Hope and Life in the Face of Terror and Death

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Many years from now, when the world looks back on this time in history, “terrorism” and “extremists” will likely be identified as the watchwords of our day. Even though acts of terror have been carried out at different times in history, after 9/11, the Western world was awakened to a new brand of terror in the form of Islamic extremism. People who fall in this category are willing to end their own lives in an effort to destroy, dismantle, and bring an end to Western civilization, Christians, Jews, and even other Muslims who do not believe exactly as they do.

On the news, we regularly hear phrases such as “terrorist”, “war on terror”, and “suicide bomber.” Currently, the War on Terror is actively being fought in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria. Ongoing military operations against terrorists are also being carried out in Nigeria, the Horn of Africa, the Philippines, the trans-Sahara region, China, and Chechnya.

Perhaps most shocking has been the series of beheadings carried out by a group which calls itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Just last week, they burned a man alive and put it on video for the world to see. They are slaughtering thousands in Iraq and Syria, expelling Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities from their homelands, and threatening to take over not only Baghdad and Damascus — the capitals of Iraq and Syria — but to launch attacks inside the United States and other Western nations. Unfortunately, it seems as though efforts to stop this group have been ineffective.

As we see these events taking place, you may be asking questions like: Why is this happening? Does anyone care? It is easy to become cynical and to lose hope in the face of such terror. Even the bold words of political leaders and their assurances of success in the war on terror in the long run have failed to give us hope.

But there is one source of hope that never fails. The Bible tells you in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” The person this verse is talking about is Jesus Christ. Political and military leaders fail to give us hope that we will prevail against terror. But we can find hope in Jesus Christ because He has overcome everything in the world — including torture and death.

If you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, you will not have to worry about what will happen to you or what will happen in the world. In John 5:24, Jesus Christ said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” If you trust the Word of God and believe in Jesus Christ today, your eternal future will be secure. No matter what happens in life, from now until the moment you take your final breath, you will have the assurance of an eternal home in Heaven with God.

You can have this certainty in your life if you make the decision to put your life in God’s hands by trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. With Jesus Christ in control of your life, you can find hope in the face of terror and all of the other negativities that happen in life. Allow me to share with you what it means to do that and how you can do that right now today.

First, recognize that your sins have separated you from God. Even though Adam and Eve were the first to sin, we must each take responsibility for our own actions. In honest repentance agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Second, realize that God loves you, and believe that Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, died for your sins — taking the punishment you deserve. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only thing that makes it possible for God to forgive us of our sins and do the life-changing, soul-healing work that we desperately need done.

Third, accept Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and sin’s consequences by believing that He died, was buried, and rose again, and receiving Him into your life by faith. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you want to open your heart and life to Jesus Christ and allow Him to do the work that only He can do, you can pray a short prayer to let God know about your decision. Repeat after me and mean it from your heart:

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!