By Elizabeth Prata
It’s evil days. The Bible tells us that. And we only need look at both secular and Christian news sites to see it playing out in living color before our eyes. It’s enough to get a person down. We get concerned with the length of time it’s taking Jesus to return, with the church being increasingly persecuted, with pastors being arrested, or worries about getting the Word of God to the lost as countries either close due to Covid or from hatred of the Gospel.
Here are two encouragements for you. This set of verses from God’s word are but a few of the verses that tell us that no matter that satan’s efforts to try and thwart, interrupt, or block God’s plan, none of it will work. Satan tried six ways to Sunday in the Acts era of the first century church to get the word stopped, and it never worked for one second. We know what happened, the word went out MORE.
Acts 6:7 So the word of God continued to spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem grew rapidly, and a great number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Acts 19:20 So the word of the Lord powerfully continued to spread and prevail
Acts 12:24 But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.
Secondly, if you’re impacted too emotionally from the day’s news, then here is some good advice from Dan Crabtree at The Cripplegate with an article titled What to do with evil news. Here’s just a snippet-
Church history records more dark years than halcyon days. Persecution, slander, and mistreatment has always been par for the Christian course. Jesus told his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble…” (John 16:33), and he meant it. Heads are still on the menu. ...
Brothers and sisters, we are surrounded with bad news about the evil that permeates this world. Given the dominance of Satan’s handiwork in the headlines, it would be so easy to despair. To get angry. To embitter. To whip someone online with a fresh one-liner because you’ve just had enough. But King David has a better way for us.
Take heart, if you are in the Lord, you are IN the Lord! 1 John 4:4 says, You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.