We had a beautiful time with the young people of our church, who had an opportunity to ask Prophet Shyju Mathew some pressing questions. We want to take this opportunity to share it with our readers.
Question: > How can we discern in our daily life how to act, what to say or not to say, instead of reflecting after the fact?
Response: > Our greatest strength comes from what we comprehend the best about the Lord.
Awareness is Key
We must develop a great awareness of God in our spirit. It is only with a high and sensitive level of the fear of God, that we are able to be totally conscious of what we say, what we do and how we behave from day to day.
Our lives must have a high level of sensitivity to the role God plays in our lives. For example, promotion comes from the Lord (Daniel 2:21). The fact is, man has a way of planning many things, but it is only what the Lord decides that comes to fruition (Proverbs 16:9). Further, many are the plans of the kings, but the Lord holds his heart in His hands (Proverbs 21:1). Or consider how the eyes of the Lord are going to and fro to give strong support to those whose hearts are blameless before Him (2 Chron. 16:9). Anyone can verify how the fruitlessness of a tree causes the axe to be laid at the tree (Matthew 3:10). In fact, every single aspect of our life, from waking to sleeping, from rising up and the setting down of the sun, to the elevation and the demotion, the rise and the fall, even kings established and removed, happens because of God.
From one thing to another, if you are sensitive, you will locate the hand of God in your life.
The fear of God comes when you realize and acknowledge that nothing happens in your life outside of Him. As you reflect on this, may the Holy Spirit help you stay conscious and aware, that you may choose to walk righteous before Him. (To learn more how to function in the Spirit, head to this link.)
Second, you can never bend reality. No matter how much you try to manipulate life, life has a way of snapping back at you. You can never get through life though deception. Everything that is hidden will be exposed (Hebrews 4:13). There are no secrets before the Father (Mathew 6:14). We will give an account to the Lord for whatever we do (Matthew 12:36), so we can never cruise through life thinking that cheating will go unnoticed.
For those wicked ones who seem to prosper in your midst, never admire them. The Bible says, do not admire those who are evil (Proverbs 4;14) Do not let their temporary state of success confuse you. Those who are enjoying short-term momentary gains in life through deception will reap judgement in the longterm. It may seem like they can do whatever they want without consequence. Yet everything they do now, they will pay a price at some point. The Bible is clear, “What we sow, we will reap.” (Gal. 6:8, 2 Cor 9:8, Hosea 10:12).
Learn from your Teachers
Pain is the best and worst teacher. Choose instead, to learn from those who have gone before you. When we live ignorant of God, in His Sovereignty, the Father will allow Pain to teach. Whenever possible, find someone who has lived longer, who walks in wisdom, and let their life teach you rather than face the pain of handling fire and being burnt or ignoring good counsel, then experiencing life’s sorrow.
Learn life’s lessons from those who have already had pain as their teacher. You don’t want to be foolish or weak to do something without consideration. Pain will be your most effective teacher, but the most permanent one, because there is always a scar left to remind you why not to do something.
Conscious Intention = Steady Growth
In conclusion, the best way to be intentional, conscious and aware of things as you do throughout the day, so before you text, call, meet someone, or enjoy anything of concern, remember these three things. A heightened sensitivity to the Lord will be your portion! (To hear full sermon, head to the Shyju Matthew app!)
- Stay 100% aware that everywhere aspect of our lives flow through and from God.
- Commit yourself to the truth that we are accountable to God for every choice, deed, act and that whatever we do, we will reap accordingly.
- Learn from others who have gone before you so that Pain does not become your teacher in life.
As you cling to these principles, these three values will gird your choices, and wisdom and balance will be your portion to His Glory!