We live in a time of great stress and anxiety. Many of these stresses come from strained relationships, work, debt, social media, the news, and trying to keep up with pop culture. There are so many voices declaring war on our hearts, trying to captivate us, telling us we'll die a failure...but God wants us to rest in his promises of victory.
To " Be Steel " means to " mentally prepare oneself to face or do something difficult". Life is difficult, Jesus said " in this life, we will have trouble", but " Take heart" he has overcome the world. For us that believe God's word, Christ is the alloy that makes us steel minded. Because of Christ we too can overcome the wicked ways of the world. Through worship, prayer, and meditating on God's promises we are able to stand our ground when testing comes.
Be Steel can also be interpreted as " Be S-T-I-L-L" recalling the words of Moses in Exodus 14:14,
" The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. "
Also the words in Psalm 46:9-11,
" He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.' The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."
Finally, Jesus says to the storms, "Quiet! Be still!" ( Mark 4:39) and calmed it with his voice. Jesus calms the storms around us, and at other times he calms the storms inside us. Either way, we will overcome any storm or war when we prepare our hearts in the presence of God and Be Steel.
Believe and Be Leave
Bitterness will destroy us if we hold on to it. The message of Be Leave is "Be who Christ calls us to be, and leave bitterness behind". Christ calls us to be the light in a dark world ( Matthew 5:14). He calls us to forgive, and be kind even to our enemies ( Luke 6:27). He says we can’t be forgiven by God unless we forgive others ( Matthew 18:35). Our faith in Jesus causes us to love our enemies, and pray for those who persecute us ( Matthew 5:44). Many times our worst enemies are people in our own family, just as Jesus warned: “ Your enemies will be right in your own household!” ( Matthew 10:36). Yet we are to Love them regardless of what they do as a sign of faith in God. This sign of faith can direct a whole nation towards the path of life, harmony, and peace.
Be True means to be faithful to God. Because it is in this faithfulness that we see the kingdom of God fulfilled. There are so many voices trying to shape our identity today, but it’s only in the light of Christ that can we find our true identity. It’s only in the presence of God do we find our true purpose and the reason why we are on this earth. Because of Jesus, we are no longer slaves who serve out of fear, but the beloved who serve out of gratefulness ( Hosea 2:16). Be True was released on Valentine's Day and is a reflection of God's faithful love.