Our world offers no peace. Violence, hatred, heartlessness, and Christians persecuted, followed by a campaign of deceptions and injustices on every level. Regretfully, some people live in a normalcy bias by underestimating the crisis. They justify the horrific events as simply “a sign of the times.” They stick their head in the sand in hopes to tune out the bad news. But don’t snooze: the wickedness is here; it’s been here. Those who underestimate the uptick of events and misunderstand Satan’s desire to ultimately destroy mankind will be caught flat-footed.
In these 11th-hour times, to inflict the most deception, destruction, and division, Satan is bringing full-frontal attacks, for his time is short. In such times, are you retreating or speaking as a compelling witness—sounding the clarion call for people to take courage and hope in Christ Jesus? Are you equipping others in God’s Word so they are standing on solid ground when everything else crumbles? Have you shared your testimony to convey God’s awesome power and love to overcome anything and everything; a love that lifts every weight?
By His Power and Authority, God’s People have been equipped to transform the world—a decaying, fallen world. This transformation will include calamities and persecutions, for it is impossible to purify something without putting it in the fire.
John 17:14-19 reads:
“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me in to the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified” (NIV).
Hakim Hazim is a theorist and co-founder of Christian think tank FreedomSquared.org. He and his team produce content to equip Believers to maximize their individual potential and relationship with God, to prepare them in the moment of today’s critical times. Addressing the enemy head-on is part of that equipping.
“Too many Christians have become passive bystanders in this spiritual warfare when they’ve had a sword in their hand the entire time,” says Hazim. “The hour is at hand for complacency to end.”
In the uptick of challenging, turbulent, violent world events, God is training Believers to be compelling witnesses. Powerful descriptors such as “convincing,” “credible,” “inspiring conviction,” “irrefutable” and “persuasive,” define what is a compelling witness. As you can guess, Satan and the world hate a compelling witness for Christ.
God is raising up NEW witnesses (like you and me) to sober a decaying world with His Truth. We need to be salt AND light as we enter the territories He has called us to, instructing and preserving His Truth.
Undoubtedly, the events and world’s condition grieves God. Knowledge and exposure to the events also grieve us, for as Ecclesiastes 1:18 indicates, “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” Yet, none of the events have taken God by surprise. God is above and beyond everything we see happening.
Even with the unfolding destruction and ticking clock toward Christ’s return, God wants to accomplish His work through you. Are YOU prepared to go the distance while staying in peace, no retreat? In the face of persecution and trials, will YOU be a compelling, convincing and irrefutable witness for Christ?