September 22, 2019
Daniel is a biblical model of a believer who lives within the Babylonian system. He is a product of King Nebuchadnezzar’s ‘captivity’ over the Kingdom of Judah (because God’s people stopped walking in righteousness). However, Daniel is no ordinary man; he is of a noble lineage, and he has determination in his heart (to love God with all his heart, soul, and strength), and the qualifications to work in the wheels of government. Daniel even stayed at the highest position in the kingdom although kings and empires come and go.
Until today, especially in Indonesia, we are yet to see someone like Daniel in the domain of governance and politics. Although there are Christians there, their heart and determination is unlike Daniel. As a result, their actions are not that much different to the other politicians who carry their personal agenda (not the agenda of the Kingdom of Heaven).
In politics, everybody knows that lying is something common; compromising things for money and position is normal; and taking down political ‘rivals’ through unlawful means is ‘lawful’. Yes, that’s the world of governance and politics that has been influenced and molded by the spirits of this world. As a result, through that domain, a nation can be formed according to the desire of its rulers.
This morning, my eyes were opened to see this clearly: the domain of politics and governance is a foothold for principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places over a nation (they are unseen to the naked eye – Eph 6:12)! In other word, this domain is THE HEART OF THE ENEMY’S DEFENSE!
Daniel is a weapon of righteousness, deliberately ‘slipped’ by God into the system of Babylon. Through Daniel, God aimed to reveal His kingdom, and influence the decision-making of kings. Daniel fully understood that the real fight is not against flesh and blood!
That’s why Daniel has no other way. He must always rely on the power of PRAYER and GOD’S WORD! That’s what enabled Daniel to connect himself to GOD’S POWER AND SOVEREIGNTY. So, Daniel’s prayer life was not a ‘mere spiritual routine’; it’s a divine activity and life in the Spirit, which opens the heavens so Daniel could access all the needed word and ability to complete the will of the King of kings on earth. That prayer life is what enabled Daniel to PIERCE THE HEART OF THE ENEMY’S DEFENSE behind the domain of governance and politics.
This morning, I heard God saying: “I am raising up my ‘Daniels’ from the midst of My holy people. They are commissioned from the house of God that has been built according to the pattern in heaven. They come to the domain of politics and governance not as captives (who come because they need job and money), but they are ‘officially’ commissioned from My house (proven to live in divine pattern) to bring in and realize the Kingdom mandate in that domain.”
This morning, I become so optimistic. The same conviction within Joshua and Caleb echoes strongly in my heart.
Numbers 14:9 (NKJV) Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for THEY ARE OUR BREAD; THEIR PROTECTION HAS DEPARTED FROM THEM, AND THE LORD IS WITH US. Do not fear them.”
The battle is over! When God’s people RISE IN SPIRIT POWER AND LIVE IN THE DIVINE PATTERN, the enemy will scatter right away. Their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us – THE BATTLE IS OVER! As believers, the domain of governance and politics is ours. There, we will sit, rule, and reign to bring in peace and justice over the nation! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus