By Julia and CJ
As 2017 closes we can reflect and begin anew. Learn from mistakes and look toward the new. Each new year brings a clean slate, and a renewed sense of purpose. I am praying for Gods light to shine in the darkness of this world. To renew faith and commitments to God. The only resolution should be to give almighty God, the Great I Am, Glory and praise for His gift of His Son Jesus Christ.
Before making a resolution of any kind, which by February has gone by the wayside, let’s consider putting God in the center of our life this year. Gods way of thinking changes things, as only the Lord can deliver us from what keeps us bound in sin and all that makes us have true joy! Ephesians 5:1-20.
The past year has opened a portal of darkness, filled with hatred, and bitterness.
2017 brought great division in our country with the election of a new President. It brought vile images of “nastiness” with the new “nasty women” marches. It thrust hatred to the front as if it were a new normal. Social media emerged as an outlet for bullies to hate and humiliate in ways only satan is proud of.
Christians claiming to love, spread vitriolic lies, and bear false witness as if they were rewarded for doing so.
Christian genocide spread throughout the world with not only Daesh but with whole countries like Iran, and Pakistan joining the campaign. Israel has come under attack and the Palestinians say that the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol will be President Trump’s grave. North Korea sent one of our own back from prison in their country in a coma and subsequent death. North Korea’s evil demon dictator has gone to new heights to threaten annihilation of the world.
Demonic forces have reared ugliness in mass slaughters of churches and public events even in America. And if you don’t think its demonic forces you are deceiving yourself.
Evil dictators have become even more emboldened at the UN seeking to turn public opinion to call evil good and good evil. Iran is spreading terrorism throughout the Middle East with its long arm of darkness while oppressing and torturing its citizens much like North Korea. Iran funds Hamas, Hezbollah, and Houti rebels as it pushes to destroy Israel. And the UN is silent even complicit.
Our local communities here are so steeped in its all about them attitudes that its pathetic. The sins of America from decades ago when we pushed God put of our schools and public places have come home to haunt. The push to remove God brought with it a list of immoral beliefs that satan is proud of. It pushed pre-marital or no marital sex as normal and even required from our youth. Even giving free contraception and murdering of babies to our school and college kids.
Making it a law to aide in the changing of genders, making it a crime to speak out against this dark practice. Altering DNA to transform and make new creations, ought to set alarm bells in every church in the world, but instead they comply! And even encourage this. I’ve watched in horror. I like many others had high hopes that a change in leadership here would take us back into alignment with Godly principles but try as it might, the darkness grows.
We will Praise God and cling to our Savior Christ Jesus. Giving Thanks for His presence in a wicked world. And resolve to speak against wickedness and those who are lost in doctrines of demons. Make this the year we see a revival of Christ’s church and a new fire for God.
Remember our brethren in chains and those in persecution.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.