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A Growing Trend That Is Disturbing
Recently we have noticed a growing trend that disturbing to us. The news lately has wrenched our heart and souls. we’ve spent countless hours in prayer and tears over the slaughter in the Middle East. The persecution of our brethren in not so distant lands has disturbed us all. But there is a growing trend that’s very troubling. Not to say that people can’t defend themselves against terror or evil that is encompassing the world. With that said, we can’t stoop to levels that represent the very evil that is coming against us. We have all seen the campaign by demonic entities to present themselves as honorable warriors for their god. But to take on the very protocol that they are doing is not honorable.
We have witnessed first hand even Christian sites encouraging and even supporting mercenaries to travel to these lands to fight and kill these evil entities. I call them entities because they and their actions are not human. Are we to resort to inhuman activities as well? Are we not to be separate from this? Are we not to shine a light into the darkness and lead all to Christ? Why not support life saving aid missions that are actually making a difference for those fleeing persecution and slaughter? We have all seen the governmental aid that has been intercepted by ISIS, why are we not demanding accountability from our governments for this aid? Why are we not demanding accountability from our governments who fund and aid in the billions to countries who abuse not only basic human fundamental rights, but the rights of all to have freedom?
Recently there have also been many glamorizing this fight. We applaud any country who makes a stand for freedom, but to glamorize killing in anyway goes against every principal we stand for. We not only advocate for Christians who are persecuted but for everyone oppressed, everyone who doesn’t have a voice or means to rise up and confront evil. We can not condone radicalization in any way, means or form. Recently the movement calling women to join the fight against ISIS is also disturbing. Photos and videos glamorized with women in full makeup looking more like beauty queens than soliders. Not only are they disgusting, they are inciting evil to conquer and kill these women. Another woman was captured recently by ISIS and beheaded. This is not glam, it’s not honorable but neither is the call to join militias to kill in the name of God.
Jesus’ words, “there is coming a time when they will kill you thinking they are doing a service to God”, which not only applies to this inhuman evil, but to us as well. This ideology is dangerous, dark and false. So are we to participate in it? No. This is why we can not and will not be a part of this in any way. Think long and hard before you condone or become complicit in these types of activities. We have prayed long and hard about this, and this is what the Holy Spirit lays on our hearts.
“How far do you go to stop evil, before you are also evil?”
Pray for Knowledge, Wisdom, and Guidance, pray for our brethren and all innocent and lost souls in the world facing evil. Pray for God’s mercy. Pray for world leaders to turn to God and use righteous judgements and actions. Pray for the world to turn to Faith instead of fear. Pray for God’s almighty hand of judgement and protection.
CAN YOU SLEEP WHILE THE WIND BLOWS?
This morning, I was reminded of the last correspondence sent to me by my beloved mother-in-law. She passed away young and unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. While many have strained relationships with their in-laws, I was blessed with her unconditional love and friendship. It is difficult to hold back the tears as I remember and miss her presence.
She was the rock of the family and with much love, the one who kept the crew together. Her death was a devastating shock and for us all. Life without her has not been the same. Though years have passed it is still so hard to believe she is gone.
She sent the story below to me through email. Though not viewed until the evening of that fateful day, the timing was perfect. We were faced with the trial of extreme grief and caught in one of life’s raging storms. Her message reminded me that we can take on anything this life throws at us, when we are truly prepared and walk with the One who can calm the sea. Yes, we may be tossed on the waves of distress, but our faith will keep us from going under. When we trust the Lord in our suffering, we will be guided safely to the shore of peace.
Whatever trials you may be facing today, I hope this story will give insight and encourage you to press on as you rely on the Lord. I pray that tonight in persecution, suffering, or the deepest heartache, that you can sleep when the wind blows. He will give you peace and the strength to overcome. You are not alone.
Sleep When The Wind Blows
A farmer on the Atlantic seacoast constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic because of the awful storms that wreaked havoc on the buildings and crops. One applicant for the job was a short, thin man, well past middle age.
“Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.
Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well and kept busy from dawn to dusk. The farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.
Then one night the wind howled loudly from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”
The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”
Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. He hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.
When you’re prepared for storms, spiritually, mentally, and practically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life?
The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by soaking ourselves with the Word of God, being obedient to it and then placing our faith and trust in God’s goodness. We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the midst of our storms. -Author Unknown
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
written by Lois Kanalos, for Voice of the Persecuted (January 7, 2014)