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
October 14, 2005 04:35 AM PDT
Greetings in the Beloved. I just wanted share a letter from a close friend. I believe it to be a word for other brethren as well. Here is the excerpt from his letter.
It came to me through this scripture in Thessalonians.....Despise not prophesying, or in another translation it says, ....treat not prophecy with contempt.....and again in Weymouth it says....don't despise prophesy. I was thinking, why would the church despise prophesy? True, it is spiritual, and would always take the flesh to task, but the word despise seems like overkill. I wondered why something like, don't disagree with, or don't doubt prophesy, etc would not have been sufficient warning.
Prophesy in the dictionary is described as follows......prediction or foretelling of what is to come. It dawned on me that we always line in the present or sometimes the past, but never in the future. When I was in the insurance business and did estate work, we were taught to base everything on present known facts. This resulted in inadequate preparation at times when thirty years down the road the policy tried to meet the purposes it was designed for so long ago, and therefore had to be modified continually to meet the changing needs, such as inflation, money value, etc. It then occurred to me that when a prophet speaks the word of God, he is speaking a word from God. This word is based on seeing the subject from alpha to omega, the beginning to the end, for that is how God always sees it. He is not trapped in the immediate, or by what we see, or what we understand based on present facts. Let me give you an example, The Word came to Gideon while he was threshing wheat and hiding it from the Midianites in chapter 6 of Judges, as follows.....And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him and said unto him, "The Lord is with thee thou mighty man of valor." Scripture goes on to record Gideon saying....."Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then has this befallen us?" Later Gideon says to the angel of the Lord, "How can I save Israel, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." This is a perfect picture of a prophetic word coming and not being able to be received beause of the current situation. God saw from beginning to end. An angel, or prophet would bring the word of God, who always sees the total, to a man that could not see beyond the immediate. Gideon could only see his current state and conclude based on that. We must not despise prophesy because of what we see with our eyes that does not validate its content. We only see something in process, but God sees it completed. We not only reject, but tend to despise anything that is beyond our reasoning. What we see caters to our reasoning, and natural conclusion, and wisdom. How arrogant a stance that is in man in light of the scripture that tells us the natural man cannot receive the things of God, or Isaiah 55, My ways are not your ways saith the Lord, but are as far from them as the heavens are from the earth. Actually, it verifies to us that we do not consider prophesy to be the word of God, but rather the word of some man or it would not need natural validation. Our only validation should be, is this from God, and that validation should not be supported by reason, but by witness from the Holy Spirit. We should not walk by sight, according to scripture, and when we do we reject the Word of God as the Word of truth in deference to what we see and understand. This is ultimate arrogance on the part of man. It is true there is false prophesy, but this must be determined, not by reason or what we see or understand, but by the witness from the Holy Spirit or we will enter into a mish mash of haf truth. To reject the word of truth is to despise prophesy, and to despise prophesy is to reject God from whom all true prophesy flows. We either love the truth or we hate it, there is no middle ground. Prophesy relegates natural reasoning to a subordinate position of humility of mind and thought before God. That is why it is despised, and thus we are warned not to despise it.
Revelation 22:18.....I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophesy of this book: if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words out of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.....
Once a prophetic word is judged and found to be from the Lord, the physical source of delivery of that word, should no longer be relevant, or considered, for when one becomes recognized in the flesh as a prophetic man, the judgement of the word he gives is less intense, and the danger of something false coming forth is heightened. We should judge every prophecy as if it were the first one given by whoever brings it forth.
I have always taught that the word of prophesy contains the futuristic intent of God, and I believe that is true, but now I believe it speaks more to God seeing the complete, as we find ourselves having to reason from only seeing in part. I guess there is really no conflict in these two statement. This tension creates all kinds of strain on the credence of the word we hear unless we judge it by the spirit.
I could write volumes on men who received prophetic callings and commissions from God, present and past, who doubted them because the word did not line up with there physical state. Moses, Gideon, etc.. David knew he would defeat Goliath, not because of any prowess of his own, but because he believed the prophetic word of the Lord. He thus proclaimed to Goliath, this day the Lord God of Israel will deliever you into my hand. Paul received and believed and acted on the prophetic word from God when everything around it would seem to prove it untrue.
All of this about God seeing everything in total, and we see only in part, and it is absolutely imperative that we do not get stuck on just the part we have been permitted to see and experience, or we will never be able to venture into the greater dimensions of God.
Manong & Manang