Lt. General Michael Flynn recently warned America, “If we don't get this right, our country is done.” Americans are living in a historic time, yet few are aware of the significance of our moment. I agree.
Surprisingly, many Americans are seemingly unaware of the changes taking place in our culture. For the sake of truth and freedom, ignorance and deception must be resisted. Other than unlawful rampaging, virus policies changing how we work and educate our children, few are aware of the true spiritual implications of our time.
Yet I continue to connect with fellow believers who recognize the importance of current events and are living faithfully to the Lord despite the world around us. Just as in biblical days of old, there remains a remnant.
In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel always included a core of committed God-followers who declared the word of the Lord during times of decline or danger. Likewise, today our nation includes a vibrant remnant of American Christians who stand increasingly aware of the need for spiritual and national awakening.
For the remnant believer, we are very clearly experiencing a renewed need to rely upon spiritual resources in what is ultimately a spiritual battle. Our Lord Jesus calls us to focus on three key areas in these turbulent times.
First, the remnant believer is called to pray. We are primarily in a spiritual battle. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against powers in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 6:12). If we do not rely upon God's strength, we stand on our own and will fail. Yet with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Second, the remnant believer is called to witness. This includes a firm conviction to communicate Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He is the only way of salvation (Acts 4:12).
We are to witness about the truth as well. In addition to sharing the need for salvation, our call must include challenging those in our sphere of influence toward a biblical worldview. As the apostle Peter taught, we are to “be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Third, the remnant believer is called to resist evil. James taught, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). We must withstand the devil, as well as the sin of our fallen society. Even when our culture chooses to accept sinful ways, we must remain faithful to oppose what the Lord calls sin. This challenge again calls us to prayer, as spiritual power stands as the foundation for resisting evil.
As remnant believers, we are called to stand in the gap for truth. This is a positive element, a defensive as well as offensive effort that requires forward action. Our calling includes proclaiming the word of the Lord in the spiritual battle for our nation.
Resisting evil is not passive but involves thought and engagement. We do not only avoid participating with evil; we actively oppose it. Proverbs 28:4 notes, “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.”
For those who have yet to realize the implications of what is taking place, I urge you to awaken now! Decide now to join the faithful remnant who pray, witness, and resist evil in these last days.
For the remnant believers of America (and beyond), do not grow weary. Many believers have become discouraged at what they see. Instead of applying biblical truth, they have become angry and isolated. Yet Haggai 1:12 shows the power of an obeying remnant:
“Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, ‘with all the remnant of the people,’ obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.”
Likewise, be inspired and motivated. Determine to let God work through your efforts to impact lives and speak truth to those around you. Continue to stand in the gap for truth today.
The Hon. Sam Rohrer is president of the American Pastors Network, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net, a national network of pastors with constitutional and biblical teachings that discusses today’s pressing issues. He was a Pennsylvania lawmaker for 18 years and hosts the daily “Stand in the Gap Today” national radio program on more than 400 stations and Host of the “Stand in the Gap” national television program.