I used to have a sign on my bedroom wall that read: “This Does Not Exist In The Kingdom Of God.” I put that up so whatever bad or stressful situation I was in at the time, it was a reminder that it won’t exist in God’s Kingdom. All that will be gone, permanently.
Things are getting tough. People need to see God is the Ark of Salvation that they need to run to. I think we need to become extremely focused. People will become more frightened as Satan unleashes more evil into the world and the planet descends into deep darkness. Those of us who are being trained to be stalwart soldiers of Christ must stand against the evil and be beacons of Jesus’ Light to others. We must train them to be strong in the faith. Be strong in the Lord and the Power of His might! (Eph.6:10)
We need to cut all unnecessary concerns from our life and have a laser-like focus on the Lord and His instructions. How did Jesus conduct Himself? When Jesus spoke in a derogatory manner, He was either addressing the Pharisees, the scribes, and/or Sadducees, who knew exactly who He was. (John 3:2) He knew what was in their heart and He knew they hated His presence because they didn’t want to give up their positions, nor give up the adoration of others. Their pride reached Luciferean heights. Matthew 23:1-39 says it all. But you will notice He says it to their face because back in Matthew 22 verse 41 it states that they were there. Since they also wanted to keep tabs on Him and what He was talking about, you can bet they sent spies in among the crowds to listen to what He said and to report back. So, on other occasions, you will read of Jesus deriding the Pharisees because He knew that their spies were there. Jesus was firm but did not flail or stomp around. The only time He let loose was when He overturned the tables at the temple. But He had good reason. There were practices going on there that brought dishonor to the Name of God and Jesus was having none of it.
But how did He speak to the rest of the crowd? Lovingly, He instructed them in the way they must go. Starting in Matthew 5 we see examples of this. So what do we need now? We need Hope for the future. When the world comes crashing down, you need to know Who you can count on beyond a shadow of a doubt. The Bible must be the one book we all go to. We don’t act wildly or irrationally because that is not of the Spirit of God. We are calm and God-centered because we have Christ dwelling within us and you shall know us by our fruits. Fruits of the Spirit being love, joy, peach, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. (Gal. 5:22) You can be strong in the faith and firm without losing control of yourself. You don’t have to shout and scream like a wild banshee. It would turn most off, anyway.
As the world becomes increasingly dark, we will stand out even more and we will be persecuted for belonging to Christ. But look up for the return of Jesus Christ is coming. This world will cease to exist as the Kingdom of God takes over. Everything will come to a grinding halt. The Kingdom of God is eternal. Satan’s world is very temporary and he knows he is running out of time. “Be strong and of good courage…” (Joshua 1:6) “Only be thou strong and very courageous..” (Joshua 1: 7) “Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither thou be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9) You can put your name right in there. In my case God would be saying, “Have I not commanded you, Christine? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed, Christine; for the Lord thy God is thee, whithersoever thou goest.” The same goes for you.
So I have to contain my thoughts and not get pulled aside by things not of God. God says that those who put the Kingdom of God first will have all those other things added. (Matt 6:33) Meaning, whatever you are concerned or worried about He will handle. God is really good at His job. We are to focus on Him because the devil wants to pull us down by having us focus on the problem and, thereby, lose faith in God.
“Fight the good fight of faith,lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Tim6:12)