We live in a world where we are constantly fed a stream of negative news, death, destruction, disease, terrorism, politics, doom and gloom are in our face daily, and our society is drawn to it like a moth to a flame.
This is pure foolishness on our behalf, life is fragile, life is fleeting what we see around us today is only temporary. There is more beyond, beyond what we see and hear, beyond the headlines, and far beyond more than we'll know.
Life and death are in an epic battle, death may seem to be winning, but death does not have the final answer Christ does for He is life.
If you're a child of God, renew your mind daily in the word of God, let it take hold in your life and burn brightly so others will be drawn to Christ, and help us avoid the draw of the world and live in peace when at all possible.
I refuse to give evil a platform, I won't speak of the vileness or repeat the names of evil men and women, for I know we have one true enemy and he influences the world, manipulates the masses, and he is doomed along with his disciples.
It is time we focus on Christ, it is time we speak of how sin separated us from God and what He has done for us, offering us forgiveness, love, justice, mercy, hope, grace, through repentance, redemption, and salvation, It is time we are the city on a hill so others may know the truth and be free.
God’s word says this:
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” Romans 12:1-2, 9-21 CSB
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit — which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this, I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough to speak about it as I should.”Ephesians 6:10-20 CSB
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 CSB
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