|Spiritual Mettle being Steeled?
|DO YOU LIVE IN A NINEVEH ?
Spiritual 'Mettle'can be thought of, in part, as reflecting
aspects of one's "courage, fortitude, character and tem-
perament".(1) 'Steeling' is a process of hardening the
elements to produce increased strength. 'Steeling' can be
viewed as equipping "one's inner resources to endure dif-
ficult situations ... to make resistant to harm or destruc-
tion".(1) The Holy Spirit is steeling the faith, persever-
ance, endurance and character(2) of end-time believers.
He is also hardening the armor of intercessors. He is
strengthening their resistance against the diabolical plans
and wiles of the spirit-of-lawlessness(3), in order for
believer's to stand against (and endure) what is to come(4).
In the book of Jonah the city of Nineveh had "come up before
the Lord because of their wickedness".(1) Most read Nineveh
as representative of the unrepentant gentiles of that time
clinging to 'worthless idols, lying vanities'(2) (Kjv) and pagan
rituals. Many of us today reside in cities that worship
commercial and municipal prosperity, high tech-nology,
natural wonders and/or cultural pagan practices. The city
this writer lives in covets all of the above and the spiritual
strongholds that evolve from this type covetous- ness will
surely bring God's judgment unless we repent (3) and'turn
from our wicked ways'. This may sound like doomsday
thinking to the self-righteous, however it should be a clarion
call to certain failing cities in America that lust after their
own prominence while many 'unsaved citizens' languish in
'entertainment centered' houses of worship, some almost
devoid of a Christ centered gospel.
If you are walking in God's plan of righteousness (5) then
you will surely come under increasing attack from the
enemy in these end-times ... for "he knows his time is
short"(6). Allow the Spirit of God to equip you to be a
'Soul Survivor' and prepare you to fully serve out your
calling for and in His Kingdom(7).
Those that lived in Nineveh recognized not their sorrowful
state of 'spiritual fallenness' until God took the initiative to
offer them, again, the opportunity to turn to His ways and
purposes(3). If you care anything about where you live, then
take up the call to intercede for your city, government, Lao-
dicean(4) type churches and the 'unsaved masses' in your
community. You, like me, probably live in a Nineveh-type
city --- a Jonah may already be at your door calling you to be
a part of God's end-time plan set out in Eph. 1:7-10 "to bring
all things in heaven and on earth together under one head,
in Christ". JDH/AMA
The ' steeling of your mettle ' is a Holy Spirit ministry
and not something you can accomplish on your own.
Keep your sword oiled [the Word of God(8)] for 'rusty
words' will not cut a lion to the quick 'that prowls about
looking to steal, kill and destroy'(9) and tempt you from
Let your Spiritual mettle be steeled. JDH/AMA
(1) Amer. Hert. Dic. (2) Rom. Chap. 5 (3) 2 Thes. 2:7 (4) 2 Tim. 3:1
/Rev. 12:11 (5) Phil. 3:8-11 (6) Rev. 12:12 (7) Rom. 14:17-19/Heb.
12:28-29 (8) Eph. 6:17 (9) 1 Pet. 5:8/Jhn. 10:10 (10) Eph. 1:1-14.
(1) Jonah 1:2 (2) Jonah 2:8 (3) Jonah Chap. 3. (4) Rev. 3:14-22