Summary: The Christian’s defense from Fear and Anxiety in the present distress. Christians have their own "Homeland Security" because "Our citizenship is in Heaven.” Our Security lies in God, Jesus and Heaven.
Anxiety, and even fear, of war and possible terrorist attacks on American soil has made its way into the hearts of almost everyone in our country. After ‘9-11’ our lives changed forever. Gone was the untouchable sense of security we had as citizens of America, in its place came uncertainty. Right now the war on terror continues, OPERATION: Iraqi Freedom is in full force, as the coalition forces go about the work of liberating Iraq.
Much can be debated about war and especially the Christians involvement in war. Some will say that Christians cannot participate in war, the majority believe that Christians can if it is a “just” war. As I turned to the scriptures, in Romans 13 God through His inspired Apostle gave us instruction and assurance that yes, He is in Control.
Just recently our President created the new department of Homeland Security to help protect our country from rouge terrorists and insurgent individuals. God has given governments the power and authority to protect themselves from the forces of evil. When a man breaks the law, the government which has authority over him punishes him. Our world nations, while sovereign all abide by certain international laws to preserve order in our world. When a country and its leaders break these laws then other countries have the burden to punish them and to protect themselves. They do so with the authority of God. “he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:2
Knowing that this is a “just” war does not remove fear from the heart of man. In order for man to remove this fear he must have a source of security. Christians have their own “Homeland Security”because . . . Our citizenship is in Heaven.”
Read Phil. 3:17–21
I. Our Security lies in God.
A. God is in control at all times. Psalm 46:1–2 "1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
B. Put your trust in God. Psalm 20:7–8 “7Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
II. Our Security lies in Jesus.
A. Put your trust in Christ. John 14:1 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”
B. Peace comes for those IN Christ. John 16:33 33“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
C. We cannot be separated form His love. Romans 8:35–39
III. Our Security lies in Heaven.
A. We may lose everything we have on earth but we still have our inheritance. 1 Peter 1:3–4 “3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
B. Christ is coming to take us there! John 14:1–3 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God
Christians have the ultimate in “Homeland Security.” Our God is in Control! Our Peace comes from our loving Savior Jesus Christ! Our Hope is in the Assurance of an eternal home in Heaven!
Pray for our Nation. Pray for our Enemies.
Pray for our Armed Forces. Pray for Peace!
Pray for our President.