• Mel

In the Midst of Chaos

The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We feel it. We see it. There's no escaping it. Everywhere we turn, we're reminding of the injustices of our country; the injustices of our world. If you're brown like me, you wonder if you're going to make it home to your family. You're no longer afraid of making one false move because even the right moves could get you killed.

It doesn't stop there, though. We're still trying to protect ourselves and recover from COVID-19, which has effected all of us in some way. In the midst of a pandemic, we are seeing our world in turmoil, riots, black women and men being killed, and a host of other things. My heart hurts for our people; my heart hurts for our world. Just like everyone else, I had to take a moment to take it all in.

The most asked question is, what does the Christian do? How are we to feel? It's a lot of controversy seeing Christians quiet or some of our leaders quiet. It's caused a lot of division within the Kingdom. Some Christians believe we should be silent and let God handle it, while others are being vocal about the injustices we experience. So what do we do? What do we do as believers?

The definition of chaos is complete disorder and confusion. Confusion is not of God. It must be dismantled before we can see clearly. I believe it's important to go into prayer. Not dismissing what you're feeling but bringing it before God. Prayer is communication to our father. Communicating and expressing our feelings and our thoughts. Most importantly, it's where we hear from him. When the world is in shambles, it's our duty to consecrate ourselves, to plead for our nation and to get answers. That's what makes us so unique as a people. We play a vital role in our nation. That's why it's so important to know what to do in the midst of chaos.

After prayer, It's important to watch. Matthew 26:41 tells us to watch and pray. Keep your eye on what's going on. Not to be consumed by it, but to be informed. Majority of our intercession comes from what's going on in the world around us. Thirdly, be careful of what you do and what you say. Remember, we are not of the world or like the world. Our actions should always be different. In regards to speech, as intercessors, we cannot curse (use negative words or phrases) what we are asking God to bless in prayer. Lastly, be the light. The world is already a dark place. People are desperately looking for a light in these dark times and you are it! Are you letting your light shine? Are you leading by example? Are you demonstrating the fruits of the spirit during these times?

In the midst of chaos, we must be led by the spirit of God. While the world is in an uproar, we must tune out the distractions and choose to hear from God. As people of God, we have the answers the world needs but we must consecrate to get them. Consecration is also a way to kill our flesh in order to be led by the spirit, which is imperative. When we are led by the spirit, we see in the spirit, we speak in the spirit, and our actions are led by the spirit. We can never go wrong being led by God. So what do we do as Christians? We seek to be led by God. It's not the popular way, it's not the easy way, but it's God's way!

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