And he called his ten servants, and delivered to them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.—St. Luke 19:13 (KJV)
Many seem to be in the occupy state of mind these days. There are Occupy movements going on in many places across the globe. But I wonder what a Christian Occupy Movement would be…
Would it be…?
- Protesting the seeming attack on Christian Beliefs,
- Attempt to force the passage of laws that uphold Christian principles,
- Forcing the stoppage of using foul language in public and the workplace,
- Cleaning up the nudity that we see constantly in the media,
- Etc., etc., etc.
While all of these have merit, none of these, I believe, will have the effect that Christians occupying themselves would have! Here is what I mean:
While there are many variations and some expansions to this definition, this is the one that I will be focusing on during this writing.
The scriptures are full of examples of how Christians should take control of their lives and force the ungodly forces to give up and flee. Through Christ, we have the power to occupy our own lives. You may say that we already have control…right? I would argue that many have either given control over or refused to exercise the control they had already!
The curse that came on all mankind at the fall of Adam is still very real and very active today. What is the curse, you may ask? The curse is the force that brings those things that a loving God did not intend to be in the lives of His children. These things include but are not limited to: sickness, disease, poverty, wayward children, broken homes, failed marriages, and so on.
For example, to occupy in the area of your marriage is to take a stand that the devil will not have your marriage. How? By researching the scriptures to see what God intended your marriage to be and believe God for it to be that way. You show your faith/belief not by wishing that it will happen but by declaring what God said will be your experience and refusing to believe anything else.
In any area, you have to take the attitude, “I am not moved by what I see, hear or feel…I am moved only by what I believe!” Why? Because Satan will use fear and the circumstances of your life to take your eyes off of the promise of the Word…thereby causing you to believe his report instead of God’s. Fear is of the devil and submission to it will create death in your life and in you; “…God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7).
You show your belief by what you say and practice consistently. You will only say and do the things God gives you—by revelation—if you spend time in the word regarding those things. For example, if you needed eggs and went to the store and bought milk that would not do you any good because you needed eggs. If you need help in your marriage, studying healing will not do you any good…and vice versa! Every seed reproduces after its own kind. In other words, if you were to plant tomato seed—do not expect to see squash or cucumbers.
The powerful word of God is full of seed that covers every aspect of your life…but don’t expect it to just jump into action. You and I have to plant it into the soil of our heart! We do this through the faithful hearing, reading, and confessing of the Word daily. The scriptures teach that when we do this we will “observe to do all that is written therein:” and this following of the Word will bring prosperity and success (Joshua 1:8). Proverbs also teaches that when we make the Word a priority in our lives it will, “…bring life to those who find them and healing to their whole body.”—Proverbs 4:22 (New Living Translation)
Therefore, when the subject of occupy this or that arises, please remember that the greatest thing a Christian can occupy is themselves.
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”—Hebrews 2:1 (KJV)
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