It’s time to “put on the full armor of God”

I wish you all a blessed and Happy Easter and pray this day we remember the one man who gave His life so that we could have eternal life and salvation. This will be my only post for the Easter weekend as I will be traveling back to South Florida to be with family and friends — and attend my home Community Christian Church in Tamarac. So I would just like to share some thoughts as we enter Easter weekend 2015.

The times are truly troubling for those who have accepted Jesus Christ — Christians. In Kenya, college students were awakened and asked to repeat a Koranic verse to validate if they were Muslim. When they could not, they were horribly killed. They were killed for being Christian — nearly 150. This was done by the Islamic terrorist group Al Shabab who not too long ago committed an atrocious attack in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. And let us not forget the U.S. embassy bombing back during the Clinton administration by al-Qaida in Kenya.

Over on the west coast of Africa in Nigeria, there has been a discovery of a mass grave, and the murders of women and children have been attributed to the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. And I pray that the promise of Nigeria’s new Muslim president will come to fruition — to hunt down and kill Boko Haram.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, TheHill.com reports, “more than 25,000 foreign militants are fighting alongside al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a new United Nations report obtained by The Associated Press. That’s a 71 percent increase over the past year, with most of the 20,000 who traveled to Syria and Iraq joining ISIS. The report also warns that defeating ISIS could dissipate those foreign terrorists around the world, where they could end up joining other groups. The threat of foreign fighters has been a key concern with many lawmakers as America continues a coalition effort to remove ISIS from power. Last week, an Air Force veteran was arrested for trying to join the group, and a number of Americans have been stopped with the intent to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group. The report calls the foreign fighters “an immediate and long-term threat” and the likelihood of a terrorist strike “growing, particularly with attacks targeting hotels, public spaces and venues.”

And we know what has been the fate of Christians at the hand of ISIS — their own propaganda videos illustrate it. So it seems the West isn’t having an adverse effect upon their recruitment and growth. And worse, there were just two females in New York City arrested on terrorist charges as they sought to utilize pressure cooker bombs — just as the Tsarnaev brothers did in Boston.

And let me be very clear, when a small business pizzeria owner in Indiana receives death threats and has to shut down his business because he told some reporter that he wouldn’t want to cater a gay wedding, it’s just another form of violence.

Our country sits at a negotiating table to develop a “framework” for a nuclear deal with a theocratic Islamic regime ruled by a mystic mullah which is holding a Christian minister Saeed Abedini as a prisoner – the same country behind just about every single instance of Islamic terrorism and combat operations in the Middle East. A country that shouts “Death to America” and clearly stated that the destruction of the Judeo-Christian homeland, the State of Israel, is “nonnegotiable.” We cannot naively believe we must succumb to this arrangement or the only other course of action is war. Hate to tell you folks, but Iran has been at war with America since they took our hostages back in 1979 in their Islamic Revolution.

With all this as a backdrop, we Christians, people of that faith, can find strength in knowing that Christ died but He rose again. And in that strength we will persevere against the forces that are arraying themselves — it may seem dark at this moment, but joy cometh. Just as we remember the horror, pain, and blood that was shed on the Cross, we must fix our eyes upon the triumphant Sunday morning when the stone was rolled away. Stand tall and proud because that is what Jesus would have us do.

Go to Ephesians Chapter 6: 10-17 (NIV): “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

These are indeed troubling times, times of persecution, but our reward was secured some two thousand years ago — that is what Easter is all about. It’s not about sorrow but rather the greatest comeback!

And doggone, we shall come back in a resounding way, and I will be honored to stand with you all, right there in the front ranks.

Happy Easter to Christians all over the world, Steadfast and Loyal!

84 COMMENTS

  1. God bless everyone. For the glory is with God and all those who would lay their lives down for Him. I may not be the best catholic but I do know the difference between right and wrong and my man Allen is the truth and righteous man indeed.

    • You are absolutely correct, our God is in control, so it looks like he may have to step in and do something about, what’s going on in this World!!

      • no gawd is going to step in and and do anything about anything,,,
        you determine your own destiny,, you are in charge of your life..
        you are not some lost sheep, that needs to be found,,
        or needs to be led..
        you are not broken,,, that needs to be fixed…
        live your life to it’s fullest,,, and strive with your family and friends
        to be happy…
        you are in charge of your happiness,, or your sadness..

      • OUR GOD, WILL ALWAYS BE IN CONTROL, You can count that , he can end this world, in a blink of an eye, our destiny may have nothing to do with, REMEMBER, GOD IS IN CONTROL, don’t ever forget THAT…..

      • I for one am looking forward to the rapture. Fortunately for you, in the 7 year tribulation that follows you will still have a chance to bow down and accept Lord Jesus as your Savior, too. But it is your choice to deny Him and spend your eternity in damnation when He returns to earth and sets up His kingdom in Jerusalem and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I will continue to pray for your salvation.

  2. Uncle Ruckus, i believe you need to go remove the log from your eye first so then you can see more clearly how to remove the speck from his eye. (Allen)

  3. “There are millions and millions of potential worlds in this vast
    and wondrous Universe… and some.. could be inhabited by countless
    and amazing civilizations… they could you know…
    Meanwhile.. back here on Earth,, a tiny insignificant speck in all the vastness..
    people have spent thousands of years slaughtering and killing one another over
    which middle eastern, desert dwelling goat herders scribbled
    down the best fairy tales…
    It’s hard to believe that someone’s “God”.,, created the whole entire, infinite Universe for just one of the 10 million or so species of life that inhabit that speck of dust… or just one religious subdivision, be it christian, or jew, or muslim, or any of the other 18 major.. or 200+ minor religions,, or the hundreds of others…
    You can’t all be right… and what if you you are wrong?

      • I would be ok with that…
        but I require proof,,, not inspiration and not some divine revelation.

      • The Bible is the Word of Gawd….

        Q; “How can you be sure it’s the word of Gawd?”
        A; “Because the Bible tells us so”
        Q; “And how can you believe in that?”
        A; “Because the Bible is infallible”
        Q; “But how do you know that it’s infallible?”
        A; ” Because it’s the word of Gawd”
        Q; “How can you be sure it’s the word of Gawd?”
        A; “Because the Bible says it is”
        Q; “But how do you believe all that?”
        A; “Because the Bible is infallible”
        Q; “But how do you know that it’s infallible?”
        A; ” Because it’s the word of Gawd”
        Q; “Again… How do you know it’s the word of Gawd?”
        A; ” Because the Bible tells us so”
        -Well thank you for that stimulating conversation….
        -Your welcome…. G’sus loves you
        Q; “How do you know that?”
        A; “Because the Bible tells us so”
        Holy ____……. sorry I asked….

    • If by a chance you do not believe you don’t believe our Lord Jesus Christ, I would hate to be in your SHOES, because you have to know, that you will go straight to this place called, HELL, do you you think you want to GO THERE? The Bible says, if you not believe in me , you will never see the kingdom of heaven, if don’t think you be HAPPY there!!!!

      • there is no heaven or hell…
        sad to see people wasting away their lives on spiritual fantasy…

    • “It’s hard to believe that someone’s “God”.

      The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Yes, my God, YOUR God and everyone’s and things creator!

      It might not digest well in your brain, but that doesn’t make it untrue! If I were you Id figure out a way though, its hot anywhere BUT heaven on that side of death you know!

  4. Thank You Col. West, …and Please …DO… press your quality leadership skills and candor …into the 2016 Presidential Election, …We NEED a TESTED Combat Survivor with Proven MILITARY VETERAN ACCOMPLISHMENT in the WHITEHOUSE.

    • First of all…its too late for him to get in. 2nd) he would be one of those that are not taken seriously. 3rd) in a previous post he has said he is too afraid to run!! 4th) with the way his military career ended…relieved of command and all…he wouldn’t stand a chance!!

      • I would do all I could to help him wn, Col West …Is an American and has Served Our Country with Military Leadership, Distinction and Heroism. Col West would be a Outstanding Commander in Chief.

      • Sorry but the facts disagree with your argument….He was forced to retire…relieved of command….led his men into violating the UCMJ where they all lost rank and pay…sorry but he has proven himself to be a disgrace to the uniform!!

      • IF the Obama can get away with all his tricks and FAILURES, The Col. will have NO problems, and only part of your resposes are true, the remander is pure Slanderous LIES.
        “only because you appear to be a Obamanite, antaganist is why I responded to you in the first place, and rather than fall prey to your incessant maligning of Col.West. and here-afteryour words will just be noise ratherthan making any rational or sense. You have the LAST WORD. oops I mean noise.

      • There is a reason why Ben Carson is running and Allen west isn’t…. One is a man of action and the other just complains and whines

      • Dr. Ben Carson, and Col Allen West, ..WOULD MAKE a EXCELLENT, and Powerful TEAM…Toward Solving… America’s present disasterous problems and path down the road to self destruction, since Jan 2009.

      • Neither stand a chance of getting the republican nomination and Allen us too afraid to run…his political career is over

      • You are a very jealous individual! Of what? Of who you cant emulate but your mouth runneth over about! Grow up! Get a life and get an education!

  5. I never will understand what GOD you LOONS are serving! You people have twisted he words…instead of helping the poor you despise the poor…instead of loving thy neighbor you loons hate your neighbor! Your God name must be SATAN!!!

    • These idiots believe that their religion gives them the right to hate and discriminate….you’d think they were worshiping SATAN!!!

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