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5/29/14 at 08:52 AM 1 Comments

Perspective on Chibok Kidnappings and Terrorist Insurgency in Nigeria

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A lot has already been reported on the kidnappings, bombings and escalating insurgency in the Middle and Northern Nigeria with sundry offers for assistance in combating the malaise. The middle belt also represents the boundary or buffer zone between forces of evangelical Christianity and Islam … both perhaps concerned about spiritual incursions especially in the context of a Christian President and gains in the popularity and influence of Christianity even in the North.

The greatest battles will always involve the war for the souls of men. Western media have not reported the fast rising influence of evangelical Christianity in Nigeria burning through in a revival fire that must be threatening dark corridors … first spiritually and ultimately physically and politically. Conflict is inevitable … there is a raging of the heathen that cannot stop the Church. We already know that most of the kidnapped girls were Christians … and the implied complicity to stall the spread of Christianity has not received much media attention. The largest and fastest growing evangelical Church in the world today is in Nigeria and the most brazen missionary groups have rekindled their efforts in sacrificial obedience to see the great commission fulfilled especially in the North of Nigeria and beyond … accepting that today’s saints are indeed an end-times army. But then we ask as did the Psalmist?

Psa 2:1  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Help is on the way from heaven … and He that sits in the heavens shall soon laugh. It matters little at the variety of interventions and while one appreciates all the kind gestures and protests …we discern the strong man only adores the publicity he needs to spread fear - when greater awareness of his existence spreads …awareness which denies the true spiritual realities on the ground. The press talks more about the darkness in Nigeria and human rights abuses than about Christ …many see the corruptions but will not spread testimonies of fast spreading light and cries for reform. The good news of an economy emerging out of the clouds to become a leader among nations and founded on much intercessory prayer and a revival of a different evangelical Christianity is being mocked. Meanwhile, Hollywood stars, social media analysts and politicians find photo opportunities with “bring back the girl boards” and many wonder what other agendas our friendly western allies may be concealing. This is the crux of the vanity … even spiritually as the kings set themselves against the kingdom.

The saints are being encouraged to remain strong, calm, forgiving and not join in bitter vituperations conceived of fears. Perhaps the occasion affords the opportunity to learn from expositions on suffering and persecution …learning to patiently bless and pray for our persecutors and not to curse or seek retaliation. The battle for souls has shifted to the zone of those who hate us but who must also see and hear of the unconditional love of Christ. Secularism will continue to plead for the rights of men, fight abuses/genocide while the saints do not forget to seek first the rights of God and His will as we look up for help to fight His cause.

Has anyone seen God in action when He helps a situation? It is a fearful thing to behold. King Hezekiah received supernatural help when he spreads before the Lord of Hosts, a threatening letter from the Assyrians. Only one angel was enough ... and sent to assist.

2Ki 19:34  For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake. 35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses

The Church is rediscovering the ministry of the cross … seeing the heavens open again and help descending. The cross provokes persecution, and yet provokes power and divine help to conquer the same persecution.

We enjoin you to pray for the persecuted Church to be strong and for divine protection and release of the kidnapped girls.

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