Vote for Jesus
The 2020 presidential election is upon us. Tensions are mounting. Soon, campaigning will ramp up to epic proportions. Opposing parties will pull out all the stops to bash contenders and push their agendas in hopes of influencing us to choose their candidate at the polls. By November, we’ll be so inundated with political ads we’ll wish we lived on another planet. Four years later, we’ll need to choose again . . . and then again, and again (and in between those presidential elections, state and local offices need to be filled). Choose, choose, choose. Every choice we make effects our country’s future.
I’d like to make one brief comment concerning all that before moving on to the purpose of my post. That being—we must listen to and be led by the Holy Spirit on this serious issue of choosing who will lead our country (Romans 8:5-6). Why? Because who we choose to lead us matters to God. Do our candidate’s convictions and agendas line up with His?
Choose wisely. Vote prayerfully. Enough said.
This topic of voting got me to thinking . . . As crucial as this election is to the future of our country, there’s another election that far surpasses it in importance. I’m talking about the unseen spiritual election that determines our eternity. It makes any and all heated presidential elections seem like cake walks. Campaigning for it is ramping up big time as we speak.
We were born into a world where Satan’s campaign to overthrow God’s rule on earth has been underway since the fall of man in the Garden. As (temporary) ruler of this world (John 14:30), Satan is campaigning like crazy, using underlying currents of hostility to bash and discredit his opponent, Jesus, all the while pushing his agenda and inundating us with his antichrist spirit (everything opposed to Christ and His message). Children it is the last hour and as you have heard, that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know it is the last hour (1 John 2:18).
His antichrist spirit is running rampant. In these last days before Jesus’ return, Satan is boosting his efforts and will pull out all the stops to sway us to choose his ultimate embodiment of evil—the Antichrist—before it’s all over. Who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshiped [even to his actually] taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 AMP).
At the same time, God is tirelessly pulling out all the stops in campaigning for His candidate, Jesus—God manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (1 Timothy 3:16)—Who, upon His return, will eradicate all evil rule and the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever (Revelation 10:7,11:15).
In His campaign, God sets before us life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live (Deuteronomy 30:19). Jesus came that we may have and enjoy that life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) (John 10:10).
So here we are, needing to choose not only which president will run our country, but needing to choose which spiritual ruler we will follow.
But here's the glitch. Because this spiritual campaign is age-old, we've all become so conditioned and acclimated to Satan and his antichrist spirit, that it's easy to forget the fact that the spiritual polls are open right now (2 Corinthians 4:4). Both parties are working to persuade us to vote—not to determine who wins this election, but to determine who we spend eternity with, and where. The Word clearly states that despite the heathen raging and kings of the earth banding together to shake their fists at God, the deciding vote for Jesus as King has already been cast (Psalm 2).
Things are about to change. Satan’s days of ruling this world are coming to an end. The cross was the decisive factor in who rules the world to come. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out (John 12:31, 16:11), and the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Revelation 20-10).
We must choose one or the other. It's not just a 'one-time-foxhole-vote-and-we're-in' kind of choice, but a 'he-who-endures-to-the-end-will-be-saved' series of choices to follow Jesus no matter how heated and ugly the spiritual race becomes (Matthew 24:13).
The polls are open. Both parties are waiting. Again, we must be led by the Spirit in our choosing this day, (and tomorrow, and next month, and next year, and decades to come, should the Lord tarry) whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15).
Choose wisely. Vote prayerfully. Enough said.
Just Give Me Jesus
by Anne Graham Lotz
He had no predecessor,
And He will have no successor.
He is the Lion,
And He is the Lamb.
He is God,
And He is Man.
He is the seven-way King:
He is the King of the Jews . . .
that’s a racial King.
He is the King of Israel . . .
that’s a national King.
He is the King of Righteousness . . .
that’s a moral King.
He is the King of the Ages . . .
that’s an eternal King.
He is the King of Heaven . . .
that’s a universal King.
He is the King of Glory . . .
that’s a celestial King.
He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords!
Just give me Jesus!