Desperate Times Calls For God's Promises
You have the potential to influence physical and spiritual matter. –Dr. Myles Munroe
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
Whether you’re a police officer anticipating another riot to break out or an overworked nurse who’s seen the bodies of COVID 19 patients give out, as a believer, your potential gives you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Perhaps you’re a scientist and your life’s work is finding a cure for cancer, or you’re a 3rd-grade teacher in an inner-city school in search of better funding for improved supplies; your authority in Christ is not limited by your circumstance. In fact, the bigger the need for a miracle, the truer God’s promises are to fulfill them. We serve a promise-keeping God and when He declares we have the potential to influence heaven and earth, He means it! Here are 3 reasons why desperate times call for the true promises of God.
1. It humbles us
What exactly happened in 2020 that made us feel invincible? The world faced an enemy with an unquenchable desire to cause death and suffering, and for the first time in a long time, fear was struck in the hearts of mankind. Suffering is so hard to explain to unbelievers, to paint a picture of an all-loving God that stands by as humanity suffers famine, plagues, the death of the innocent…it’s difficult. Here’s what we do know as believers, there’s nothing like desperation to humble you before an all-knowing God. God promises to exalt those who are humble, there is no guesswork here, no wondering when things are going to get better, and we wouldn’t understand the absolution of God’s word without the lowliness desperation brings.
2. It strengthens us
The best part of any Rocky movie is when he falls when victory evades him; beaten to a pulp and completely humiliated. That sounds terrible but it's true! We all anticipate the moment his potential kicks in and he realizes that he isn’t a loser; he’s just a winner in training. When we’re in desperate times, heaven reacts to our cry, our need for justice, for the crooked ways to be made straight. How are we to ever know how strong we are without the trials that test our strength? God didn’t give us the keys to the kingdom of heaven to influence physical and spiritual matter just for kicks, light shines brightest in the darkness, victory is sweetest after getting up from a fall, and our strength is ignited in the face of our biggest giants. God promised!
3. It’s an absolute truth
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 29:13 Why is it that we declare this most during our desperate times of need? It’s because it’s the ultimate reminder of the faithfulness of God, that His promises are yes and amen. When Jesus declares that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, He’s reassuring us of His goodness to keep His promises. The potential that God gives us, the keys to the kingdom of heaven that He blesses us with, are all based on the absolute truth that He cannot lie. Just as the first bite of food is the best after a long fast, a sip of cold water quenches more than any other sip after it, the feeling of sitting down after an 8-hour shift on your feet, God’s promises bring the relief we need during these desperate times. And if we were truthful, sometimes, it takes the darkest night for us to give God the glory for the day.