We live in a world that is changing daily. What we once thought was normal has become a new normal. The regular routines of life have been replaced with constant change and uncertainty.
Fortunately, for those of us who are Christians, our faith and confidence are not connected to the things that we see. Our faith and confidence, as Paul writes in 2 Cor. 4:18, is connected to things that cannot be seen with our physical eyes. We have faith in the eternal realities that have been purchased for us through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These eternal realities are found in God’s Word.
In this teaching, Rev. Crowl reveals why problems and challenges are taking place in the world around us. You will also learn that you are a part of an unshakable Kingdom that has been established in this world to impact the lives of people you come in contact with.
The following is an excerpt from “An Unshakeable Kingdom.” We encourage you to listen to the entire message that is available as a free download or experience it via the video or audio players above.
Hebrews 12:28 says, “For this reason, receiving an unshakeable kingdom, let us have grace, by which we may serve God pleasingly, with reverence and awe.” (LITV)
The primary way God works in this world is through the Church, the Body of Christ, or we could say through His Kingdom. If you are a child of God, you are automatically in the Kingdom of God. And as a child of that Kingdom, you have been called by God to represent Him in this world.
We know that our Heavenly Father does not control this world. This world is controlled by Satan, whom Paul calls “the god of this world,” in 2 Cor. 4:4. The reason there are so many problems in this world is because the “god of this world,” Satan is influencing this world system.
This current world system will not improve. The bible gives us a clear picture of what will take place in this world before Jesus returns. Even though things in the world around us will not improve, the good news is that you are part of an “Unshakeable Kingdom.” God has placed you in “His Kingdom,” so that you can become a channel of God’s mercy and love to every person you come in contact with.
I want to leave you with one challenge today—just one challenge. In John 9:4-5, Jesus said, “I must work the work of him that sent me that’s the father. I must work the work of him that sent me while it is what day? Because the night comes when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
There is an apparent reference in this statement that refers to something that will happen in the life of Jesus. Jesus said I must work the works of him that sent me while it is day, the night cometh when no man can work. Obviously, he is talking about his ministry. We know that six months from this statement, Jesus was crucified. So we know he is speaking about his own life. He was the only light of the world at that moment.
But I believe there’s also a profound principle that applies to us today. I like what Albert Barnes said in his commentary. “This means that we should seek opportunities to do good and suffer, none to pass without improving it. We go but once through this world, and we cannot return to correct errors and recall neglected opportunities of doing our duty.”
From my perspective, day in this verse represents opportunities from God, and night represents missed or past opportunities. We all have opportunities to represent God in this world. God will bring opportunities into your life to reach people, witness to people, or make to a spiritual impartation in someone’s life.
Jesus said, “I’ve got to work while it is day.” Look around the world today. People are looking for answers. You are on this earth for a purpose. That purpose is for God to flow through you to become a channel of God’s power and anointing. To allow rivers of living water to flow out of you to others. That’s what God wants. That’s what God desires.
Paul said in Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time because the days are evil.”
There are two ancient Greek words used for time. One has the idea of merely a day upon day, hour upon hour. The other has the concept of a definite portion of time, a time where something should happen. It is the difference between “time in general,” and “a specific time.” The idea here is a specific time. It is a definite season of opportunity that Christians must redeem, or as the new living Testament says, “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.”
Here, Paul says if God gives you opportunities to speak into the life of a person, redeem it, purchase it, and buy it up. Don’t let it go. Invest in it because it’s an opportunity for God to use you. You never know, it could make an eternal difference in the life of someone.
Again, we encourage you to listen to the entire message that is available as a free download or listen via the video or audio players above.