October 17, 2019
Holy Spirit brought me to meditate on the promise that God has given to every member of Breakthrough City Church (BCC) and Steven and Sons (SnS) Family: he will lift us up as an influential, renowned, and respected people on this earth. God will distinguish us from every other people, and make us very successful in everything that we do. God will truly lift us up as the most superior individuals in every domain; through our lives, He will bring down the government of the Kingdom of Heaven on the face of this earth.
I believe that we are all very excited to experience the fulfillment of this promise. But we must not wait in passiveness for the promise to come. In every word and promise given by God, there is always a command/instruction – we must actively respond (follow it up) by doing what’s right (obeying the existing instructions).
Below are some word verses about God’s promise to bring us into His ways of victory, and to raise us up as an influential, renowned, and respected people. I found the same divine pattern contained across these verses:
Deuteronomy 28:1 (NKJV) “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
James 1:25 (NKJV) But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
From the three parts of the Bible above, we could see the same promise of God; He will bless us abundantly in everything that we do; our journey will be successful and prosperous; and God will lift us up above all the nations of this world.
I also find that the command contained in every promise of God is a series of processes in meditating God’s word: starting from listening well to the voice of God, memorizing the word, studying the word, meditating the word, declaring the word, and devoting ourselves in the word, act carefully in doing His commands, and executing every instructions of the word faithfully/earnestly.
When I meditate upon this further, I realized that the instructions contained within God’s word and promises ‘demand’ our perseverance, determination, and seriousness in loving God and His word, together with the awareness that we live from His word alone.
From the series of processes found in the three verses above, Holy Spirit brought me to study the word in James 1:22-25. In order to progress from merely being hearers of the word until becoming doers of the word, I find that this is the only way: we must truly realize that the word we listen to is IMPORTANT, and realize that we only live from His word.
Right now, I remind myself and build this as my solid mental awareness: as a new creation, I live by His word alone! God’s word is very important for me! Let the heart that is always hungry and thirsty of God’s word keeps working in my life, burning even stronger, leading me to prioritize my time and devote my life to study the word, and to always think of the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5)!
All of the above are active measures we must build in our life as a new nature. Devote ourselves to keep studying God’s word, speaking His word, and doing whatever command/instructions that God has given. Without doing so, God’s promise will stay as a promise. But when we continue to do our part actively, God will also continue to do His part in our life! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus