In this day, and in these circumstances, and in this present darkness, the church of Jesus Christ must still advance. God has chosen to use us as instruments of rightousness in an increasingly darkening landscape. He has chosen to work through us both as individuals and as members of the body of Christ, to exert power over darkness by His Spirit who lives within us. God has called us to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us to bring an anointed word of deliverence to the people who are bound by the forces of evil all around us. When we look at the tide of evil that exists today we see that our country is seething with ugliness. Greed, uncontained lust, and the love of violence are exeedingly strong and seemingly invincible in our society. We can begin to despair that the church could ever move forward under such conditions.
In 1 John 4:4, we read: “ Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."
Our very important work is to humble ouselves in prayer and seeking His face and continuing full-force in turning from our own wicked ways. We must obey the voice of the Holy Spirit within us and do those things that He says. God WILL reveal His plans to us individually and through the true functioning body of Christ. Not only will God lead us as individuals, but God has given us those in church leadership the the ability to lead by the Spirit.
When God speaks to us as the church to advance, we must obey! We must have faith that God will not leave us to come up with our own plans to move forward. The Holy Spirit will reveal the exact plan that will lead to many spiritual victories even in the darkest circumstanses. In the Bible we see in both the Old and in the New Testaments that God consistantly revealed exact plans for battle after battle and for situation after situation. We must expectantly wait for instructions by the Holy Spirit. God has plans for us to gain victory within our own personal lives and within our society to bring the furtherment of the Kingdom of God among us. It's not by might or by power but by His Spirit, The Lord has spoken it. Zechariah 4:6b