Note the following from the book of Daniel, “Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. ”1”“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.”2
Remember, our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places. We, who are believers, are in the midst of a spiritual battle. We tend to forget that there is a Devil out there, seeking to destroy people. He is the prince of this world, and many people, willingly or having been blinded by him, are following him to a destiny that, sadly for them, will end in the lake of fire.
You cannot put your trust in human government for deliverance or ultimate happiness. The government process does not save, Jesus, and Jesus alone, saves. I like what Peter stated the book of Acts states, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”3
In the first century, in the midst of intense opposition, believers had a faith and testimony that turned the world upside down. A few centuries later, under less stressful conditions, believers became spiritually flabby, anemic and weak. As a result, they had lost their spiritual power and impact. I am afraid that we, who are living in the modern western world, are in the same condition. Be honest, how much real influence is modern evangelicalism having on our society? Are we really impacting the spiritual and moral degradation around us for good? Have we not by our inaction and lack of commitment to Jesus actually contributed to the decadence?
Bad days are coming to those who believe and hold on to the Bible. Maybe, just maybe, God is beginning to work. As He allows and makes the oppression of the Devil more painful, I pray that we, who are believers, will become vibrant in faith and real in our commitment to Him. Then and only then will our spiritual power and impact return. And then we, through the power of the Holy Spirit, can turn the world upside down again… – Pastor Stevens

  1. Daniel 10:12–13 []
  2. Daniel 10:12–13 []
  3. Acts 4:12 []