Time is ticking away and the world is slowly but surely going up in flames. Christians are being persecuted, Christianity is being banned, natural disasters are happening more often, Christians are turning away from their faith and we have become blind and numb to GOD'S Word. It seems as though everything is going pear-shaped for us, but that is only if we believe that GOD is not in control.
I believe that we tend to forget that GOD is in control. We look at the chaos happening around us, and we wonder: where is GOD in all of this? He's right where He has always been, making things happen at the preordained time. The devil hasn't suddenly become more powerful, no, GOD is still keeping a lid on what he can and cannot do. If you are Christian, then you know that the devil has no power over you. However, if you commit a sin then you can expect Satan to know all about it. In any well-run and tightly controlled organization, there is the boss at the top, the leaders that work under him, and the people that monitor what happens in the organization to report back to the leaders. It's the same for Satan and his kingdom. He has monitoring spirits that roam the earth to keep an eye on people and report back to their leaders (the demons higher up in the kingdom). We need to understand that while the monitoring spirits do not attack us, they are watching us, waiting for any open doorways to afflict us. Therefore, when we sin we open a spiritual doorway for the devil to do something to us, and it would be completely 'legal'. But, with Jesus by your side and the power of the Holy Spirit, you can send those demons packing and have the affliction removed from you. Do not expect it to be easy to detect the work of the devil- he is a crafty being who knows what makes us tick and what makes us fall apart. We are pretty stupid creatures, we may think that we are smart and all that, but when you're up against a being that had been around since whenever, then you're in for a rude awakening. That's why GOD tells us to trust Him in all things- He created Satan, therefore He can put him in his place.
It's not easy giving up control over our lives. We are always planning for the future, trying to maintain financial security and care for ourselves and our family. But we get it so wrong. GOD had this plan for our lives, a plan that fits you into the grand scheme of things. Think of a massive quilt with hundreds of thousands of interconnecting images that make up one beautiful story. If one of those images were to be removed, then there would be a gap in the story, a missing piece that distorts things but doesn't necessarily stop the story from continuing. You are an image in that quilt; your life connects to the lives of other people, influencing them and making a lasting impression- whether you realize it or not. But if you choose to remove yourself from that quilt, then there will be a gap, but that doesn't mean that GOD'S plan for His people changes. It's just that you didn't fulfill the plan for your life because you chose to go at it alone. There is a bigger picture that our minds cannot comprehend, but each one of us makes up that one picture and we are all equally important. We are the body of Christ and GOD has plans for all of us, some plans take longer than others to come to fruition, but it's all part of His plan.
There is nothing sadder than to watch Christians try to live a life for themselves and watch them fall apart. On one side, Jesus is waiting with open arms to welcome them home and on the other are demonic vultures just waiting to tear them apart. But they never look like demonic vultures, they look like everything that you could ever want. A Christian life is as simple or as complicated as you make it, it's all a matter of trust and obedience. Commit your life to GOD if you haven't already; it will be the best decision of your life, but don't expect it to be a walk in the park.