Life is strange these days. Difficult. Hard to understand and wrap our hearts and minds around.
Anger, hurt, violence, despair, hopelessness, fear, ANXIETY, doubt, confusion, chaos...
Just some of the few emotions and actions erupting around us and inside of us.
I remember when September 11th happened. My first bout with anxiety began, and lasted for a very long time.
The world seemed like it would never be back to normal. And, in many ways, it is not.
But, things did get better. Eventually getting on an airplane was easier. Fear subsided and life moved on.
The thing I have to keep in mind during these times is that we were not made to crave the comfort of the world. We were made to crave Heaven.
When we find ourselves restless and longing for what used to be, we need to look no further then this scripture...
"This world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come." Hebrews 13:14
When we begin to get to comfy with our surroundings, our faith fades. Our passion for spreading the Gospel wanes.
Think about your own life.
When things are very tough and hard, don't you find yourself clinging more to Jesus? Desperate for His Peace?
On the flip side, when things are going perfectly smooth...health is good, finances are good, relationships are good...
We tend to get comfortable. Lazy even.
We become lukewarm. Neither hot or cold.
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16
Times like these wake us up to from our comfortable, lukewarm spot.
Friend, we will never ever be comfortable here on this earth. This earth will fade away. And all that we hold dear will as well.
Matthew 24:35 says, "Heaven and Earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear."
Instead of being afraid and fearful of these times, NOW is the time to draw near to Jesus. To know Him more. To see what He says. To learn what He teaches.
His Words are the only words that will remain.
Revival comes through times like these. Throughout history, it proves to be true.
The enemy would love to make us believe that things are hopeless, people are depraved, and our prayers are useless.
He lies. He is the father of lies.
What the enemy meant for evil, God will make good. (Genesis 50:20)
The enemy is not afraid of lukewarm Christians. He knows Revival will not be spurred from lukewarm.
We must have hearts on fire for spreading the Good News of Jesus.
What else does this world have to offer the hopeless during these times? Absolutely nothing.
Let's open our bibles. Turn our eyes to His Words.
Pray. And pray some more.
Then, ask for God to give us opportunities every day to share. To show love. To show hope. To point others to Jesus.
When we hate our brothers and sisters, Christ is mocked. We cannot truly be Christ followers unless we love like Him.
The best cure for anxiety, hopelessness and despair?
If you had a cure for cancer wouldn't you want the world to know? We surely would not hide it under a rock.
We must be bold in our love. In our actions.
How about instead of posting scriptures on instagram and facebook, we call someone, text someone, go and visit someone.
LOVE others right out of our comfort zones.
It is time for us to step out of our cozy houses lived behind screens.
The enemy is out there.
We must be too.
We must bring the Sword of The Spirit to battle...God's Word.
So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God. 1 John 3:10
no more lukewarm,
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