As we face uncertain political and economic times it is important to remember a few biblical principles that will guide us through these times of worldwide unsettledness.
1) We must understand that we live in a world amongst people who are profoundly fallen. The world is under the curse of sin as well as each and every person is born with a sin nature that if left unchecked will bring devastating consequences not only to our own lives, but to the lives of those around us as well. “For all have sinned…” (Romans 3:23) The root cause for all the turmoil in both the world and our own lives goes back to the fact that we have a fallen sin nature that can only be remediated through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
2) We need Godly wisdom to know how to deal with the challenging issues that we face each day. We in our own intellect and knowledge do not possess the wisdom that is necessary to help hurting people or ourselves out of the messes that we find ourselves in. Only through a relationship with Jesus Christ can people understand and appropriate Godly wisdom to their lives. “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not (does not treat with contempt); and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)
3) We must be motivated by a love for people. The model for love in the Old Testament as given in the Ten Commandments is that we should love others the way that we want to be loved. However, Christ gives us a new command that supercedes the standard as given in the Ten Commandments which is not to love others as we want to be loved, but we are to love others the way Christ loved others with unconditional love. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)
4) We must realize that ultimately there can be no complete and lasting victory over addictions, failed relationships, depression and anxiety unless and until we come to a place in our lives where we receive Christ as savior and allow the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to change our lives that begins with a transformation of the heart and culminates with each and every Christian realizing Gods goal in their lives which is to become imitators of the very character of Christ himself. “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17) “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power which he wrought in Christ…” (Ephesians 1:19)
5) We as believers must view ourselves as persons under the authority of God and be wiling to submit to His authority in every area of our lives. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” (James 4:7-8) One of the greatest challenges in the Christians life is in this area of submission. We often have the mentality that if I submit every area of my life to God that He will make me do something that I do not want to do or send me to some jungle in a remote part of the world where I do not want to be so we hold back and do not allow the Holy Spirit to prepare our hearts to do a great work for Him. The fact is, we will never know the peace of God in our lives until we come to a place in our lives where we lay ourselves before Him and say, “Take my life and let it be consecrated unto thee.” The difference between spiritual mediocrity and spiritual greatness revolves around whether or not we are willing to submit our lives to totally trust Gods Word (the Bible) and totally trust the Holy Sprit to give us the power to live by Gods Word.
If we will appropriate these five guiding principles to our lives we can enjoy the peace of God and know that God is in control of every situation of our lives and that He will ultimately work His perfect will in my life irrespective of the threat of war, economic collapse, worldwide calamity or just the every day ebb and flow of life.
Pastor, Randy Mason www.libertybaptistofmarshalltown.com
Liberty Baptist Church of Marshalltown