Afternoon lunch folks! I love Skillet. You wouldn’t think of them as a Christian band, but they are.
In this song, the hero they are referring to God. Like you and I, the song speaks of the struggle, the times we are on the edge, feeling down almost to the point of losing our faith…but they cry out; they need a hero to save them. And they know He will, just in time. Then it seems like their attitudes shift. He knows what he has to do, and he’ll do it. He’ll fight the battle. Live another day. Speak his mind and make his voice heard. Who’s gonna fight for what’s right? Who’s gonna fight for the weak? Who’s gonna help them believe? And my favorite “I’ve got a hero…living in me”. He wants to share that quality only God can give: hope, grace, mercy. How powerful. We all feel so disparaged at some point in life that it seems pointless, but this songs screams that it’s not, if you have the Hero of all Heros!
Did you know you have the Holy Spirit living inside you? (Ezekiel 36:26-27) I think that’s why sometime when we think it’s our gut, it’s really God. This life is so good at bringing us down. We think we are all alone and oblivious to the warfare going on between our flesh and spirit. Count ourselves as crazy, or ‘just the way we are’. We are so good at giving the devil all he needs to keep us convinced that we each deserve more and should be able to work less. My generation didn’t suffer through depression wondering where they were going to get the next meal. No wonder my Dad and I are so distant. From the time we were small and observing our families fret over bills, money, the neighbors and the like, these worrisome traits were engrained into us. And maybe we learned to covet, be jealous, have fits of rage when things don’t go our way because we were just down right spoiled, we even accepted drinking or drugs to the extreme because we justified that it’s ‘okay’ to just want to escape. But it’s not! All of these are sins and we won’t get into heaven doing these things, especially if we think we can just ask for forgiveness when we die. We have to earn our keep here on this earth, just as much as we need to earn heaven. He will judge us for what we have done here on earth. There is judgment for our actions. (Jeremiah 17:9-10) God does not demand we earn our way into heaven, but we should do it because as humans we each deserve it. Think of how much better this world would be if we lived by simple principles of forgiveness, honest, love, hope, mercy, gentleness and self-control…
Do you think God is just going to forgive you at the last minute and let you walk through the gates? No. God is a just and jealous God. Why do you think Adam and Eve clothed themselves and hid from Him? He wants a relationship with us. (1 John 4:19) He is a kind and loving God who does not want anyone to perish. (2 Peter 3:9) The time to break free from sin is NOW! The bible says that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. There is no law against these such things.” (Galatians 5:19-23). Who wouldn’t pick anyone of these over jealous? Self ambition? Sexual immorality? And if we each had more of these fruits and less of the sin, think of what a better world this would be…that’s what God wants. That’s all He wants. It’s what He longs for: a world that chooses to bear good fruit instead of indulging in sinful nature. The devil tempts us but God only tests us and our faith in Him. A lifetime is but a breath to God. This life is just a test and through our test we weave our testimony. This blog is my testimony and by sharing it I hope I touch at least one other person in the name of God.
He gave us free will, but like I’ve said before, it’s not free. As with everything, you pay a price. So, we each have to choose our deal: Pride, jealousy and greed in exchange for what? Temporary enjoyment and an eternity in hell? Chance waiting till the last minute to be saved? That’s a pretty scary ‘maybe’. Nah…I’ll take submission, repentance and transparency in exchange for God’s rod, staff, grace, mercy and blessings. I chose to be victorious with my Almighty HERO both here on earth and in heaven.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” ~ Ezekiel 36:26-27
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ~ Galatians 5:19-23
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. What can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”” ~ Jeremiah 17:9-10
“We love because he first loved us.” ~ 1 John 4:19
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” ~ 2 Peter 3:9