Friday, June 20, 2008

Good News People in a Bad News Day

"How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isaiah 52:7)

A Storm is coming, and we will need good footwear in order to walk through the aftermath of its disruptive, destructive force. The best footwear possible, in Paul's words, is to have your feet "shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace"(Ephesians 6:15). In other words, we must be ready to be good news people in a bad news day.

Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). When those things that men have placed their faith in fail, and leave them bewildered and embittered -- then, more than ever, will they need those who have walked the path of peace with Jesus to stand on solid footing and say, "Your God reigns!"

Can we count on you? Or is it possible that you yourself are so entwined in the affairs of this world that any disruption of its comforts and causes will find you unprepared in that day?
There is an old truth that says, "You cannot give away what you do not have." If you do not have the peace that Jesus gives, how will you be able to pass it along to others?

Paul stood unwavering on the deck of a sinking ship in the midst of a hell-storm at sea and said, "I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.' Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me." (Acts 27:22-25).

Do you know to whom you belong? Do you know whom you are serving? Has He spoken words of comfort to your soul in times of upheaval and unrest? Do you believe that His word will come to pass as He has spoken to you?

If so, then strap those boots on your feet, and get ready to take your stand in a day when all hell breaks loose, and men's hearts are failing them for fear. Be a good news person in a bad news day!

A storm is coming.


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