Satan is winning.
As long as we are whining and worrying, he wins.
So many things to be vexed by, saddened by, or seemingly looming large over our heads. And the reality is—so what?
There, there dear. I’m not being glib or indifferent. This is me being anchored and optimistic! In fact, I am Pollyanna-ing the heck out of life right now.
Fear is one of my many weaknesses and a favorite target for the enemy. And in my battle to be brave, one of the best strategies I’ve learned for defeating fear is: WALK. IT. OUT.
Play a game of “So What & What If?”
Without exception, regardless the fear, if walked all the way out–I meet Jesus in Heaven every time. That said–truly, so what, or whom, shall I fear?
What if this one wins or that one wins the election? What if they keep their promises or don’t? What if we change directions or run faster towards the edge of the cliff?
Friend, no matter.
No outcome has God scrambling. No person or party has Him abandoning His plans and throwing together a B, C, or D option. There are no “gotcha moments” in His Kingdom, where He finds himself unprepared or at the mercy of another…at the mercy of us and our foolishness. Ha! As if!
Hey Salty Lad and Lady–God never looks down and finds His will not working exactly as it should.
How many generations had only the promises of the Messiah to hope in and WE have the fulfillment?
If God orchestrated and ordained events so thoughtfully and lovingly then, would He not be just as able now? God has been faithful for eternity, He was no less so in 2020, or 2022, or now.
We can fear what we can’t control or predict–or we can commit to honoring Him with the things we can control.
Like our attitude, actions, courage, convictions, responsibilities, and responses. But we can’t do both.
What if there is more persecution? He will deliver us and be glorified. He will use it to give life and fire to the Gospel, as more are saved through suffering.
What if the economy gets worse? He will provide.
What if there is inconvenience and intolerance? His grace will be sufficient.
What if our enemies surround us? He is a Tower, a Refuge–our present Help in trouble.
What if America grows darker still? He has planned for that and put you here to be light.
What if the world drifts farther from God? He will send us out to reach them. He reveals Himself in all things, to all people. And no distance or depravity will prevent Him from returning.
What if everything changes and I don’t know what to do? He never changes. He gives wisdom. He will equip. He is trustworthy. He loves me and my family. And my enemies.
What if there is a greater cost to following Christ? He is worth it.
What if it costs me my life? He will greet me.
Hey friend–God knew there would be wars and walls, links and locks, and you wouldn’t always be the one holding the key. Yet He says you ARE FREE.
A million “what ifs” and none of them change our God, His will, His plans, His goodness, His ability to save or deliver anyone.
The TRUTH shall set you free.
CHRIST has made us free.
Where the SPIRIT of the Lord is… say it with me…”There is freedom.”
In jails, in cells, in captivity…His joy is not bound to your circumstances. His liberty is far more than fireworks and a day off work. And our response should be far more than patriotism. It should be obedience.
What if we faced whatever the future brings with hope, faithfulness, peace, patience, gentleness, boldness, bravery, and love? What if we walked that all the way out?
“What ifs” are no match for HE IS.
He is. He is trustworthy. He is faithful. He is good. He is worthy.
Knowing this–IS FREEDOM.
Let freedom ring, baby. And ring, and ring!