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Paris Under Attack

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 On Friday evening, in less than one hour, Islamic terrorist conducted a series of coordinated attacks on six targets in Paris killing more than 130 defenseless people and injuring hundreds more.  The world watched in horror over TV and the Internet as the reports were broadcast that seven suicide bombers slaughtered people eating in restaurants, attending a concert, and at an outside sporting event. The radical Islamic group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

So, how should followers of Christ respond to ruthless attacks such as these?

 

  • Pray for the families and loved ones of all the victims who were murdered and those who are recovering from physical and mental injury.
  • Recognize the real enemy. Ephesians 6:12 reveals, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
  • Fight the real enemy. The verses after revealing the real enemy address how to resist this unseen enemy. “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm . . . having girded your loins with truth, and put on the breastplate of righteousness, having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace . . . taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17). Think about this passage! How do we fight? We practice truth, righteousness, share the gospel of Jesus, faith, recognize our salvation and use the word of God.
  • Pray for the terrorists. Consider this. The terrorist causing the greatest amount of damage to the cause of Christ after Jesus was resurrected was a fanatical Jewish Pharisee named Saul. Jesus powerfully revealed Himself to Saul, and he became the apostle Paul – the most influential follower of the Lord in the first century.

 

May the chaotic times in which we live find us faithful to spending our money and make our lives count for eternity.

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood”

In the last two weeks, two of our most effective Compass global teams have been attacked. The first was our South American Home Office in Guatemala. A sophisticated gang seriously injured the guards protecting the seven story office building in which Compass is housed. They gained access to three stories stealing every piece of electronic equipment and making a giant mess. Fortunately, our Latino team routinely backs up all data off-site.

 

Then on Monday we received this email from our Compass India Director: “One of our ministry sites in Madurai was attacked over the weekend by a crowd of more than 40 hard core anti-Christian elements and we are working thru the aftermath of it.”

 

Writing to the Ephesians the apostle Paul reminds us that we are really engaged in an unseen war. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

 

As one of the Compass team observed, “We must be doing things right to have these kinds of attacks.”

 

We have been sensing since January, that in many ways the Lord would enable 2015 to be a breakthrough year for Compass. But not without a fight.

 

Paul tells us how to conduct ourselves in this war in Ephesians 6:13-18.

 

  • Take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm
  • Having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness
  • Having shod your feet with the . . . . gospel of peace
  • Taking up the shield of faith which you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one
  • Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
  • With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit

 

In a war people can see, none of these things would be considered effective things to do: armor of God, truth, righteousness, gospel of peace, faith, salvation, word of God, and prayer. But in the war every follower of Christ is engaged, these are the only weapons we have.

 

Please be serious about engaging in this war for the hearts and souls of people.

 

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