A War to Come

Revelation 17:14   (KJV)   14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelation 17.14 - A War to ComeIt’s a given: Jesus is victorious and will always be victorious over and against all enemies fighting Him for the simple fact that He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings.

We’re grateful for being on the winning side—the team of the overcomers. We restfully and joyfully strive to life faithfully in Him and before Him as His called and chosen people. We don’t ever want to find ourselves going against Him, His ways, and His will.

We pray for many others to come to Him instead of fighting Him. And inasmuch as we want to pray for everyone to do so, we already know from the Scriptures that not everyone will. But we continue to invite others since we don’t really know who’s who—who will bow before our King, and who will continue rejecting Him.

There’s a war coming for sure—a war more significant than any other wars. This directly involves the Lord Himself and us. As expected; it doesn’t matter how numerous, how powerful, and how organized the evil forces are, because Jesus is Lord, we will overcome.

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There Will be Believers

Acts 17:32-34  (KJV)   32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. 33 So Paul departed from among them. 34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

Paul preached. There were three distinct reactions. 1. Some mocked. 2. Others wanted to check it out further. 3. Some believed. Those who believed took the initiative of joining Paul and other believers. These believers included both men and women.

People are different. Their hearts are are different, their mindset are different, their decisions are different. It will be so cool if everyone believes every time we preach – way cool. But In as much as we desire everyone to believe the Gospel and be saved, we can expect that this will not be so. We can categorize people’s reactions the same way Paul’s audiences reacted to him. Some will be hostile; some will be half convinced; some will believe. It’s interesting to note that the results at times surprise us. Those who we thought will be angry, in some “mysterious” ways, very willingly surrender their lives to Christ. Those we thought are perfectly ripe for harvest suddenly display surprising outbursts of extreme disapproval to the Gospel message. What’s beautiful about spreading the Good News though is that we can have the right result every time. I’m not referring to the responses – that will always be the same until preaching is no longer needed; I’m referring to the preaching itself. Whether we preach or not is not dependent upon others. We can preach whether they accept or abhor the Message. Whether we succeed to preach or not is totally dependent upon us. It’s our choice. So, preach away, knowing that there will be believers. By the way, for those of us who’ve been looking for the “magic bullet” of growing a church, this is a very effective start: preach. Again, there will be believers.

Dear Lord of the Harvest, Our Message, thank You that our faithfulness in sharing or preaching the Good News is not determined by other people. We pray for love, truthfulness, wisdom, gentleness, and boldness as we go out and preach Your Gospel. Thank you Lord because we can join you in the joy of the harvest.

 

Triumph of Good

Psalm 12:5  (KJV)   For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

The context of chapter 12 seems to be the diminishing number and influence of the godly as well as the widespread influence and louder voice of the ungodly. The poor and the needy in this verse may refer to the godly who are now in poor standing and in a needy state because they’ve become the target of oppression, persecution and attacks. Evildoers now have the power – accepted, praised and are having their heyday, marching proudly with their vileness. They are punishing those who will oppose and stand in their way. They have forgotten that all the powers they’ve accumulated and achieved still stand matchless against the God they so arrogantly fight. God, in His perfect timing will arise and will defend, vindicate, and lift up those who remained faithfully His.

We see it everywhere; there’s no longer any regard for God in many sectors of our society. Believers who speak about God and their faith are quickly ridiculed, labelled as bigots, haters, and intolerant, and they are quickly silenced. Any attempt to share their faith is quickly described as “shoving in the throat,” – no matter how gently and lovingly it’s done, and any expressed disagreement to a popular public opinion is considered hate speech, discrimination or dangerous phobia. But hope for believers is never lost. An expansive and overpowering popularity of ungodliness never meant defeat for the cause of our Christ. God is in control and has never in any moment in time lost grip of that. He will arise, and we will see the day when everyone who has foolishly rose in battle against Him and His people will be quickly brought down.

Our sovereign, holy, and victorious God, we put our hope in You. May we not dread the millions of marching minions of Your already defeated enemy. Help us to remember that all the seeming triumphs of evildoers and its advocates are actually Your administration of judgment to them. Thank You Lord for the victories You’ve invited us to enjoy with You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.