The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
We have entered into a time of chaos and lawlessness. Hatred and vitriol are everywhere. Terror is starting to reign. Everyone is blaming everyone else. I know we all fear. People may decide to stay in their homes, and not go out, for fear of the hatred in the world. But hiding brings isolation. Isolation brings desolation. There is nothing the devil wants more than to bring this desolation to your soul. Many have already begun feeling desolation. Trapped in sin of wrath, pornography, addiction, adultery and envy. Now we have added violence to the mix, a quickening of the isolation. We are fighting powers and principalities.
For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12
But what does Christ compel us to do? He compels us to look at our own soul, to pull the planks out of eyes, and to let him take on our desolation. He clothes us in righteousness. Shame can be lifted, but only when you recognize your own sins. If we recognize this truth, repent of our own sins, and are clothed in the love of the Lord we will not feel alone.
I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
And when we recognize our sins, repent of them and clothe ourselves with Christ, we can go out. We can spread love to our neighbor. We can change the hate. Pray to your guardian angel to reveal to you those who mean you harm, and those who do not. Share what you have with others. Reach out to others in need. And if there comes a time when hope becomes an act of the will, then ask God to replace your will with His. If we give mercy to others, mercy is given to us. Remain in truth and love.
Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not discouraged.
Rather, we have renounced shameful, hidden things; not acting deceitfully or falsifying the word of God, but by the open declaration of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2
Recognize the Gospel, because it brings life. Love of this world, of pleasures, of materialism, of status, brings death. The god of this world is Satan. Do not fall prey to his divisiveness.
And even though our gospel is veiled, it is veiled for those who are perishing,
in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. He brings unity of man. When we walk away from Him we see division. Be a light in the dark world.
For we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of [Jesus] Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:5-6
And most important. Do not be afraid. Our kingdom is not of this world. It is more important now than ever to walk in the love of Christ and fear not. For nothing is impossible with God. Recognize that sometimes what looks like a suffering can actually be a mercy. We may lose our comforts but we will not lose the love of God.
Even though I walk through valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Psalm 23:4
And pray without ceasing. Prayer is how we put on the Armor of God.