From the Pastor's Desk
Last week during service, we took some time to address the spirit of fear in prayer. Probably even more than any pandemic, I am concerned about the fear that is being engendered by the anarchy, lawlessness, and antichrist spirit that is being evidenced in the world.
Any area in our life where we are hopeless exposes a place where we are believing a lie. Deception and ignorance are not the same, yet they are two sides of the same coin. If I am ignorant, I do not function in the truth of the situation, which means I live in deception. But if I am deceived, it is because I am ignorant of the truth.
Paul declared that he was not going to be taken advantage of by Satan because he was "not ignorant of his schemes" (2 Cor. 2:11). One of Satan's major tactics is the use of fear, which is always based on deception. Perhaps you have seen the acronym for fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.
We are now entering an era in which being a Christian is going to require more. That is not intended to scare, but it is intended to provoke us to faith. It is time to go deep in God (1 Cor. 2:10). The life of faith can be free from fear, knowing that perfect love casts out fear (1 Jn. 2:18). Ask the Holy Spirit to enable you to know God more, to teach you to pray, to worship, and love the Lord more deeply. Our faith brings victory over the world, providing a spiritual weapon by which we can combat both the temptations and the persecutions of a godless society (1 Pet. 5:8-9).
Pastors Mark and Jennifer