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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
The Purpose of Pain
The Purpose of Pain

MATTHEW 16:24-27

   "God, if You love me, why must I endure pain?" This question preoccupies many believers in their darkest hours of need. While pain comes in different forms and has different durations, suffering always comes with an objective greater than our comfort, pleasure, or personal goals. If we seek God's purpose for grief, we will find both His peace and His deep love for us.

   Pain instructs. Christ's sufficiency is more apparent during times of suffering than in the midst of blessing. Discovering God's faithful provision strengthens our resolve to endure.

   Pain purifies. Counterfeit faith cannot withstand hardship's flames. Like gold in a refiner's fire, suffering believers experience the burning away of impurities until only things of value remain. Trials bring into focus the truth about the world we live in, the nature of the people we meet, and the incomparable worth of the Lord.

   Pain motivates. Pain drives us to God. How often do we hear testimony from people who discovered Him during their worst trial? In His wisdom, our Father knows whether we require motivation from blessing or from distress.

   Pain opens us to intimacy with God. At the end of our own resources is the Lord's boundless strength. Running into His arms guarantees us the comfort and energy that is available only through an intimate relationship with the Father.

   Living an easy life doesn't earn rewards. Though our instinct is to sidestep pain, suffering helps us find intimacy with God and the great purpose He sets for our life.

Posted at Tuesday, September 20, 2005 by Star-Tariray
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Monday, September 19, 2005
Way Back Then
   Positive Minds produces positive lives
   Negative minds produces negative lives
   Positive thoughts are always full of faith and hope
   Negative thoughts are always full of fear and doubt shall be done for you as you have believed.... Matt. 8:13

   Way back then when I was walking in my early belief as a Christian I am afraid to hope because I have been hurt so much in life... I have so many dissapointments, I don't think I can face the pain of another one. Therefore, I refuse to hope so that I won't be disappointed.
   The avoidance of hope is a type of protection against being hurt. Dissapointment hurts! So rather than be hurt again, I as well as the many others would simply refuse to hope or to believe that anything good will ever happen again to me. This type of behaviour sets up a negative lifestyle into me. Everything becomes negative because the thoughts are negative. Proverbs 23:7 For as he (a person) thinks in his heart, so is he...

   I had encountered so many dissapointments in life so many devatating things had happened to me that I was afraid to believe that anything good might happen. I had a terribly negative outlook on everything. Since my thought were all negative, so was my mouth, therefore, so was my life...

   Yet the Lord witnessed all of those and litle by little everyday the Lord is changing me... I know deep inside of me I wanted to change and I wanted to witness the power of God worked into my life and that He is waiting me to totally surrended everything on HIS feet... until another event of my life happened. I was delivered from everything for all of those and that the Lord manifested HIS love and glory into me... my outlook in life now is different... I'll cry if trial comes because I was hurt but it doesn't mean to say that I am giving up NO... I am not giving up... I already changed and that I totally surrendered everythign of what I am.. the LORD will lead me and I am only here to follow HIM on wherever HE will leads me...
   Again the Lord's glory fall and that I will never forget the love that He showered me after all these years... so I think why giving up now that I am in the LOrd? Problems and trials will always come yet I have a God to handle everything... all I can do is to trust HIM in everything and that fully surrender into HIS will... learn to obey, to trust, and to hope... like what the bible says... without faith it is impossible to please GOD... 

   Make me Lord to follow you and to surrender everything of me and that give to you the full control of my life and that be GOD of my life...... Star... 

Posted at Monday, September 19, 2005 by Star-Tariray
LeT mE kNoW UR tHoUgHtS.......  

Sunday, September 18, 2005
I'll Stand Once Again
   Praise be to God...

   Another life has been given again to me... I know like what I have said... everything will come to pass and that a new life will sprung up once again... and that a new beginning to walk and to go on... It's been raining last week literally and symbolically... the Lord has been gracious and merciful to carry me during those days... I was crying just like the rain kept on falling into me as I walk going home... It's so cold that I needed a shade where the rain could not reach me anymore... I was walking into the flooded streets where I am so scared of since I cannot see clearly the way as well as the steps on where I am walking... it might have an open manhole that I might fall...I hear friends voices kept on telling me to keep on walking and not to mind those waters that covered the whole streets... Oh, God I'm praying please hear me... there are times I was stumbled and fall on the muddy part of the streets. The little rocks caused me bruises and wounds that gives me so much pain that makes me to cry for help... no one seems to hear me... I'm crying now because of the pain... I'm crying but I will not give up... I will not... now that I am in the Lord.... yet I still managed to stand up once again and continue on walking until I reach home.. where I could find comfort and warmth...

   Lord, I thank you so much for another trials into my life... I know i will be shaken but will not struck down, I will be press but not crush, persecuted not abandoned because you oh GOD, will always be there for me... Thank you so much for thy love...

   Forever praise be yours... 

Posted at Sunday, September 18, 2005 by Star-Tariray
LeT mE kNoW UR tHoUgHtS.......  

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