October 19, 2021
During this time there are many among the believers who have wrong perceptions and misconceptions about the process of crushing flesh. Often, they think that this crushing of flesh is a process of heavy or difficult life experience, going through negative situations and conditions, so that it always feels burdensome and difficult.
In fact, the process of crushing the flesh does not always have to be passed through a hard road, the struggles of life that are full of stress and difficulties or various painful and unpleasant events. The Bible actually emphasizes that there is another way without us having to go through the hard road of struggle, namely by starting to direct or discipline our minds to divine things – the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5-7).
We begin to persevere and discipline ourselves to contemplate, imagine, say or pray the Word until our hearts are burning. That’s the way to do the crushing of the flesh that God wants. And this is the accurate way for us to get the oil.
With us diligently contemplating the Word, then automatically various divine influences that come in our minds, will condition our lives to be divine. With our minds controlled by the work of the Word and the Spirit that brings the awareness of God’s reality, God will make our lives distinguished and special (Exodus 33:16). Through disciplined meditation on the Word, God will cleanse our hearts and lives, so that we can begin to see God and the reality of His Kingdom (John 15:3, Matthew 5:8).
In the book of Revelation 3:18, it is emphasized that we must have oil to anoint our eyes, so that we can see the reality of God. God does not want that in the midst of darkness like now, His people continue to slumber and live in distractions that come from the enemy. God wants our spiritual ears and eyes to remain open, so that our interaction and communication with God’s existence and the reality of His kingdom will continue to accompany our lives.
Job 42:5-6 (NKJV) If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Job had to go through various bad and unpleasant events to experience the crushing of the flesh for not knowing God personally. But when Job’s eyes began to open to see God’s reality personally, his life underwent a drastic and dramatic restoration.
But God really emphasizes that each of us does not need to go through the path of flesh-crushing as Job went through, because from an early age we begin to be able to see God’s reality, through our personal knowledge of God.
Our perseverance in pursuing Him and establishing the truth in our lives, makes the Holy Spirit work to anoint ‘oil’ in our eyes, so that we are able to see God and the reality of His kingdom.
1. Seeing God is an attitude of the heart that every believer should have.
“Seeing God”, has the connotation: There is a life that focuses solely on God and His Word, believes in His promises, and hopes only in the manifestation of His sovereign power which is unlimited.
Daniel 3:17-18 (NKJV) If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego very clearly shows how every believer should have an attitude of heart that can see God. So that with steadfast FAITH AND PERSISTENCE TO BELIEVE ONLY IN HIS WORD, we can overcome various problems and challenges before us with divine might and victory.
We never become worried and afraid even though danger and death threaten before our eyes, because we can clearly see the reality of God who accompanies and protects us. This is the attitude of the heart that we need in these days, in the midst of the various turbulences that are constantly happening. So that our lives will never shake or experience the impact of the existing turmoil.
When we are able to see God, the journey of our faith life will be different. Our firmness in believing the Word and holding on to His promises will grow stronger and begin to manifest the infinite sovereignty of God’s power.
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Ps. Steven Agustinus
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