This post is subsequent to my previous post regarding our ‘pambansang kamao’- Congressman Manny Pacquiao.
(see: https://ravrodriguez.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/manny-pacquiao-for-congressman/). Then I gave my unsolicited advice on his political ambitions/ dreams- which were fulfilled -and some of my advice-which he may not have read in anyway-may have happened in his life. Like in this article at ABS CBN: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/05/08/12/jinkee-pacquiao-opens-hotel-gensan.
I know that he is now involved in bible studies and is renewed in his faith in the Lord-and even experiencing miracles or healings during prayer meeting at his home. I am just concerned and so I am sharing these verses:
1 Timothy 3:1-7
1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,
5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?
6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
-Meaning -he needs to grow deep in his relationship with Jesus-how it understands it -and in his relationships with other people who might take advantage of him. He should take his relationship with Jesus foremost -and not what is happening around him-as in Luke 10:19-21
19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
Hinay hinay lang po.
Our goal is to end better than we started -2 Timothy 4:7-8
7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
It is said that it takes a moment to produce a Christian -but it takes a lifetime to produce a matured saint. See this posts on elders : http://redemptionhill.com/about-2/elders/ and http://www.bible.ca/ntx-elders-pastors-bishops.htm