(1 John 4:2-3 NIV) This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
The Four Horses
(Revelation 6:2 NIV) I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
✓ The White Horse: Disruption and Deception
(Revelation 6:4 NIV) Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.
✓ The Red Horse: Fear and Violence
(Revelation 6:5-6 NIV) When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!
✓ The Black Horse: Economic collapse
(Revelation 6:8 NIV) I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
✓ The Pale Horse: Disease and Death
Running with the Horses
(Jeremiah 12:5 MSG) If you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can’t keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood?
1. Run with covering.
(1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work.
We’re always better together.
2. Run with ministry.
(1 Thessalonians 5:14 NLT) Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak.
The antidote of needing ministry is to do ministry.
3. Run with grace.
(1 Thessalonians 5:15 NLT) See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
Don’t give people what they deserve. Give people what they need.
4. Run with joy.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16 NLT) Always be joyful.
(Nehemiah 8:10 NIV) “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
(Philippians 4:4 NIV) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
“Joy is the determined choice to praise God in all things.” – Kay Warren