Paano Magtapon ng Basura as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Part 2 ito ‘nong una kong blog post tungkol sa pagtatapon ng mga basura ng puso natin, o in short pagko-confess kay Lord ng mga naging kasalanan natin. Pero na-realize ko na it’s not enough na mag-confess lang tayo kay God.  May nagsabi sa akin dati na,

If you confess your sins to God, guilt and shame were taken away, but if you confess to your accountable friends, there’s healing.

Lakas di’ba? Sabi sa James na i-confess daw natin ‘yung mga sins natin sa bawat isa at ipag-pray natin para ma-heal tayo. Healing saan? Para ma-heal ka emotionally at spiritually sa naging damages ng sin sa buhay mo. So paano ‘yung confession? Eh nakakahiya di’ba? Tapos “leader” ka pa. Pero kailangan eh, kasi unless you confess, paulit-ulit ka lang lagi sa cycle of sin na ‘yan at di mo mae-experience ‘yung power ng cross ni Jesus. Kaya heto ang 3 easy steps how to throw away the garbages of your heart:

1. The Struggle is Real.

First you have to admit that there is a struggle in your heart. Wag mo balewalain, walang ignore button para sa mga struggle. You have to face it. Ire-reveal naman ‘yan ng Holy Spirit sa’yo eh. ‘Yung ayaw mo na gawin ‘yung isang bagay pero patuloy mo pa ding nagagawa kasi na-fall ka sa temptation. Confront it face to face. Ipag-pray mo, ano ‘yung mga pumipigil sa’yo para maging sold out ka sa relationship mo with God? But remember, God already loved you kahit ano pang nagawa mo.

 2. Sabihin Mo Sa Kasalanan Na ‘Yan Break Na Kayo, Pak! Ganern!

So na-identify mo na ano ‘yung mga bagay na  dapat mong i-surrender kay Lord. This time, you have to decide. Look at the dirtiness of your sin. Tignan mo ‘yung mga nagawa nitong damage sa buhay mo at sa buhay ng mga taong malapit sa’yo. Kitams? Halukatin mo na ‘yung puso mo, kahit gaano kaliit na kasalanan, ilista mo na, sabi sa Proverbs, it’s the little foxes that ruins the vineyard. I-confess mo na muna kay Lord. Let His love saturate you and cleanse you from the sin na nagawa mo.

3. Tag Mo ‘Yung Mga Kaibigan Mong Di Ka Iiwan

This is the bloody part. I-open up mo na sa mga accountable friends mo na ‘yung mga nagawa mo. Yup. Gaano man kapangit ‘yan. Unless you confess kasi, the stronghold of the enemy will be there. Kumbaga, may kapit pa. Tama na. Itigil mo na ‘yung cycle ng sin sa buhay mo. You’re not made for that. So it’s one way to destroy the work of the enemy in your life, by confession. Ask them to pray for you. Wala namang perfect sa atin, kaya lahat tayo nangangailangan ng accountable people to stand side by side with us on this thing called life. In our vulnerability and weakness, the Cross is powerful. Jesus is powerful enough to destroy that bondage, that sin. Jesus is enough.

Lastly, I believe that God’s grace is sufficient in every situation. I believe din na doon pa lang sa unang part nang pag-aadmit ng struggle natin, nagwowork na ‘yung Holy Spirit. In fact, Siya yung nagpapa-realize sa atin ng mga nagawa nating mali at Siya din ang nag-oopen ng eyes natin sa truth. The truth that He loves us unconditionally and there’s nothing, absolutely nothing, that will separate us from His love.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

-1 John 1:7

 

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I Hate Being OK.

Okay.

“Bro, kamusta?” Tanong sa akin ni Kuya James.

“Ahh. OK lang naman.” sagot ko.

Hindi siya kuntento sa sagot ko, parang ‘yung itsura mo kapag nagpa-load ka ng P50 tapos P30 lang yung dumating, “Paanong OK? Ok na hindi, o OK na maayos naman?” tanong niya.

Nahirapan ako sumagot, sabi ko, “OK na sakto lang.”

Napaisip ko, bakit ako nahihirapan sumagot? At na-realize ko, dahil:

  1. Takot ako malaman niya na hindi talaga ako OK.
  2. Nagli-lead na ako kaya dapat maging OK ako.
  3. Hindi ako nag-quiet time kanina, nagbasa lang ako ng Diary ng Panget.

Kaya napatanong ako, “Ano namang problema kung hindi ako OK?”, at tinuro ng Holy Spirit ang sagot, kasi insecure ako. Na-iinsecure ako sa mga tao, kaya dapat I have to look good, I have to be the best, pero deep inside, hindi na pala ako nag go-grow.

”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! Stand firm, then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

-Galatians 5:1

Kadalasan alam na natin na pinalaya na tayo ni Jesus, pero hindi natin alam kung saan tayo naka-stand. Bakit? Kasi “OK lang” tayo.

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Katulad ng graph sa itaas, as the time goes by, our passion and God’s lordship in our lives grow as well. Pero at a certain point, tumitigil na yung pag-grow ng passion at Lordship ni Jesus sa buhay natin. Kelan nangyayari to? Kapag nagiging “OK lang” tayo. OK lang sa lugar kung nasaan tayo, komportable naman e.

Kasi minsan alam na natin lahat. Alam na natin kung paano ngumiti, paano mag-pray, mag-encourage, magstatus ng bible verse sa facebook, mag-lead ng small group, mag-facilitate ng one2one, alam na natin kung paano laruin ang lahat. Alam natin ang chapter 1 to 3 ng one2one pero hindi natin ‘to na-e-experience.

Pero good news: Hindi mo mapepeke si Jesus.

Heto ang natutunan ko: Kapag mas nagiging totoo tayo sa mga struggles at sa sarili natin, mas nagiging totoo din ang pag-ibig ni Jesus sa atin, mas totoo pa sa hininga mo ngayon.

Eh ano kung may mga oras na hindi tayo OK? It does not define us. The Cross defines us. We are all a work in progress, and you and I are going to fight this good fight of faith.

Anong pipiliin mo, ang mamuhay ng nagtatago sa “safe” na maskara ng peke mong pagiging kristiyano, o ang mamuhay sa freedom at shameless life under God’s unconditional love?

God loves real and imperfect people. He loves Martha, Zacchaeus, Nicodemus, Peter, John, Paul, Cholo, Bethel, Paolo, Randy, Amira, Sacha, Jerrom, Au, Marize, Grace. He loves you.

To lead is to follow, and to follow is to be real.

To lead others is to follow Christ, and to follow Christ is to be real.

“But, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

-2 Corinthians 10:17

P.S.

Dahil sa Cross ni Jesus, you can now be real! Yey! Heto ang ilang practical ways na maaaring makatulong sa’yo sa step of faith na ito:

  1. Get a small group of people or a lone accountable person whom you can be accountable with.
  2. Be honest with yourself and to God during your quiet times, and ask Him to point things in your life that you need to surrender to Him.
  3. Ask grace (His undeserved favor) and receive grace. Yes! Because you are His son/daughter! And let His grace change you.