Gift ~ A Hidden
The word "crisis"
in the Chinese language has 2 symbols that define its meaning.
One represents potential danger and the other represents hidden
opportunity. Thus it appears that the Chinese indicate their
belief that a crisis isn't always a bad thing. Even though
there might be a potential for danger, there is an equal amount
of hidden opportunity. They have the attitude that a crisis has
the potential to take them to a better place.
This brings us to the subject
of perspective. When we mistakenly blame God for whatever
"crisis" we find ourselves in, we automatically have eliminated
our We take away the hidden opportunity to discover a "gifr"
when we blame God for whatever 'crisis' we have found ourselves
in. We must learn to see from God's perspective and draw truth
from chaos. God will show you the measure of opportunity that
can come out of a crisis.
In Hebrew, the word for crisis
is the same word they used to describe a “birth stool,” which
was the seat on which Jewish women sat as they gave birth. So
during a crisis, you are giving birth. Out of your crisis, your
pain, you are going to bring forth something great, and it will
come from within you. Instead of trying to lay blame to anyone
else or your circumstances, remember that God has given you a
promise: "We know that
in ALL things God works for GOOD . . " (Romans 8:
When Joseph was falsely
imprisoned, instead of hiding away in misery, he prospered
because he believed that he was to take advantage of his
circumstances. What a powerful lesson for all of us! Joseph
TRUSTED God and knew that he would realize the promise that God
had given him. He prophesied and interpreted dreams while he
was in prison. When you find yourself in a crisis, you must
function as though you are already living in your promise. In
the midst of a crisis, if God has told you to do something. . .
DO IT! You will find what is hidden: a GIFT!
Throughout Holy Writ God has
given us EXAMPLES to follow for our lives to impliment in each
and every situation, in all hidden opportunities. If we apply
His examples, we will not only be brought through our difficult
circumstances, but we will also discover a GIFT.
Does your crisis seem to be
utter 'darkness?' Chaotic? Have no order? In the beginning,
that is the way the earth was, "The earth was
without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of
the deep." (Gen.
1:2) ~ "Then God
SAID, "Let there be light, and there was light." (Gen
1:3). God could have snapped His
fingers, wiggled His nose, clapped His hands. . .
however, He did none of those
things. He SPOKE.
The FIRST . . . EXAMPLE . . .that God give
us: The POWER OF OUR SPOKEN WORDS. We HAVE
what we SAY!
The hidden opportunity is the
potential danger because we continuously talk about how bad our
circumstances are. Let us consider for a moment the 'power' of
our own 'spoken words.' We are not often taught or encouraged
concerning the ways that we can discover hidden opportunities,
our hidden GIFTS. In the Bible it says that God shares His
secrets (hidden opportunities) with his servants the
Instead of showing those who
are lost and blinded by sin that there is a hidden opportunity
in their present circumstances, the church is constantly trying
to get rid of those who have problems that are too hard to deal
with, such as homosexuality and pedophilia. Your crisis, or a
crisis around you, such as one that might be in your own
church, such as homosexuality or pedophilia, can become the
birthing ground for unrealized destiny. Crisis always produces
equal measures of devastation and opportunity, and anyone will
agree that it is considered an unpleasant thing. However, until
people get the VISION and learn how to reach out to those with
'hard to deal with sin,' people, in and out of the church are
going to simply perish!. Where
there is no vision, the people
The Scandinavian Bible is
slightly different than our English version. The Scandinavian
version says, “Without
progressive revelation, the people dwell carelessly.”
Proverbs 29:18 (Scandinavian Bible
Version). To dwell carelessly means to live
loosely by speaking badly of one another and fighting one
When a church is dwelling
carelessly by gossiping and fighting each other, they have no
progressive or future insight. This usually happens when the
eschatology has the escapism perspective (we must get out of
here). By adapting this kind of thinking, they have taken
progressive revelation away from the people. When you
have hope, but have not seen
said in Romans that hope is no longer hope when it is
felt and seen with the natural eye. Hope is only hope
when you don't have what you are hoping for in your hands
If you hope for a house, and
you get it and you are standing in it, hope has disappeared.
Without hope you will not live. When God gives you a sure
prophetic word about your future, hope is once again given to
you (activated). When you don't have it in your hands, you work
harder to get it. The eschatology that teaches that we are
“going home” soon, takes away any hope for the future. Why
should we sit around and wait?
We know that Y'Shua will
return, but we also know that no man will know the day or the
hour of His return and the reason we aren't to know is so that
we can continue to hope and work towards our destiny, both as a
whole human race and as individual souls. So while we look for
and await His coming, we don't just sit around and
I encourage you to get some
progressive revelation in your life and continue to look to the
future. Continue to seek your destiny. Stay focused when you
are in the midst of life's challenges. Hope: excited
expectation. Hope will keep you alive! Remember, with each
passing day: you are not what you used to be and better days
are still ahead! ~ CiCi