We don’t have to look very far to see that the world is in upheaval. Riots and racial discrimination, holy wars and poverty, perversion and slavery are everywhere and my heart seems to cry out in response. The darkness seems like it will overtake and a smothering feeling starts. It creeps into our homes, social media streams, and our very souls in a matter of minutes. The darkness appears to take over.
Until we see the glimmer of Light.
You see, I understand there is slavery. I see the racial discrimination. I hear about the holy wars. My heart breaks time and time again after each news story. But I am convinced that this is not a time of darkness for our world. In fact, I would go so far as to bet my own life on the fact that at this point in history, our God is working like never before.
So while ISIS beheads our brothers and sisters across the world, do you know what is happening? The Name of Jesus spreads. And as a man walks into a Bible Study and kills our brothers and sisters in cold blood, do you know what the outcome is? The Name of Jesus spreads. And the darkness of sin will try to overcome, but we all know what the outcome will be: the Name of Jesus will spread.
If this jumble of words is anything at all, it is a reminder that evil will never win. Evil has already been defeated. And while some may say we are quiet and dead, let me remind you, friend, that the Bride of Christ (the Church) is very much alive. There is movement and quaking for revival. The world hungers and thirsts for Jesus and they don’t even know it. But we know the end result, we know the outcome. The outcome will always and forever be that the Name of Jesus will spread.
“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:9-11
I watch the news and scroll social media only to be rejuvenated. And how could I be rejuvenated at such a time as this? In the midst of heartache, turmoil, and strife, how can I press on? I press on because this time has been foretold. And even in the middle of such hate, there is a Love that covers all. Thousands of years ago it was prophesied that there would be destruction. Jesus Himself told His followers that the world would hate them. If you are a follower of Christ, you are not surprised that the world hates you. I’m not surprised.
So while the news tells us one thing, my authority, the powerful Word of God and strong Body of Christ, tells me another. The Word of God tells me to lean into my King. The Body of Christ echoes that we are alive and well. I see the Church around the world growing rapidly. I see followers of Christ taking a stand on their morals. I see all colors and races linking arms in solidarity.
World, we are not broken. Dear ones, God has not forgotten us. Brothers and sisters, the darkness will not win. Take heart, gather courage. Our God is Alive!
And no matter how fast the evil seems to spread, Love will conquer all. No matter how skewered governments seem to become, God’s commandments still stand. We are living in hard times, that is true. But the same God that conquered the grave and defeated sin and death for all of eternity is the same God today.
Jesus does not change. So I will not be moved or undone.
“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” -Hebrews 10:39
Today when the evil presence of the world appears to cave you in, stand up. Because God is here and He is ready for His people to move. Think about it. Out of every period of history, out of all the people that have walked the planet, out of every state of humanity, God picked us to be here now. Coincidence? I think not. Purposefully planned? Absolutely.
We are here for a Divine reason. We are here to spread the news that God is Alive and God is Here and God is Ready. Our Powerful and Death-Defeating Jesus is ready for worldwide revival. He is ready to bring His children Home and take His Bride, the Church, to be with Him forever.
Jesus is Power. Jesus has won. Remember that today and every day. Let this be a reminder to us that we were created for this very hour. We were created and equipped for this very season— to stand up for the Kingdom of God and impact the world as never before.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us.” -Romans 8:37