What now?

The clamor is great as we move into the New Year. The Covid 19 Pandemic is running rampant even as vaccines are being distributed, and the unrest in our society is almost at match point. What can we do?

There is a little verse in II Chronicles 20:12 “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” God reminds Jehoshaphat that the battle is His. The battle is still His today. This battle is foremost a battle of principalities. I believe we need to be careful where we fix our eyes now more than ever. I believe we are under extreme warfare as described in Ephesians 6:12 – against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms and our greatest weapon is prayer. I believe we need to be on guard against wolves in sheep’s clothing and remember as Matthew 24:24 warns us, that even the very elect can be deceived. I believe that when we start condemning other brothers and sisters based on words and worldly beliefs and not on biblical principles, we are in deep trouble, for it is not our job to convict and condemn others, but to lead them to Christ and mentor the new believers; but if we spend our time seeking other things we lose sight of why we are here and what our focus is – which is Jesus Christ and revealing Him to others.

Matthew 24:12 warns us that lawlessness will increase and that the love of many will grow cold – is that us? Or will we remain in Christ’s love and reach out in that love to show people that there is a better way. There are many who believe we are nearing the end-times, if that is the case, my question is what is our focus? Is it engaging in social media arguments that are not changing anyone’s mind or are we ministering to the hurting, the sick, the lost that live within our own households, and neighborhoods, and cities?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (16:33 NIV)

Take hope, look up, fix your eyes on Jesus and know that you are never alone. I am again reminded of Ephesians 6 which tells us to put on the full armor of God and in The Message says: “God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (…17-18)”

n Christ’s love, Valerie

Again, I pray: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.I

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