I was reading my bible and reflecting on the times that we are living in. The devastation of the tornados and earthquakes that have occurred throughout the world this year quickly revealed to me that the earth is in travail with birth pains for the New Jerusalem. It seems that daily in the news reports we observe political leaders respond to very serious issues regarding our nations well being with adolescent behavior. This is so disturbing, yet very reflective of some of times in the bible days where the people cast off restraint. Truly, we cannot be passive with the power that resides within us as Christ followers.
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJ) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”. The word vigilant by definition provides us with a spiritual perspective as well. The World English Dictionary definition is, “Keenly alert to or heedful of trouble or danger, as while others are sleeping or unsuspicious.”
As a Christ follower we have provision in our covenant with God that allows us access and safe passage through these troubling times and it keeps us from being devoured by the spirit of the age. This is why God tell us to test the spirits. 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” This is not only referring to false religious prophets, but any leader who proclaims to be guiding you to an expected end. If the pathway revealed does not reflect God’s Principals, or His character traits, it’s probably not His pathway!
As Christians we are called to be different, and to make a difference when it counts. We cannot remain silent and think “well, that’s just the way it is”. No! That’s the way it is if we want to sleep our freedom away! The Apostle Paul had to contend with the spirit of the age as well.
Eph. 6:18-20 (NKJ) reminds us, “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Whatever circumstance or situation the evil one is trying to lull you to sleep with, shake yourself and remember you have the “Greater One, Jesus! ” living on the inside of you! You are not alone! God and many others are standing with you for your breakthrough today!
Always remember that “The Spirit of Truth” is Greater than the spirit of the age. God has not forgotten His Word. He has not forgotten His people. If He said it, it is true! He will bring it to pass!