In the World There is Tribulation
It seems that everything that can be shaken is being shaken. This is not the time for the Body of Christ to be discouraged. It is the time to encourage ourselves in the things of God. The Lord has told us these things. John 16:33 says:
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
We must remember that we are in the world, but not of the world (John 15:19). We are of another realm. We are of the Kingdom of God. In John 16:33, God tells His people to take courage because the world without God will fail, but we can have peace in the storm. We can have peace when we focus on Jesus and the Kingdom of God where our provision comes from.
Provision of the Kingdom - Trust in the Lord
When we focus on the world, we walk by sight and trust in man's order of things. Then we are aligned with what the enemy wants us to believe in. When we focus on God and His will, we align with the Kingdom of God and His provision. Listen to what God is telling us in Proverbs 3:5-10:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body,
And refreshment to your bones.
Honor the Lord from your wealth,
And from the first of all your produce,
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine."
The first thing God is saying is to trust Him with all our heart. God is not worried about man's economy. God has a Kingdom economy that He wants on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10). He tells us that if we won't lean on our own understanding, but in everything acknowledge Him, He will direct our path.
In other words, the keys to the Kingdom of God come to us as we trust and acknowledge Him. The provision of the Kingdom comes to the Believer by faith. We are not walking by faith if we have fear, because we are going by how things look. Proverbs 3:25-26 says,
"Do not be afraid of sudden fear,
Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;
For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught."
When we trust in God, when He is our confidence, then He keeps us from the enemy's snare. When we focus on man's economy, we hold back because of fear. InProverbs 3, we are told to honor the Lord from our wealth so that our barns or houses will be filled with plenty.
God wants us to overcome by sowing so that we can have a harvest. We reap when we sow; this is the Kingdom release. It is opposite from the world's order of things that tells us to hold on to our seed. What good is it to talk about the Kingdom of God coming on the Earth as it is in Heaven if we don't possess it? Jesus said that "the Kingdom of God is at hand" – which means it is reachable.
Our Brightest Hour - Arise, Shine!
Now is not the time to hold back. It's the time to release God's Kingdom provision for healing and restoration to a desperate world. The world will be looking for answers more now than ever before. This should become our brightest hour. Isaiah 60:1-3 says,
"Arise, shine, for your light has come.
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth,
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you,
And His glory will appear upon you.
And nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising."
Remember, be of good cheer and get ready!