The Kingdom of God Is Still Advancing

The Kingdom of God is powerfully advancing. Friday's court ruling did not feel like that, but God's Word assures me of this truth, and it is a balm to my soul.

Indeed, we who have eyes to see are observing a culture and a country not only ignoring and celebrating sin but also institutionalizing it.

The times we are living in will continue to cause men to make a choice: Are you a true follower of Christ or not?

It's been easy for Christians to love America for so long because, in the past, she has loved the things of God. However, more and more, our nation has been changing, drifting, sometimes running 100 mph away from the things of God.

But so have many of our churches. Many have watered down the truth and from the pulpit speak only feel-good, fill-the-pew messages—rarely challenging those who wish to ignore and justify their sin. Church after church has walked away from Matthew 18 and church discipline.

Furthermore, many church members have been so busy filling our lives with so many "good" things this country has to offer that we've just been too distracted to notice how far this "good" country has walked away from God.

Pick a Side

Yet those days of silence and "ignorant bliss" are fleeting. The Kingdom of God is still powerfully advancing, and it is time to pick a side. This is bad news for those churches and individuals who have been happy in their lukewarm, sugared-down, secular Christianity. This position will become less and less comfortable and make straddling the fence more painful. The Bible says, "Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do" (James 1:8). Like it or not, the times we are living in will continue to cause men to make a choice: Are you a true follower of Christ or not?

Casual Christianity is a thing of the past.

And this is great news for truth-preaching churches seeking to point to a freedom-giving, real relationship with Jesus (not a wishy-washy, seeker-friendly religion). This is fabulous news for those who have been set free and want to live their lives so others will see the Hope-Giver as well. Uncomfortable battles lines may be drawn, but the choice has always been clear. Our times are just highlighting the difference in true followers of Christ and those who may hear the words of Matthew 7:23: "I never knew you. Away from me."

This is also welcome news for those who feel like "aliens and strangers" and who long for the return of our Lord. God tells us in His Word to expect times just like this as He prepares to return for His children.

A Wake-Up Call

But make no mistake, this is also a wake-up call to us all. Casual Christianity is a thing of the past. As churches and as individuals, we are either "all in" or missing the boat. It is time more than ever to be able to give an answer for the hope that we have—and we do indeed have hope. His Name is above all names. He isn't the God of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or secularism. He isn't the pick-and-choose God. He says who He is in His Word, and He means what He says. He is the God of all the Bible, and everything He says is for our good.

It is time to give up the idea that the message of Christianity will ever be popular or politically acceptable.

It is time to get our voices back. Let's be honest, it is time to give up the idea that the message of Christianity will ever be popular or politically acceptable. Christianity is divisive. Jesus Himself said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). He tells us we have a choice in how we live, and there are consequences to those choices:

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God (Rom. 8:5–8).

We are either for God or against Him. But for those who are for Him, the message has not changed. He is the reason for the hope we still have. He is the hope this lost world needs. Those seeking satisfaction in our materialistic world, those chasing satisfaction through money, sex, and fame, and those who think an ungodly same-sex marriage will make them happy can only ever find true satisfaction, true hope, and true joy in the one true God, Jesus Christ. The question is, Will they see Him in me?

Standing for Truth

Can we finally learn how to stand up for truth while loving the sinner and hating the sin? Will we give in to the temptation to run from the battle and get lost in our own little worlds? Will we fall apart in the persecution that may come? Or will we be so connected to the Source of our strength that we wisely walk out what may continue to be very difficult days for true followers of Jesus?

But may we first in our hearts set apart Christ as Lord before we ever open our mouth, and may we live our lives so a lost world can see Jesus in us.

For those who are for Him, the message has not changed. He is the reason for the hope we still have.

Indeed, the Kingdom of God is powerfully advancing. What will you do? What will you say? May we be filled with love and mercy, but may we not neglect to speak truth—for we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. May we be the light of Jesus to a world walking in darkness.

"No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light" (Luke 8:16).

May we cast all our anxiety on God and walk confidently in Him because He cares for us.

And the One who cares for us . . . victory is His. His is the Kingdom that is powerfully advancing. May we be a people who follow our victorious King and bring others to Him.

 

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Kim Jaggers

Kim Jaggers

God has opened doors for Kim Jaggers to minister to women as a speaker, writer, and ministry leader. Kim loves Jesus with all her heart and has a passion for others to develop a real, run-to-Him relationship and to crave God's Word as she does . . . "more than chocolate."

Kim authors an internationally received e-devotional entitled "Single Moment," and has recently released the book Truth to Hold On To. She has served as a guest blogger for Lifeway's Women Reaching Women. Kim's compelling story has also been featured on Revive our Hearts. She lives and laughs often with her family near Knoxville, Tennessee. 

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