Raise the banner of God

It has been such a blessing to study bible chapter by chapter from Genesis on Fridays since four years ago. The word of God itself has power. That is something we just simply believed, experienced and will continue to apply to my life.

I was touched by Psalms 60 when we were taught to raise the banner of God by prayer, by testifying the work of God, and by showing Christ in us. Just as in a battle the raising of the banner boosts the morale, lifting God up in my life also encourages me in my daily spiritual fight. Knowing by faith the victory God has given us through Jesus, I can boldly take my territory as each tribe of Israel conquered their own land. I don’t need to feel weak, for now I am free from any bondage that Satan tried hard to put on me, from the pressure of feeling that I have to do something, to have a good husband, to have children, to have a good career, to have this and that. What else can I fear if I am no longer afraid of losing anything in this world? “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6-7, Hebrews 13:6)

I gradually realize that It is because of grace I am compelled to read the word of God, to live for Him, to offer myself as living sacrifices, not by human persuasion, but by the touch of the Holy Spirit and the power of God I am striving to live my life as Christ lived. How can I not? He died for me and saved me from the old life that I lived before. I did not understand how Lot could easily believe the two messengers regarding the destruction of Sodom and left his home and all the properties just like that, until one day the Spirit hit me about the hunger of the needy. Lot would not believe in the message unless he already saw the evilness and hopelessness of the city and had hunger to escape, as bible describes “Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)” (2 Peter 2:7). So when the message came, he immediately accepted and fled for his life. What did the angles say? “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain!” Consider what happened to Lot’s wife, who looked back and became a pillar of salt. I used to think it was such a small thing, only a look back, leading to such a severe punishment. But God’s word is true, since I have seen many people who casually went back to the world, from a small step, another, another, until one day they left church and never came back again. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” There is no other way. God wants our whole heart.

Praise God!