Scripture: Matthew 10:16, NCV
“There were two hundred leaders from Issachar. They knew what Israel should do, and they knew the right time to do it.” (1 Chronicles 12:32, NCV)
“Listen, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as clever as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16, NCV)
We find ourselves in a world filled with all kinds of conflict. Conflict rages in both the seen and unseen realms. Secular forces battle spiritual forces all the time, but we often are only able to see the partial results of the battle.
Individually, we all face battles of various kinds, including physical, material, spiritual, emotional, and mental stresses. Human casualties are abundant.
But the Word of God gives us the hope, power, guidance, and instruments needed to fight these secular and spiritual battles.
“The Lord says, ‘I will make you wise and show you where to go. I will guide you and watch over you.’ ” (Psalm 32:8, NCV)
God tells us how he will make us like the sons of Issachar. They had an understanding of their times and knew what Israel should do. This wisdom was a gift from the Lord.
Only the Word of God can give us the proper perspective of the battles going on in this world. It guides us in what we should be doing in our current day and age.
Jesus said to be wise as serpents, since we are in a world full of ravenous wolves. The world system seeks to destroy, but it will ultimately be destroyed, according to Scripture. Until then, the Bible gives us the counsel needed to conduct ourselves in this difficult world. It gives us the understanding of our times.
We have the option to become skilled CONVERTERLATORS. If we are successful in this endeavor, then we have a great opportunity to be victors rather than victims. Failure to become a skilled CONVERTERLATOR causes us to run the risk of being devoured by the CONSUMERLATOR and suffer eternal loss.
Further, we will miss out on experiencing the major gateway by which God can and will move majestically in our lives while we are still in this world! Who wants to miss that opportunity?
Today, ask yourself:
Do I realize that secular and spiritual battles are raging around me? Am I beginning to understand the importance of becoming an effective CONVERTERLATOR in my world?
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