The Kingdom of God Will Not Be Shaken – Freda Emmons
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…” Hebrews 12:28
We are in a season in which it seems that everything that can be shaken, is being upended and tossed about. Almost daily, a different set of instructions demand our attention and obedience. It is the easiest thing to succumb to confusion, anger, depression, and to do so, breeds an environment that is ripe for violence, looting, and lawlessness. Being aware of all that is around us, on every angle, it is also easy to feel that we ourselves are being shaken. However, because we are connected to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, the things that are happening all around us are instead, working His purpose in us.
Lean into James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
At Good Samaritan Ministries, the shaking all around us is accomplishing the work of the Spirit through individuals in the entire worldwide ministry, who are fully committed to teaching nothing but the Kingdom of God. There has been a process of honing, to uphold every step toward healing and every person, before the Throne of Grace. We have become more aware of how desperately we need each other; our ministry has always been one of face-to-face, even physical touch, to instill value into each other and those to whom we minister. How precious it is; we wait in great expectation, of a renewed ability to do so again, in all its fullness. We have become more aware of the significance and power of prayer; GSM’s foundation is in prayer, which is being deepened and strengthened.
This work of the Spirit, refining of our perseverance, has concrete applications within the GSM ministry. The counselors have continued to minister by phone or zoom visits, and recently, they have begun to counsel in the office, for those who feel safe enough coming in. There have been classes offered online, through zoom, and recently, meeting in the office – with social distancing. The work of the Spirit in the midst of this trial, has challenged us branch out, to accomplish things we had previously resisted, like our online ministry. We have found that when we offer events online, we touch hundreds more people, than without it.
Oswald Chambers describes this quite uniquely on page 210 of his book, My Utmost for His Highest, “God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk (just as He walked on water) on the chaos of my life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present. If we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious.” Chambers encourages us to re-direct our thoughts, to what God is doing in, us in the midst of the shaking all around us.
Teresa Stroup, GSM’s International Director, recently addressed this same issue from her unique wisdom and perspective. She encouraged the group, “Keep the main thing, the main thing. What is God doing in this season? The world’s changing; cell phones are tracked, security cameras are catching constant images of everyone within range. Let those who happen to be tracking you to receive the testimony of the power of God. Let the cameras pick up images of a people of prayer, joy, and peace. Would the people listening to your cell phone conversation hear about the Lord, and His power and love? We were made for a time such as this, where we can shine in the darkest time, in the midst of conflict. We are not being persecuted; we are being exposed for the saints of God we are.”