This Week’s Key Verses: Acts 16:6-8 “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia,having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.”
In a time when there is so much chaos and confusion, when nations face complex issues that belie solutions, when it seems that any day we can turn a corner and come face-to-face with trouble – take time to look for the simple things in the beauty of creation all around us. Be still and listen for the sounds of heaven, hear the woodpecker on a distant tree fulfilling the purpose for which he was created. Watch the waves as they crash upon the shoreline. They tell of the boundary line that God ordained long ago. Notice the tinkling of a wind chime at it moves with the breeze and plays its tune. I hear it speak of a fresh wind of God coming to the earth.
And remember, the Lord did not create the earth to be filled with evil and violence …
For thus says the Lord—Who created the heavens, God Himself, Who formed the earth and made it, Who established it and did not create it to be a worthless waste; He formed it to be inhabited—I am the Lord, and there is no one else. I have not spoken in secret, in a corner of the land of darkness; I did not call the descendants of Jacob [to a fruitless service], saying, Seek Me for nothing [but I promised them a just reward]. I, the Lord, speak righteousness (the truth—trustworthy, straightforward correspondence between deeds and words); I declare things that are right. (Isaiah 45:18-19 GW)
In a day when nations topple, when one in authority is removed from office and another takes his place, God’s kingdom stands firm, His promises never fail. He is our only safe place. God is our shield and “as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord will surround His people, both now and forever.” (Psalm 125:2) Think on these words and fan into flame the spiritual gift that God has given you “…God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 11:7)
In the Sermon on the Mount, addressing all who believed in Him, Jesus said, “you are the salt of the earth … you are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13-14) This is not a day to hide away or shrink back from the rising tide of secularism, but to stand firm in the faith. We are called to be spiritual warriors, but God’s armies are not like the fighters of this age. We do not wield the sword or spear, no axe or gun is in our hand. We do not lay traps for men, nor do we take captives to build up an army of flesh. The Lord’s warriors lift their voices and proclaim His word, they are men and women of valor, trained in righteousness and truth, their weapons are not carnal but mighty through God and designed to pull down strongholds. The weapons we carry are not forged of iron nor are they produced by the power of man. Through faithfulness and perseverance we are trained to use heaven’s instruments of peace and all who are numbered among the redeemed are in His ranks. Our aim is to shine His light, spread the good news, offer mercy and grace to those who are broken, and invite the lost into real life. And always follow the One who goes before us.
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