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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
The Lord Hears me when I cry
   Not long ago I always question the Lord why things happened this way not on this way, why not on the way I wanted it... why on the way YOU wanted it... I was wrong way back then... and now I understand it is because He know what's better than I... then one time the out of despair I asked this...

   Where is God when it hurts?.... then of course followed by this self pity question of mine...

   If God is supposed to be good and loving, how can He allow such terrible things to happen?

   Then my human nature is coming out again... saying... I wish I could talk to another person about some things I can't escape... like questions and feelings about my spiritual walk with the Lord, career, family etc... about roles at home and church issues that require TRUST to even bring up...

   Oh, stupid me! Who am I who questioned the maker of the universe? the one who made me in HIS own image.... [deep sigh] Whoa to me of little faith!... Lord, help me on my unbelief.....

   The Lord has been so good to me so far.. and that He makes me realized things over and as days passed by.... the Lord hears me when I cry, He hears me ..... HE HEARS ME...

   "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and HIS ears are open unto their cry. The righteous cry and Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of their troubles." Psalm 34:15, 17

   "HE healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

   "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things passed away." Revelation 21:4


Posted at Wednesday, September 21, 2005 by Star-Tariray
LoVe ThEy HaVe GiVeN (1)  

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.......  

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