The Darker The Night...

It is very easy to become discouraged at the events happening in our land today. The news out of Washing DC is never good anymore. It seems the United States of America is not very united anymore. It is also becoming very evident that the moral values of her leaders are no longer eroding...they are simply and completely non-existent.

So how does that effect me? I am a follower of Christ. I live by the Word of the living God. The Word of God said what is happening would happen. (See 1 Timothy 4: 1-3; and 2 Timothy 3 1-5). What the Bible has prophesied is being fulfilled right before our very eyes. Are we to be passive because it is happening? Absolutely not! Are we to accept that evil is triumphing over good? Again, absolutely not!

There is something about God's church that amazes me. When times get rough and tough, she stands up and flourishes. But when things go our way, and life itself is easy, we tend to coast and even acquiesce as Christ-followers. It truly hurts to see the degradation of our society. It is frustrating to see the morality of a once Christian nation being drained as water being let out of a pool. But the Bible said it would happen. So that brings me to the point of this post.

Our trust cannot be in man or government. The greatest need for the church in America (please love me as I say this) is to be weaned off her dependence on our government. When our confidence and our trust is in God alone, God will move mightily. But in order for us to get there things might get a little more touchy!

We are coming to a time in which it is not about Washington, the United States of America, or any earthly government. It is all about Jesus Christ. It must be that way! I am truly fond of Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 2: 2-5), "For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." I am convinced my friend, that the darker it gets, the more power of God you and I will experience. The darker the night, the brighter the light.

I remember as a young child going to a cavern in North Carolina with my family. We hiked a mile and a half back into the mountain. It was incredible. The walls were enormous. Then at one point our guide turned off all of the lights. Keep in mind we were a mile and a half into a mountain. When the lights went off, we experienced total darkness. He gave us about 5 minutes for our eyes to adjust and then instructed us to put one hand over our face. Could I see it? Nope. Total darkness. Actually it was a little scary since I had never experienced such a scenario. Then our guide struck and lit a match! It was blinding! I stood amazed at how much blinding light one little match could give off in total darkness...in an enormous room!

Could it be that the darker things become in our nation, the brighter the light will shine from those who stand for Jesus, and understand what is happening? Could this be the purpose for your generation? To be a blinding, healing light in the midst of a very dark and perverse generation? I think so. Now is the time to understand our purpose in this world. It is not to change our government. It is to be lights in a very dark world.

If you are frustrated because humans in high places are ruining our world...stop it! You carry the Light of the world. The light that dispels evil darkness with the power of our mighty God! You carry the very Light that millions of those caught up in the darkness will see and will be drawn to.

Finally, please understand that I am not saying not to be involved in politics or any level of government. Light is needed amidst the darkness flowing into our government...right now! Please get involved in any way He leads. Be involved not to change our government, but to establish His!


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