As the Angel of the Lord told Joshua in Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous” so, God is telling us this is a time to choose. And courage is rising in America to overcome the influence of ungodly secularism.
In times of relative peace and quiet, the virtue of courage is often unseen and little spoken of. But when the pressure is on; when the conflict of good and evil is raised for all to see; when the dangers and threats of evildoers are brazen and menacing, then courage arises in those who are empowered with personal knowledge and experience.
People all over the world are rediscovering many of the realities of the long chain of events that precipitated the unanimous declaration of some of the bravest honorable men who ever lived.
When those 56 very somber leaders of the American colonists gathered together in Philadelphia to sign the document they had crafted, the extreme hardship of revolution that they faced could only have been sustained because of the deep conviction and confidence they had in their Creator whom they often referred to as “Providence.”
Over the course of their relatively young lives, their experience of dependency on their Creator reflected the profound knowledge that they had of the Bible and the principles of the God who is “at work in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” They intimately relied on the Sovereign of the Universe who “works all things according to the counsel of His own will (Eph 1:11),” and “works all things together for good to those who love God and …are called according to His purpose (Ro 8:28).”
As we review the preamble to that declaration, perhaps we can refresh our own need to make a renewed declaration of commitment to God’s purposes in the unfolding story of God’s development of this generation’s determination – determination to be a people – indeed, a family and community – whose God is the Lord.
The Epiphany of our life – for many today is an Exposé when finally, the lights are coming on!
Have you ever experienced an epiphany?
Besides the primary meaning of “bringing to light” as in discovering the personal realty of The Divine, Merriam Webster dictionary defines epiphany as: “a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something, or an intuitive grasp of reality through something like an event that is usually simple and striking.” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epiphany
For some of us as Christ-followers, our memorable epiphany might be the time when we woke up to the realization that Jesus Christ truly is The Creator, “without whom nothing was made that was made.” John spelled out Jesus as “the Word,” Who declared “let there be light” in the opening verses of his gospel in the Bible.
More and more people in our country and the world are awakening to the reality that we are all on the stage of the greatest spiritual battleground imaginable. As the darkness of evil becomes increasingly invasive, the brightness of the Light of God’s Truth and Righteousness becomes all the more apparent to those with eyes to see. Unfortunately, we realize from recent history that people who have been pickled in mass-media deception and coddled by a public indoctrination mindset that coddles the stubbornness to cling to their self-serving idolatry and wicked passions, are often too hardened to hear God’s invitation to repent and receive the peace of eternal life.
Mark Twain said “it’s easier to fool People than convince People they’re being fooled.”
Germany’s NAZI Fuhrer of the Third Reich, Adolph Hitler, is famous for saying that if you tell masses of people a big enough lie, and tell them often enough, they will believe just about anything.
Have you gotten just a bit tired of seeing lies promoted to guide public policies in our communities? Why don’t more people have the guts to ask sincere questions and help all the “sheep” remove the real pandemic “disguise” of stupidity, propaganda and deception?
“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”