July 8, 2016
by: Ciara Leilani
This is a day of shame for our great nation. “A day” is not to be misconstrued as “one day” but more so a season. I’ve sat and thought through much of the turmoil surrounding America, and I cannot help but think of how much we as a nation have turned from our oaths and promises to God. The idea of murder is inconceivable to some, while to others it has become a means-to-an-end to misery, inequality, unfairness, religious bias, and worst of all the devaluing of a human life. Just in the last 30 days the following has happened across the globe:
6/12/2016: 49 civilians killed/53 wounded in Orlando, Florida USA-hostage gunfire
6/12/2016: 1 civilian killed in Little Rock, Arkansas USA-homicide
6/12/2016: 2 civilians killed in Fountain, Colorado USA-murder/suicide
6/12/2016: 1 civilian killed in Queens, New York USA-murder
6/13/2016: 1 civilian killed in Tiverton, Rhode Island USA-murder
6/14/2016: 1 civilian killed/3 wounded in Oakland, California-murder
6/15/2016: 2 civilians killed in McKenna, Washington-murder/suicide
6/16/2016: 1 civilian killed in George West, Texas-armed robbery
6/17/2016: 1 child killed in Elgin, Iowa-self inflicted gunshot
6/16-6/19 2016: 10 killed in Chicago, Illinois-murder
6/28/2016: 36 civilians killed/140 wounded in Istanbul, Turkey-suicide attack
6/28/2016: 8 injured in Puchong, Malaysia-grenade attack
7/02/2016: 22 civilians killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh-hostage gunfire
7/03/2016: 292 civilians killed in Baghdad, Iraq-suicide attack
7/04/2016: 1 civilian killed/2 officers injured in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-suicide attack
7/04/2016: 4 officers killed in Medina, Saudi Arabia-suicide attack
7/04/2016: 1 civilian killed in Solo, Indonesia-suicide attack
7/05/2016: 16 civilians killed in Hasaka, Syria-suicide attack
7/05/2016: 1 civilian killed/2 officers wounded in Pattani, Thailand-suicide attack
7/05/2016: 1 civilian killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7/06/2016: 25 soldiers killed/8 wounded in Sanaa, Yemen-suicide attack
7/06/2016: 1 civilian killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota
7/7/2016: 26 civilians killed/52 wounded in Balad, Iraq-suicide attack
7/08/2016: 6 civilians killed/1 wounded in Maiduguri, Nigeria-suicide attack
7/08/2016: 5 officers killed in Dallas, Texas-murder
….the list is exhaustive and many dates and statistics are missing…
Here is my point
America records about 30 gun homicides a day — but the deaths hit one population much harder than others. According to an analysis of CDC statistics by FiveThirtyEight.com last June, black Americans are killed at 12 times the rate of people in other developed countries. The firearm homicide rate among black men ages 15 to 34 is 68 per 100,000 residents, which is six times the national average, and is a large reason why homicide is the leading cause of death for their cohort. For white and Hispanic men in the same age group, the firearm homicide rate is 3 percent and 13 percent, respectively.
Deadly attacks from terrorists pledging allegiance to Islamic State have taken place in countries as disparate as Bangladesh, the United States of America, Jordan, Iraq, France, Turkey, Yemen, the Philippines, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Societal ills, poverty, marginalization, Islamophobia, Western imperialism, even Donald Trump’s provocative rhetoric have been blamed by terror deniers who refuse to acknowledge what is at the heart of all this violence.
The evil that is permeating our local societal woes and that of our foreign neighbors derives from satan himself. The driving force behind murder, hatred, division, isolation, fear, corruption, false doctrines, error, addictions, sexual perversions, rebellion, cruelty, contention, flattery, witchcraft, poverty, shame, idolatry, magic, divination, pride, idleness, mockery, drugs, overeating, unforgiveness, doubtfulness, inferiority, all sickness, stress, anxiety, tension, paranoia, incest, wrong teaching, rejection, self-accusation, discouragement, heaviness, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, occult practices, unfaithfulness, homosexuality, adultery, fantasy, hypocritical lying, deception, fortune telling, arrogance, mind control, gossip, abuse, bitterness, wrathfulness, judgmentalism, vanity, pornography, torment, nightmares, excessive mourning, insinuations, revenge, restlessness, spite, isolation, sodomy, superstitions, strong delusion, hypocrisy, astrology, clairvoyance, phobias, and false prophecy….is the great deceiver SATAN!!
Men are used by him no doubt..they are used in every walk of life to bring about his schemes which as you can see by the statistics I provided is to KILL, STEAL and DESTROY. He wants to destroy the fabric of our society and destroy the faith that grows within you. He wants to kill your ideals, your patience and definitely your trust. If you know Christ as your savior and profess him as Lord, the safest and most powerful position you can take now is on your knees while speaking life over those areas this great nation needs most. We need communion, and fasting! We need the veils to be removed and blinders ripped off of eyes so this generation of people can see who is truly behind the malice surfacing on a daily basis. We need an awakening of epic proportions! Christians arise..arise and take your rightful place as the watchmen of this day. Pray with fervency and holy anger! Pray that you do not become afraid of the attacks of satan but instead remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your husband/wives and your homes. Pray for understanding and mercy.
Do you know the power of your words?
Do you know the power of your intercession?
Do you know the power of speaking the Word of God over a city, a region, a nation and definitely over the human race?
Do you know who your true enemy is and who is truly for you?
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Joel 2:13, “And rend your heart and not your garments ” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness and relenting of evil.”
Zechariah 1:3 “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the LORD of hosts, that I may return to you, says the LORD of hosts.”