“This is God’s Word on the subject: ‘As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.’”
(Jeremiah 29:11, MSG)
Today, our pastor brought up this verse in the Message form of the Bible when preaching against sex trafficking. I had heard this verse a thousand times before, but today, the MSG version spoke to me in a whole new way. Continue reading
It has been reported by VOA that Boko Haram is, once again, recruiting fighters from Cameroon and using them in their army to attack and fight Cameroon.
This is all, sadly, no surprise. But a question comes to mind: what causes a person to be recruited into such a dark, evil, oppressive organization?
Most of the time, they view their current situation as worse than the prospect of joining Boko Haram’s army. They are kids and young men, begging on the streets for food and money. Women are enticed by a charming man or sold off by their families. Children are stolen from families during raids on villages and schools just as the Chibok girls were. People are brainwashing into the muslim way of thinking, deceived.
But what causes this change in someone’s heart? This change from innocence and knowing what is right to such a calloused, evil state? The answer: people are deceived into believing that Boko Haram has the truth, and they go hook, line and sinker.
We do not convert from Christianity to Islam in the US—at least not seemingly usually. But what takes place in those who do is a common problem for all people: they look outside God’s written word, the Bible, and turn towards things they like to hear instead. As 2 Timothy states,
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
(2 Timothy 4:3, NIV)
People are looking everywhere for a doctrine/philosophy that encourages their sin and way of life, no matter what that way of life might be. But without being taught the true Word of God, a person’s life can go greatly awry. It is important to cling to God’s Word, especially when one does not know what to do. We must:
- Realize that we, as humans, do not have all the answers. Many will say that the answer to life’s questions and decisions is within us. This is a lie; our hearts are wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). We need to realize that we are in need of humble instruction.
- Come to Jesus in humility and repentance, asking for His Guidance and Wisdom instead. God will not be stingy in giving His Wisdom; He desires that we all come to Him, that we might receive wisdom without fault (James 1:5).
- Obey what it is that Jesus guides you to do. Through reading God’s Word, the Bible, we can clearly listen and understand to God’s Truths and Commands. When we know the Truth, we must live it out, as James 1:19-27 highlights.
It can be all too easy to be pushed off course by an enticing desire or philosophy; many, whether switching to another religion or not, are guilty of this. In a world full of moral relativism, we need God’s Word to be the Lamp to our feet (Psalm 119:105). When we cling to God’s Word, we cling to the only Truth for living there is. It is when we place our trust in Jesus and follow His Lead, we will be walking in the light (1 John 1:5-7).
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus once said, “’I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” He came to this earth to show us who God the Father is, and made the only way for us to know God the Father. Learn more about Jesus and how He did this, here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here)…
- The Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu. Pray that they would come home soon.
- Those who are apart of Boko Haram. May they realize the deception they are a part of.
- Those who have turned aside from Christ; pray that they would come back to Him.
- The fight currently happening in Cameroon. May the troops have the strength and morale needed to fight this war.
Thank you for your prayers!!!
This last week, Al-Shabab, a muslim terrorist organization, blew up cars outside of a Nairobi hotel called the Dusit hotel complex and then proceeded to set off bombs within the hotel. The death toll is confusing; it is either 14 or 47 innocent people1 who were killed in the terrorist attack.
Again, evil seems to reign.
Pictures taken at the scene are full of people crying, shocked and saddened by the carnage in front of them. But one does not need to experience a terrorist attack to know what evil is. Like an insidious cancer, evil in this world has been in action since Adam and Eve took a bite of that forbidden fruit. We, humanity, brought evil into this world; and with evil, comes death.
How does one look at such evil in the face, and live? How can one not be swallowed up by evil, becoming more like it every time their hearts become more and more calloused to the world around? Such pain, anger, and darkness that is void of hope is bound to darken a person’s outlook on life.
But I want to hug these people affected by terrorism. I want to cry with them, knowing that no amount of kind words can heal the lacerations all over their hearts.
But most of all, as I look into the eyes of the people in these pictures, I want to lovingly point them to the only Hope we have: Jesus.
I want to tell them that He is the God of All Comfort. That He did not cause this evil, but rather allowed it, and is yearning to comfort those who are so affected by it.
I won’t pretend that these words don’t hold questions. I do not claim to completely understand evil or why it happens.
All I know is that there is One who has ultimately defeated it, forever. And that, as I look at these tragic photos, gives me Hope.
He is making everything new. Come back, Lord Jesus! Let it be so.
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus came humbly into a world full of messiness, illness, and darkness. Learn about what He did—and how it changes everything—here.
Please pray for (Get the prayer sheet here)…
- Those affected in this attack in Nairobi.
- The worldwide Church, especially in Nairobi. May the Church come to comfort, love and support those hurt in this event.
- The Chibok girls, as well as Leah Sharibu.
- The fight against Boko Haram and Al-Shabab; much more, the fight against evil.
I have been one that has rallied for information about the war on Boko Haram, as well as the whereabouts of the remaining Chibok girls & Leah Sharibu—and I am not the only one. Continue reading
It is with great happiness that I am reporting the Nigerian soldiers have captured
not one, but two prominent figures in Boko Haram! Babagana Abubakar (aka Alagarno) was found January 10th with voter identification cards and military gear. A suspected military leader for Boko Haram, called Umar, was also caught on December 20th, 2018 (source). The capture of these two men is incredibly promising, as it shows even the “smaller” victories that the Nigerian government and military is making against Boko Haram!
Our God is a God who hears our prayers; this shows that while He hears our prayers, these “little victories” will happen in His time, not our own. And in the end, He has won for us the greatest victory of them all!
With these truths in mind, may we continue to lift up the Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu, and the Nigerian military! Our God is moving, even if we cannot see Him!
“Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for the victory that You have brought! Not only against Boko Haram, but for all who believe in You! You have brought us victory over the enemy and the grave, and we can live with Your Power in our everyday lives!
We now pray that You would move in this war between Boko Haram and Nigeria. Continue to give the soldiers morale and strength, and please keep those who are held captive safe, so that they may be freed and reunited with their loved ones!
In Jesus’ Mighty Name we pray,