Well…another terrorist attack! This time in Nice. the body count is at 80 and may increase. Over a hundred have been injured.
Who takes a truck and drives over people? Our God is weeping over the loss of life and the inhumanity of man. He is broken-hearted…. He brings life and these terrorists only know to kill. Our God is NOT the god they worship by killing everyone they don’t agree with. What a terrible thing that even little children are brought up to hate, when Jesus left heaven and came to earth so that we could be free from Sin and Death.
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nice, all those who have lost loved ones, friends and neighbors. The pain of this evil, will continue to forever in their hearts, minds and memories. It is heartbreaking!
Is it enough to pray? What do we do now? Will we pray for peace for those that mourn. Of course! However there is nothing we can do at this point to reverse the attack, remove the pain and sorrow. So what can we do? Are we willing to do it?
There has to be a new plan. The old one is not working. Yes, it brings comfort and peace in the midst of all this trouble. Many will write “words” that deliver peace, but they have no answers.
One of the things we Christians are called to do is to share Jesus and his forgiveness, healing, and Grace. Someone reading this today, may not even wake up tomorrow. We never know which day we will leave this earthly life. If people don’t have a personal relationship with JESUS, they are not going to enjoy eternity at all….they may think they are, but they are not. As Christians we need to be sharing this fact with others. Their eternity can be changed by our sharing Christ’s forgiveness and love with them. So just do it.
As Christians we have a responsibility to make a difference while we are here on earth. The battle against Satan (and this cannot be disputed, because the Bible clearly says that Satan came to KILL, STEAL and DESTROY) must be fought in the spiritual realm, not in the physical. You and I are not going to be called to go out and kill terrorists. But we are called to go to battle in the spiritual realm against them.
There is armor for this battle. You will find it in Ephesians 6. There is a helmet of salvation, there is a breastplate of righteousness, there is a belt of truth, there are shoes to protect our toes from being stepped on. There is also a SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS the WORD OF GOD. Yes…the Bible is our SWORD. We have to learn how to use it. And there is a Shield of FAITH. What kind of fool would we be if we, knowing that Jesus died for us, and loves us more than anyone, even ourselves, is not trustworthy. He is able to teach us his ways, He provides WISDOM to fight the fight. So it is time for us to begin to pray with power.
We seem to play this little game, not quite truly believing that God answers prayers. We pray or say something like, Lord please heal so and so. Or please keep us safe.
The Bible says that the Kingdom of HEAVEN suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. What in the world does that mean? Well it means we need to fight for what God wants us to fight for.
It is finding the scripture that deals with an issue and praying it back to God. Reminding him of that scripture and that he made the promise. Sometimes we just have to demand that God answers our prayers. An example would be…”You said God, that if I have faith the size of a mustard seed, that I could move mountains. This Mountain needs to move.
Right now, God wants us to move some mountains. We need to pray for our countries…they are under terrorist attacks. Not just America, but France, Germany, and numerous other places. The Word of God says…A fire goes before you, Oh Lord, and burns up your enemies.(Psalms 97:3) Go before us Lord and burn up your enemies who are destroying your creation, your people and the people who have not yet heard of you. Let your fire protect me and cover me. (exodus 14:24) Release the spirit of burning to burn up the works of darkness(Psalms140:10) Lord, Let righteous men with YOUR WISDOM sit in the high governmental places of my City and Nation (Proverbs 9:3) Father cause these men clothed in your Righteousness to arise and serve according to your Will.
Lord, teach us to pray. Teach us your ways. Teach us how to defend our families, our churches and our nations. Teach us how to use your Sword of the Spirit to change our world.
Lord….Your word says in 2 Chronicles …..If my people, who are called by my name will HUMBLE themselves and Pray and seek my face and TURN from their wicked ways, Then you will HEAR from heaven, You will FORGIVE our Sin, and YOU will HEAL our land…..Lord your Word says it….There are millions of Christ followers calling out to you. Heal our Land. Our Land and our people are in desperate need. We need you and we need your divine protection. Move Lord…according to your Word! WE ASK AND PRAY in the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!
You and I are called to further the Kingdom of our Lord. We do that by taking our relationship with Jesus seriously and being willing to do what he has for each of us to do. We do that by learning the Ways of God, and Learning the Word of God, reaching out to others and fighting an unseen war with the enemies of God.
Let’s all learn more, grow in HIS Grace and be wise. Lord, this is our prayer…Teach us how to pray with power and integrity. ….Always listening for your voice and walking with you where you go!