One of the great clichés of Christian religion is the acronym, “BIBLE,” which is taken to mean “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.” I take umbrage with this chestnut as focuses, as religion frequently does, on the “exit strategy” instead of an “offensive strategy.”
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The Lord, Jesus, said “Occupy til I come” (Luke 19:13). What is saying here is not to simply occupy space! Rather, Jesus is speaking as in the context of a military leader, as in “possess this land as an occupying force!” People mistakenly believe that waiting on God (Isaiah 40:31) means sitting on their “blessed assurance,” not doing anything. In reality, that waiting on God is more like waiting tables — serving, not sitting!
Big difference!
The problem is that many – if not most – Christians receive Jesus and begin to look up to the heavens, hoping for the day that Jesus raptures His Church out of the earth. Traditional Christianity is cowardly, in direct opposition to the conquering mentality of the Lord! Folks think everything will be alright if they can only navigate through the trials of this life to get to the sweet-by-and-by.
Truth is, Jesus said He came to give us abundant life (John 10:10). He also said that anyone who sacrificed for the Gospel of the Kingdom would receive manifold blessing in the here-and-now and everlasting life:
29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30)
Did you catch that? Jesus promises substance – material abundance – in addition to spiritual blessing! God provides this blessing to empower us to take territory for the Kingdom, not to cower and wait to be taken out of the world! Jesus told us to go heal the sick, drive out demons, cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead (Matthew 10:8). He gave us authority over the ability of the enemy that we may go into the world and make disciples!
With all this in mind, I’d like to change the BIBLE acronym to mean Basic Instructions Before LIVING in the Earth! In other words, the Bible is our earth survival guide – you cannot effectively live in the earth without it. And you certainly cannot take territory for the Kingdom without it!
Stop preparing for retreat; TAKE TERRITORY! Do you hear me?
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
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