The Words of Our Elders: Elisabeth Elliot

Faith is not an instinct. It certainly is not a feeling – feelings don’t help much when you’re in the lions’ den or hanging on a wooden Cross. Faith is not inferred from the happy way things work. It is an act of will, a choice, based on the unbreakable Word of a God who cannot lie, and who showed us what love and obedience and sacrifice mean, in the person of Jesus Christ. ~ Elisabeth Elloit

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

The Words Of Our Elders: Lee Roberson (1909-2007)

“Nothing but encouragement can come to us as we dwell upon the faithful dealing of our Heavenly Father in centuries gone by. Faith in God has not saved people from hardships and trials, but it has enabled them to bear tribulations courageously and to emerge victoriously.”
~ Lee Roberson

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom

Words Of Our Elders: Stephen Covey (1932-2012)

“Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.”

~ Stephen Covey

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

The Words Of Our Elders: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Spiritual Intelligence: One Day With The Master

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Good morning friends. In my humble opinion, the beauty of these psalms is perhaps the choice of the writer to articulate these extraordinary narratives out of some of life’s ugliest experiences; as an expression of his worship to God. He didn’t do it as part of his job or out of a moral obligation; but rather, he wrote out of a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving – and that for me dear friends is truly inspiring!For God’s love and faithfulness, compelled him to write, share and enjoy with fellow pilgrims while he was in his mortal form.

Allow me to add at this juncture that a relationship with God does not promise a life without challenges, but rather it guarantees God’s help in our times of trouble. In the words of Jesus to strengthen this argument, He said:

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Paul built upon this truth with these words in a letter to friends in Philippi:

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

He talks about this indescribable peace that comes from a genuine relationship with God. An inner peace in times of trouble, trials, tribulation, pain, disappointments, and suffering; something on the inside that reassures him that everything is going to be alright… The psalmist articulates this concept in one of his musical expressions with these words:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Wow… As I bring this thought to a close, I’m drawn again to those words from our opening verses:

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness

I dare say, that our good friend the psalmist had his heart on God’s kingdom, and his eyes on eternity.

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~ Sabali

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Much love,
Clem

Spiritual Intelligence: Perspective

Perspective can be defined as a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.

With this in mind, let us consider this statement from Paul, in a letter to his friends in Philippi:

Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

Good morning friends. Like today, the early church was plagued with false teachers. These individuals had different motivation for what they did, which is clearly evident in the verses above. But I’m also inclined to believe that the vast majority were victims of the devil’s deception.

We need to realise that the main weapon of our adversary the devil is deception. He used this in the garden of Eden against Adam and Eve, and it’s still his weapon of choice today. He has no problem with religion, his war is against the truth; and there lies the conundrum. Sadly many are busy with religion, tradition and rituals, at the expense of relationship and truth. In one of Paul’s letter to his young apprentice Timothy, written as he drew closer to his death, he said:

But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Hence many will be shocked to hear the words: “I know you not…” on the day of judgement, after all their “great exploits” in Jesus’ name. In the same vain, Jesus openly rebuked the religious leaders of that era with these words:

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

So, dear friends, we also need to be careful lest we fall into the same trap. The tides are very strong, the storm is raging, and the winds are contrary; but like Ulysses in the Odyssey, we must sail against all odds through destiny to eternity.

From Paul’s perspective, Christ was still being preached – regardless. He made a conscious choice to see it that way, instead of allowing it get in the way of his mission. I strongly believe there is a lesson or two for us to glean from this attitude. I’ve come to realise that most times there are no quick fixes to life’s challenges. As a result, we need to be prepared to walk through, instead of seeking deliverance from. We need to adapt by finding meaning, interpretation and narratives from within for the varying complexities of life.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Rock Or Sand

Rock Or Sand…

Amidst the recent flooding and the battle of the Wellies between politicians for the hearts and minds of those affected, I’m reminded of one of The Rabbi’s parables. However before we delve in further, permit to explain what parables are. Parables can be defined as a simple story used to illustrate moral or spiritual lessons.

So in His effort to help us activate our moral and spiritual Flood Defence System; with the innate capacity to withstand life’s extreme weather conditions, He used this beautiful allegory:

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.

Friends as we live life, challenges are bound to come our way, its only a matter of when – and not if. So as we draw close to the season of Lent, we have a brilliant opportunity for self-assessment, spring cleaning and rebuilding.

In one of Paul’s letters to his friends in Corinth, he used these words to emphasise this truth;

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

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~ Sabali