Springtime is upon us, and it’s my favorite time of the year. It means flowers pushing up out of the ground, trees getting their leaves back, the grass starts growing again, and it’s a time of new hope and renewal. Spring means new life and hope. But what about those who have no hope, or have given up hope that things will ever change and be better? Spring happens each year whether you have hope or not, because God set things up that way.

It seems God created spring as a sign to mankind that there is a better day coming, that one day the winter will cease, and beauty and peace will reign forever when His Kingdom comes. If you’re looking for His Kingdom to come, it gives you great hope in your heart, because frankly, there just isn’t a lot in this world that inspires hope. Jesus said in Matthew 24:6-13,

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Spring IS coming, but we must first finish the winter season. What does that mean? It means you must decide you’ve had enough of “winter” and you’re ready to do something about it. Sadly, some will give up before the Kingdom of God gets here. But there’s something you need to know if you are thinking of giving up: even if the Lord Jesus delays His coming till after your natural lifetime is over, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Jesus said that he that endures unto the end, the same shall be saved. That means if you hold your hope firmly until either He comes, or your life ends, you will be saved!

In the meantime, God’s calendar is fast approaching Springtime. Now, we don’t know the day, but we can look at the signs of the times and see even as we see buds on a tree, that the leaves are not far behind. Hope for a better tomorrow is in the air! Just as wars and pestilence and famine and hardship are physical things, they are also TEMPORARY, meaning they have an END. But the coming Kingdom of God HAS no end! Soon, the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of our LORD! Now THAT’S something to smile and shout about! And right now, TODAY, we can bring the spring season into our own lives! We don’t have to wait for “SOMEDAY”!

In this world there is sickness, sorrow, strife all kinds of unsavory stuff. As believers and followers of Christ Jesus, we have been given authority over the works of the devil as they affect us, but I find not many are USING that authority! And that’s why they’re so sad and run around having a long face. They’re missing out on all the good stuff! Look what the Lord Jesus said in Luke 10:18-20,

18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

WHY is it noteworthy to us that Jesus said, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven? That’s because he was cast down to earth along with his fallen angels, and his abode is HERE for now, until they are thrown into the Lake of Fire forever. Well, springtime means BBQ, and guess who is getting BBQ’d? Yep, you guessed it: Satan and his bunch, and the Antichrist.

Well, we all know the story of how God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and gave them dominion over all the earth, and Satan came and deceived them into giving up their dominion, and thus we have all the garbage going on in the earth even unto today.

When Christ Jesus came to earth in the form of a man, He taught His disciples what was going on and what was coming, and He gave those who believe on Him EXACTLY what He said in verse 19. That means if you are Christ Jesus’ disciple in this present day, that verse is YOURS! The disciples in those days rejoiced that the spirits were subject unto them, and Jesus told them to rejoice even more because THEIR NAMES WERE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN!

But what about YOU? Are YOU rejoicing for what God has given you, and using your God-given authority to overcome evil in your life? Are You using your God-given authority to overcome sickness in your life? Are YOU rejoicing because YOUR name is written in heaven? Are YOU using your God-given authority to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that OTHERS may also be set free? If so, GOOD! And if not, WHY NOT? Are you happy living in the “winter” of life, under the devil’s rule, and not looking forward to “spring”? WAKE UP TO THE TRUTH!!

No matter what the devil has thrown upon you, YOU have the authority to do something about it, according to Luke 10:19. Don’t bawl and squall to God to do it for you, for HE has given YOU the POWER to overcome! It’s springtime, get up and celebrate and praise God. He has put YOUR calendar in YOUR hands, and if you want it to be the time of new life and new hope and joy, then GO FOR IT! Call it forth! Don’t live another hour under the devil’s heavy hand. Christ Jesus has set you FREE! It’s high time you started ACTING like it!