ISIS has ticked-off the good and the bad among the Americans, the Russians, and the Europeans.
And, there is of course the One True GOD whose family members they have martyred. He has a very specific response for His vengeance:
“’…when I sharpen My flashing sword and My hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on My adversaries… I will make My arrows drunk with blood, while My sword devours… the heads of the enemy leaders.’
Rejoice, you nations, with His people… He will take vengeance on His enemies and make atonement for His land and people.”
~ Deuteronomy 32:41-43
ISIS, Al-Qaeda, et al. extremist groups are not provoked by Freedom, Media, Unemployment, Moral Codes, Profiling, or Mental Illness. They are provoked and motivated by hell’s devil through a proxy-leader, a false god.
The One True GOD beat their “god” at The Cross, at The Grave, and on Pentecost! ISIS-types can only kill the body, but Jesus Christ raises the dead and offers His faithful ones a holy eternal life.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
~ John 10:10
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
~ 1 John 4:4
Don’t be afraid to live fully and speak faithfully as a child of God.
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You know it’s about to be a Really Bad Day when you suddenly look back at the lowest times of your life and wish you were back there!
When the Israelites saw the entire Egyptian army bearing down on them in the desert, they had just a moment:
“They said… ‘It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!'”
~ Exodus 14:11-12
Moses gave them a response that is pure wisdom for every generation, every person, every situation, and every day:
“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’”
~ Exodus 14:13-14
As the Israelites listened to Moses and followed his lead, God worked a miracle of deliverance that still provokes for us faith in God and courage for walking through Really Bad Days. He parted the Red Sea for them, and then slammed the water-grave shut on the Egyptians.
Whatever your Really Bad Day may be today, you might be tempted to look back even at the lowest points of your life and wish you were back there.
Instead, look to the God Who delivers from the lowest of the low points. He still transforms Really Bad Days into Really, Really Good Days!
In the game of life, train and practice with devotion, play with passion and courage, play according to God’s instructions and rules.
Then, the only way to Win is to take the Risk, take the Shot!
“Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training… but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-25