Monday, September 12, 2016

our help comes from the Lord



Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the events that took place on September 11th 2001 or 9-11.  Pray for the families who lost loved ones that day.  Because of event like this, the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania, it is evident that we continually need God’s help.

Here are some facts from that horrible day 15 years ago… (taken from cnn.com)

--- 19 men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  The attack was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
--- At NYC’s World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers or as a result of the crashes.  That included 343 New York City firefighters, 23 New York City police officers and 37 officers at the Port Authority.
--- The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
--- At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
--- Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crewmembers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
--- As of August 2016, 1,640 (or 60%) of 2,753 WTC victims' remains have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner's office.

Our nation and our family needs God.  We can go to many places for answers, but no one can get us through and give us direction like our God can and will.

Reconnect to God.  He is the one who answers our questions, who gives us strength and who allows us to see through the fog of what life often sends our way.  It is always time to trust God.  He has answers, and He is our help always.

I read of the resignation of one of my favorite pastor’s yesterday.  Pete Wilson has been the pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville for 14 years, and Pete has inspired me and challenged me to jump in head first leading with passion and creativity. 

In his sharing with the church he made a statement that is so true.  He said “you cannot lead on empty”.  So true.  His leaving church has nothing to do with sin or conflict in the church or his family.  Wilson simply said he has been leading for to long from empty, and it is time to change that and begin a new season in his life.

By being connected to God we get direction.  It is kind of like hearing a word and then going to a dictionary to look for the definition.  When you learn what the word means, you can use it correctly and understand.  By staying connected to God we will get understanding, direction and even passion to keep on.

Pete has learned through life that staying close to God is a must.  It is not an option.  The best relationship we can have is with God.  I have learned this too.

Far too often we trust in people, our situations, money, a well laid out plan or any other things when in fact we should have been trusting in and leaning on God.  We come to the realization of what is going on when we stop long enough to listen to God.  His truth will guide us.  He will share with us the way to go and what is next.

The best way to stay connected to God is to listen.  The Bible is a way to listen.  Prayer is a way to listen.  Worship and speaking with Godly people are ways of listening.

Our help comes from the Lord.  Don’t replace Him with anything else.  When He gives direction and help, follow Him!

Psalm 121  NASB
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.

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