"When one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed" (2 Corinthians 3:16).
"When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!" (Psalm 104:30-32).
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Believers in America are living in a period of spiritual dryness, but many others in the world have experienced the severe conditions of spiritual drought. Drought is a time of unfruitfulness when the seeds sown do not root and no fruit is produced. Is it possible for Believers to bear the Fruit of the Spirit when all around us is the barren wasteland of the world?
What a beautiful thing it is to be appointed by the Lord for His purpose! His Will is a task for us to carry out as ambassadors and representatives of Christ Jesus. He has chosen us and appointed us to bear fruit – and not just fruit but lasting fruit. What a joy it is to know that His plan for us is to bear fruit for His glory! By His promises to never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and by the knowledge that He had prepared beforehand what He meant for us to do for His sake (Ephesians 2:10), we can trustingly and obediently follow His intention for our lives, no matter what that purpose may be.
Throughout scripture and in our own lives, God speaks to us in various ways. Sometimes, when He speaks, it is in a “still small voice,” as He spoke to Elijah in 1Kings 19:12. Most of us may never hear His audible voice but we know when God is speaking to us. As we pray and ask the Lord to guide us to do the right thing, carrying out His Divine Will, we may feel an urgency to do something, even if it’s against all odds. We may not know exactly what we’re doing or why we’re doing it, but we know the Lord desires it.
In this life, we have many choices. One of the most important choices we have to make is whether or not to remain faithful to those who have been faithful and steadfast to us. I have chosen to be faithful. No one has been more faithful to me than Jesus. I remain a Christian because of what Christ did for me on the cross and the Hope of His everlasting life that He has given me.
In the midnight hours of the world, false lights are emerging from the shadows to lead people astray. Increasing numbers of believers are lured off the Way into the crooked paths of spiritual night by these phantom lamp-bearers. These false lights are the apostles, teachers, and prophets of the apostate church. Conspiring to deceive believers, their teachings and influence are not from God, but are energized by all that is worldly, ungodly, and wicked. They disguise themselves as followers of Jesus, who is “The true light, which gives light to everyone,” - John 1:9, and lead people away from truth into deeper spiritual darkness. This is nothing new.
In the darkening world around us, the small lights of each believer, young and old, strong and weak, will shine more brightly to the unaccustomed eyes of the world. The old divides we once thought were political, social, and economic (and all that seemed but shades of grey) may become more clearly the intrinsic divides they truly are between Christ and the god of this world – between light and darkness.
Everyone has a birthday. Believers and unbelievers alike celebrate their first birthday, but only believers celebrate three birthdays in their lifetime. Each birthday a believer celebrates is more precious and more life-changing than the last. Each one is known before time and designed by our Heavenly Father.