“But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?” – Luke 10:29

Have someone in your life you would rather not consider a “neighbor”? Sometimes it’s easier to love people far away and forget those in our own home. It’s often more convenient to serve those in your own community. Here’s what’s real: Love and serve with pure motives. Love your “neighbor” who has caused you grief as well as the one at the ends of earth who you may never meet on this earth. They can’t pay you back.
Declaration: Today my motive in everything will be love especially to the unlovable.

Defiant Joy

There was a time not too long ago when the thought of something horrible hitting our great nation seemed unimaginable. A time when every school in the world would be closed and every church on planet earth was compelled to also shut its doors. A time when people were not allowed to buy or sell, nor allowed to travel. No more football games. No more baseball games. People were so freaked out that movies wouldn’t even open.

Prior to 9/11, there was nothing we could imagine that would cause our government to shut down or for everyone to lock themselves in their homes. We had no idea.

Sadly, 2020 is now like 9/11–a marker in time. We have the condition of the world before 2020 and after 2020. The Corona came with a crown that was not the kingdom. It came to lock down every bit of freedom and every act of righteousness happening throughout the earth.

When I look at these prophetic events with what’s happening in the world today, I know this: We have to live in defiant joy. A powerful way to live in defiant joy is through prayer and worship. I double dog dare you, next time you feel a way that is not joy, throw on some worship music. When we lift a sound to our Maker in Heaven, darkness flees.

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:24

When the headlines scream doubt, we say, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” When the doctor’s report shouts death, we say, “We shall live and not die.” When the morgue says it’s final, we have to live in defiant hope that Jesus is our Redeemer in every single way. The good news is, the sky is not falling. The Kingdom is coming!