inspirational

I Am Titanium

Reverend Dr. Michael J. Fisher
Pastor of the Greater Zion Church Family (Compton, California)
Member of: Los Angeles Alumni Chapter


Romans 8:31
“What shall we then say to these things; if God be for us, who can be against us?” (KJV)

Unfortunately it is our sad reality that we live in a time, a world, and a culture where it seems as if the wrong are right, the cunning are congratulated, the unrighteous are applauded, and the malicious are supported. In our culture, it is not uncommon to wake up uncertain how the day will end. The Apostle Paul would forecast the times that we are living in right now in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV):

 

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. [2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3] Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, [4] Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.


However, as horrible as these times may seem it is not the first of it’s kind. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV) reminds us that “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, penned this particular verse when in his mature stages of life with the intention to offer sound wisdom to his son who was facing adversity and hard times. In short, Solomon tells
his son that although circumstances may seem new to his generation, the circumstances were mere repetition; familiar to the preceding generations.


Solomon’s fatherly advice should allow us this comfort: the same God that brought the previous generation through their storms is the same God that will bring this generation through the hell we might be going through right now. He is the same God that walked our grandfathers, our grandmothers, and our ancestors through the cotton field, slavery and discrimination. He is the same God that is still sitting on His throne. We can also take comfort in the fact that if we call on Him the same way our grandmothers, our grandfathers, and our ancestors did, He will be sure to
answer and guide us the way He did for them.


To deal with the recession, death in the family, tragedy, misbehaving kids, unpaid bills, or to deal with anything else that life may bring your way, we must learn how to get in our word of God. The word of God gives us an example in Apostle Paul, whose resume is filled with a life of persecution, desertion, trials, pain, tribulation, stoning, imprisonment, and lonely moments. However, when Paul was in jail and the church of Phillipi brought him a care package, he expressed his gratitude, but emphatically addressed the reality that having or not having wouldn’t affect his faith. Paul is the one that he learned to be abase and abound, up and down, rich and
poor, because he learned that in whatever state he was in, how to be content. He famously ends that statement with the declaration, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Phillipians 4:17)


Paul writes to the church in Rome at the time that King Nero was in control. Rome was a city ravished with immortality, greed, and sin. King Nero was noted for his public Christian persecution and was known as a torturer of Christ followers. He would kill the Christians in Rome and drag their dead carcasses through the city as evidence of what He would do to those that profess Christ as King over him. Even with that type of brutality taking place, the church still grew because there was a group of believers that decided to live by the word Christ. Indeed, they lived out the declaration: “for God I live and for God I die.”


Paul gets wind of the madness and writes to the believers in Rome: Romans 1:15(KJV), “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.” In other words, Paul did not turn from the resistant culture, rather he turned directly toward the city and face the culture head on. Paul marches to the city of Rome with a message of titanium! Titanium is a chemical element that is considered a transition metal with a silver color, low density and superior strength. Its silver color makes it perfect for reflecting light. Its low density means it is
small in size, but its durability is strong and is capable of enduring long periods of adverse conditions. It is also a transition element, which means it is compatible and only gets stronger when connected to a reinforcing agent.


Paul realizes the pressure that the church is facing and declares three things:

1) Your persecution reflects the persecution of Christ. Like a diamond, we shine brighter the more we are cut and put through the fire! We have to be cut to become more expensive. The more fire we go through, the more value there is on our lives. Always remain mindful that the persecution that we endure, the cutting that happens to us, is for His sake.

2) You were built to endure! Consider this: If you weren’t built to endure than how did you make it this far? Life will cause us to go through some things, but God will carry us through it and ensure that there is no remnant of the hurt, pain, or the residual effects of the situation. The slight disadvantage to this God-given commitment is the chance for people to erroneously assume that life has always been easy for you, but they don’t know that it’s simply the service of God. It doesn’t matter how big or small the situation, it doesn’t matter how rich or poor you may
be, we have a promise in the word of God that the race is not given to the swift nor to the strong but to those who endure to the end!

3) You only get stronger when connected to the right agent, especially an agent that compliments your power. There is always a need to connect yourself to someone else that has survived. Remember the Biblical principal of a two or three gathering: together, God enters the mist. Titanium gets stronger with the more stuff that it touches. Romans 8:35,38-39 (KJV) proves, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” You’re titanium, your connections to God as your reinforcing agent will ensure that you will still get the job, graduate on time,open the business, finish the book, sign the deal, or get the house.


Lastly, titanium is commonly used for airplanes. It is the only metal that can endure high altitude elements and and not break off during departure. Additionally, titanium is put on the bottom on the airplane. Allow that to serve as another reminder that we are called to reach high altitudes and achieve in every field of human endeavor. The last storm you endured was your proverbial plane, set on the runway, preparing for take off. You’ve survived the worst and are now prepared for take off. So enjoy the flight, and prepare to achieve greater!