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Worthy News Brief - January 6, 2019

Friend, prepare for battle!

Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

It ought to be obvious to all of us believers that we are in a spiritual war that is taking place all over the earth -- and that we are called to fight in this battle. In the world's armies, soldiers are not sent into battle before receiving many months of serious training. They need to get physically in shape first and then to learn how to handle different wartime situations and tactics of the enemy.

For us, the moment we are saved, the Lord begins our training for the ongoing spiritual battle in this world. It begins with learning to trust Him for protection as young believers, and progresses through many phases even to the place where we may enter strenuous wrestling with principalities and powers, as the apostle Paul describes in these verses.

Are you struggling in your walk with God? If so, realize that He is training you. Born into war, you are both protected and also necessarily engaged in the battle. Thank God for His protection and His preparation. We need both as we mature and become more involved and useful soldiers for Him against the diverse strategies and tactics of the enemy.

The Lord's weapons are spiritual; they include a knowledge of the scriptures, the anointing of the Holy Spirit which increases with a devoted prayer life, the courage which comes only with deep trust, and His divine wisdom which reveals His strategy for our present situation.

Realizing that we are in a battle, we ought to reflect on and discover where our weaknesses are. We may already be aware of some of them, but the Lord will show us if we ask Him for more insight. Our part is to cooperate with His development and sharpening of our spiritual weapons. If we cooperate with Him He will always lead us in triumph. Our present trial is the battleground for our next victory.

Friend, so, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. With His armor, you will stand, and with His weapons, you will win.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Denver, Colorado

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Around the World
Iran abandons nuclear deal after Soleimani killing
Iran vowed Sunday to defy the limits placed on its nuclear enrichment by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and completely abandon the deal, in a response to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani that also saw a red flag of Islamic martyrdom and vengeance raised over his funeral service in Qoms.
First signs of revenge from Iran for death of Soleimani in Syria, Iraq, Kenya
Syrian regime forces and Iranian militias fired three missiles at the Conoco gas fields in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria and six rockets were fired into the Green Zone in Baghdad that houses the US embassy Sunday as tensions flared across the region.
Trump warns Iran: US has targeted '52 Iranian sites' and will 'hit very fast and very hard' if needed
President Trump issued a stern warning to Iran on Saturday through a series of Twitter messages intended to deter the country from retaliating after the U.S.-ordered airstrike that killed Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
US base in Kenya attacked by Somali Islamic terrorists
A military airstrip in Kenya was attacked by Al Qaida-linked Al Shabab early Sunday, destroying several American aircraft, as US and Kenyan military shored up defenses against the Somalian terrorist organization.
Iranian regime offers $80 million for the head of Trump
The Islamic regime in Iran offered a reward of $80 million dollars on Sunday for the head of US President Donald Trump, following a US airstrike on Friday at the Baghdad International Airport that killed the chief of Iranian operations abroad.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Iron Dome defense system notes 85% success rate in 2019, IDF says
The Israeli military on Thursday released data on operational activity on all fronts in 2019, showing that its 'campaign between the wars' – an ongoing Israeli military and intelligence effort to disrupt the force buildup of the Iranian-Shiite axis throughout the Middle East – is nowhere near winding down.

Inside the United States
White House notifies Congress of Soleimani strike, fulfilling War Powers Act duties
The White House fulfilled its duties under the War Powers Act by sending Congress a notification of the airstrike that killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
Meth use up sixfold, fentanyl use quadrupled in U.S. in last 6 years
A study of over 1 million urine drug tests from across the United States shows soaring rates of use of methamphetamines and fentanyl, often used together in potentially lethal ways.
Machete-wielding assailant from Hanukkah attack Orthodox Jews indicted
The perpetrator of a Dec. 28th attack on a rabbi's Hanukkah party in New York was indicted on six counts of attempted murder Friday, up from the five counts he was charged with on the night of the incident.

Christian News
3,000 Christian sites across Europe attacked, desecrated, or vandalized in 2019
A new report from the Gatestone Institute found that 3,000 Christian sites, with the largest concentration in France and Germany, were desecrated in Europe in 2019, which was on pace to become a record-breaking year for the incidents.
United Methodist Church to split into separate conservative and liberal denominations
The United Methodist Church is planning to split over the issue of same-sex marriage and gay clergy, church officials said Friday.
Christian group warns of 'chaos' in Iraq after U.S. strike
A leading international group monitoring persecution of Christians says Iran, newly spurned by Thursday night’s drone strike that killed the Islamic republic’s elite military commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, may target Christians living in Iraq as revenge for the U.S. attacks.

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