3. Stay Connected
Jesus was about to give the disciples the most historically consequential and difficult mission possible: to expand His kingdom of light and life. Such a task alone would feel daunting. A seemingly insurmountable task when one considers the intense opposition these men would soon face.
And indeed their mission was impossible if attempted in their own strength. To be successful, and experience His peace amid tribulation, they’d need to remain connected to Him (John 15:1-8) and led and empowered by the Holy Spirit. He would teach them everything they needed to know, remind them of all Christ had taught them, and speak through them during their most terrifying moments. (John 14:25-26; 16:12-13; Matthew 10:20).
The same is true for us. We live in a dark and broken world where we see the effects of evil daily. Oppression. Persecution. Children abused, neglected, or sold into slavery. People groups oppressed and killed.
Seeing images of such wickedness flooding our screens, we’re often tempted to retreat or lash out. But God encourages us to remain confident and strategic, not frenzied and reactive. May our actions, inspired, fueled, and sustained by Him, accurately reflect His loving, faithful, and sovereign heart.
4. Remain Focused on Christ and His Mission
When the religious leaders rose up against believers, kicking them out of their faith communities and triggering their expulsion from Rome, the disciples could’ve stayed focused on their injustices. For sure, everything God’s children experienced during the first century was unjust. But while they likely grieved, they did so with purpose and hope, centering their thoughts on Christ, and His mission. They remembered, in every encounter, that they weren’t wrestling with flesh and blood “but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12, ESV).
To stand strong, they needed to remain clothed in God’s supernatural armor described in Ephesians 6.
The same is true for us. Victory comes when we learn to fight our spiritual battles with spiritual weapons such as prayer, surrender, righteousness, and faith.
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