Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Chaplain's Corner

Guest blogger, Chaplain Paul, is one of the most effective chaplains in America today. He is an emergency responder to every situation.

Hey, this is the Chaplain again.

We all need to be ready for any threat or attack from the enemy. Getting our homes and businesses ready for a terrorist attack is a critical concern today. Terrorists are at war with us, and they do not fight with conventional methods. They hide, they sneak, and they will even die to accomplish their mission.

In the event of a terrorist attack everyone should:
1. Have an emergency plan;
2. Always be alert;
3. Report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

The Bible tells us that the devil is also our enemy and he is at war with us. We are to be self-controlled and alert because he prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. We are to resist him (1 Peter 5:8, 9).

One of the devil's strongest weapon is clearly the uncertainty-the fear and unrest-that we allow him to plant in our hearts. In preparing a checklist against this satanic enemy, be sure you know the following:
1. God's security will always protect you. "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you." (Deut. 33:27)
2. God never rejects you. "Come near to God and He will come near to you...For the Lord will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance." (James 4:8; Psalm 94:14)
3. God listens to you. "The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and
saves them." (Psalm 145:18-19)

Would you like to be ready for any threat or attack from your enemy Satan? Here's how:
1. Recognize the real threat: "There is no one righteous, not
even one...For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:10, 23)
2. Understand the Solution: "Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." (Romans 3:22)
3. Accept His Salvation: "Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the
unrighteous, to bring you to God." (1 Peter 3:18)

You can pray a prayer something like this: 'Dear God, We live in uncertain times, and fear is all around us. I know that I am a sinner, and that I need Your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sins and that He rose from the dead. I now place my trust in Jesus as my Savior and want to serve Him with all my heart.'



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