Thursday, October 13, 2005
It was not long ago before my conversion when I have a daily fellowshipping with my spiritual brother. Honestly speaking, I was hurt so badly on how he rebuked me... straight forward words followed by scriptures really annoyed me... it made me think "who is this man who does not know me fully enough tells me things that i have and need to do?"
People (like me) often hide their feelings behind a wall of words. They use a kind double-talk in which words and feelings do not agree(it is because I rather be hurt than to hurt someone). In my Manong's term sugar-coating...LOL... I have read this on a site which I don't remember to copy the link (sorry guys) A communications consultant who holds workshops on this subject says that many people are afraid that honesty in speech will cost them friendship, love, or respect. So they either keep their lips zipped or say something other than what they mean. Other factors that may impede staright talk are shyness, lack of confidence, fear of displaying ignorance, trying to avoid criticism, and not wanting to hurt someone's feelings...
I know for sure that believers in Christ are not exempt from this problem. Trying to be both loving and truthful can be difficult, but the bible tells us how to deal with this dilemma. Just like what the Lord Jesus done in the new testament, he was so straight forward in rebuking the teachers of the law and that is why many are judging HIM of who he is yet as I pondered upon that The book of James teaches us that we need wisdom that comes from God above. The Lord will enable us by His Holy Spirit to speak effectively and honestly. His wisdom is "first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without hypocrisy" James 3:17
I have been rebuke and got plenty of those - got this from my Manong "you are only hurt because there is something inside of you that needed to die and resisting the rebuke" - how true! as I looked back then, every conversation I had with him always made me cry and made me to stand up for the challenge. There are times that I don't want to talk to him because I hate to hear him once again giving me sermons of the day! LOL... as I talked to my self "Hey i don't need it anymore I got plenty of 'em from my Mom today! LOL... but I know how I badly needed to hear all of those and not as a sermon but as a words of wisdom... I know he'll be reading this...LOL... Manong, Peace!(",) "Bati Tayo!"
Proverbs 16:23 the heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips...
How easy it is to use many words
And yet be unwise in the things that you say;
So willingly yield your speech to the Lord,
and hearts will be blest by you everyday..
** Wisdom is knowing whent o speak your mind and when to mind your speech.
Posted at Thursday, October 13, 2005 by Star-Tariray
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005
After so many signs that I am asking to the Lord I feel like flipping a coin, drawing straws, or like to take a number out on a basket.... funny me! I know these kinds of methods are long been used as ways of resolving disputes. These are nothing but chance method on what to decide from my bothering mind. I read in the book of Proverbs 18:18 "Casting lots causes contentions to cease, and keeps the mighty apart."
I know many people view all of this as nothing more than a matter of chance. But the amazing thing about what the Word of God calls "casting lots" is that the Lord is ultimately the One who controls the outcome I personally believed on that. So, what does all of this say to us as a believers? From the Christian's perspective, there is no such thing as a chance. God is either directly or indirectly involved in everything that happens to us. He can therefore be trusted and obeyed in any circumstance, because even the smallest details are under HIS control.
Things don't just happened to those who love God,
They're planned by His own dear hand,
then molded and shaped, and timed by His clock;
things don't just happen - they're planned.. Fields
God is behind the scenes
And controls the scenes he is behind....
Posted at Wednesday, October 12, 2005 by Star-Tariray
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Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10 KJV
Be still and know..... in other words, "Be still - stop running to and fro - slow down long enough to hear God's voice. And Know - learn personally and experiently-that HE is GOD. There's so much the Lord would like to reveal in me if only I would slow down long enough to hear HIS voice.
So many times my relationship with God is need-centered, rather than God-centered. I am so overwhelmed by my earthly desires that all I think of is, "God, I want You to do this for me, and I want it now."
I have been so consumed with my wants, needs and own little worlds that I fail to explore the depths of God's word and discover what He is like? The bible tells us about Himself, everything is there His characteristics and all the testimonies it behold to learn to wait quietly on HIM. To obey is better than sacrifice... I remember what my Manong told me last Sunday - "you have to obey God, Star and that you will see the result and the fruits of obeying Him"... as what is written the books of 1Samuel 15:23 "Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better that sacrifice.... this passage clearly states that I needed to obey God.... and of course I'm just beginning to grasp something of His true greatness.. I'll know I will be truly amazed!
Posted at Monday, October 10, 2005 by Star-Tariray
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