Ladies and gentlemen, the state of the kingdom is strong. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, still sits at the right hand of God. He still holds all of creation in His hands. He still moves in the lives of His people, fulfilling His word and making Himself known.
Our God does not make promises He cannot keep. Broken lives are healing, fractured families are being restored, and renewed souls are prospering.
Yes, we face challenges. Diabolical forces war against righteousness. Sin seeks to destroy that which is good. Darkness prevails in those who do not know His light. And the corruption of this world reminds us every day that this place is but a temporary home. But the gates of hell will not prevail. We have seen the final outcome and it is victory!
Every day, we should ask ourselves two questions about His kingdom: Is it reigning in me? And how can I reveal it to others? It is our unfinished task to make sure that His kingdom appears to the many, and not just the few.
The Gospel foretold since the beginning of time and fulfilled over 2,000 years ago continues to proclaim the truth of the Promised One. The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive in each of us. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a church where the presence of the Holy Spirit is quenched or we can allow His Spirit to unleash the wonders of heaven. We must say each day, “Not my will, but Yours.” For it is not by our might and not by our power, but by His Spirit that we will overcome.
What’s at stake aren’t Democratic values, Republican values, or even American values, but the values established before the creation of heaven and earth: The truth of a Creator invested in His creation. A holy and perfect Father cut off from His children by their imperfect choices, yet able to be restored through His one and only perfect Son.
If we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great, no mission too hard. As long as we’re joined in His common purpose, as long as we maintain our Godly resolve, our journey moves forward, and our future is hopeful, and the state of the church will always be strong.
Thank you, God bless you, and may His kingdom reign for now and evermore.