June 12, 2020
2 Samuel 22:21 (TB) The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands. He has recompensed me.
From meditating the verse above, many questions arose:
What kind of righteousness are we believing in? Is it truly the God-given righteousness, or is it our own self-righteousness? Or is it the wisdom of this world?
Then, how could we discern between the absolute truth against something that merely resembles the truth? This becomes something vital for us to answer, because it turns out, our life is very much determined by what we believe in! Even having the wrong conviction will attract the wrong things to manifest in our everyday life.
Holy Spirit gave me the following illustration: a goldsmith will easily discern between real and fake gold. He could quickly discern only using sight and touch. This is not because the goldsmith is an ‘expert’, but because he is used to/often ‘associates’ with real gold. So, whenever he handles fake ones, he could discern straight away. For commoners, the fake gold may seem very similar. But for a goldsmith, the difference becomes so obvious.
From the illustration above, I learned something: many of this world’s wisdom and philosophy ‘resemble the real truth’. For those who are ‘not used to associating with the real truth’, they could mistake the fake truth as the real one. They will even accept it as the ‘truth’ and become its doers.
However, for us who keep being hungry and thirsty of the real truth and keeps associating with His reality, we know for sure that all philosophies of this world are so contrast compared to the real truth; the difference becomes so obvious. Although they have been polished and coated with shiny materials (motivational words and human logic), we could still sniff the spirit behind them – they are so different to the divine life within God’s real truth. We can know for sure that there is the ‘smell of death in there’.
Holy Spirit taught me to practice the above principle this way: in this era of quick and open communication, we can hear various news, information, perspective, opinion, knowledge, and teaching. If we find that what we’re hearing/reading is not aligned to God’s voice (or the portion of faith that He gives), then we must quickly reject them. Even if what we hear or read seems good and logical, don’t be too quick to accept it as the truth. Ask the Holy Spirit first. Is it God’s voice or not? If it is not compatible with the word and direction we receive from God, quickly reject it without further consideration.
During this day and age, THE LEVEL OF OUR FANATICISM OF GOD’S VOICE MUST INCREASE DRASTICALLY. Because otherwise, we will ‘compromise’ with this world’s philosophy. As the result, we will repeat the same mistake of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, which will lead to death for our own selves. Because when we ‘equip ourselves’ with the ways of this world, we will fail to rise as heroes of faith, and instead become conformed to this world. When the world shakes, we are also shaken. When this world passes away, we also pass away. In short, the wisdom and philosophy of this world will never bring us into the fullness of Christ.
Holy Spirit emphasized to me: “Don’t soil your hands by catching the ways and philosophies of this world. Throw them away! Just capture My word, and grind them into your inner man (by meditating and declaring the word). Make sure that My word, truth, and voice is the only material for your conviction, not others. That’s the only way I will treat you according to My way. My sovereign hand will guide and hold your hand to walk in My divinity! You will become a witness of the passing of this world and how solid My Kingdom is! The heaven and earth will pass away, but you and My word will stay. You will prove that what the world says is WRONG!”
Hebrews 11:7 (VMD) Noah was warned by God about things that he could not yet see. But he had faith and respect for God, so he built a large boat to save his family. WITH HIS FAITH, NOAH SHOWED THAT THE WORLD WAS WRONG. And he became one of those who are made right with God through faith.
Let it be done in my life, in Jesus’ name! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus