live a life without problems, it is very dangerous. You become weak.
When you pray, be careful how you pray, because you might just get it.
“Lord, I don’t want to have any problems in this world. Please Lord, take all the problems away.” Tomorrow, you will die. And then your loved ones will say, “He was so healthy, why did he die?” His prayers were answered. He has no more problems now. Rest in peace. No more problems.
Pray for the Strength of a Bull
People of God, God is still using us. When we have great affliction, problems, sorrows, and grief, this is what you will say, “Father, give me the strength of a bull. Give me the strength of a giant to face all of these problems to solve them. Make me strong, Father.” Then the Father will give you the strength, the patience, and the humility.
When you are proud, be careful because afflictions and tribulations will come your way. Why? To humble you. That is why when we are lifted up by pride because of blessings, be careful. You must always be humble.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.Psalm 34:19
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.Psalm 119:71
Look at David. He welcomed afflictions. During affliction, he read the word of God and memorized them.
Many people turn to God only when they are in affliction. When they are sick, they call on God saying, “I believe in you, Lord.”
But when they are not sick, when they are healthy and wealthy, there is no God. When you invite them to come to listen to the Word of God, they would say, “I have no time. My business is waiting for me.“
But when they get sick, they have all the time in the world. “Please turn to SMNI. I want to listen to Pastor Quiboloy because I have all the time.“
We are Appointed to Affliction
Do not be moved by sorrows, affliction, and grief. We are appointed for that. Welcome them. When afflictions come, what do we say? “Friend, I’m here. Let’s have a snack together.”
That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.1 Thessalonians 3:3
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.Psalm 34:19
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.Psalm 119:71
There are many afflictions of the righteous but there is a promise that God will deliver him out of them all.
That is what we are. It is with us already. Affliction is not a stranger to us.
The wicked? They are going to walk out, and then fall into the pit with stings. You are like a wild boar. You do not know where you are running to, then you will fall into the pit. A sting is waiting for you there.
Adversity is our Food
As the Lord gives you bread, so adversity is food.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.Isaiah 30:20-21
The teachers are heavenly. They give you visions, revelations, and dreams when you are in affliction.
Like Sis. Anya Garsimova when she was fasting in Tamayong, God told her in a dream when, where, and how Glorification will take place. And she said in her dream, “so soon” because she knows the date. Then she woke up and everything was deleted. She cannot remember. She only remembered two words: “so soon.”
Sister Jack also had a three-day dry fast. She also had a dream vision, a very nice vision. In one of her visions, she saw me visiting her and laying hands on her. In the second vision, she saw a lot of ginanggang (grilled bananas) and baskets with food. It is a vision of plenty.
Remember the first Thanksgiving we had in 2020? I spoke in tongues. For years I did not do that. The Father talked through me in another language. It was like the Hausa language (a Hebrew language). When interpreted by Google, it said, “You will not be ruined. You will find the best way to go. Don’t be afraid of them.” Who is that? My teacher, telling me behind my ears during those affliction times.
They cannot destroy what God has built up. He will find a way for us. Let us not be afraid of the terror that comes by night.
An Honor to Partake of the Suffering of the Lord
We take pleasure in suffering for the righteous cause of the Almighty Father in His Kingdom on earth. To be called partakers of the ministry of the Appointed Son in these last days is a great honor and privilege.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.2 Corinthians 1:3-7
When you are in tribulation, remember that He is the God of all comfort.
When I was in tribulation for five years (in Tamayong), angels were just ordinary occurrences. They could show up anytime. That is why we were comforted every night.
During the day, we were in trouble, tribulation, trial, and persecution. But, at night, you can see the tangible miracles happening — rain coming (without us getting wet), tangible angels showing themselves, the heavenly scented perfume coming down upon us.
Whether we be afflicted, it is for consolation and salvation. Whether we suffer or are comforted, it is also for our consolation and salvation. Either way, God is with us.
This ministry was not built always like this. It did not just build itself, that all of a sudden it became like this. It is through suffering, pain, blood, sweat, and tears that this ministry came about.
So, we are worthy of the consolation prize. Our shelter in the times of storms is the Lord God in Heaven.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.2 Peter 1:4
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;Hebrews 3:14
28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;Philippians 1:28-29
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries. They will terrorize you. Bang here. Bang there. Do not be terrified by your adversaries! When you are not terrified, it is to them an evident token of perdition.