November 21, 2019
When someone experiences bad/negative event in his life, what he goes through will usually trigger a negative emotion inside him. When the negative emotion begins to trigger, usually he doesn’t immediately dispel it, the negative emotion that is flaring up in his life will mold him! Without he realizes it, the nature of his spiritual man begins to get polluted by the negative emotion and usually the effect of the pollution will usually follow to manifest in his daily life in the various bondage of problems!
Luke 9:53-55 (NKJV) But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.
Particularly in verse 55, NKJV translation written as below:
Luke 9:55 (NKJV) But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know WHAT MANNER OF SPIRIT YOU ARE OF.
When Jesus intended to go to Jerusalem and had to pass by Samaria, He intended to visit people in Samaria. But when they knew that Jesus set His journey to Jerusalem, they refused Jesus! Knowing that thing, the two of Jesus disciples said – in order to defend their master, that they were going to command the punishment over those Samaritan people. But, in an instant Jesus scolded/ rebuked them and said: You do not know what manner of spirit you are of!
From the story above, I found several principles of truth we need to notice:
1. When someone is enraging with negative emotion (in case of James and John, they felt disappointed with the manner of the Samaritan) is easy for him to be driven by an evil spirit.
Action, utterance from the disciples – eventhough seemed to defend Jesus, instead criticized by Jesus Himself because they were manifesting an unfavorable spirit life – there was an evil spirit was riding on their lives!
2. For all this time the believer allow the negative emotion to mold, affect their lives because they don’t know the bad effect that was emerged.
Every believer must actively to keep maintaining their emotional condition to constantly be surrounded with peace and joy that come from the work of the Word and the Spirit that occurs in their lives! Never think it’s normal when the negative emotion comes up – it’s kind of fiery darts which are released by the Devil to destroy and kill the joy and divine peace that are supposed to enjoyed by every believer! We are in the midst of great spiritual warfare, that’s why we have to keep on guard our lives!
3. The whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18) are specifically purposed to guard the dimension of faith, hope and love that we have toward God and men.
When someone experiences the negative emotions, there is a work of evil spirit that is specially assigned to ruin and destroy the dimension of faith, hope and love in that person.
Therfore keep aligning our hearts to believe that regardless of various negative events which exist, we have the best Father! In His faithfulness, He is always with us! It doesn’t matter whether we cannot feel His presence in our lives, keep believing that He never forsakes us! Regardless of the terrible facts we are facing, keep putting our hopes on Him that He is constantly guiding us to glorious future! Ask His grace to condition your life to always be filled by His divine love!
Make the positive emotion as the result of the work of the Word and the Spirit to constantly wash, cleanse our spiritual man. #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus