Hello everyone! Today the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad on it!
Yes you can be glad and rejoice, even in tumultuous times. There is hope in Christ, and I’m not talking about just grinning and bearing it because when we all get to heaven what a day that will be… No no no, our redemption is now; His kingdom is in us. We have His grace His hope. Hope is a positive expectation of good in your future. Do you have hope? You might say, “Evan, have you seen what is going on economically in this world, or have you been paying attention to what is going on politically here?” I have seen both, but nothing man can do, no economy, nor government corruption can stop the favor of God from giving you a hope and a future, (Jeremiah 29:11), and I’m not talking about when we get to heaven. Grace is God’s unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor, and when you are highly favored and forever loved and forgiven, then you have no reason to be hopeless.
Ephesians 2 tells us that because of God’s intense love for us, and His grace which you cannot even measure, He has prepared the good life for you to live! Yes right where you are and no economy nor corrupt government can stop it! John 1:17 says, for the law was given through Moses, but grace, and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Case in point, did you know that Jesus lived joyfully and successfully in His carpentry business and ministry under one of the most brutal, oppressive governments in history? The Roman Empire. His ministry touched, changed and healed countless crowds of people, God’s grace was upon Him everywhere He went, and in all that He did. “But grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Grace came through Jesus, and as He is so are we in this world, 1st John 4:17.
I may not like everything that I see going on around me in this world, but I know that whatever it is, it cannot stop me from having a positive expectation of good in my future (hope), and no economy, good or bad, no politician, good or bad, and no government, good or bad, can stop God’s grace and plan (for the good life) from manifesting in my life; I just rest in what Jesus has done for me at the cross, He has given me ‘perfect’ redemption; I have His abundance of grace and free gift of righteousness, and I WILL reign in life, yes this life, as a King! (Romans 5:17). No man, and no circumstance can stop me, if God be for me who can be against me! (Romans 8:32).
The economy and government were not the obstacle, so to speak; for Jesus, it was religion. Religion put up the biggest fuss and fight about everything Jesus did, and Jesus went about doing good and healing all that we’re sick and oppressed, and yet religion had a problem with that. Religion wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery, Jesus saved her; religion wanted Jesus to stop healing on the Sabbath, yet Jesus healed the man with the withered hand. Notice in both those instances that religion used the law to condemn, yet Jesus saved and healed anyway. Religion has a form of godliness, but denies the power of God. (2nd Timothy 3:5). 2nd Corinthians chapter 3 calls the law the ministry of condemnation and death. Even religion in its corruption could not stop Jesus, and as He is so are we in THIS world! What an awesome God we serve, and we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, praise the Lord! Fear not what you see going on around you in this world, have hope, and step into His abundance of grace, receive His gift of righteousness, and REIGN as a KING in this word, now! He has done it all for you. He made you innocent; your identity is in Christ (as He is, so are you in this world), so be at peace, rest in Jesus, for whatever is born of God (that is you), overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has overcome the world~your faith! (1st John 5:4). NOTHING can stop God’s grace, NOTHING!