In Tribulation

With the turmoil around the world, the political unrest, and the famines that have beset so many people, it is imperative that we who believe in the power if intercession to change the course of events get on our knees before the Father and and cry out.

1 Timothy 2:1–4 (NKJV)

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Whenever we see the kind of unrest that is going on, we see that the Gospel is restricted.  Trying to quell violence and appease the violent minority, politicians will always restrict the freedom of the masses, “for their own protection.”  But a loss of true freedom comes when those who are righteous begin to cower in fear instead of cover in prayer.

Tribulation will come, it is inevitable.  Jesus said so:

John 16:33 (NKJV)

33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

While we may not be able to prevent the onset of tribulation, we do not have to be bound by it, limited by it, or overwhelmed by it.  Quite to the contrary, we, of all people should walk in that divine peace that only comes from being in Christ.  Only when we walk in His peace will we be able to bring that peace to bear on our world.

As the world debates which religion is the “religion of peace,” let us, by our prayer and demonstration of the Kingdom of God and all it represents.  Int he face of tyranny, Jesus “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38) He prayed, and He obeyed.  When the government of their nation outlawed the spreading of the Gospel under penalty of death, the disciples still preached the same message and demonstrated the will of the Father in the earth.  Their mandate was clear, “we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20) Covered with prayer, they went about the course of their daily living in power and authority, changing the circumstance of those they touched.

Now it is our turn.  WE must pray and see the heart of the Father in all things.  We must do as He directs, knowing we are safely kept in Him for all eternity.  If we suffer persecution, we must remember that Jesus did too, and His death changed history for eveyone who will receive Him.

 

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