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September 23, 2019

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

 

Recently, a large part of Java island experienced a blackout for almost 2 days. There were many speculations and suspicion brewing up in the community.

 

In one of my WhatsApp groups, which consists of several public figures and higher-ups of a company, I am amused of their assumptions, information, and analysis regarding the major blackout. From their opinions, I could see how every aspect of this nation’s life has been set up according to the ‘Babylonian system’, and ruled to such an extent by those harboring vested interests. Their interests are so strong that they are willing to do everything to fulfill their personal agenda.

 

The righteous whom God will bring into the Babylonian system must’ve truly emptied themselves from all kinds of humanistic and worldly interests. They must live solely from the revelation that God’s hand is the only factor that carried them through Babylon’s ladder of promotion. Therefore, they must also believe that the same hand of God will preserve them to stay ‘on top’, enabling them to keep functioning as His witnesses who bring the reality of the Heavenly Kingdom within the system.

 

1. Without emptying ourselves from all kinds of humanistic and worldly interests, then live to fulfill God’s plan alone, we will be easily ‘bought’ by certain people or groups who are interested in our God-given position.

 

Remember, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were also given the ‘opportunity to choose’ (although in Nebuchadnezzar’s intimidation – Daniel 3:13-15). In the end, their determination required them to enter the ‘fiery furnace’. And that’s what I felt this morning when I was praying for God’s righteous people whom He will bring into strategic positions over the nation. The wicked and groups who hate the truth will always be there, trying to ‘snare’ the righteous so they will ‘submit willingly’ and follow their desires.

 

This is my prayer for every righteous man who has occupied strategic positions over this nation: let the spirit of truth reigns in you always, so with complete boldness, you will fight for the social justice of all the sons and daughters of this nation! Don’t let yourself be bought and sold in this Babylonian system!

 

2. By living in the dimension of revelation about God, who in His sovereignty lifts whoever He wants to (Daniel 2:20-21, 4:17), we will automatically set our life to always delight His heart.

 

We truly realize that we receive our promotion from God’s own hand; not from our connection, colleagues, or anyone’s leverage! If the promotion comes from the Lord, to be safe in our current position, and to receive another promotion, we have no other alternative; we must keep ‘lobbying’ God!

 

We must also make sure that we function according to God’s purpose when He placed us in our current position; making sure that our life always delights His heart. And trust me, if we execute God’s assignment in our current position faithfully – building an accurate life and delighting His heart – He will entrust to us an even higher position!

 

It’s never difficult for God to promote us. We are the ones who need to make sure that when we receive God’s promotion, we won’t forget His original intention for us: to be useful for the Kingdom of Heaven and function as His weapon of righteousness on this earth! #ILoveGod

 

Ps. Steven Agustinus