August 09, 2019
When meditating the word in 1 Timothy 6:12, I received an understanding. Truly, in this journey of faith, we receive a responsibility the moment we decide to follow Jesus; when we profess with our mouth that we believe in Jesus; when we receive Jesus as the savior in our life; the moment we are called as ‘Christians’ or followers of Christ/the Way. This is what Paul meant by “the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
In the good fight of faith, our true and most important focus is to live an accurate life. One of the manifestations of an accurate life is always having divine response in facing all situations. To respond positively towards good things, everyone can do. But to always respond positively in the midst of complication and chaos, now that’s divine.
When meditating about this further, Holy Spirit brought me to realize: when we face negative incidents, facts, and data, they are actually God-given opportunities to partner with Him. We could show the world a different way of life; one with a higher standard. That’s the moment we could truly live our identity as the light and salt of this world.
At once, Holy Spirit reminded me that the anxious longing of the creations waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God (Rm 8:19). When I imagined and pondered about this, I raised a question to God, “Why are they longing so eagerly? What are they longing for?” I found the answer in the next verse; because the world is in the grasp of sin, and they desire freedom from the slavery of sin and death. They desire to enter into the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Rm 8:20).
Next, Holy Spirit reminded me that Christ in us is the hope of glory (Col 1:27). As sons of God, we have the Spirit of Christ! That’s why our presence in this world is the hope of glory. Because of Jesus Christ, we have hope; and because of us, this world has hope (because the spirit of Christ is in us)! Our presence in this sin-enslaved world becomes a hope for freedom, because wherever the Spirit of Christ is, there is liberty (2 Cor 3:17, Gal 5:1).
Then, I continued to read and study the word in Romans 8. There, I captured a new revelation in verse 28.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
For so long, I saw that this verse is for me personally. I always see “those who love God” as myself. But today, Holy Spirit makes me realize that “those who love God” include everyone who loves Him. Suddenly, my eyes are opened to see that there are so many people who love God, but are still under the enemy’s deception – their eyes are blinded from the truth.
There are those who love God, but are yet to be equipped to do what’s right. They haven’t been trained to be an unshakable people who stand on the foundation of God’s word. They haven’t built their lives in such a way to put on the full armor of God (Eph 6:11-18). They haven’t been trained to make accurate decisions whenever negative facts and data are served before them. They are still victims of the evil days and difficult times (Eph5:16, 2 Tim 3:1). In the end, with their own strength and might, they try to face the evil days by using all kinds of worldly solutions (which is temporary and always carry negative side effects).
Holy Spirit gave me an understanding that we must not use worldly solutions when facing negative situations and circumstances. Don’t follow what the world does; don’t learn from this world. Because truthfully, they are the ones who are longing for us to give an example!
As His children, we receive the first fruits of the Spirit (Rm 8:23). Therefore, our lives are supposed to set an example for this world! We must show that there is a divine solution to every problem – solutions that are permanent in nature, and without side effects! Solutions that came directly from the throne room of God!
I realize that it’s time for us to truly stop looking for solutions from this world. We must even stop to make ‘plan Bs’ from this world in case the divine solution fails. Because when we do things the same way this world does, we actually fail to live as sons of God. We are not of this world, but of the truth. Supposedly, our life is not the same as this world. Our lives as children of the Kingdom must stay within the ways of God!
I believe, when we actively rely on God, determined to face all problems and challenges using the divine solution, that’s the moment we become light for this dark world, just like Jesus who became light when He was in this world (Mat 5:14, John 9:5). We are His representatives in this world, and we are supposed to live as children of the Kingdom who shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of our Father. We guide many people to walk in truth (Mat 13:43, Dan 12:3)!
So, I believe, when God allows us to face negative facts, problems, and challenges, they are not meant to only work for our good. Everything that happens is working together for divine things which will bring goodness for everyone who loves Him – including those who are chained under the deception of the enemy.
Now I understand the divine logic of rejoicing always in all things! Because when we face terrible situations, we are not the only ones being aligned to the truth! God is truly giving us the chance to be an ever-sharper tool in His hand – we can rise as an example, revealing His truth, and freeing those who are bound! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus