March 25, 2020

Are you nervous or anxious when God shakes the world around you? Do you realize God is moving you to a heart full of gratitude and worship? Do you realize God doesn’t give a spirit of fear but works mightily to produce in you, a spirit full of gratitude and worship?

Hebrews 12: 26-29 “And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”

Christ’ voice, His Word, is the powerhouse, the epicenter of the shockwave that shakes this entire world around us. The kingdoms of this earth are shaken to their core in a matter of seconds by an invisible enemy at a cellular level.

This time of a world health crises is not intended to make us fear, and tremble by fleshly impulse. It is to simply show us how the temporal will always give way to the eternal. This is to fix our eyes on Christ as the author and builder of our eternal and unshakable kingdom. These times of crises are to build up our joy, gratitude, and our worship. It is not to tear down those virtues but to tear down that which makes us unstable and idolatrous.

When mankind cowers at the reality of a rapid pandemic, the believer is to tremble in reverence and awe of his awesome and all powerful God. God is the consuming fire we are to tremble before, instead of a particular cellular component.

Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Jesus Himself is our peace and He has shown the emptiness and temporality of earth’s kingdoms.

God lovingly refocuses our eyes and hearts on what can never be shaken, what can never be taken, what can never be removed.

“…to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” I Peter. 1:4

Praise God when He shakes the world around us, because He is loving us and showing us that nothing but Christ can bring us true security. We want hearts full of gratitude and worship but we all stumble, get sidetracked, complain, falter, and lose faith. It is God’s mercy, grace, and love that violently shakes the world around us to that we run back to Him and place our hope anew on the rock that is higher than us..the rock that can never be moved. This is what the love of God does.

“He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rest my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.” Psalm 62: 6-7

Are you truly grateful for God’s unshakable kingdom? Is your heart full of Christ directed worship?

In Christ,

Pastor Jared.

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