I like the fact that life happens and there are spiritual verses that we can use to reason through it.
I am hoping that this is a testimonial post.
Speaking the Truth
4 months or so ago, I was laying down after a hard day’s work and one of my wife’s cousins was going to call as we’re scheduled to have a phone conversation.
I did not know how to handle and manage that conversation.
It is not always easy being a champion of people; being an encourager.
And, so I was meandering.
But, then I again looked at the list of hits on our blog site and saw someone had clicked on one of Ravi Zachariah’s video.
I watched along, as well.
Less than a few minutes in, God’s word leaped to me.
Speak the truth to this person; no fluffs nothing.
For a time there I took in all apologists that I could chew on.
My shortlist included:-
- Ravi Zacharias
- Michael Ramsden
- Nabeel Qureshi
- Biola University
- J.P. Moreland
But, lately, I am far more into God’s presence ( Damon Thompson ) and Spiritual Warfare.
And, so I was surprised that when needing emotional clarity on how to speak to my wife’s cousin, God did not under girdle it with one of Damon Thompson’s words.
But, a straight-up word from Ravi.
The word is get “yourself together, tighten up your mind, and I, God, got this“.
As an aside, Damon Thompson has spoken about taken in all of Apologetics that he could get his hands, on as well.
Wife’s Cousin Clear Word
She confessed where she was lacking.
My time with Stephen’s Ministry meant me not having to have her say more.
God’s ministry is not what we get, it is what we allow him to give.
It is proportional to that person’s faith, preparedness, and space they have created from the silly things and associations in life.
Family, we have to be cognizant and have internal honest conversations.
The list should include:-
- What promises are we back-peddling on
- What traps are we setting for others?
- And, not realize that we are caught in the same trap
- If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself ( Proverbs 26:27 )
- What is in it for me?
- While in college, my college room-mate got in the habit of calling his uncle and asking for money
- Finally, he realized that his uncle always switches things around and says I was just going to call your myself
I was involved in a good and long conversation this week.
He shared with me his take on why we have fallen leadership.
Again, Ravi Zacharias’s word bailed me out.
When one has a life of dissonance, eventually it will fall aside and apart.
Yes, there is incompetency.
But, also there is a life where people hold to failings and seek political advantages.
It takes a clear word from God and the gift of discernment to see through falsehoods.
Of course, we all need words of wisdom, words of knowledge.
These things are used to build communities; interconnect us through gifting.
They are used to reveal falsehood among brethren.
Bro, how can God use you, when he can not get a clear word out of you.