I’ve been trying to find the words to say, struggling to find the words to pray. Everywhere I turn, I feel the Father’s heart breaking for what’s happening in our world today. It’s not that disappointment, disease, sin and death are anything new … but the atmosphere of warfare certainly seems intensified right now.
Friends, I urge you in this moment to remember our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (see Ephesians 6:12). Democrats are not the enemy. Republicans are not the enemy. Police are not the enemy. White people are not the enemy. Black people are not the enemy. Asians are not the enemy. The prince of this world, the devil, and all of his minions — that is our enemy.
I keep seeing posts about how people just want to give up on the world and people right now. Let us not forget that Jesus died for every single person on this planet. He did not give up on us, so we do not have a right to give up on people. I’ll admit, I’ve had several encounters with frustration in this season. But ultimately, I’m not frustrated with people … I’m frustrated with the enemy’s agenda to steal, kill and destroy through fear, sickness, racism, murder, corruption, greed, etc.
Church family, it’s time to get ANGRY at what the enemy has done to this world. Before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the Bible says he was overcome with emotion. On the way to the cross, His soul was deeply troubled and grieved, to the point of death. This is the love and compassion of the Savior — a love and compassion that rises up in righteous anger against the powers of darkness. And because He lives in us, we get to carry that same love and compassion into the world.
Do you want to change the world we’re living in? Become love. Die to yourself and let the Jesus inside of you take over. Go about doing good and healing all who are oppressed of the devil. Remember, as He is, so are we in this world. It’s time for the light of the church to shine brighter than ever before. Jesus, Holy Spirit. Take us over and make us more like you.
P.S. Today we started a new series on the She Found Joy Podcast called “The Heart of the Matter.” Join Lauren, Rochelle and special guest Jeff Germain for candid conversations on racism in America and how we as the church can and should respond.
Lauren is a national speaker, author and Bible teacher. The founder and president of She Found Joy, she is a passionate about helping others encounter Jesus in a way that refreshes their faith and fills them to overflowing with His love and joy. Lauren lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, Alex and their dog Reese.