The Apostle Paul recorded a Holy Spirit inspired personal revelation, that when he experienced spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, a miraculous transference took place within him. Instead of being overwhelmed by circumstances, he became a “super saint.” He became stronger than his challenges. His weakened faith gave way to a powerful release of trust in the Lord whom he served. On one occasion, he requested deliverance from a thorn in the flesh that had caused him to ask the Lord three times to have it removed. Jesus’ response was that His grace was sufficient for him and “that my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (II Corinthians 12:9) What Paul realized was that God’s power was made “perfect” during his moments of weakness. So Paul stated, through the hand of Titus and Lucas, as a result of God’s power, that when he was weakened by circumstances, he could proclaim “… for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (II Corinthians 12:10)
During uncertainty in our country, Christians are being swayed by opinions instead of Biblical truth. If their presidential pick did not make it to the finish line, their eyes and ears become the relay of worry, fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. The face of many Believers has become the conveyor of distorted reasoning. Some begin to speculate about an upcoming darkness that will cover this great country. Exaggerations push trust and faith from their consciousness. Some Christians are beginning to look as though they are a talent scout for a local funeral home!
Let me try and put this into perspective. It seems Believers have become so attached to this world that they have forgotten where their true citizenship lies. Our “new birth” certificate shows that our citizenship is in Heaven. (Philippians 3:20) Jesus stated a number of times that the Believer is “not of this world.” (John 15:19, John 17:16) The Bible makes it emphatically clear that Christians are in the world, but not of the world. When one lines up the governmental leadership of the world and the Kingdom of God, there is a very distinct difference. Jesus taught we are to have respect for those in authority while at the same time acknowledging the sovereignty and rulership of God. (Matthew 22:21) If a new “Caesar” becomes the leader of our country, we are still subject to the laws of the land, no matter if we voted for him or not!
When Christians divide their loyalty between the two kingdoms, we hinder the work of the Holy Spirit. Earthly kingdoms will come and go, but God’s Kingdom is everlasting. (Luke 1:33) Political leaders will come and go, but Jesus’ reign will last forever. Personalities can influence lives, but Jesus is the only person that can change lives. Elections come and go, but God’s elect will reign with Him forever.
During these turbulent times we must rest with the assurance that the only one who can bring peace, faith, and hope is Jesus Christ. One may be disappointed that their candidate of choice was not elected, but they can rest in the assurance that nothing escapes His notice. He has everything under control and even though we may not understand the “whys,” we know the “wherefores.” God has a purpose in everything He does and will bring it to fruition in His time! Let not your heart be troubled, rather rejoice in who you are!
Source by Paul W Hoffmaster