Posted by: lmfilio | December 12, 2007

Spiritual Discernment

Hi Abi, JP, Tin and JT,

To reinforce last Sunday lesson on “judging”, we will have another assignment. (I could imagine hearing you grunt while reading this. Hehe)

I said that because all beings resides on a physical body (animate/active), we are wire-bound to always perceive all matters of life based on what our eyes can see (eyesight). But living inside the reality of an “invisible Kingdom”, we are taught and being trained to use not only our eyesight but also our “heart-sight”. Judging matters based on what can be seen and considering the motivation and forces behind every action/inaction is the “secret wisdom” made known by Christ through his disciples (parables on the secret Kingdom of God and spiritual discernment mentioned by Paul on 1 Corinthians 2 – please read it again).

It is the implicit (simple and straight-forward) meaning of “faith”, mentioned in Hebrew 12 (please read the entire chapter again), which the “ancients (Abraham, David and the prophets) were commended for. They lived in a reality wherein the physical universe (what can be seen) has always been immersed by the reality of an unseen kingdom. Although it’s hidden from the eyes of many, they are sure it’s there and although their eyes cannot see it, their are certain that their hearts can (Hebrews 12:1).

Now that it’s been revealed and made plain to you, it’s natural to realized that we are, in reality, living within two immersed worlds – the physical universe (which can be seen by the eyes) and the kingdom of God (which can be seen by the heart). You have just experience what Nicodemus, the Pharisee who sees things only by his eyes, failed to see at first (read John 3 again). But now that you’ve seen the light (the truth about the two-world reality), you will be able to clearly and plainly see with your heart the things of our “Invisible/Hidden/Secret/Spirit/” Father and judges accordingly without anger and condemnation. Confidently, we can now say – “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16b)

The exercise is made up of two parts. First, I would like you to examine yourself in the light of this revelation. Write a journal. (use the first person noun/pronouns like I,me,myself and etc) Ask the Father to reveal to you the deepest intentions of your heart whenever you are trying to do something good (ministry and service) or trying to avoid evil. (vices and etc) If you haven’t tried this, now would be a good time to start. Use your idle time (commuting and etc) to dwell on this prayer and let’s come naturally to you. I would help you ask God to clearly speak to you. Write every thought that comes to you don’t organize yet. After this, make another draft and then organize the structure, grammar and etc.

The second part of the assignment to discern the “motive/intention/heart/sources/insides” action/inaction of our Youth in Baclaran as one body and community. What keep us together? What sets us apart? What are the things unseen by the eyes yet clearly seen by our kingdom heart? Why do we do good things collectively and avoid bad things collectively? Make specific examples. Mention groups or names, specific instances/situation and event or activities if necessary. You would personally email it to me so don’t worry, the assigment would be confidential.

The assignment is due on Friday (November 30, 2007)

Your disciple in Christ

Kuya Lance


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