On this day 13 years ago I was in college as a sophomore. I heard the news of the airplanes crashing into the world trade center while I was in the elevator on my way to chapel. The news stunned me and rumors began to travel quickly amongst the college campus of potentially more hijacked airplanes on their way.
That is what gripped the heart of a nation.
Our country was turned upside down as many of Americans watched in horror the video footage of what just took place.
In chapel the staff tried to encourage the students and thousands of college kids got on their knees and prayed.
Churches began to fill up and hearts were turned back to the Lord.
And then life happened. Life began to get back to normal as distance came between us and the events of 9/11. Churches began to not be so full and Americans across the country began to turn away from the God who comforted them in their greatest hour of need.
I cannot help but be reminded of the Israelites and how they would follow the Lord for years, and then they would turn away and forget all that God had done for them. It wasn’t until they were under oppression that they would cry out to Him for deliverance and time and again the Lord showed mercy on His chosen people.
America, that is where we are today. We have strayed from our roots and the One who gave us these freedoms and privileges!
Turn on the news, pick up a newspaper, listen to talk radio, the news of ISIS is everywhere. It is glaring at us and we are glaring back. Evil has always been around but it has become louder and made it’s presence well known. There are faces and a name associated with this evil.
It would be so very easy for us to shrink in fear. To not be strong and courageous. Evil has a way of being very intimidating. Fear has a way of getting us in a choke hold & squeezing us so tightly that we are unable to do anything. That is exactly where the enemy wants us. ISIS is not our ultimate enemy. Oh they are definitely being used by the enemy. Indeed, they are ready and willing to be used and the enemy has blinded them, there is no doubt. Ultimately they are not our enemy though. Who is?
Well, what I am about to share is not political correctness. It is not what many want to hear, but truth rarely is what the world wants to hear.
The real enemy here is Satan.
Satan is the very opposite of what Christ is. Where Christ is love, Satan is hate. Where Christ is peace, Satan is fear. Where Christ is gentle, Satan is harsh.
The reality is, Satan is evil and he is always on the prowl seeking whom he may devour.
I Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
He is not like a little lamb, he is like a lion on the hunt and he is hungry. He makes himself appear beautiful but everything that he is made of is rotten.
ISIS has soaked in his lies. ISIS has embraced the evil that Satan is. They must be stopped.
The Lord has promised that if His people will humble themselves and PRAY, and SEEK His face, He will heal their land. Our land is one in need of God’s forgiveness and healing! Pray, fellow Christians! When you pray, do not waver! Pray in faith, nothing wavering, believe that He will hear and answer! James 1:6, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
Fear must not dwell in our hearts. God is not the author of fear, 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” So if fear does not come from the Lord it must come from His enemy.
Many times in the Scriptures Christ tells His people to be strong and very courageous! In order for fear to not dwell in our hearts we need to remember as Christians to put on the entire armor of God. If we are missing even one piece, fear will be able to slither in.
Eph. 6:10-18, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Now is the time to be deeply rooted in God’s Word. Now is the time to keep our minds on Him because even in the midst of the unrest in our world and upset of our nation, we can still have peace! Is. 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Claim the promises of Christ. Be strong, be courageous, be at peace! Keep your focus on Christ and don’t let the enemy win!