August 16, 2018
This is a writing made by one of my spiritual sons. It has blessed me, and will surely bless all of us.
In our everyday life, we often find products that looks original, but is actually counterfeit. Because this happens so often, we tend to assume original products as counterfeit. In the end, we even reject an original product because we were disappointed in the past by counterfeit ones.
The same goes for us and leaders. We often find leaders who give us hope in guiding our lives. However, the reality could be the opposite of what we hope for. Even worse, there are false leaders who are seeking to manipulate us. As a result, when God leads us to meet a true leader who lives accurately, we tend to keep our distance. In our heart, we think: who knows if this leader is the same like the ones I’ve met.
If we find it difficult to accept a person, it will certainly be difficult to accept their words. When that happens between us and our leaders, our church life will become very religious. We attend meetings, but we go home empty (Mat 13:4). I learn that this problem lies in our HEART ATTITUDE.
For someone to see the Kingdom of Heaven, Father has outlined a divine pattern; we must be willing to be led by a “person who comes from a high place” (John 3:3).
We need to learn to open our hearts to leaders whom God has appointed, connect with them, and receive their instructions. Without so, we will live in our own perspective of truth – all in our own terms. Without knowing, we allow the spirit of deception to sneak in, manipulating and undermining our ways of life as God’s righteous. The nature of sincerity starts to wear off, and the spirit of suspicion and prejudice starts to grow in our life. Meanwhile, without sincerity and simplicity of faith (Mat 18:3), we will never enter the Kingdom of God, moreover enjoy its reality!
The following things will help us overcome such a heart attitude:
1. Mend your heart by believing that our Father never designs bad things for His children (Mat 7:9)
Our heavenly Father has an eternal plan for every single one of us (Eph 2:10). He wants us to connect to an accurate leader in fulfilling His eternal plan (Heb 13:17).
2. Forgive your past leader and forgive yourself
Make peace with yourself (Mat 18:21-22). Don’t keep the wrongs of others, and forgive them. By releasing forgiveness, we are healing our own wounds. Untreated wounds will slowly turn into trauma. And trauma will surely give birth to inner conflict. And inner conflicts that are not dealt with will stop our faith journey (Gen 11:31-32).
3. The easiest way to distinguish between the original and counterfeit is by testing it
What do we test? The principles that the leaders are teaching. Are they divine in nature, or do they make us live increasingly in flesh and humanity? We will never know until we try practicing the word principles.
In the Bible, there is the story of Peter who fruitlessly labored all night to fish.
Luke 5:4 (NASB) When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
Peter didn’t know Jesus, but he learned to OPEN HIS HEART when Jesus was teaching the multitudes on his boat (Luk 5:3). Then, Peter learned to lower himself to receive Jesus’ command – he didn’t lean on his own understanding and experience as a fisherman. Peter said: “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I WILL DO AS YOU SAY and let down the nets.” (Luk 5:5)
Take a word principle from our leader that speaks strongly in our heart as a command. Then, just do it. Let time be the judge. I believe, if we do His word accurately, something divine will take place.
Luke 5:6 (NASB) When THEY HAD DONE THIS, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break.
4. Learn to open other areas in our life to be fixed by adopting what our leader delivers
God has promised a victorious life (1 John 5:4). By faith, we believe every word that our leader delivers, and by faith, we start to practice them. Our steps of obedience in faith will lead us to something. We will see how that “person sent from a high place” could rebuild our life step by step in accuracy.
It is the Father’s heart desire to see His Temple (us) to stop becoming walls of ruins. He wants to build us stronger and mightier by His word (Mat 7:24). I believe, the same work of the word and Spirit in our leader’s life will work inside us. And we will surely experience the same grace and victory in our lives. Amen! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus