Availability, Not Ability

Availability, Not Ability
by Danny Tariman

“He will not speak on his own, but he will speak…” (John 16:13)

In his early years, he was so shy, timid, reserved and quiet. The thought of standing in front of people to talk would send chills down his spine. “It is just not my forte,” he would say. A few years after he met the Lord in 1995, he was called to serve Him in a very “special” way: to proclaim the Good News!

Mustering all his courage, he answered, “Here I am Lord, I’m available. Send me!” That was the breakthrough in his life. From a timid and shy person to a Spirit-filled lay preacher.

As I write this reflection, the Church celebrates World Mission Sunday. Earlier today, I was speaking at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal gathering of the Archdiocese of Port Moresby exhorting people to serve the Lord, to go on mission.

I told them this story — my story of transformation. I had no ability. I only had the availability. I relied on the Lord, and He enabled me. “Do not worry how you are to speak or what you are to say, you will be given at that moment what you are to say” (Matthew 10:19).

In that gathering, about 30 people, young and old, committed themselves to serve the Lord.

Reflection:
Do you feel that the Lord is calling you yet you feel you have no ability? Just say yes and He will empower you!

Prayer:
Lord, thank You for calling me to serve You. May Your Spirit continue to lead me as I deliver Your Good News! Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache, May 12, 2010]

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Fire!

Fire!
by Danny Tariman

“Enable your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness….” As they prayed, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. – Acts 4:29, 31

When I arrived in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, I prayed, “Lord, open doors for me to share Your Word!”

There, I met all sorts of Filipinos — influential persons, priests and nuns, and people in the Renewal movement. I even told some of them of my desire to serve. All to no avail.

A year later, I went home to Manila for my annual holiday. That’s when I got my “break.” I was able to speak at a Life-in-the- Spirit type of seminar.

When I returned after my vacation, I spoke to an ordinary Papua New Guinean warehouse worker about the Lord. I mentioned to him that I write for Didache and I gave him a copy. He introduced me to his uncle, who in turn invited me to attend and give a sharing at their weekly gathering.

The following week, they gave me a chance to give a teaching.

As I prayed for them during the altar call, people fell down — slain in the Spirit! Others trembled uncontrollably. Some even wailed out loud.

I know that the fire of the Spirit filled these people, me included.

Reflection:
“Find your delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desire. Be still before the Lord; wait for God.” (Psalm 37:4,7)

Prayer:
Lord, use us to bring Your Word and Your presence to the world.

[This reflection was first published in Didache April 12, 2010]

Free to Obey

Free to Obey
by Danny Tariman

“Our old self was crucified with him, so that… we might no longer be in slavery to sin.” – Romans 6:6

Grumbler. Disobedient. Proud. These were my workplace traits.

As a young professional striving to move up, I would almost always find a way to complain about what my boss would tell me. I’d question his wisdom, thinking, “I know about computers more than him. I know what I am doing!”

Consequently, running into trouble at work was a normal happening. I didn’t know that when I disobeyed my boss, I was disobeying the Lord.

As I got renewed in the Spirit, I came across the Word in Romans 13:1-2 which says, “Let every person be subordinated to the higher authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been established by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed.”

I repented.

As I strive to obey the Word now, I am blessed. The Lord is prospering my work and blessing all my undertakings (Deuteronomy 28:12).

I am now free to obey my boss!

Reflection
“Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God.” (Ephesians 6:6-7, The Message)

Prayer:
Grant me, Lord, the grace to obey the authorities You’ve set above me.

[This reflection was originally published in Didache, April 3 2010]
[Photo credit: Nieva Adique]

Reconciliation: Blessing Opener

Reconciliation: Blessing Opener
by Danny Tariman

“Leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:24)

It is truly a wonderful feeling, a feeling of freedom, a liberating experience after I had spoken to two persons who had not spoken to me for a few months.

Separately, I had attempted to call them and text them many times. On different occasions. But all where unsuccessful.

They neither picked-up my call nor replied to my text messages.

The feeling of resentment started to come in.

I continued to pray for them silently in my heart. Daily. That the Lord will heal our relationships.

One day, I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to call one. My call was picked up. I am hearing the voice “hello” from the other end. I got excited. We exchanged briefly our life statuses. Finally I was re-connected.

Within the same week, a situation unfolded where I can communicate with the other person.

I had some hesitations that I will not get a reply.

I prayed in my heart. And my hesitation turned to expectation.

I sent my text messaged. After 5 minutes, no reply. Few more minutes later, I got a reply.

Wow, this was a long awaited reopening of communication!

Finally, we exchanged text messages again.

I thank the Lord profusely for healing our relationships. Finally I am free!

But the LORD didn’t stop there.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1Pet 3:12)

I had long prayed for a car. But this ill-feeling somehow blocked the blessing.

Finally, I am free! Free from guilt, free to receive His blessings!