IT'S TIME TO TURN THE TABLES!!!
So earlier this week, I awoke to Yahweh saying, “SEE how YESTERDAY abused TOMORROW.”
I knew that he was asking me TO SEE, take a LOOK AT, or in other words, TO EVALUATE how yesterday abused tomorrow. God then said, “Critical thinking. So important.”
Critical thinking means, to make reasoned judgments that are logical and well thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don't simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to, but rather have an attitude involving questioning such arguments and conclusions through thorough evaluation.
Critical thinkers take a bird’s eye view of things, looking at both sides of an issue objectively, by removing all bias, preconceived notions, and emotions from their view of the complex problem, in order to form their subsequent conclusion and/or solution to the issue.
So I began thinking about the word, “yesterday.” It is defined as, “the day before today.” The word, “tomorrow” is defined as, “the day after today.” Therefore yesterday can be thought of the past, while tomorrow can be thought of as the future. You can’t go back to yesterday, because your past has already come and gone. And tomorrow, your future, has yet to arrive. The only day that is considered the present time is TODAY.
So if we go back to God’s statement. He said, “See HOW yesterday (the past) ABUSED tomorrow (the future).”
Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of a thing, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices, crimes, or other types of aggression. In addition, abuse can either be self inflicted, or inflicted by others.
In your own personal life, it’s easy to see how bad habits, addictions, thoughts, decisions, lies, unkind words, toxic relationships, unforgiveness, shame, guilt, anger, false beliefs, sins, unbelief, or lack of trust can all negatively affect, or CONTINUE TO ABUSE your tomorrows. If we all sat down and took a critical bird’s eye view of our own lives, I would imagine we could easily see EXACTLY HOW our yesterdays are abusing our tomorrows.
God’s statement made perfect sense to me. He then finished his thought by saying, "See how yesterday abused tomorrow, because YOU DID NOTHING to stop the abuse, while it was TODAY."
There is ONE DAY between yesterday and tomorrow. And that is TODAY. Today isn’t yesterday, and hasn’t yet become tomorrow. In fact you could completely reinvent yourself on any given today, refusing to let your yesterday carry into your tomorrows, by doing something, or by taking action against any abuse going on in your life.
Every day we are shaping our futures through our thoughts, words and actions. God says in Hebrews, “TODAY, when you hear my voice do not harden your heart.” God’s voice brings great revelation, insight, redirection, and strategy. God’s voice brings ultimate victory! God’s personal voice will not only bring us out of the abuses of yesterday, but into abundant living today. When we listen to and then obey God’s voice, we allow God to shape our futures!
And, when you take a critical bird’s eye view of your life, and SEE how Satan has played his hand in all of the abuse in your life, it will actually help you, because righteous anger will build up in your Spirit, and you will take action to STOP Satan’s schemes to steal, kill, and destroy. It will actually give you the clarity, courage, and strength to do something about it, to forever turn over the enemy’s tables that he has set up on your Temple grounds.
Once the tables are turned, instead of being abused, our lives start abusing the enemy and his kingdom, by shutting him down, by no longer listening to his lies, by no longer handing over our power to Satan for his use against us! We become a force for good that cannot be stopped, because the power of Jesus Christ that will start flowing through us!
ONTO THE BIGGER PICTURE
After pondering all this for several days, God then turned my focus to the history of the church as a whole. Once again he had me looking from a bird’s eye view from the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
I was drawn to the Matthew 28. It’s the story of what happened on the morning of Jesus’s resurrection from the point of view of the guards who were instructed to seal the stone to Jesus’s grave, and then stand guard at the tomb in order to prevent any mischief from occurring.
We all know Jesus was seen by the women on the morning of his resurrection, but what many don’t realize is that the guards witnessed Jesus’s resurrection as well.
“And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said.’” Jesus then appeared to the women and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:2-6)
Now since the guards were described to be like dead men, we don’t know if they heard what the angel told the women, or if they consciously witnessed Jesus speaking to them. But we do know that they FELT the earthquake, they SAW the stone rolled back, and they SAW the Angel of the Lord sit down upon the stone. The guards had just experienced something SUPERNATURAL from heaven.
And yet this is what takes place next…
“Behold some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests ALL that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a SUM OF MONEY to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they TOOK THE MONEY and did as they were directed; and this STORY HAS BEEN SPREAD among the Jews to this day. (Matthew 28:11-15)
Until today, I had never looked at this passage so closely. This is huge! From the very first day of Jesus’s resurrection, Satan started paying people off with money to CHANGE THE STORY!!! Even though the guards knew that was NOT THE TRUTH, they took the money anyway and started SPREADING THE LIE.
And that’s when I really understood what God was telling me. “See HOW yesterday ABUSED tomorrow from ALL THE LIES being spread.” My mind became flooded with examples of abuse upon the church, because the real story of THE WAY has been changed by Satan over the past 2000 years.
As I was pondering all these abuses, at Satan’s hand, God said, “POWER GRAB.”
That’s it exactly!
Satan has been trying to steal, kill, and destroy Jesus’s resurrection power from believers since day one! As soon as Jesus rose from the dead, the POWER GRAB of the Holy Spirit began, because the Power of the Holy Spirit would now be available to all believers in Jesus Christ. And Christians have been standing by and doing absolutely nothing about it for 2000 years. In fact, Christians allowed Satan to USE THEM to grab power FOR HIM.