Our common enemy is audacious. The “ruler of this world,” as Jesus calls him in John 14:30, seemingly has no fear when it comes to attacking the children of God. Jesus gave us a warning in John 10:10 that he is also a thief and is literally hell-bent on stealing from us, killing us and destroying us. If you were expecting a Happy New Year in this letter, just remind yourself that the enemy relentlessly wants to destroy you, and everyone else on our planet. He wants to keep us eternally separated from God, and he never takes a break.
While the above is all true, there is more to the story. The Good News is, that Jesus is far more powerful than our enemy, and it is not even close. The Good News is, that Jesus already paid the price and defeated him. The incredible news is, that the same power that rose Jesus from the dead is inside of us (Romans 8:11). We must remember too, that Jesus died so that anyone who calls on Him, will be saved; but there are literally billions of people who have not heard the Gospel one time. We, therefore, have a job to do.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (Ephesians 6:18-20, NIV)
This is our theme for 2024: fearlessly make known. Paul writes about the armor of God directly before these verses — not so we can put it on and stay home. He wrote these words from a prison cell, and upon his release, immediately went on his 4th missionary journey. The armor of God is for missions. We must go, and we must be fearless.
Jonathan Haward, President & Founder