Not by Might, But by My Spirit
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Not by Might, But by My Spirit
by Candy Summers

 During this time of seeming uncertainty, we want to encourage all of you to rest in God’s peace, knowing that He is always in control and that nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from His love or hinder us from fulfilling the calling He has on our lives. God is almighty, and His will will be done.
 “Since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:9-14).
 Forced out of their comfort zone, many are searching for the answers and security that we as Christians possess. Therefore, being raised up for such a time as this, what a tremendous opportunity lies before us to dispel this present darkness by boldly proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Our abiding joy and peace are our confessions of our faith that can reach far within the depth of chilling uncertainty. “For the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction (does) so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ” (2 Cor. 1:3-5).
 First and foremost, let us comfort our children and then others that we are to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6,7). And reassure them that nothing can separate us from God’s love. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38,39). Moreover, continue to strengthen their little hearts with God’s mercy and protection, which is illustrated throughout God’s Word, especially committing Psalm 91 to memory.
 Then begin to teach them what God has to say about the Arabs, beginning with Ishmael in Genesis 16:12: “He will be a wild donkey of a man [proud, independent nomads]. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him.” See also Gen. 17:20.
 Then teach about Esau and his descendants, beginning in Genesis 25:23 with, “And the Lord said to Rebekah, ‘Two nations are in your womb [Jacob (Israelites) vs. Esau (Edomites)]; … and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.’” In Genesis 25:34, Esau was so indifferent to his father’s faith that he sold his eternal inheritance for self indulgence. “And Isaac his father said to Esau, ‘Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling, and away from the dew of heaven from above. And by your sword you shall live, and your brother you shall serve” (Gen. 27:39,40). See also Gen. 28:9.
 Reading in Amos, Obadiah, and Jeremiah chapter 49 will show the enmity and the arrogance of their hearts and the violence that they did to God’s people. Please also read Ezekiel chapters 35 and 36 in their entirety. “I will stretch out My hand against you … Because you have everlasting enmity and have delivered the sons of Israel to the power of the sword” (Ez. 35:3,5). “Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them,’ although the Lord was there, therefore as I live, I will deal with you according to your anger and according to your envy which you showed because of your hatred against them” (Ez. 35:10,11).
 “Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom who appropriated My land for themselves as a possession … But you, O mountains of Israel will … bear your fruit for My people Israel … For, behold, I am for you” (Ez. 36:5,8,9). “And I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you” (Ez. 36:26). “And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God” (Ez. 36:28).
 It would be good to continue your study with Islam and Mohammed, both names coming from the Arabic word for “surrender.” The Muslims believe that Allah wants the world to be Muslim, and their belief is that infidels either submit and embrace Islam or die by the sword. By Mohammed’s death, nearly all of Arabia, the Middle East, northern Africa, and countries further east submitted to Islam.
 Throughout history we can see that the Arabs’ fierce hatred and aggression towards God’s people has always been and always will be until the Day of the Lord. And when we know that, “Thus says the Lord, ‘I will return to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts will be called the Holy Mountain … And I will bring them back, and they will live in the midst of Jerusalem, and they will be My people and I will be their God in truth and righteousness’” (Zech. 8:3,8), we can truly understand why the battle is raging.
 America cannot stop terrorism, and going after Bin Laden while demanding that Israel negotiate with Arafat’s terrorists only undermines Israel. The terrorists’ goals are quite clear as we can see confirmed in Bin Laden’s promise that nobody in America would feel safe until America withdraws from Arab lands, and that he would surrender only if the Jews were removed from Palestine.
 According to The DeWeese Report, the recent U.N. conference on racism proclaimed the following: “We express our deep concern about practices of racial discrimination against the Palestinians … and call for the cessation of all the practices of racial discrimination to which the Palestinians and the other inhabitants of the Arab territories occupied by Israel are subjected.” Thankfully, the U.S. delegation walked out of the U.N. conference because of this language, but how much longer will our policy reflect our belief in God’s Word about Israel that, “For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘After glory He has sent me against the nations that plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye’” (Zech. 2:8), especially with our President saying that a Palestinian state is part of a vision for peace in the region.
 In lieu of the apathy that has predominated the majority of America, we have been pleasantly surprised at the resurrection of the American spirit that prevails. But one only has to look slightly below the surface of this American spirit to find a sense of nationalism devoid of any understanding of the one true God who rules and judges, who raises up and tears down, who loves and disciplines. Americans’ surprise over this recent disaster further reveals our spiritual state. Americans trust in America, not God, or the only surprise would have been that something like this hasn’t happened sooner; for whom the Lord loves, He disciplines.
 Money, sexual immorality, gambling, and pleasure seeking have become our idols while we slaughter our children at our idols’ feet. For God to bless America once again, we must do more than pay mere lip service. God desires a contrite heart more than sacrifice. “God Bless America” is mocking Him, for God has already blessed America. Our signs should read, “Lord, have mercy on America.”
 In Joel 2:12,13, He says, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning and rend your heart and not your garments.” God goes on to say that He will withdraw His judgment in answer to true repentance.
 Thankfully, God never sends utter destruction without giving His people a warning and an opportunity for repentance. America stands at the pinnacle of either destruction or blessing.
 We recently did an in-depth study on Deuteronomy 28 and would like to encourage you to share this with your children. It is imperative that each of our children understands the tremendous consequences of rebellion and sin, but also the awesome love God has for His children. Our hope does not lie in our might. Our only hope lies in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
 “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word” (2 Thes. 2:16,17).
 A note of caution: Hysteria causes people to run wild, often trampling others in their search for safety. This is exactly what is happening as many are running wild in search of ways to secure our safety, while trampling our civil liberties in the process. Ashcroft called for broader powers to tap telephones and to conduct searches, while others are pushing for a universal ID card. Although these attempts have been successfully restrained, the smart card is becoming a reality that threatens our freedom more than anything else right now. Enclosed in each card is a chip that would hold our personal information and would be required for every banking, health-related, and purchasing transaction and even for entering the building where you work. This information would be linked to a centralized national database, which would give “Big Brother” the means to track where we go and what we do.
 Thankfully, amidst this hysteria, reason is being voiced in Congress. We need to add our voices to theirs to stop this insidious plan to further control us. Let us join the following congressmen as quoted in the article entitled, “Will Cooler Heads Prevail?” from The American Free Press (202-544-5977), and let our voices be heard before it is too late: “We must be careful to preserve personal liberty and privacy rights in the months ahead. Sometimes the people are only too anxious to sacrifice their constitutional liberties during a crisis, hoping to gain some measures of security, yet nothing would please the terrorists more than if we willingly gave up our cherished liberties because of their actions,” said Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
 “We must not abandon civil liberties within our borders. As Thomas Jefferson warned us, ‘Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one’” said Sen. John Ensign (R-NV).
 “We need to make sure that we are not tempted to abrogate any civil rights such as habeas corpus or protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, or freedom of expression and peaceable assembly,” said Sen. George Allen (R-VA).
 Please take the following action: Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 800-648-3516, or write your Representative at House of Representatives, Washington, DC  20515 and your Senators at U.S. Senate, Washington, DC  20510.