Here are some of today’s headlines: China Warns America: Don’t Go First; Scientists create mutant ants…Dozens of Female Employees Accuse GOOGLE of Gender Discrimination…Designer Shocks With Naked Fashion Show…Hollywood Billboard Features 43,412 Nude Scenes…ISIS to use Drones to Take Down Planes…Democrat Campaign Spokeswoman: No Interest in Working With Pro-Life Dems…Iran Not Living Up To Nuclear Deal…Disney Sued For Collecting Private Information From Children Via Game Apps…If you are looking to the news for any type of positive reinforcement, you won’t find it. You will find pretty much the vilest of what humans do to themselves and to one another.
The 24 hour, seven days a week news cycle has denigrated itself into a repository for the very worst of humankind. In fact, it often is supportive of this malevolent movement that is sweeping the world. It’s important that a prophetic people do not get caught up in this cycle and mantra. It’s easy to do. Those who do may find themselves often depressed, argumentive, angry, fearful, anxious, empty, even paranoid. As Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” We must be discerning in these times, for they are truly waxing worse and worse. Remember that salvation is not found in politicians or business leaders. Peace cannot be achieved apart from the Prince of Peace.
Jesus told his disciples in John 16:32, “In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Then Jesus prayed in the Garden in John 17:14-21, “I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.”
Jesus is praying not only for his disciples, but for all of us ever to believe on him that we are not of the world, that we be kept from the evil of the world, and that we be sanctified by the Father’s word, which is truth. We are not going to find much truth in the headlines or in politics or entertainment. It is all worldly and of the world. You will find truth in the Word of God. What’s John 1:1 say?, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” There is a big difference between the words of the world that we find in the headlines and the Word of God which sanctifies us, sets us apart and keeps us from evil. A prophetic people know the difference and abides in the true Word.