Who Do You Lean on in These Dark Days?

Friends, I truly believe that we have entered a very dark time in our nation. Most recently, our nation’s Capital Building was stormed by a mob professing to be Trump Supporters, but there were also reports of Antifa mixed into the riot. All we want is the “truth,” but the truth is also mixed with conspiracy theories as well as lies from our own government leaders as well as conspiracy theorists. For the last four years, the Democrats have worked hard in trying to remove a duly elected President. Even before he was elected, they spied on his campaign, impeached him, and because of the recent Capitol riot, are trying to impeach him again. I would dare say that he is the most hated President ever in the United States history by the Democrats.

This story is not about the President but I needed to set the stage for what I am about to share with you. Our President, like all of us, have morality flaws. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. With all his flaws including his foul language, over 70 million American’s voted for him in his second Presidential election. He is a favorite for the working class of the American people. There are people who would follow him to the moon and back because they have placed their trust and faith in him.

In contrast, Jesus said, “I am the way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Our focus of salvation should be on our Heavenly Father and not on one man. Although God allows leaders to be heads of nations, God can allow Presidents to be removed as well. We do not know why God has allowed Joe Biden to be the next President, but we should be praying for the new leaders, for their hearts to change and turn to Christ Jesus. If the new leaders do not change, you have done your part to pray for them as well as our nation.

We have entered dark times this week with the Capitol Building being desecrated, the killing of life, looting, and property destruction. Then President Trump’s Twitter Account was permanently suspended by Twitter, Facebook has banned conservative’s pages, Amazon, Apple, and Google has removed the conservative social media platform Parler from the app stores and hosting platforms.

Just overnight, a new conspiracy story has been shared on Twitter, Parler, CloutHub, and even Facebook that the Vatican had a black out and the Pope was arrested for 80 counts Child Trafficking and Fraud. The Pope was not arrested and the child trafficking story is false. It was released by a small Canadian news blog that is not well known. I fact checked them and their assertion could not be verified. An independent fact check organization called LeadStories.com; fact checked this story and labeled it as a hoax.

There is so much misinformation flying all over the internet and we as Christians MUST NOT get caught up in this frenzy. As Christians, we put our trust and faith in Jesus. We must not get caught up in the world’s deception and lies. We must stay focused on the race that Jesus has called us to be a part of. We are to stay steady in Christ and lean on Him and Him alone. We must be praying, not only for the leaders, but for our neighbors, as well as ourselves.

But remember, even during trials and tribulations, God is still in control. He is in control! If you do not know the Jesus that I am speaking about, then you will be frightened. But if you do know Him, truly know Him, do not worry. He is with us. We know where we will go when it is our time to die. But those who do not know Him will live in fear.

Friends, here are some Scriptures of comfort during these dark days. Write them down and memorize them. Internalize them. Pour them into your heart so that you will be comforted when days become hard.

Isaiah 35:4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come to save you.”

Isaiah 43:1 “But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 34:4 “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalm 94:19 “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.”

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for

you.”

Psalm 118:6 “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Psalm 115:11 “You who fear him, trust in the LORD— he is their help and

shield.”

Pray and ask Jesus to comfort you in this dark week of American History. Of course, be prepared for what may come. God wants us to be prepared. In the event of a 6 to 8-week lockdown, have enough food and supplies to get you by. We must always be prepared for what may come and of course, pray and ask God for guidance in all that you do and say. Encourage one another and again stay steady in Christ Jesus. Our focus must not be on a leader but on the Living Savior, Jesus. Certainly, a leader may help make our lives better in this world, but a leader is not going to save us from an eternal hell fire. Only Jesus can do that.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior? If not, would you like to know Him? If so, please pray this prayer out loud in your own privacy.

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you came into the world to save it. I believe you died on the cross to save me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave on the third day. I ask you to come into my heart and forgive me from all the sins and trespasses I have ever committed. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul. I pray this in Jesus Name! Amen!

I pray that you will come to know Him as your Living Savior. If you prayed that prayer, I would highly recommend that you start reading the Bible and start your relationship with Jesus. The first books of the Bible to read would be the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Of course, you should read the rest of the Bible but for a new Christian, these are the best books to start in.

Copyright © January 10, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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