This message continues from the previous day’s message.
We are discussing about the wrong understanding carried by the disciples going to Emmaus, which is actually the experience of many Christians as well.
- Wrong/inaccurate understanding will produce false hope, which will always end in one’s life being shaken.
- Inaccurate understanding will only cause us to fail in seeing and recognizing God who is currently working.
Luke 24:16 (NKJV) But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
Just like the story of Jesus’ disciples on the way to Emmaus, they fail to see and recognize Jesus who are accompanying them in their walk. This is caused by their inaccurate understanding and response towards everything Jesus has said to them.
Inaccurate understanding of His word often disables us in seeing His powerful hand at work. We become so blinded that oftentimes, God’s promises and reality seem to vanish just like that, moreover when we are facing life challenges or crises.
Hebrews 12:25-28 (NKJV) See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
The Bible has prophesied that various shakings will take place during the end times. However, many Christians respond towards the shaking with a passive heart attitude and defensive mentality. Many Christians even pray to God so they can be evaded from the shaking in order to be saved.
Meanwhile, through accurate understanding, we can have a more comprehensive insight of the word. This is possible because the work of the Spirit of Truth guides us into all truth.
Haggai 2:6-9 (NKJV) “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
God has prophesied through Prophet Haggai that the shaking will take place for a purpose. Through the shaking, God desires for the riches and resources, the beautiful and valuable from the nations, to flow and fill God’s house. In the end times, it has become God’s will for His house to be established and exalted above all other hills. God’s church is glorified over all peoples and nations (Micah 4:1-2).
So, our expectation and response become different when we know Him and understand all His will and plan accurately. The shaking will cause His church to be increasingly solid and glorified instead.
- Inaccurate understanding slows one’s heart, disabling them from believing the word actively.
Luke 24:25-26 (NKJV) Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”
The word “slow” is written using the Greek word “bradus” which means stupid, slow to apprehend or believe.
In principle, if we have heard the word, but we don’t build it as our conviction and align all our decisions according to it, our lives will not be transformed. Such is the heart attitude of those who cannot actively believe the word, or bring themselves to be persuaded by the word they hear.
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Ps. Steven Agustinus
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