Our country and the rest of the world are living in unprecedented times. From lockdowns, business closures, civil unrest, masks, and all the rest.
Regarding the church, has there ever been a time in modern church history where virtually every church around the world has been ordered to close its building doors to their congregation and communities?
Despite all that is going on, God has chosen you and me to be alive “for such a time as this.” What a privilege and responsibility we have to reveal and demonstrate God’s heart and bring the Gospel to the world.
A Very Real Battle
This year we have witnessed much turmoil, confusion, contradiction, chaos, upheaval, hypocrisy, and political maneuverings. It’s enough just to try and keep up. We are indeed in a battle between light and darkness, principalities and powers, moral absolutes, absolute truth, the list goes on and on.
So many have jumped on the train, caving into media-driven narratives designed to rattle, divide and incense people against one another. It’s saddening.
I think what’s even worse is how we’ve allowed this, to some degree, into the body of Christ as we have taken media-driven narratives to establish divisive beachheads within our churches.
While I’m not opposed to discussing the issues, this should never become things that divide us.
David and God’s Narrative
In this season, it’s crucial that we bring God’s narrative into the battle.
In the story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel 17, we see Goliath, who day in and day out, taunts the armies of the living God – namely Israel. Israel buys into Goliaths godless narrative and is reduced to an army cowering to fear and intimidation rather than faith and trust in a miracle-working God.
While Israel is consumed with Goliath’s narrative, David is in the fields getting God’s. And when called upon, David brings God’s narrative onto the battlefield, and the rest is history.
We have a Choice
While we continue to be assaulted with media-narratives, we all need to make a choice. Are we going to stay quarantined into listening largely to a media-driven narrative that promotes fear and division, or will we choose to limit its noise and go to God in prayer to receive His?
We must never allow the signs of the times, and the narratives that come with it, to become Goliath and gain primary influence in our lives. This only leads to fear, doubt, and hopelessness.
Only God’s narrative active within us provides the faith, power, hope and trust to perseverance and overcome in this season.
What narrative has preeminence in your life – Goliaths or Gods? What seems bigger to you?
Be assured, God is in control. He longs to partner with you to see His plan fulfilled! His narrative grows in our hearts when we pray and gain access to the strategies of heaven. In doing so, Davids are born, and Goliaths are slain.
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