While the enemy has the free world arguing over whose life matter’s more, God is saying, “Children, draw near to Me. Seek Me first. Love your neighbors as yourselves. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Forgive.”
It is important to remember that not everyone claiming to be a Christian is, in fact, a child of God. False teachers will always be among us, and they are well-followed. Often their ideologies are quite inviting. If what you are hearing causes even small red flags to wave, compare what you are hearing with what is in the Word of God. And if it doesn’t line up…no matter how “good” it sounds, shake the dust off your feet quickly, and shun the very appearance of evil. Not every Bible-quoter is of a pure heart, and often they twist the words just enough to make the wrong way sound enticing. Know the Word well enough to not be drawn in.
Conversely, Christians make mistakes, say the wrong things, take the wrong action…sin. Yep. We sin. And it rarely goes unnoticed; that alone should make us always aware of how we act and the choices we make. Others are watching, and we should be light in this dark world. Forgive others, forgive yourselves, and make the time daily to be in your prayer closet for alone time with Jesus…wherever your “closet” may be! With more time spent in prayer, we just may find ourselves consistently choosing the right way over the easy, often sinful, way.
You will not convince anyone else that you are right any more than they will convince you that they are right. We are living in a world where people are confused and deceived, and they do not care about truth or facts. We can’t fight that…and the battle isn’t ours, anyway, it belongs to the Lord. Don’t allow yourselves to be drawn into arguments over whether or not black vs blue vs all lives matter…or any other current social debate. The stench of the world will envelop you if you get involved in the fracas. Just don’t go there…no matter how hard it is (and keeping our mouth closed can be quite hard at times). You have to remember that when people aren’t seeking truth, truth will make them mad. It must matter to us, though, and the one who can pour out Truth is the one we need to be talking to…not the one who is convinced you are a bigot.
We have an election coming up. It’s going to be a very volatile time in our country, even more so than it is right now, though that is hard to imagine. We need to start covering the election in prayer, and I cannot stress the importance of it enough, my Christian brothers and sisters! The devil is desperately seeking to steal kill and destroy us; and in our mortal bodies, we are useless to fight him, and the greater masses of our population are standing with the devil, not with God.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
I would like to think a godly person already knows who NOT to vote for, but I’d be wrong in thinking that. Deception is so much louder than Truth! So while we are praying for an honest and fair election, let’s cover Donald Trump in prayer, as well. And why stop with him? Pray for all the candidates…from the local ones all the way up. This mission isn’t a minute or two a day project. It requires a real commitment. Are you ready to commit to prayer for a better, safer, God blessed, Holy Spirit infused country?
Friends, don’t be distracted by the very things that are put in place by the enemy to divide! America is in peril, and it does no good to point fingers and place blame on any one person or entity. We must start doing what God has instructed us to do, starting with repentance. Then we do those other things He instructed us to do: Seek Him first. Draw near to Him. Do good. Love others. Forgive. It has to start somewhere, and it may as well be you and me. We cannot change others, but we know the One who can. Pray, Friends, pray!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:10-18
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Amen! Couldn’t have said it any better! We need to diligently pray for this election and I feel we should fast as led by the Lord to do so. My prayer is that people are informed voters and just don’t vote on feelings. We need to be off of social media and in the Word more. And definitely repent. However way things go it is comforting that God is still in control.
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