Most everyone would admit, at some point, that they are fearful. Many things can drive the fears that deplete our hopes and expectancies. But, everything you fear operates on the authority of a government that is inferior to the government and King of the Kingdom of God. (Lk.2:11b, The Voice) “…He is the promised Anointed One, the Supreme Authority!” (Matt.4:23b, Msg) “[Jesus]… taught people the truth of God. God’s kingdom was His theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government!” (Rom.13:1a, Msg) “All governments are under God.” (Col.2:10, GNT) “and you have been given full life in union with Him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority.” We are praying you discover daily that you are fearlessly living under the rule and authority of God Almighty.
(Melissa Gabler) — We/YOU carry what our nation and the world needs, and you can change things from where you are at this moment. God used a remnant of people time and time again to make big changes. He’s God, a tiny dose of His power can turn this thing upside-down! Our new motto for the middle of 2018 and beyond: As goes the remnant, so goes the nation.
(Kathy Gabler) — While the most common understanding of prayer is an appeal or petition, I think The Lord’s Prayer illustrates a broader concept of prayer. I see it as a prayer of alignment with God’s Word and will and character, or a declaration of agreement with God’s order and principles and intent. If I viewed The Lord’s Prayer only as a petition, it would seem to be a formal format of how to properly ask for basic necessities. While there is nothing wrong with that, I think there is more life in it and more relationship demonstrated in His model prayer. This prayer takes on more dimension when it comes from a motive and priority to pray as sons who know and reflect their Father.
(Editorial by MG) Yet, another prediction of the end of the world and/or the coming of the Lord has been the titillating subject of conversations. This prediction set for April 23, 2018, was actually first made by a preacher in 1843, sort of like a re-run or a borrowed subject revisited. If it got attention in 1843, it is very likely that it will get attention again in 2018. The names of the predictors and their notoriety rocket to dizzying heights from which they fall, seemingly unscathed, until their next worthless prediction stirs the insecure masses yet once again.
Is the world (even the church) having to look to the sky for a sign of Jesus because there are no signs of Jesus coming forth from Christianity? It seems that people are continually looking up into the sky. If there were manifestations of the risen Christ continually taking place through “Christians”, how would there be time for people (Christians and non-Christians) to stand around looking up for a sign? I have heard Christians talk about how much hope it gives them to hear about signs in the cosmos and I hear about people praying to see those signs. Why not pray that Christians will start praying to see the redemptive power of the risen Christ manifested in our communities, in drug addicts, in diseased babies, in disillusioned and hopeless teenagers and the deliverance of the miserable thousands held captive in human-trafficking? Time might be better spent if each of us were to look into our mirror (instead of the sky) and ask, “Where is there any sign of the risen Christ?”.
News services are using their valuable air time and print space reporting on Christians declaring the end of the world. Christians have said time and time again throughout my lifetime (more than six decades) that no generation has seen things worse than they are now, and it is now the end of the world and the coming of the Lord. They have looked up into the sky and sought all manner of natural signs to confirm their suspicions (Gal.4:10). Yet, I find it interesting that not one time have I heard anyone say that no generation of Christians has ever been more like Jesus than this generation (even after all these years and all these centuries of church attendance and observing the stars and dispensational charts). Amos has a great suggestion: “SEEK HIM that maketh the seven stars and Orion… THE LORD IS HIS NAME:” (Amos 5:8) Could it be that Amos would rather have us take valuable time and effort we are using to seek signs and actually use it to SEEK The LORD?
As the people of God assemble today, may they recall and rehearse for one another the promises of faithful God and may they hope in them anew and afresh. “Remember [fervently] the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.” (Ps.119:49-50, Amp)
(Melissa Gabler) — God Himself created the original warranty when Jesus took those stripes on His back (Isa. 53:5 & 1 Pe. 2:24). Yeah, that’s right, we have a never ending warranty on us, signed in blood. This warranty includes, “…all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Pt. 1:3). Whatever you are dealing with is covered in your “warranty”. It’s fixable! The siege is over because the Lord has already lifted up a standard against it (Is. 59:19). Our individual lives are about the greater good so go ahead and be healed right now! You are too important to be silenced by sickness, pain, or emotional turmoil.