·           Recent terrorist events in America – significant event in history.

·           Raises question:  If God is good then why do bad things happen to good people.

·           Terrorists hard to deal with because formed in cells.

·           New level of terror unleashed to create fear and destroy confidence.

·           Manifestation of hatred and evil with religious and political agenda.

·           Unique – coming together of so many nations against common enemy.

·           Arising of Islam – conflict with Christians Þ happening everywhere.




1.      Maintain Positive Focus

·           Focus on what is good.

·           Focus on accomplishing goals.

Ps 101:3  “I will set no wicked thing before my eyes – eyes on faithful of Lord”.

·           Fascination with knowledge of evil, tragedy.

·           Eve fascinated by serpent – offer of knowledge of good and evil.

·           God desired her to live by revelation – fresh direction from Him.

·           Fascination of people with evil  eg, TV/magazines/news media.

·           Don’t ignore it – unreal.  Don’t over expose to evil – especially children.

·           Don’t focus upon it or then it enters your life and changes you.

Matt 6:22  “Light of body is eye Þ focus of attention”.

Phil 4:6-9  “Whatsoever things are true, honest – think on these things”

·           Worry and anxiety fills inner man, drains, energy, divides attention.

·           Remedy:  (i)  Prayer   (ii)  Gratitude   (iii)  Focus on what is good.

·           Promise:  Peace of God in midst of trouble.

cf  Is 26:3  “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you”.

·           Stayed = lean upon, take hold of.


·           Limit exposure to material.

·           Explain to children what happening – limit their exposure.

·           Direct concerns to Lord in prayer and gratitude.

·           Consciously focus on what is good and acknowledge it.


2.      Recentre Your Priorities on Christ and His Cause


a)      Be aware of false sources of security

·           People’s security rests on money, property, isolation from world events, ability to be in control of life.

·           Tragedy exposes how shallow and empty those sources are.

·           Tragedy shakes peoples sense of securitytroubled and anxious.

·           Tragedy contains opportunity for people to discover Christ.

Matt 24:6-14  “Wars and rumours of wars – see that you are not troubled”.

·           Troubled = frightened, make an outcry.

·           Gospel of Kingdom shall be preached in all the world.

·           End times marked by troubles, relationship breakdowns, sin, revival.





Heb 12:25-29  “Everything that can be shaken will be shaken”.

·           Terrorism – has been happening for years in many parts of world.

·           People tend to ignore, be indifferent because doesn’t affect them.

·           Eg, Ireland; Middle East; Africa; Indonesia.


b)      Recentre life upon Jesus Christ and His words

·           John 16:33  “In Me you shall have peace.  In world you shall have tribulation – be of good cheer”.

·           John 14:27  “Peace I leave with you – not as world gives, I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid”.

·           Ps 112:1  “Blessed is the man that fears the Lord”.

·           Ps 112:7  “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings, heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.  Heart is established he shall not be afraid”.

·           Prov 1:33  “Whoso hearkens to Me shall dwell safely and be quiet from the fear of evil”.


·           God does not promise that evil things will not happen.

·           Cannot use God as some magic charm to avoid trouble.

·           God promises peace in midst of storm – security.

·           Bible and life abounds with stories of Christians who overcame evil.

·           Some were rescued by God – Some died without fear (Heb 11:32-35).


·           This is time to lead people to true source of security.


·           Repentance and prayer + Reorder priorities (2 Chron 7:14).


3.      Overcome Evil with God

a)      Rom 12:18-21  “Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good”.

·           Key problems people face are anger, hate and desire for revenge.

·           Hatred that motivated the terrorism consumes and motivates those victimised.  Eg, rape victims.



·           Don’t harbour bitterness, hate and malice.

·           Don’t judge all Arabs, all Muslims (prejudice).

·           Show kindness – they are not all terrorists.

·           Eg, India – during riots in 1984 many Seiks sheltered by Hindu’s.


b)      Understand the place of justice and judgement

·           God is a God of love but also is holy.  Jer 9:23-24/Ecc 8:11 – delights in justice, judgement.

·           God of mercy but also of judgement2 Pet 3:9

·           God’s loveConfronts evil; calls for repentance; ensures consequencesRom 14:10-12

·           Love has lost meaning Þ tolerance of everything = new idol; politically correct.

·           God does not tolerate evil:  Eg, Adam; Noah; Egypt; Korah; Sodom; Ananias and Sapphira.

·           Cross Þ God’s love and holinessNo person enters heaven without faith in Christ.

·           Rom 11:22  “Behold goodness and severity of God”.

·           Rom 13:3-4   Role of authority is to protect – by force if necessary.