Come Lord Jesus!
If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha! (1 Corinthians 16:22 NASB)
2020 has been a perilous year. The world has been devastated by an unseen virus. Our country seems to be divided more than ever along racial, political, and cultural lines. We have just finished an election cycle where many are questioning its validity. A President appears to have been elected that does not champion the value of human life in the womb. Despite all of this, Jesus will return and will make all things right.
Life is a battle. That is why we are told to use every piece of God’s armor to fight the battle (Ephesians 6:13). We lose a few of the encounters, but we continue to engage. We stay in the fight because we know we win the war. Read the end of the book. The offensive weapon we have is prayer. We are told to pray at all times (Ephesians 6:18), in good times and in bad. When we see the answers to our prayers and when we don’t. Our heroes of faith of old saw things as done before they were done.
It is never over until it is over. In Psalms 98:9, we are told that Jesus is coming to judge the earth with justice and fairness. We will never have peace on earth fully until the Prince of Peace returns. Until that time, we must not shrink back but must maintain. Only prayer, spiritual warfare, and the preaching of the Gospel to all nations will hasten the return of the King.
We must storm the very gates of hell with the mantra on our lips like the first century Church, Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.
Ken Barnes worked as a foreign missionary for many years with YWAM.