Looking for a Safe Place in A Scary World?
Let’s face it! The world is not a safe place. Anywhere. Not even in our beloved America. The enemy seeks to kill and destroy both spiritually and physically every semblance of peace. All in the name of a god. Not the Creator God of love we know, but a twisted concept of a fear-mongering, destructive god.
As you know, Christians are being persecuted and killed in other countries. And in America, those who honor God and His Word are belittled and criticized.
Our people have become more polarized than ever before. On our currency, we claim “in God we trust.” Is this really true? Or do we trust in ourselves, or perhaps the currency itself rather than the One engraved on its face?
Have you read the words of the prophet Isaiah? “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil . . . .” (5:20) In the name of political correctness in our society, right has become wrong and wrong has become right. And if we cross the line, we’re in danger of persecution. So much for one nation under God and liberty and justice for all.
Every day, we hear of more evidence that this country, as well as the world is a sin-sick, scary place. And yet, I didn’t begin this post on a soap box of doom and gloom. I’m writing this from a heart filled with hope and God’s peace.
As the old hymn says, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” This is the message of the cross offered to all who believe.
Yes, Jesus died for our sins. But His gift of salvation doesn’t stop there. It keeps on giving through the power of the Resurrection. How? Before He was crucified, Jesus promised to send His Spirit to live His life in and through those who embrace the message of the cross and receive His forgiveness of sins.
If you’ve been with me for awhile, you’ve read my heart on the Spirit-filled life. But now, more than ever, as Christians we need to consistently depend upon God’s Spirit to convict, cleanse, fill and empower us as a way of life. And then, from that platform, we’re called and obligated to share the good news of a safe and secure place. Where is this place? In the presence of our holy, loving and powerful God.
How do we dwell in the presence of God, regardless of the turmoil surrounding us? For those of you who haven’t seen this before, years ago, Dr. Bill Bright coined the following life-changing biblical concept that offers hope and security in a scary world. A safe place in the midst of chaos.
“Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction.” (For further insight into this concept, go to the Internet and check out Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life? by Dr. Bill Bright)
In closing, I leave you with God’s marching orders and wise advice:
“. . . Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11 NLT
“. . . you must worship Christ as Lord of your life, and if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. Remember, it is better to suffer for good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!” I Peter 3:15-17 NLT
How has God helped you to make sense of the chaos in our world?