On this Sunday morning, we find ourselves living in a world that is in so many ways out of control. We continue to face a virus that pops up here and there and has caused us to close the nation and the world with deleterious impact on millions, yet at the same time not making much sense to so many of us. Businesses fail, people lose hope and leaders make decisions in many cases which make no common sense. Then, on top of that, we have protests which turn to violence, and we are told they were spontaneous, yet within hours many of them turn into riots with organized thugs showing up to stir people up into a violent frenzy in cities across the land. So, people go into a shell, cower in fear in their homes and are told that the solution is to wear a mask that cuts down on oxygen intake and we find ourselves breathing our same old human exhaust from exhaling into the mask for extended time periods. Those who make these rules are never impacted by them; they continue to make full pay and go about with privilege while the TV pounds constantly into our heads that the "experts" have all the answers even though they are proved incorrect often, and we just need to blindly follow what we are told. And no matter what else, they all say that our faith is not important, that houses of worship must be closed, yet approval for the protests continue no matter what they turn into. And, of course, war between rival countries continues around that world and one of the great commerce centers of the world, Hong Kong, is expected to surrender itself to tyranny without a whimper. And there is so much more that we can add to the list since it is endless.
So, what is going on and what do we need to do about it? We ask that question and all kinds of suggestions are made but none of them seem to quell the anxiety and so we continue to worry. We worry that we are doomed and there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. And the saddest part of it all is the answer is as near as .............. OUR HEART! All we need to do is open our heart and let the SON SHINE IN. After all, when the Savior walked on this earth among those who came before us, He told them that the trials and tribulations like those we face above would come. They were facing them with the Romans themselves. He also gave them the answer to the problem and it is an answer that is an individual one, NOT GROUP THINK. But when many who accept the answer grow into a community, the power of the answer multiplies itself exponentially as others are turned to open their hearts to the Way, the Truth and the Life.
We humans were all made in the image of God, our Creator. That means we are expected to act in a way that He approves of and the only way we can do that is to open our heart and let His love enter us and take over our lives. He does that through His own masterful creation by His own self-modification which He cold easily do because He is Almighty Gold. He did so to solve the problem we have as being of a fickle humanity, easily getting ourselves off track because of something else that gets our attention. He found that we were having too much trouble in using our free will for the wrong things. So, in addition to His role as the Father, He created His Son to be our Mediator and the one we must cherish and the Holy Spirit within us to keep us strong to fight the war against Darkness and Evil by keeping us in tune with our Lord and Savior, to represent us before God. We can still choose to follow Him as He wishes, or we can make a different decision. And He allowed Satan, the Fallen Angel, to live as a Spirit on this earth to challenge us as Satan so desires. This will continue to be allowed until the return of the Savior, at which time Satan will be banished into the pit he so deserves, but until that time the Evil One is allowed to tempt us with whatever we find as our weakness into giving ourselves up to him instead of God.
The Evil One can take on many forms according to our individual weaknesses. He can be a beautiful and desirable woman or handsome man, a pot of gold, a mansion on the deep blue sea, or whatever our heart desires instead of what God might intend. Now that doesn't mean that we can't have fine things, but it does mean that they have to be acquired in a way that God finds pleasing and, even then, they can't be the controlling force in what we do with our lives. And, folks, that is what is wrong on this earth today, for more and more have become hellbent on doing what they want instead of what they need to do. And what we all need to do is open our hearts to God, through the Spirit within us. He will put us in direct contact with the Savior who has the power to save us from death, for the Father will follow His recommendations. And this all came about due to His death on the Cross which is when we received forgiveness for all of our sins. We just have to accept His offer by believing in Him by faith.
See how simple it is to make the change needed to quell our fears and anxiety? But, I'll warn you, it isn't easy, for since we are mortal man we are always susceptible to the Evil Schemer who always probes us for our weaknesses. But if we use the power of the Holy Spirit to fight the battle for Good versus Evil raging within us, our hearts will be pure and our future will be changed forever. And in the end, what really matters is not what happens on this earth but where we find ourselves at the end of our time on earth. Our time on earth is just a dot on the timeline of eternity. And that is why I say, don't delay, for Jesus will return to earth at an unannounced time, and when that happens, it will come swiftly and if we haven't made the commitment to Him, it will be too late. Don't delay, make the commitment today and you will be protected and continue to live in a place of Goodness and Light, not Darkness and Death. At that point, those who make the choice will be eternally blessed.