I know there is a lot of spiritual unrest. There are people who are disgruntled with the state of the world, especially the United States. Christians are angry and possessing righteous indignation. Others are afraid and fearful of what is to happen next. From the natural, things look dire and there seems to be no end to the sufferings, the deaths, or the injustice.
However, God said, “Again, I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19, KJV). So, I say, let the Christians come together and agree for peace, and then let us ask the Father for peace. According to scripture, if we do this, peace will come. We can agree over facebook, in person, at church, on the phone, Skype, Twitter, LinkedIn, Glide, the telephone, or in spirit, and on Path MEGAzine, but let us AGREE and ASK the Father.
I believe we are in Romans 13:11 – “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awaken out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed” (KJV). We have slept long enough and now we see the results of our lackadaisical attitude and our apathetic approach to prayer, reading the Bible and studying scripture. We have slept through wars, through attacks on U.S. soil, through cop killings, through gang rapes, through bank robberies, through corrupt politicians, through our children falling away, through parents killing their own flesh and blood, and now it is time to WAKE UP!
Every other group in America is finding a voice, declaring their rights and their privileges. They are claiming what they believe they are owed and due, but the everyday Christian is passively going through day-to-day life without ruffling any feathers or offending anyone. Some are standing idly by waiting on someone else to do something. Watching in horror as the events of the past few years are played out over and over again on different media outlets, but we fail to take the appropriate action. Wake up!
I agree with peaceful protest, but my first step as a Christian should be in the direction of Christ. I agree with speaking my mind, but my first words ought to be directed to the Father. I believe in fighting for freedom and equality, but my first weapon of warfare is the armor of God. As Christians we have to stop fighting the way the world fights, whether this be peaceful or violent. We claim that God is our strength, but we continue to move on our own. We quote the scripture in Romans 12:19, “vengeance is mine, saith the Lord,” but we continue to try to eradicate wrongs. Our words should line up with our actions, and our actions must line up with the Word of God! Wake Up!
All the enemy needs to do is distract the Saints from praying and depending on God in order to create major havoc in the bodies of Christ. Divide and conquer becomes easy when we are glued to the news channels and other media outlets trying to find out what has happened next. All this does is stir up our emotions. Blacks are angry with Whites, Whites are angry with Blacks, cops are killing defenseless, non-threatening individuals, and straight people are abusing and killing homosexuals. Division. We are not called to right wrongs the world’s way, but we are called to pray. God is the righter of wrongs, and we are simply to be mindful of His power and call Him to action through our prayers. Remember the scripture in Matthew, “… if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father …” We are called to agree and pray. We will fight, but our fight will be and look different. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 states:
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (KJV)
Christians, let us remember that the war we are fighting, though it looks physical (carnal, natural, fleshly), is actually spiritual. We may win a physical battle here on earth, but the negative spiritual implications may hinder our witness and cause souls to be lost. Though we don’t agree with someone’s lifestyle, we must still entreat him/her with love. Though someone has wronged us, our family, or our race, we have to show them the love of Christ. In order to pull down strongholds, we have to fight in the spirit. Those things that are declaring they are higher than God, we can cast down, but only in the spirit. Take captive any thing that is disobedient to Christ. As Tasha Cobbs sung, “There is power in the name of Jesus, to break every chain”. Let us lean and depend upon Jesus to do the work, after we have done what He has called us to do: