"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
The world we live in seems on the brink of the end days as Christians have read about many times in the Bible. There are wars, rumors of wars, and even strategic military movements that suggest war on a world wide scale is inevitable. The U.S. federal government is corrupt as it’s ever been and even worse, the elections are feared to be rigged. The two candidates in the dominate parties of the election are unworthy in all of their ways, and the competition independents are irrelevant in the gist of things. Our pastors are in the dark as of how to handle the challenges of this new era of technology and our youth seem to be headed for a downhill slope. What doesn’t help is that the hope for the America of tomorrow seems even bleaker when looking at the economic future of our country. All the negativity for many is unbearable, so they turn away and seek after distractions. If turning to distractions and worldly outlets is not the answer, what is?
While the enemy comes to do what our scripture tells us he does (steal, kill and destroy), we must keep our eyes on the cross. We serve a living Christ who suffered on the cross so that we may seek eternal life and find it. For us, there is a hope for tomorrow. Because God lives and sits upon the throne of Heaven today, this world’s events are under His control. Evil runs rampant, but we must remember it will not prevail in the end. The events of today are simply preparing the world for its final destination, which is to be conquered by the one true “Alpha and Omega”. How we react will help determine how fast that end result happens. God is waiting for perfect timing of His children to do His will. You may ask, “What is He waiting for?” The answer can be found in our Bible. God has commanded us to make disciples, which are Christians multiplying themselves all the while living a Christ centered life (Matthew 28:16-20). To do this, we need to be disciples ourselves first.
Although we want the best possible outcome morally for America come Election Day, the results shouldn’t hinder our faith. It doesn’t matter who wins the election this November, we still have a job to do as Christ followers. We must do the will of the father, which is “make disciples”. With God still on the throne and in control, we must remind ourselves that He has the steering wheel to this ship and is the ultimate captain. The enemy will not prevail, but the will of the Father shall surely win (Revelation 20:7-10). There is nothing a president can do to stop or prevent His will from being done. The world stage seems to have forgotten God, but God does not forget the world. As Christians it is our duty to proclaim the Gospel and tell of His goodness (Psalms 34:8). Once they “taste and see that He is good”, they won’t desire another substitute.
Part of the Great Commission is living the part, not just doing. Our lives and actions should be the lighthouse among a rocky shore amidst the storm. People of the world should look upon us with hope and be able to steer in the right direction based off of our lifestyle. What is ironic is that even though our world appears in shambles and in need of Christ more than ever, His children are letting Him down more now than ever. Without Christians setting the example living holy lives, pure unto God; we cannot reap the harvest God seeks. America can be a big part of this great harvest of believers, but only after we repent of our sins and seek His face again. Unfortunately, we have departed from a Godly lifestyle and have sought the sinful ways of the world. This cheap substitute shows better than we think. A sinner can smell the hypocrite cologne stronger than the lobby of a car dealership. When we begin to repent, pray, and seek God’s face; there will be an awakening unlike anything ever witnessed in this world (1 Peter 2:11-12). Until then we work, we wait, and we stay focused on the things of heaven. We must remember when things get tough, “that this world is not our home” (John 18:36, 8:23). We will see our reward soon, with the face of Christ shown upon us. Until then, be multiplied and God Bless!
Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Revelation 20:7-10 (ESV)
The Defeat of Satan
7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven[a] and consumed them,10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
1 Peter 2:11-12 (ESV)
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
John 8:22-24 (ESV)
22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
John 18:36 (KJV)
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.