Matthew 5:9 NIV - "9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."Read More
"Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place."" John 18:36
If your kingdom of identification is with Jesus, let me encourage you to redirect your anxiety and your energy to the well-being of the imperishable and immortal kingdom of the Christ. This is not to say that God is unconcerned about the situation or that we shouldn't be prayerful towards it. This is to say that we should not live in fear about it. Our priority is a kingdom much greater than this one.
"When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." 1 Corinthians 15:54
Peace and Love, Daniel
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