Fulfilling the Promises of God in Your City
“The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.” Mat. 4:15-16
Zebulun and Naphtali: two great cities located northeast of Nazareth. They were characterized by their strength and skill, cities known for their warriors. Yet at a spiritual level, they were enslaved. Their lands were in darkness, dwelling in the shadow and fear of death, and their people lived in a state of oppression and gloom. What was the message that could set them free? Jesus came to them saying: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”.
How did such powerful cities become overcome by darkness? First, by negligence of God, resulting in sin, and then its consequences taking a deep toll on these lands. The cities, lands, and nations around us suffer in a similar state. Where negligence of God is, sin is present. Where sin is present, darkness dwells. However, when believers take responsibility as servants of God to repent on behalf of their city, crying and praying for their lands, and becoming witnesses to the people around them with the same simple message as Jesus “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”, we will see a great light, Christ himself, overcoming the darkness and shadows of death that we’ve grown accustom to. By becoming witnesses in the places where God has positioned us, we become vessels of God’s light to a dark, oppressed land.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:14
Pastor Bethel Johnson