The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalms 37:23-24 KJV
Authors have been around since the dawn of time. Even before the pen and paper were invented, there were those select individuals who were brave enough to think up a character, to imagine some exotic location and to envision a story line. Some of the most celebrated authors through history are those who write cliff hanger or action stories. They can imagine twists and turns within a story line that really get the readers engaged in the life of the characters. These authors are the masterminds behind those heroes that we all have, at one time or another, looked up to. Batman, Spider man and Superman all became boyhood heroes. We looked up to them and idolized them. The authors made them very real for us but in reality, they are not real. They are simply characters born in the mind of the author.
Even those action heroes from the silver screen are not real people. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, 007 (Inert your favorite here) are real men of course, but the characters they played were all made up, dreamed up within the mind of the author. Even though we tend to idolize the actor, the true hero is the one who created him, the one who wrote his “cool” lines.
In every action book or action movie no matter what the story line, the hero always manages get himself into a bad situation. Whether He is trapped in some box canyon surrounded by bad guys or dangling over a pool of man eating sharks, the hero always makes it out alive. A trap door opens, the horse comes back at the very last second, an explosion and the hero is set free. Why does this happen? Well, it’s not because the hero has figured it out but because the author can write anything he wants to. The author is in charge of the situation. You see, the hero is never at the mercy of the villain, he is only at the mercy of the author. The Hero, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how wounded he becomes, the writer can make any change at any time.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:2
Who is your author? Who writes your story? Do you have fear or anxiety regarding your situations? Maybe you need a different author. If we allow the villain to instill fear, then we have lost our faith. Who is your author?
I am sure you have noticed that when the hero is trapped and the villain seems to have beaten him, the bad guy will begin to “trash talk” the hero before killing him. I always wondered why the bad guy doesn’t just end it.
He would say things like;
“Well Mr. Bond, looks like you will be dining with sharks tonight” or “When I kill you, you will be so dead” or “I have waited a long time for this moment, I cannot tell you how much I am going to enjoy watching you die…(insert obnoxious laugh)”.
Do you know why the villain does not just oust the hero? Do you know why the villain waits until it’s too late to pull the trigger? Because the author will not allow him to.
Let me say this friend, the devil (your villain) cannot kill you, he cannot harm you, he has no control over you at all because the author will not allow him to. All the villain can do to you is talk trash, speak fear, tell you everything he is going to do to you. The devil tries to become the author of your faith by telling you how bad your life has become or how horrible your end is going to be. He will say things like:
“You will never get another job” or “you have fallen and now you’re going to die” or “no one will ever accept you after this…(insert obnoxious laugh)”.
But when Jesus is your author, there is always a way out. There is always going to be a trap door. When the Lord is your author you will ALWAYS WIN and the villain will always lose. Just remember Isa 54:17 ‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD”‘. NKJV
• No weapon formed against you will prosper, Why? Because the author says so.
• Every tongue that rises against you (namely the villain), You shall condemn. Why? Because the author will give you the “cool” comeback phrase just before you escape the devils clutch.
• This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. Why? Because when you serve the Lord, He is your author.
Everybody faces battles. Everyone will get wounded. There will be times when you won’t feel like getting out of bed, days when you won’t feel like praying, days when the wounds are so deep and they have been with you so long that you may not believe that you will ever get out. Just remember;
The temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.: 1 Cor 10:12-13 NLT
There was a time in history that the hero was dangling over a broken hill called Calvary. The villain had finally gotten Him right where he wanted. The villain trashed talked Him for hours, humiliated and ridiculed Him in front of His bride. But there was no trap door, no sudden explosion to save the hero. The author did not step in and save the day. At the darkest hour of humanity, our hero breathes his last breathe and dies. The curtain sank, the play ended the devil wins and everyone went home.
The author picks up the pen and turns to a brand new page…and by a strange turn of events, what wasn’t even possible…not even conceivable….the villain looks up into heaven and sees the hero…NOT DEAD, BUT ALIVE…and sitting on the throne of God. How did this happen? Because the Author had a plan from the very beginning and the Villain had no chance, no control at all, the author was never planning on letting him win. How could Jesus have joy at Calvary? Because He knew there was going to be a way out, He knew that this was not the end, He knew the author was in control.
The same author that wrote Jesus out of the grave, is the same author who writes your story today. So, look unto Jesus the Author and the finisher of your faith.
Who Is Your Author?