|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You have been set free”
Our Bible verse for today: “And you now know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.” 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Do your part to restrain evil in the world. “
2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 is a critical passage of scripture for Christians today to understand. The Apostle Paul was giving his readers insight into the end times when Satan, through the work of the antichrist, will be unrestrained and therefore evil in the world will be worse than ever. This will happen at the midpoint of the seven-year tribulation period which occurs just prior to the second coming of Jesus.
It’s at this midpoint in the tribulation that the rapture occurs and all the remaining believers in Christ are removed from the world. Since the Holy Spirit resides in the hearts of those believers and does most of His work in this world through them, when they are taken out of the world the work the Holy Spirit was doing through them stops. Up until this point, the Holy Spirit has been present in the world living in the hearts of multiple millions upon millions of Christians. Through their faithful ministry in the world evil has been restrained and pushed back; lost sinners have been led to Jesus; lives have been changed; and eternal destinies determined. But at the time of the rapture their influence in the world is gone and then, all hell literally breaks loose on earth.
Every day we get a little closer to the end of time, but right now you and I live in the pre-rapture period. The Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and works through us to oppose Satan and to restrain evil as we promote Kingdom principles, minister in the name of Jesus, and lead people to faith in Him.
Remember, Jesus has set us free so that we can help others to be free too. In this fractured and hurting world that we live in the best thing we Christians can do to help make our society a better place is to actively oppose the influence of Satan. It is for this that Jesus saved your soul and then sent you off on-mission in this world. You are to help restrain Satan’s evil influence in this world. I encourage you to find ways to do that today.
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