sad but rejoice

The changes we see going on in America are taking us away from our Founding principles and can only lead us to more peril. It is nothing to be celebrated or ignored but something that should make us sad. Only righteousness has the power to exalt a nation (Pr. 14:34) not codifying and legalizing unrighteousness. Only God can define marriage and He said it is between one man and one woman and in Heaven’s Court that will never change. The fact that we continue to be the longest ongoing Constitutional Republic in the history of the world is not an accident but that God has shed His grace on us. It is being threatened and there is no guarantee of good government among men except that we the people influence it.

I see many American Christians that look sad but it seems to be for the wrong reason. They appear to be sad because their brand is no longer viable in this age and now they’ll be forced to change. They should have been Biblical Christians all along and they wouldn’t be so shocked. Superficial Christianity will not exist in these last days only true Christianity. Many American Christians seem to forget that Christianity was birthed in the midst of one of the most hostile and aggressive governments against Christianity. The Roman Empire was brutal in enforcing adherence to its religion of emperor worship. Facing persecution, opposition, and an anti Christian government was commonplace. We have not known this kind of government in America in modern times but we are built for this day.

Jesus, in spite of the oppressive government said, “I will build MY CHURCH, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it Matt. 16:18.” Saints, we are built for this day and hour. It is in our spiritual DNA. America may not go on but the Church will. It is America that needs the Church. It is time for the true Church to stand up, keep preaching the Gospel, keep discipling the saved, keep living holy, keep speaking the truth in love and keep being salt and light to this sin-sick world.

We should also be encouraged by the fact that Jesus gave us the armor of God (Eph. 6:11, 13), His fighting suit. Ephesians 6:13 says, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Notice the armor is able to withstand the EVIL DAY. We are living in an evil day but we should be encouraged because the armor of God has been pr-approved, tried and tested, and given to every child of God to withstand the EVIL DAY. It is built to take a hit and not quit but keep on fighting the fight of faith.

What is going on in our world and in America is cause for grieving but we can also be of good cheer. Not because we like what we see going on in opposition to God’s Word but because Jesus has overcome the world. He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Good cheer, joy, and rejoicing is ours because of Jesus’ victory. Jesus HAS overcome the world, not “going to,” not “I will,” not “I’m in the process of,” not “someday I plan to,” but I HAVE.

He defeated sin. WHERE? In the world.
He defeated sickness, WHERE? In the world.
He defeated satan, WHERE, In the world.
He defeated the curse. WHERE? In the world.

His overcoming the world and victory on the Cross is the basis of our joy. Our joy is based on something unchangeable and an already accomplished fact. Every Christian has measure of world overcoming faith dealt to them at salvation. Things may have changed in our world but world overcoming faith has not changed. It is still the victory that overcomes the world. 1 John 5:4 says, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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