2018 will move us towards an Ephesians 4 reality as Abba focuses on the establishment of His true ekklesia (assembly/government) on the earth. This will be marked by genuine koinonia (unity/communion/brotherly love). We will experience shifting, sifting and shaking this year as Elohiym cuts down briars, uproots dead trees, and levels the ground so that he may lay a perfect foundation.
YHVH will increase divine order within his ekklesia, both on individual and corporate levels. In this coming season, many will be required to relocate their lives as He connects His people with the right co-laborers. The days of one-man shows are drawing to a close; the days of selfless collaboration are coming.
"God is light, and in him there is no darkness whatsoever," said the apostle John. Why, then, do Christians participate annually in a day that celebrates darkness? The Scripture tells us not to imitate what is evil, so it's time to repent if you or your family have been acting like Halloween is harmless. Instead of glorifying fear, unclean spirits, and arcane arts tonight, politely protest the "holiday" by posting a copy of the anti-Halloween sign that I created.
Sure, you could just turn off your lights and pretend to not be home, but isn't it better to take advantage of the opportunity to be a witness? You may have an audience tonight that you would never have access to otherwise. Be a light on a hill.
I ran face-first into deep discouragement a few weeks ago. A lot of things precipitated this crash, but the last straw was when a friend emailed me a link to a video by a YouTube user I'd never heard of. This YouTube personality, who is a Christian, has well over 100,000 subscribers, yet the things which he teaches are absurd. He's so far off base that he's not even in the ballpark. The production quality of his videos is decent, but not stellar, and not significantly beyond the quality of my old YouTube episodes. My current number of subscribers on YouTube: about 700. My combined monthly blog readers and podcast listeners: under 10,000.
Suddenly I couldn't do anything but lie on the floor and question all of my capabilities. I felt hopeless, pitiful, and quite frankly, angry. This went on for about an hour. But then the spirit of Adonai spoke to my spirit, and what he said disrupted my pity-party.
These are troubled times. I wish I could tell you that they'll get better, that the instability of recent history is a fluke which will soon correct itself, but it wouldn't be true. Things may get slightly better temporarily, but Bible prophecies promise us that worldwide distress will come in increasing waves until the end of the age. That being the case, how should we as children of YHVH and ambassadors of Messiah handle ourselves emotionally as the waves crash over us?
Avoiding hardship may not be an option, but avoiding anxiety is. One of the great promises of the Christian life is that our shalom (meaning "peace") is not dependent on our circumstances . In fact, we have been commanded, "Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).
Alexander Lawrence is a husband, father, artist, and lay scholar walking after Y'shua ha-Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). His mission is to equip the Elect for the climax of history.
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