I keep hearing reports that the events this June did more damage to the American Christian church than at no other time in history. Many are writing that we are losing our rights and there has been a lot of hand-wringing going on. I even read one article that sounded more like a college-level sociology class than a commentary on Biblical Christianity.
Here is my response to what has happened lately in America and also worldwide:
First of all, no man-made ruling, edict, law, or decree can affect anyone. Jesus proved that when He went to the cross and burst through every man-made and spiritual barrier that was imposed on Him. The world (and certainly the devil) didn't win.
No one can touch our souls. (“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28 NLT) They cannot get to that innermost place where we really live and prosper. Corrie ten Boom proved that in the concentration camp. No one could steal her inner love or joy, no matter what was happening on the outside. Jesus gave us life in all its fullness. No one can touch that or confiscate it because it is inside of us, living and available to us at all times because that is where the Holy Spirit lives.
Also, no man or devil in hell can stop the will and purpose of God. If we FEEL like this has happened, it's because we've listened too much to the dissenting voices. We've given the world too much power in our own minds. ("I’ve said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world." John 16:33 CEB)
This is how the true Christian church has traditionally approached anything that has ever happened to it:
1. We give no platform to the devil and his worldly kingdom.
2. The prevailing voices that we respond to come from above through much prayer and from the Word.
3. We hold onto real spiritual truth, not the illusion of man-made truth
4. We continue to spread the gospel, because our time is short. Always.
As we do all of these things, remembering them and holding onto them, we will operate in the simple knowledge that God is too powerful, too loving and too gracious to allow anything to happen to His beloved children. There is a plan. Nothing has deviated from that plan and NOTHING and NO ONE is greater than our God. His purpose will continue to stand and it will continue to grow.
May God bless you and your family. May you operate in His power and His favor like never before. May you live in His complete protection and peace. He has GREAT plans for YOU. Continue to walk in them.