In recent political news, Republican senators sent a letter to Iran communicating that they must approve any treaty with the President. This is indeed true according to the law, but the Secretary of State and the President, as well as Democratic congressman, are absolutely fuming. They view it as a breach of protocol because the executive branch has the authority to negotiate treaties without senate interference.
This certainly is a breach that has created quite the turmoil in Washington and is stirring debates in the news. The Republican response (of course) is that the President is trying to use executive actions to circumvent Congress. Unfortunately, it is another action demonstrating the animosity so prevalent in the state of our union. Animosity and turmoil is growing on every front both domestically and internationally. This certainly fulfills the words of Jesus Christ when “nation will rise against nation” and “kingdom against Kingdom” in the times of the end.
In the book of 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8, Paul wrote to the church of Thessalonica and said, “…He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” We are positioned at this time to see the lawless one be revealed and the fullness of the word come to pass!
Will You Settle for Your Nature or Walk in His Nature?
It is so important time to hear what the Lord is speaking so we do not get caught up in the spirit of the age! Whatever our political persuasions, we must be careful to remember the admonition of the word the Lord will consume and destroy! We must also recognize that as Christians, we are in the world, but not of the world. How did you live before you were a Christian?
…in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. (Ephesians 2:2-3)
Life is Full of Motivators. What is Motivating You?
As Christians, we are called to engage in the world in which we live, ever mindful not to come under the spirit of the world. Wrath and anger have become such strong motivators, even in the church. When the human nature of anger is motivating our action, we must be ever mindful of the spirit in which we are operating. In Luke 9, we read how Jesus had to warn His disciples of this spirit. When they sought to pass through the land of Samaria, the people rejected them because of their ethnic prejudice. The disciples had a perfectly natural response, but Jesus reminded them what spirit was motivating their actions.
And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village. (Luke 9:54-46)
It’s Time to Turn Our Weapons of War into Harvesting Tools!
As Christians, we must always remember what our mission is and whom we are called to reach. Our mission, like Jesus, is to save the lost and those lost ones who are in every tribe, nation, and kingdom! Let’s not settle for the flesh or even an emotional response during the cries for war when God is calling out for harvesters!
He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore. (Isaiah 2:4)