December 28, 2019
This message continues from the previous day’s message.
2. Our mindset must keep being aligned and built upon God’s unchanging existence
Our perspective in responding various events in our everyday life is very important; and it is influenced by ‘who’ keeps influencing our lives! If all this time we keep being influenced or molded according to this world’s pattern, our perspective will automatically become worldly! But if we keep conditioning our lives to only be influenced by God’s word and reality, our perspective and response in facing every event in our daily life will also become divine!
Observe the example below:
Matthew 8:23-27 (NKJV) Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
When the storm came and hit the boat, disciples who still carry this world’s pattern immediately become panicked and frightened! But Jesus was not affected by the storm at all – a life pattern we must follow. Instead, He rebuked his disciples, and then the storm, which immediately obeyed His command! Jesus’ perspective about the storm was clearly different from His disciples!
Here is another example:
John 6:5-7 (NKJV) Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
Jesus knew what He must do because He has received instruction from the Father (John 5:19). However, the disciples assumed that Jesus’ order to feed the disciples is an impossible task – it simply didn’t make sense to them at all! Once again, the story above shows the difference between the perspective of Jesus and His disciples.
The Father wants us to have same perspective as Jesus! Jesus built His perspective and conviction based on the existence of the Father who wanted to reveal Himself on earth through His life! By starting to build our perspective and conviction based on the existence of Christ who also wants to reveal Himself through our lives, our existence will automatically start to be positioned to function as God’s weapon of righteousness on this earth! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus