All is not lost God is still in control

Rev. Billy Holland
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Everyone knows there is an abundance of chaos, disagreement, and anger in this nation and around the globe. I would not be an honest messenger of God, if I said this old world did not have some serious problems and that there is nothing to be concerned about. However, I believe that God is in control and will rule upon his throne forever. Regardless of how wicked and corrupt this culture becomes and how many Christians may compromise and drift into apathy, God is still the Almighty Creator of all things, his promises are true, and he has a remnant of holy,

sanctified warriors who love him

and will faithfully represent him until the end. Some today might be convinced the enemy has hypnotized all of God’s people, but darkness can never overcome the light! There are still good people who are showing love and compassion. There are individuals of integrity and sincerity who are joyfully taking up their crosses because they are being led by the Holy Spirit. There are individuals who are praying every day for those around them and for this nation and they are seeing God’s miracles happening today just like when Jesus walked the earth.

We realize that much of the information we receive from the

news is filtered through a biased

interpretation and with this increasing problem of deception we wonder how in the world can God withhold his judgment any longer. Fifty years ago, we would not have dreamed about the things that are happening today as we can sense the spiritual resistance and warfare is becoming more intense. Unfortunately, darkness

flourishes in a society where the

masses do not respect or believe in God and do not care about what he is saying. However, even in the midst of our trials and burdens, there is wonderful news for every Christian who is discouraged by the wickedness in this present generation. The Bible teaches and

affirms that God is never surprised

or alarmed. He is sovereign over all things, including human history. He created the galaxies and upholds the universe by the word of his authority. He is Alpha and Omega and knows the thoughts of every person on earth. Nothing can happen that he does not allow and he works all things for the good of his people and his glory. The reality of God’s sovereignty is meant to give us security and

joy and confidence to trust him at

all times, even when we are perplexed and disappointed. We cannot give each other the peace that passes all understanding; it must be received from God. Instead of spending our time on social media telling everyone how bad it is and distributing depression, let us

be filled with anticipation and live

in the excitement that Jesus is the lord of lords and the king of kings and that he is returning soon!

Becoming a spiritual overcomer with Christ involves making the choice to develop perseverance and to pray for the passion to grow closer to God as a consistent lifestyle. We know the

,

Bible declares that in the last days many will turn away from divine truth and will love pleasure more than God, but the fact is that all is not hopeless or lost! The Holy Spirit has an encouraging word for those who are seeking God with all of their heart and that is the Lord is currently raising up

a multitude of sanctified saints

who will stand for the Lord no matter what may come. There are Christians who are responding to the call to intercede and have accepted the great commission to share the life-changing power of the gospel. There are faithful fol-

lowers that are so filled with the

love for Christ that they are even willing to be persecuted for their faith. How does someone become fanatical about God? Just like a person who trains in a sport or is committed to lose weight, they are focused with a fierce determi- nation! Yes, persecution and suffering might be a part of our destiny, but we can have joy, hope, and confidence while going through any situation if we choose to allow Christ to shine within us. Jesus is the light and is always looking for someone who is willing to be his lamp. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1.

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