According to dictionary, boast is to glorify oneself in speech; talk in a self-admiring way. It also says that boast is a source of pride.
Boast can be used in a positive and negative way. If I boast on my own accomplishments, achievements, abilities, talents and skills, it will definitely lead me to pride because as time past by I will think highly of myself. As such, it will greatly affect my relationship with God and with other people because of having a mindset that I am already good, I don’t need to listen to anybody.
In Jeremiah 9:23-24, God spoke that those who are wise, strong and rich should not boast. These people already gain accomplishments in their own lives, yet they are not exempted to boast. Regardless of how much effort you have done to make you the person you are to be, it is not an excuse for you to boast about yourself. God says that if you will boast, boast about God. That you understand His kindness, justice and righteousness. That is how we can use boasting in a positive way.
If people boast about you, it is fine. But make sure that you will always check your heart that you are doing things not to please others.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. - Proverbs 27:2
Solomon, who is already wise knew that boasting about ourselves will lead to pride. And we will tend to neglect that God is working in us.
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV)
1. I need to be watchful whenever I receive accomplishments in my life for it is not because of me but its because of God.
2. I need to always filled my life with gratitude for all the things God gave me.
3. Let others praise me and not myself.
4. I need to always check my heart and my motive for doing things and make sure that I am not doing it to please people but only God alone.
Just wanna share my qt today.. Been doing a qt about love because I want to renew my love for God and for people.
..Love is kind… - 1 Corinthians 13:4
Its is easy to be kind to people if they are loving and kind to you as well but what it takes to really show love, is to love a person who is unloving, ungrateful and those people who do bad things.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. (Luke 6:35 NIV)
Luke 6:27-36 tells us on how to love our enemies. God reminded me that if I am only kind to those who are kind to me, what makes me different from the people of the world? How can the ungrateful and the wicked people experience love if they never experience kindness from other people. As a disciple, God calls me to show my love to people by being kind to them regardless of whether they are good or bad. If God is so kind to a sinner like me, how can I not be kind to other sinners as well.
What if people abuse my kindness?
God reminded me that I should not expect anything from the people that I have shown kindness. I strongly believe and just what the scripture say that my reward is not here but rather in heaven.
1. I should not make an excuse to show kindness to people regardless of their negative attitude towards me.
2. I should not expect anything from people whom I have shown kindness.
3. I should not compare people and be selective to them in displaying my kindness.
This week I’ve been studying faith in the bible. In my walk with God, I desire to grow in this area.
In Hebrews 11:1, the bible defines faith as something that we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Meaning, we haven’t seen it but yet we believe. And that is faith! And sometimes, it is really challenging for us to believe on things we haven’t even see in our own eyes. The bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Our faith is the number one factor that Satan tries to destroy. Sometimes, we tend to put our faith in a wrong place. We tend to put our faith on people and in money. Because they are visible and tangible. Our faith in God should not be dependent on the things that we see. We need to put our faith to its right place and that is putting our faith in God. We need to believe all the promises that God tells us. That even though our current situation now force us to doubt, we have to fight for it and believe that God has a great plans for us. The bible says that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him. God wants us to find Him. It reminds me that we should be the one seeking Him and not us seeking by God. It convicted me because a lot of times whenever I struggle big time, I tend to hide myself from God. I need to have faith in God that He is in control.
The bible is filled with stories of people who have shown their faith in God. The bible says that they believed in God even though they did not receive the things that was promised to them. In Hebrews 4:13, it says that they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. One I can recall is Moses. He is the one who led the Israelites to the promised land and yet he was not able to enter to the promised land. But he still has faith in God. His faith did not depend on the situation, circumstances or to the people around him. What matters is, he have God and he will put his faith in God. In verse 16, it says that they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one. They were not focus on the things that they will receive here on earth. They were all hoping for the things that they cannot see and they were certain that they will get it. We are all strangers and aliens in this world. This is not our temporary home. Sometimes I will ask myself, what are the plans of God for me? And I find myself focusing on the things in this world and not realizing that God’s great plans for me is not actually here in this world. We need to have faith that God is the creator of the universe. He is our creator. He is our God. He knows us full well. He has great plans for us. He loves us and He is in control when things don’t turn out the way we wanted it to be. We need to have faith to please God. And it should not be depended on the things that we see.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. - Hebrews 11:13
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:13 NIV)
How I managed to help my parents to study bible even though I am living overseas.
I believed that every disciple has a dream to be able to reach out to our families and that was my dream since I became a disciple way back 2011.
However, since I am presently residing in Singapore, I do not have much faith that I will be able to reach them out because I am far away from them. And they don’t see me. The only way I can communicate with them is to make use of the technology which is through online messaging and through phone calls. So, there are times that I will send my quiet time to both of my parents using facebook and even though they don’t reply to my message, I will still continue sending them my quiet time. My mom already visited our church here in Singapore for the first time when I was still studying the bible. So, that time, my mom already met some of the Christians in our church, though she finds it really uncomfortable talking to them at first. Then, last year, I went back to the Philippines to celebrate my birthday. Because it has been 3 years that I am celebrating my birthday away from my family. And it happens to be that my birthday falls on a Sunday. So, I went back, I made a request to my parents that we will go church together because it was my birthday. When I told them that, they just keep quiet. They never say anything. So, when I went back to my room, I was praying to God that He will change their hearts and they will decide to study the bible. The next morning, I was surprised when I saw all of them, both my dad and my mom together with my aunt and my niece were already dressed up ready to go church with me. I was really surprised and totally amazed by God that He immediately answered my prayer.
We were not really those typical family who were very close, in fact I only told my parents that I love them and hugged them when I became a disciple. And especially for my dad, I am not really close to him but seeing him going together with me in the church really felt encouraging. When we went there, my niece went to the kids kingdom and the rest of us were listening to the preaching. I can glimpse my dad tapping his hands on his thigh whenever we sing worship songs. That gives me a hint that, perhaps he likes the worship songs. And then after the service and the fellowship, we went home and I asked them how was the service. My niece told me that she wanted to come back again because she enjoyed making bracelets at the kids kingdom while my parents and my aunt say that they liked the lesson that was preached. I really felt so convicted when I heard that from them. I asked them to come to the service again next Sunday, however I will be back in Singapore on that day.
When I went back to Singapore, I keep on contacting the disciples in our hometown in Pampanga to contact my parents and invite them to church. That Sunday, when my parents were about to go to church, they told me that they waited outside the church for few hours but nobody was there to open the door. We didn’t know that there is an outdoor service because we were not informed. When my mom told me about this, I felt sad and started to think negatively that my parents won’t join the service anymore because they waited for few hours and nobody even informed them about the outdoor service. Then, I made a plan. Since my dad’s birthday was coming soon, I talked to some disciples there to surprise my dad and asked them a favor to buy my dad a cake. When my parents went to the service again, the disciples surprised him with cakes and even gave my mom a flower too. They felt really encouraged and loved by the disciples. After that, they started to study the bible.
I realized how God used people to touch a person’s life, regardless of what the character the person is. And truly, all were made possible because of God. It is not because of me, but everything that happened was all made and planned by God. I never thought that my parents will really study the bible, my faith was not that strong. But I still need to trust God that He is in control and that everything is possible through Him.
August 18 2014, my dad was finally baptized in our church in Pampanga. I can’t describe to you how incredibly amazing the feeling was when my dad decided to make Jesus the Lord of his life.
Brothers and sisters truly God is so powerful that to him nothing is impossible. Even though I’m overseas, God can still use me… let’s not give up believing that God has a plan for our dear parents, no matter what situation they are in right now. To God be the glory!