The world we live in has become more polarized than ever before. Evil and darkness are accelerating all over the planet at an alarming rate. Yet amidst such chaos we find people whose social media pages express that they are more concerned with the recent upset over a female MMA match than the recent lives lost due to terrorism and the political powers at be putting all of our lives at risk. Sometimes we forget the reality of this verse:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
When dealing with challenges in our own personal lives and trying to understand the horrific things happening around the world right now, it is imperative that we not forget that our battle is with spiritual wickedness and the rulers of darkness, not the physical persons. The bottom line is that if all we see is what we see, then in reality we do not see all there is to be seen. We must remember that the spiritual realm affects the physical realm.
The chaos we are experiencing in this world is because our world has largely turned its back on God. There is a hurting world out there that desperately needs Jesus Christ and our time is running out. We are so wrapped up in seeking physical answers to our problems that we are blind to the real cause of things. We spend time trying to use human thinking and reasoning to address problems that are spiritual in nature. We try to seek new information to help us in all the worldly problems we face but that simply is not enough.
“Information to the mind cannot in and of itself satisfy the needs of the heart, nor is it capable of taming the unruliness of the soul.” – Alistair Begg
We get so wrapped up in others not agreeing with our stance on which presidential candidate to support, or our take on highly debated social issues that we often forget that those people need to know Jesus Christ first. That is what is most important. They can’t be transformed by the renewing of their mind (Romans 12:2) until they first believe and accept the gospel of salvation and are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13)
Our world is broken, lost and dying. And we mustn’t forget that our world is composed of individual broken and lost people. Remember the above quote, information to the mind doesn’t satisfy the needs of the heart. I’m sure if you think back to the time when you were lost you would realize that your stance on many things was probably very different. The Spirit of God living inside us brings much-needed change and trying to change others without providing them the answer they really need in Jesus means most of our efforts are in vain.
“In the Lord Jesus Christ is the answer to all the deepest heartaches, longings and aberrations of the human condition.” – Alistair Begg
Yes the world is a mess, and though it is very disturbing we shouldn’t be surprised as God’s word is full of prophetic warnings about the dark end times we find ourselves living in. Now more than ever we must put on the full armor of God so we can stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)
If you read Ephesians 6:10-18 you’ll see our instruction, for not only the proper perspective we must always keep during these chaotic times, but also how we stay on the spiritual offensive. Our belt of truth means we keep the truth of God’s word and His perspective holding us together at all times. We allow God’s truth to permeate and change our heart when we put on the breastplate of righteousness, while we move our feet performing God’s work in peace, sharing the truth in love. The shield of faith defends us from the enemies attacks when we stand on God’s truths in faith; and the helmet of salvation means we must always live with our minds on the victory of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, living our lives from that place.
Most importantly, we must take the sword of the Spirit (God’s word) to fight the enemy, just as Jesus did when tempted in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11) Praying in the Spirit means we pray in line with God’s word, again like Jesus did, telling the devil “it is written” and praying out loud the written word of God! While we are in prayer, if we pray the Scriptures that relate to what we are praying about back to God and make sure we are in line with His will, our prayers will have power!
The world is chaotic, and now more than ever we must remember that we are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) and glorify our Father in heaven. Let us keep in perspective that our world is a mess because of spiritual issues and our job is to pray and address those issues and share the Gospel and truth of Christ with others. This quote I’ll end with I think so beautifully articulates the amazing life we have in Christ and the duty and responsibility we have to share that joy with others.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.” – St. Augustine
Who can you pray for today ask God to lead them toward this greatest romance, adventure and achievement?