Why Tomorrow Can’t Wait

As echoed by recent global events, things in our lives can change quickly. One moment life is occurring as usual, in accordance with whatever our “normal” might be. Running errands for our family, having dinner at a favorite restaurant, dropping off children at school, kissing our spouse before leaving for work, or planning our next fun leisure trip. You see, we all have familiar routines that provide invisible parameters in which we comfortably navigate. But what happens when our peace is agitated as the sanctity of our homes and human capacity feel threatened? What happens when the world around us is panicking due to far-reaching economic and health concerns? What happens when we stand in the face of a largescale alarm and must choose between fear and faith? For what once was an embraced ordinary reality has now become a cause for amplified prayer and reflection. What once was a fight we’ve known has now become a curveball.

But the truth is, this IS not and WILL not be the only shift in normalcy within our lives. Think about it, this is not the first time we’ve had to move past our emotions and choose faith. This is not the first time we’ve been faced with what seems like an insurmountable situation where leaning further into reliance on God was required. Or perhaps it is, and how exciting this opportunity is for you! It’s a chance to grow and see God at a deeper, more intimate level. Now, this is not to make light of the evil the devil has wrought, but to encourage each Believer to remember WHO we are and WHOSE we are. For as Christians, our posture is to be different from those who have no hope in Christ. As His children, we have promises and assurances that allow us to act in faith and remain anchored even during the strongest storms (Numbers 23:19; Matthew 28:20; Psalm 91:11; Luke 12:31-32; Psalm 23). I’m reminded of Hebrews 11 that chronicles the triumphs achieved by many Believers because of their faith. I am encouraged and strengthened by their witness and assured that the same God that was faithful to them (and honored their faith) will be faithful to us (Hebrews 10:23; Deuteronomy 7:9; Hebrews 13:8). God has promised to provide for us, and we shall lack nothing (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 37:18-19). So Church, where is your faith? Will we be named as faith-warriors and champions amongst those in our generation?

Yes, now like never before it is time for Believers to boldly stand without the presence of fear or panic. According to Matthew 5:14-16, we must shine to exalt God as His beacons of light and hope. We must plan, shift, and remain focused on what really matters – our kingdom purpose. Now more than ever is not the time for retreat but to dig in our heels in perseverance and strength. If we’re facing it, it’s because with the empowerment of God we are already victorious over it. Don’t be confused or negate who we are based upon our position in Him. We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:31-39) and have power over all of the enemy’s devices (Luke 10:19). We are His body, His Church, and we prevail (I Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 16:18-19). So even if by current law the doors of our assemblies cannot open, now more than ever is our time to BE the Church and shine brightly for the kingdom. The work of the Church is not confined within the walls we gather to jointly worship God and be taught/edified through His word to live out our faith. As the Church, we are commissioned to “go” and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) and boldly live out our faith so the whole world would see the reality a prosperous, victorious, peaceful, and surrendered life in Christ.

This temporal situation will not withstand and the prayers of the righteous can always accomplish much (James 5:16). And constant prayer keeps us focused on our source of strength (Luke 18:1) and is part of our spiritual arsenal. II Corinthians 10:3-6 reminds us that this battle is spiritual in nature and so is our weaponry. Verse 4 states:

“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood.] Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses {II Corinthians 10: 4, AMP}.”

 We must remain focused not on the challenge yet on God, for that is what will keep us at peace (Isaiah 26:3). And the fact is, we are powerful and mighty in God (Philippians 4:13) and nothing can harm us (Isaiah 54:17; Psalm 91). We don’t fear, we walk in faith. We don’t run from problems, we bring solutions. We don’t hide, we shine. We are all spiritual first-responders and we have a great work to do!

I was reminded of these truths while walking through the aisles of a store, shopping for groceries. The space was filled with what suggested panic, as people nearly ran through the store to obtain food and household items. In that moment, God reminded me that the Church has to always be different and lead by example. As I calmly shopped to obtain the items I needed and desired, I had the opportunity to witness to others who were upset by the empty shelves and fearful energy from other shoppers. I talked about my faith in God and how we should wisely take steps to safeguard our health but pray to God and trust Him in all things. It was one of those beautiful reminders to always “leave your light on” and how our lives are the greatest sermons others will hear.

Church, I challenge/implore you to remain laser-focused on God and getting His work done during this time, when the enemy is sending major distractions. Our breakthrough is on the horizon. We cannot wait until tomorrow to walk in our position of authority over the enemy. We cannot wait until tomorrow to read and meditate God’s word, pray and decree His word over ourselves, families, and this world. We cannot wait to offer Christ to those who haven’t accepted Him as their Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10). We are the Church and our hearts must always remain open to hear and to do what our God says. Our marching orders are still the same: “go” and make disciples, walk in love, live by faith. For as the world faces this and other areas of darkness, we must continue to be His bright shining light. So Church, BE the Church and shine – for tomorrow can’t wait.

 

© 2020 Kassandra McGhee 

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