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Monday, September 10, 2012

Where were you?


Where were you 11 years ago tomorrow?

How about 8:46am, 9:03am, 9:37am, 10:03am, 10:28am, or even 5:20pm.  Those are just a few movements in this long day and days to come that changed America and people’s lives forever.  

       · 8:46:30- Flight 11 crashes at roughly 466 mph into the north face of the North Tower (1 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99.

       · 9:03:02: Flight 175 crashes at about 590 mph into the south face of the South Tower of the World Trade Center banked between floors 77 and 85. 

       · 9:37:46: Flight 77 crashes into the western side of the Pentagon at 530 mph and starts a violent fire.  

       · 10:03:11: United Airlines Flight 93 is crashed by its hijackers and passengers at 583 mph due to fighting in the cockpit 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

       ·10:28:22: The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapse.  

       · 5:20:33: 7 World Trade Center, also known as the Salomon Bros. Building, a 47-story building collapses. 


I look at those times and those “main” events and I remember where I was.  I remember how I was feeling.  Sitting in my living room 893 miles away and life just stopped.  Everyone around me, everyone around the United States stopped.  Breathless, shock, panic, grief, helplessness, anger, pain, frustration, devastation are words that were expressed and felt by myself and those around me. 

     · Almost 3,000 people lost their lives immediately.  

     · 246 victims on the four planes
   
     · 2,606 in the World Trade Centers

     · 125 at the Pentagon
   
     · About 292 people were killed on the street level by falling objects/humans. 

     · More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks  on the WTC.
O Highest lost
§ United Kingdom
§ Dominican Republic
§ India

     · Average age of victims 40 years young. 
   
     · 8 children were victims
o 5 Americans on Flight 77 (ages 3 to 11)
o 3 Americans on Flight 175 (ages 2, 3,  and 4)

     · 343 NYC Firemen lost their lives

     · 37 Port Authority Police Officers lost their lives

     · 15 EMTs

I look at these numbers and I get sick to my stomach.  These men, woman and children lost their lives to a cowardly act.  These people will not be forgotten. 


Life is so short and really is a gift.  Each day you get is a gift from God.  We are not promised a certain time.   These people along with the rest of the world became aware of that, even if they were not "directly" affected, they became aware.  

Instead of feeling bitter and hate and sitting with anger what can we take from September 11, 2001? 

1.   Overcome (prevail over, to master, to be victorious) Evil with Good
  
    ”Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good." 
Rom. 12:21


I laughed when I read that…not because it is haha funny but I write this as it is easy!  ITS NOT!  You can’t do this all on your own but with God you can. 



2.   Praise God

We can overcome this until we acknowledge God and what good He has done for us.

No, in all these things we are more than 
conquerors
 through him who loved us.
Rom. 8:37


 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.   Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
I Cor. 15:57-58



3.   Outdo any conflict with His mighty power
          
            “Nothing is impossible with God.”
Luke 1:37



4.   Look past another’s fault.

We have to learn to be bigger than our problems.  With God you will accomplish this.  Forgiveness will take a heavy load of hostility off your shoulders. 

             A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an  offense.

Proverbs 19:11 



5.   Spill over with love, hope, joy and faith.

When you get yourself overflowing with the fruits of the spirit you will be replacing all negative with righteousness, faith and love.  Come closer to GOD.  Remember the fruits of the spirits. 

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

 

 

6.   Allow God to work through you. 

 

 “I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of 
Christ who gives me the strength and power.” 
Phil. 4:13




7.   Give your worries, fears and problems to God. 

 

 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: 
he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 55:22

 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:7




8.   We cannot be over critical of evil people.

 You desire but do not have, so you kill.
You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. 
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,
that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship
with the world means enmity against God? Therefore,
 anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
James 4:2-4

 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.
James 4:6

 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

9.   Don’t get your focus off balance

Sometimes you become so fixed on Evil that we can’t grow from it.

 “Jesus continued to grow in wisdom, 
stature and in favor with God and men.
Luke 2:52



10.               Don’t over search for answers.

We won’t get why things happen.  We may search for answers but end up at a dead end.  We need to trust that God has a plan and has nothing but the best for us in His plans. 

 “The secret things belong to the Lord our god, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, 
that we may follow all the words of this law.”
 
Deut 29:29



God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.    If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.


 Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will bring me safely through them. You will clench your fist against my angry enemies! Your power will save me. The Lord will work out His plans for my life -- for your loving-kindness, Lord, continues forever.
Don't abandon me -- for you made me. 
Psalm 138: 7-8


We need to TRUST that God is Faithful and 11 years ago we may think He forgot us or fell asleep.  He didn’t!  He has plans for each and every one of us.  We need to trust Him and allow His plans and journey for us to be fulfilled. 

So today...What are you doing?  Are we going to allow the anger and grief over take our lives or are we going to overcome this and allow God to overpower the evil in our lives?  


Resources; Wikipedia and Bible Gateway