Who Is In Charge Of This World Anyway?

     What happened when Jesus died on the Cross? The victory was won, and the ransom was paid. Let’s look at this from a fresh angle.
     We learn from Genesis that way back in the beginning, God gave man dominion over the earth, to take care of it and enjoy all of its blessings. But Adam and Eve effectively handed that authority over to Satan when they rebelled against God.
Since then, Satan has been the “ruler” of our earthly existence. This may be surprising but it’s true. Many supporting Scripture references are given in my message. Sin, evil, brokenness, immorality, temptation, death – the dark parts of life that are everywhere, every day, for everyone – none of it comes from God.
   All this is temporary in God’s timeline. His plan all along has been to bring his people back to Him. At first there were various covenants and laws that his people had to follow to set themselves apart from the world and connect to God. This only got so far.
     But God was still at work. Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross ripped the authority over the world away from Satan. Consider His last earthly words in The Great Commission in a new light: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go…. ” (and hopefully you know the rest!). It’s a done deal. We only need to receive it by faith and God will be back in the driver’s seat of our lives.
     Of course, the plan isn’t complete yet. Satan is still at work in the world, and we still experience much darkness because of it. But knowing that the blood ransom has been paid and the victory over sin has been won, this gives us a whole new perspective about anything that may make us feel defeated or apart from God.
     “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – words of Jesus, John 16:33
     “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of god that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38
Action Items For This Week:
1. Think of one area in which you are experiencing darkness. Commit this to prayer, remembering in confidence that Jesus has already overcome this. Share this with someone and pray together.
2. If you have not yet received God’s wonderful gift of Jesus, I urge you to do so. It has already been paid for. Contact me or another Christian you are close to.

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