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Five police officers were killed and seven others were injured in the ambush in Dallas that began just before 9PM (7/7/2016) Thursday night, officials have said, in the deadliest single incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001. Two civilians also were injured in the shootings, the office of Dallas’ mayor has said. Dallas sniper attack: 5 officers killed during protests
Brent Thompson DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit Agency) Officer Lorne Ahrens is a 14-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Patrick Zamarripa did three tours in Iraq (Navy); then back home in Texas as a Dallas police officer.Dallas police officer Michael J. Smith was a 26-year veteran of the department. Michael Krol was an 8-year veteran of the department.
These officer were shot and killed by one shooter according to Law Enforcement Officers. Micah Xavier Johnson (25 years old of Dallas) the shooter served in the US Army Reserve from 2009 to 2015, including a tour of Afghanistan.
- Johnson had practiced military-style drills in his yard and trained at a private self-defense school that teaches special tactics, including “shooting on the move,” a maneuver in which an attacker fire and changes position before firing again.
- Micah Johnson, an Army veteran, received instruction at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts in the Dallas suburb of Richardson about two years ago. “Reality is highly dynamic, you will be drawing your firearm, moving, shooting on the move, fixing malfunctions, etc. all under high levels of stress,” the website says. “Most people never get to train these skills as they are not typically allowed on the static gun range,”said the school’s founder and chief instructor, Justin J. Everman.
- Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described Johnson as “a mobile shooter” who had written manifestos on how to “shoot and move.”
St. Paul, Minnesota, during the Police shooting in Dallas, crowds gathered near the spot where an officer killed Philando Castile in a car on (7/6/16) Wednesday. In Minnesota, the shooting of Castile was streamed by his fiancée Diamond Reynolds live on Facebook. As her 4-year-old sat in the back seat, his fiancée calmly narrated what was going on and showed viewers the dying man groaning and bleeding in the front seat. Police officers pulled him over because of a broken taillight, the Facebook Live video showed Castille handcuffed by officers. In the video, she said that Castile went to reach for his license and registration but mentioned he had a pistol in the car, which he was licensed to carry, and the officer shot him multiple times. Castile was transported to a nearby hospital, but later died. said Reynolds, who was in the car with him.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, crowds where also gathered in the parking lot where Alton Sterling was fatally shot on (7/5/16) Tuesday where police tackled him in a parking lot. Sterling, 37, was killed Tuesday near a convenience store in Baton Rouge, where he regularly sold CDs and DVDs outside a convenience store on Tuesday, July 5, when police arrived responding to an anonymous 911 report of a man in a red shirt threatening people with a gun, authorities told The Associated Press. Sterling, 37, who happened to be wearing a red shirt, and the two officers got into an altercation, and one of the officers shot him multiple times in the chest and back. By the time paramedics arrived, Sterling was dead. At least two videos taken of the graphic killing have circulated online, and both show that Sterling did not appear to be threatening the police in any way.
President Barack Obama, who was in Warsaw, Poland, said his team is keeping him updated. “We still don’t know all the facts, we do know there’s been a vicious, calculated and despicable act on law enforcement,” Obama said. “I believe I speak for every American when I say we are horrified.
President Barack Obama called Johnson a “demented individual” who does not represent black Americans any more than a white man accused of killing blacks at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, represents whites. So we cannot let the actions of a few define all of us,” Obama said from Warsaw, Poland, where he attended a NATO summit.
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SIFTING: The process of separating or filtering the good from the bad, the desirable from the undesirable.
“Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail”(Luke 22:31-32).
“God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith”
Satan has power, but no Authority.
Authority is regimented
1. To form into a regiment. (from Latin) regimentum, ruler
2. Place into systematic order; systematize, subject to uniformity
3. Rigid order Physical (temporal troops) spiritual eternal troops)
Power (1849) exousia: authority, delegated influence, jurisdiction,
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18).
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,visible and invisible, whether they be thrones,or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
Thrones: (2231) hegemon: governor, (in time) official term, figurative place or province
Dominions (2963) kuriotes: governmental rulers, civil powers, rulers
Principalities (746) arche: chief (various applications) order, time place rank.
“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases” (Luke 9:1).
OT account of sifting:
“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?” (Job 1:9, read Job 1:6-12)
“And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
Does Satan know your name?
“We need to recognize the devil had to get permission from God. Satan doesn’t have a free hand with the Saints”(page 343).
Worship or Worry, God is still Sovereign.
“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10).
Satan may enter your heart when your worried and fearful (as Satan entered Judas’ heart to betray Jesus (Matt 26:14; Mark 14:10; John 13:2:27).
Unbelief & Fear separates you from God eternally!
“Those things which cannot be shaken may remain”
Competitive Setting (Heb 12:27b)
Jesus just revealed to his disciples that one of them is a traitor.
Satan entered Judas. Satan the deceiver entered Judas, afterwards the plan was in motion to deliver Jesus to the Jews. Judas lost F.O.C.U.S. Forever Occupied by Christ Undisturbed by Satan. He chose the Worry route instead of the Worship route.
God’s mission is your predetermined destiny of eternal life with the father. Satan’s mission is destruction and everlasting Hell fire and torment. God wants you to develop internally to combat the external. Satan wants you to focus on the external chaos and conform to it thereby tossing away your internal peace that God settles into your spirit.
Sin has no rhyme or reason, ask what not why! Ask what can I do to glorify God in this situation? (REB)
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35a)
“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”(John 17:17).
“Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).
Correction is part of the plan, God knows the end from the beginning (maze solving principle): and this present chastening is just for a season for your purification is as silver being purified seven times in a furnace of earth (Psalms 12:6).
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (I Corinthians 1:27).
“My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: (6)For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (7) If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (8) But if ye be without chastisement,where of all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons” (Hebrew 12:5-8).
Trust in Him!