We live in troubling times. Rampant immorality, the rising power of evil, the increase of people killing people, growing rejection of God and His followers ... things look bleak. Add to that what looks like the decline of the church in modern times, and it all looks like a coming disaster. So, on this Sunday, I wanted to let you know. It's not.
John warned his readers "Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God." (1 John 4:1) If you're paying attention, that's rather ominous. We're not looking at angry individuals or even antagonistic governments. These are supernatural forces that oppose us. Paul said "We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." (Eph 6:12)
"Now, wait, Stan. Didn't you just say we're not looking at a coming disaster?"
Yes, indeed, I did. Oh, it may look like it and it may feel like it, but I wanted to remind you of the truth.
Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me." (Matt 28:18) Paul said, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom 8:31) And in that passage above where John warns about testing spirits, he assures us, "Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4)
There are those who say, "Don't be such a ninny. There is no looming disaster!" They're not paying attention. There are those who say, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" They're ignoring the "rest of the story". I wanted you to see the balance. Things may look bleak, but "in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 8:37-39) We're in good hands.