“The world is on fire.”
A news anchor recently made this comment after listing a number of the critical situations around the world. Watching, I could tell he wasn’t reading from a teleprompter. It was definitely an unrehearsed response to his own news copy.
It is true. The world IS on fire. We have all noticed an escalation of world calamities over this past year. People are overwhelmed and fearful as they witness these events. God’s WORD accurately describes the times in which we live.
Second Timothy 3:1 (The Amplified Bible) tells us, “in the last days will come perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].” Luke 21:25-26 says, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
So, how do we as believers in Christ approach this end-time turmoil?
We must take our stand on The WORD of God. We must exercise our authority and dominion. We must refuse fear and be determined to live by faith and not by sight. Second Corinthians 2:14 (AMP) must become a living reality: “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory]….”
We must also stand on 1 John 5:4 (AMP), “For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.”
Not Subject to This World!
Every time a crisis takes place, I am reminded of what Jesus prayed for us in John 17:14-17. “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify [or separate] them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” We may be in this world but we are not subject to it. We do not live under the dominion, rule, control or influence of the Babylonian world system.
Second Peter 1:4 reminds us that it is through God’s WORD that we have “escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” First John 5:18 tells us, “that wicked one toucheth him not.” As we walk by faith and stand on God’s WORD, we literally become “The Untouchables.”
I am also reminded of a very significant word from The LORD delivered through Brother Kenneth Copeland during the 2010 Southwest Believers’ Convention.
It begins, The world is in serious trouble. But for the household of faith, everything is going to be all right. Right away, we see the wall of protection that has gone up around us. In spite of all the “breaking news,” those of us who live in the household of faith are going to be all right. The devil can’t touch us.
The LORD continues by saying, Some very hard things are coming in different places around the world. Very difficult times in a lot of places. They’re that way now, but they’ll not get better. They will continue to get worse and worse and worse. It is on a downhill run that the world cannot stop. But for the household of faith, everything is going to be all right.
No matter how bad it gets around us, everything is going to be all right in the household of faith. Just look at Psalm 91:7: “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” Verses 10 and 11 assure us that, “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
Live Above the Danger
We should not be surprised by what is happening in the world today. We should not be fearful either. We are given explicit instruction on what to do.
You’ll have to make a stand. You’ll have to fight the good fight of faith. But, when did you not have to do that? These are dangerous times. They’re dangerous times financially. They’re dangerous times in the earth because the earth is weighted under a gross weight of sin. There are things and places and situations underneath the earth, in the oceans, in the heavens. Things are being rattled and shaken. The earth is trying to break in different places.
Once again, we are given godly direction of how to live above the danger and remain untouchable.
Stand on My WORD and it will not come nigh you. Praise and worship My Name. Don’t feed fear and trouble into your life and into your mouth. Quit living in that house. Get on back over here in the household of faith. Feed on My WORD, not on the bread of sorrow. Feed on My WORD. Look in My face. Praise and worship and preach The WORD. Everything is going to be all right.
The reason every-
thing is going to be all right for us is so we can help others. The stronger and bolder we are in faith the more we are able to minister faith to this fearful world. The household of faith is a refuge, a safe harbor, a protected shelter and a strong tower.
As the new year begins, let’s make a renewed stand of faith on God’s indestructible WORD. Together, let’s begin 2015 with a deep resolve to refuse fear, walk in our authority and live in our covenant of protection. Even though the world is on fire, like the three Hebrew children—we remain untouched.
Declare this prayer of faith out loud.
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I make the quality decision to stand on Your WORD and refuse to fear. No matter what is happening around me, I choose to believe Your WORD.
I believe that everything is going to be all right in my household of faith. The wicked one touches me not. I stand untouchable under Your covenant of protection. And, thank You for helping me bring Your victory to a world in crisis. 2015 is going to be the greatest year yet for Your glorious Church. We are taking our stand, exercising our authority and winning more to the Kingdom than ever before.
Jesus is LORD and He is coming soon!