June 1, 2020
Joel 3: 9-10 (NET) “Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for a holy war! Call out the warriors! Let all these fighting men approach and attack! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears! Let the weak say, ‘I too am a warrior!’”
I believe, in times of world turmoil that still continue, God made us not as victims neither merely survivors nor just ‘enjoying’ blessings, but we can rise as a Mighty man!
Accordingly God wants us to change our perspective on ourselves and the way we see a thing, situation, or condition. This change will begin to take place when we read the Word, imagine, and speak it.
For instance, suppose we read about Elijah meets a widow in Zarephath. Stop looking at ourselves from the perspective of a ‘victim’ then identify ourselves as a widow who is about to die then meets Elijah who ‘makes’ a miracle. Try to see ourselves as ‘Elijah’ who gives direction, solutions, and reveals God’s power. Because that’s what God wants. We become the salt and light of the world! Our lives become real solutions in the middle of this world. Remember, we are not commoners, but heroes (Joel 3:10).
The most powerful characteristic of a ‘hero of the nation’ is the attitude of his heart that is willing to sacrifice and not selfish. His life is no more for himself, but for the nation and state’s interest. The spiritual principle is: died of self-love, love of money, and love of the world, but live only for the sake of God (Romans 6:11).
God will bring us to meet people who need hope, direction, answers, and the reality of God! God will use our lives to deliver those who are imprisoned, bound, and depressed, and then bring them into the glorious freedom of God’s children (Romans 8: 19-21). Even more, we will be His dwelling place where men meet God. So that all forms of death manifestations will be swallowed up in victory! (Revelation 21).
Another example, when Elisha meets a widow who is being chased by the “debt collector” (2 Kings 4: 1-7). Many times we always see ourselves ‘as that widow’. It is not wrong if we are indeed in the same condition. But, now see ourselves as Elisha who is giving wisdom and God’s ways to those who are under ‘pressure’ or problems of life! Remember, we are a mighty man!
I believe this transformed-perspective will take us into the great agenda of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our spiritual eyes will begin to see the unshaken KINGDOM. So that our lives entirely represent the reality of the Kingdom on earth. And hence will make us perfectly nurtured by our heavenly Father! What we need to fulfill His plan is provided and fulfilled. Even what has been pursued by nations will be added to us.
Despite those things, first and most importantly keep our hearts continually focus and cling to Him – to live only by His Word, believe, and obey! That is what will position us to be heroes of the faith who overcome the world! (1 John 5: 4). Keep in mind, we are not victims, BUT WE ARE HEROES !! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus