Witness Him Now
I am sitting here meditating on what 2020 will bring. We are living in crazy, exciting times. There is a wide open window into heaven right now for God's Kingdom to advance. God is drawing near to His people. I am watching miracles happen every day in the hearts of people. But I can also see that right behind this movement of God will come persecution. On Christmas Eve, I read an article on Breitbart by Reverand Jim Wallis who wrote, "The so-called religious right will "fall" with President Donald Trump." Wallis said, "The teachings of Jesus are the most important question, whether we will be followers of Jesus or not. I think it is a question of power. Let me put it this way, I believe for some time that the religious right - the Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr. all of those, Ralph Reed - I believe the religious right will rise and fall with Donald Trump." That is a direct quote taken from that morning's news. I believe what he said was true.
The last week or so there has also been something floating around on social media that had our President saying, "It is not me that they are after, it is you. I am just in their way." I believe it. 2 Thessalonians talks about the events that will happen just before the LORD's second coming. "That Day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed - the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God...And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the LORD Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and destroy him by the splendor of His coming.
With all my heart I believe that God is using our President to "hold back" this lawlessness. Before he took office the authorities that ruled our country were systematically removing everything that turned our heart toward God. Our current President has turned back the tide.
Now, I know that many of you do not feel like our President is God's chosen man, but I can assure you, he is. Romans 13 says, "Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished...They are God's servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience...Give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
These are the clear COMMANDS of God. I wish I had understood these scriptures clearly when President Obama was in office, but I did not. Even though I prayed for him, I did not give him the respect and honor he deserved, for he was God's chosen man also. LORD, please forgive me.
So one of the things we must do in the coming year is to get behind our President. Even if you don't like him, if we want to be obedient to God's commands, we have to! 1 Timothy 2 says, "I urge you, first of all, to pray for ALL PEOPLE. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. PRAY THIS WAY FOR KINGS and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth."
If we want to please God and live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity, we have to pray for our President, intercede in his behalf, and GIVE THANKS FOR HIM. God will do amazing things if we will become obedient in this area.
God wants to unite His people right now, not divide them. In the area of politics - as well as many other areas, we have been divided. Now, let's unite. Let's come together as one to do God's will. This year, 2020, is a wide open door to prepare for whatever God is about to do. We have to trust Him. He is the One who exalts or abases anyone He pleases. Kings and kingdoms are in His hands. Let's not worry about that. Instead, let's focus on what God is doing inside of us. Let's become intentional - ESPECIALLY WITH OUR TIME. Let's become intentional with our prayers. Let's become intentional with our relationships. Let's become intentional with who we listen to and what we are watching. Let's become intentional with where we go and what we do. Let's become intentional about laying down everything that has gotten in the way of us serving God. We have one year to prepare. Let's make the most of it!
With all my heart I feel like 2020 will be a year of harvest. "Thousands upon thousands are waiting in the valley of decision. There the day of the LORD will soon arrive. The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will no longer shine. The LORD's voice will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem (that's us), and the heavens and the earth will shake. But the LORD will be a refuge for His people, a strong fortress for the people of Israel." (Joel 3:14-16)
"Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, live in Zion, My holy mountain (that's us). Jerusalem will be holy forever, and foreign armies (principalities and powers in heavenly places) will never conquer her again. In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. Water will fill the stream beds of Judah, and a fountain will burst forth from the LORD's Temple (that's us, too) watering the arid valley of acacias. But Egypt will become a wasteland and Edom will become a wilderness because they attacked the people of Judah and killed innocent people in their land." (Joel 3:17-19)
"But Judah will be filled with people forever, and Jerusalem will endure through all generations. I will pardon My people's crimes, which I have not yet pardoned; and I, the LORD, will make My home in Jerusalem with My people." (Joel 3:20-21)
So, my friends, look up! Your Salvation is drawing near. Ephesians 1 says, "At JUST THE RIGHT TIME all things in heaven and on earth will come together in Christ Jesus." The time is now.
Blessings to you! May you, too, experience the goodness of God in the land of the living.
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."