I’ve just started reading the Book of Revelation in the Spirit Filled Life Bible, I have been feeling led to read this book. In the beginning of every book of this particular Bible they have an introduction to the book and then the introduction is broken down into different sections. In one of the sections of the introduction of the Book of Revelation which is Personal Application, I read something that I want to share with you. I hope that it will give you some encouragement in these trying times we are in right now.
“It is important for us to understand that God has created the orders of community, such as marriage and the family, economic activity, government and the state (see Romans 13:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:1,2). Satan, unable to create anything, tempts human beings to distort and misuse what God has created. As believers, we must discern whether a government is functioning under divine authority or as a divine authority. When the latter is the the case, we must pray, courageously endure, and patiently accept the consequences of obeying the God whose image and seal we bear (see mark 12:16,17; Acts 4:19). We must do so in the confidence that after our sufferings, we will reign with Him.”
“Behind the appearances of the world’s pomp and power, there is the reality of the absolute sovereignty of the Lord God who is the Lamb, which ensures the ultimate doom of sin and evil. God is utilizing all the forces of evil, all the consequences of sin, even the suffering of His saints, to accomplish His own purposes. When undergoing persecution, we need to know that our sufferings are not meaningless. Ultimately, we will be vindicated. The main spring of Christian hope and courage is our certainty that the Enemy has been defeated and is doomed, and that followers of the Lamb do not fight a losing cause. Christ has already overcome, and therefore we can be overcomers!”
I pray that this will help easy some of the stress and anxiety that we are all feeling right now, because this tells us that God has everything under control. Isaiah 14:24 says” The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand:”. So have faith that God is in control and know that this too shall pass. May you have the peace of God today and everyday.