Monthly Archives: September 2011
Why we need correction? Will the world be a good place without it?
I’m going to use this illustration: Imagine you are baking a cake, or you are building a table. But the outcome of the cake is not what you expect, and the table has so many holes and gaps. That will not happen if there’s someone who will say to you, “Teka, sobra ka sa asukal. Bawasan mo.” or “Di tama yung mga dimensions mo. Ulitin mo ule.”
The same thing in our life, we need people who will correct us in most of the aspects of life. Who will going to tell you if you are making a wrong decision if there’s no people who will tell you that it will harm you. Even me, I’m experiencing a lot of corrections: From my blogging to the major decisions in my life. But all of those are worth it.
The Word of God greatly stressed correction, especially in the Book of Proverbs. That means we really need corrections in our lives. But why? Simple, for us to make a right decision that we can use in our life. If you do not heed to the corrections, watch out! Because that’s the start of pride crawling in your life. And you must be cautious with that, because your pride will lead you to your own destruction. In other words, You will be the reason of your own demise if you do not heed corrections.
And what is the great instrument of correction? It’s the Word of God:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
– 2 Timothy 3:16
And what will happen to us if we heed corrections from God:
so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 3:17
Why we need correction? For us to be equipped for life.
I guess depression is another hot issue today. According to the experts depression occurs when a certain event in their life made a detrimental impact. Like for example, maybe you are being bullied all the time, you have a break-up with your boyfriend/girlfriend, family problems, etc. Ans we all know what is happening when we are depressed.
Sometimes, the hurt that other people caused can cause depression, lalo na kung sobra-sobra kang nasaktan. I’ve been on that situation before, and the same with you, I was very, very devastated. I didn’t know when it will end. My only prayer during that time was restoration. And until now, I’m still recovering from it. Nandun pa rin yung sakit! Wahahahahahaha!!!
Hey, wait! Before thinking of something, let us answer this question: WHAT IS THE CURE FOR DEPRESSION?
I’m gonna be straight to you right now, there’s no medicine that will help us to cure it. The only thing we need is JESUS CHRIST. Talaga? Yes, because He said it:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
– Matthew 11:28
Jesus is inviting us to come in His presence. He is our strong refuge. Come to Him, and I promise you, even though you are still hurting today, God will give you rest today if you will go to Him.
And how I’m overcoming it today? It is because of Jesus Christ and to those people who are with me in these time. These are the people who is helping me, encouraging me through the Word, and praying for me. That’s why having a Victory Group is important.
Depressed? Cry out to God. Cry all you want. Come to Him, and He will give you rest. And for those people who are with the person who are experiencing depression, keep on encouraging them, don’t leave them, and pray for them.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
– Ecclesiastes 3:1
When talking about time, we have our own different timing. We have our own time for waking up, going to school, eating, and sleeping. But when it comes to major things in life, we were used to be impatient. When it comes to finances, we choose always the “quickest” way possible to have money. In love, because of insecurity, we were preferred to choose the wrong person for the sake of being “complete”.
Impatience will lead only to destruction. Because of our impatience for waiting in God’s breakthrough in our life, we tend to shortcut everything. So instead of blessings, the opposite is what we get.
That’s why we need to trust God. Why? because in His own timing, He will give all His promises in our lives. As what was said on the Scripture above, there is a time for everything. And all His promises were already set in His own, perfect timing. The only thing that we need to do is to wait. And yes it is painful, but we need to wait in faith. That means trusting in Him, no matter what.
So if you are praying for something, you need to wait for God and in His own time, He will give it to us.
As we give our lives to God, we are now in the war! Yes, WE ARE IN A WAR! War in what? Or whom? We are in a war with an enemy that is invisible, but deadly. And it’s no other that Satan. He will not gonna sit back right there watching you fulfilling the promises of God in your life. He will not going to say to you, “Ang galing naman! Pinagpapala ka ni God. Kung gusto mo, let me pray for you?” No! He will do everything to destroy you.
According to Ptr. Gilbert Foliente, here are six schemes of Satan that he’s using in all of us all the time:
- Temptation – His favorite of all. What he do is he will going to insert some thoughts in your mind and he will say to you that it’s all okay to do that. For example, “Okay lang na buksan mo yang porn site na yan! Wala namang makakakita, wala naman makaka-alam,” “Okay lang na mag-mura ka! Freedom of expression diba?”
- Accusation – It means he will accuse you of your sin or past mistakes. A good illustration here is the title of this movie: “I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER!“
- Condemnation – This time, he will insert once again some thoughts in your mind, and through that, he will make you miserable. For example, “Yan, kasi eh! Nagka-gusto ka pa sa kanya.”
- Isolation – This will lead you to backsliding, because he will say to you, “Wala na silang pake sa’yo! Kaya wag ka nang mag-church! Wag ka nang mag-Victory Group!”
- Deception – The problem with this is: YOU DON’T KNOW THAT YOU ARE BEING DECEIVED! What he will do is he will going to disguise as a “Mr. Nice Guy”. At the end, he will going to do his devious plans.
- Distraction – This time, he will going to use the things in this world: gadgets, achievements, your dream boy/girl, for us to flee from God and to lure us to his trap.
The problem with these is we are still unconscious to all his schemes even though Satan is using it all the time. What we need is this:
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
– Ephesians 6:11
And that armor is not just a simple armor, because it is JESUS CHRIST who is our great source of strength. So, we need to be with Him all the times to stand against all the schemes of the enemy.
How many of you knows Iron Man? We all know that Iron Man is the guy in metal suit that was fighting the bad guys. You know that we can be Iron Man too. Serious?!! Yes, but we do not need a metal suit and other stuffs for us to be like him. But how? What we need is a RELATIONSHIP, not necessarily a boyfriend or girlfriend, but a friend.
So, I’d like to share you this Scripture:
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
– Proverbs 27:17
But wait, why this Scripture?
Let’s make this straight, for us to grow mature in our life, God has to use other people to build our character. What do I mean? We need people in our lives to correct us and encourage us. It’s all about relationship, folks! We need to build relationship with other people. And being offended is a part of having a relationship.
PAANO KUNG IN-OFFEND KA?!!!!
From time to time, there are some people who offend me. Lately, a friend who is almost my best friend had offended me, and I was so devastated during that time. But as I progress in life, I realized that it was necessary for me to be offended. Why? To mold me!!! Kahit masakit! To build my character.
Why do people grow mature in their walk in life? It is because there are other people who is helping them to mold their well-being and when the time of testing comes, they are well-prepared.
There are times that people will offend us. But the question is: Will you go near to God or walk away?