by Pastor Tim Burt
I had to replace a light bulb on my garage ceiling last week. It seemed to be dimming and then it went out. It reminded me for a second of the world we live in.The world is getting darker and the end will come. People, especially Christians, seem to be anxious about the last days. We are in the last days, but that could still represent another hundred years. We don't know. What I do know, is that God does not want His people cowering in fear or becoming indifferent thinking there is nothing they can do to influence this world or people into a better place--ultimately toward Jesus and eternal life. Remember these words! Resisting Satan and his ways will make you stronger. Becoming indifferent will swallow you up in the worlds ways. You'll become like them.
There is turmoil in the world, but there always has been. Sin creates turmoil. Today we have media to amplify everything and create a spirit of fear. Fear works. It has the power to deceive, to manipulate, to paralyze, and to bring great discouragement and depression. It also has the power to make you feel like the world is caving in on you! It's not!
Jesus said that there would be “last days.” In these last days, man would become his own god or solution to everything. Jesus Christ and Christians would become a hindrance and a nuisance to the freedom of man’s sinful choices and false religion. The godless world will ever-increasingly reject Jesus and us as Christians! They also reject the boundaries God gave us for righteous living as archaic in this morally destitute world we live in. We can already see these attitudes loose in the earth today, which tells us we are coming closer to the day when Jesus will return. God’s word, however, was always meant to produce reverential fear (respect) for God. It was never been written to produce fear! 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
God does not want you to live your life in fear no matter what is going on in the world around you! Living in fear keeps you ignorant or deceived, and manipulated and paralyzed from the authority in prayer that God has given you. Those who live in fear are also living in discouragement. Discouragement unchecked leads you to depression and hopelessness which is why people kill themselves. Discouragement is designed by Satan to keep you from exercising your “sound mind”—a mind of clear thinking that can pray in faith and take appropriate action on what is vital and necessary. 1 John 4:18 (NLT) says, “...love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear…”
Until Jesus comes back and redeems this earth, you will always live in an earth that has turmoil. The devil would like you to cower and be paralyzed with fear. This might be the behavior of the wicked who has no discernment, but not you! Proverbs 28:1 (NLT) says, “The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.” You are called to “resist the devil" (or demonic influences and behaviors.) James 4:7 (NIV) says, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
Yes, the world’s actions do try to invade and affect our mind and lives, but the Lord wants us to rise up in the spirit of prayer and boldness in action toward what is right and good. James 5:16 (NLT) reminds you of who you are in Christ saying, “...The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” That's you! Your prayers of sincere faith in God's promises are what do produce change and the good we hope for in this world.
The confession of your mouth when your life feels like it's in turmoil, needs to be the same as David’s was in his world of turmoil in his day. Your faith needs to believe, pray and say these words in a spirit of thanksgiving to God boldly each day till you absolutely believe them.
(Various verses from Psalm 91)
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day… Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. But you will see it with your eyes; you will see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. For He orders His angels to protect you wherever you go.
Yes, the world we live in is dark and getting darker. But, you can be an agent of light representing Jesus in this world and being a vessel of faith-filled prayers that do change things! Don't let the devil trample on you! Trample on him! Remind him of his destiny. Then remind him of yours with Jesus. Then pray in faith believing! Your faith and your prayers matter! Do not bury your head in the sand out of fear or apathy! Be bold as a lion! Have faith in God. Receive these promises into your life. And pray for this world. It needs Jesus, your prayers, your action, and your light!
James 5:16 (NLT) “...The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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