DRAWING ON GOD AND HIS SOVEREIGN WORD FOR STRENGTH, THIS SEPTEMBER 11th

I recently had a conversation with a friend, about the condition of the world and the things around us. It
seems that since September 11th, fear is a prominent topic of conversation. Even as Christians, we can get
swept up in the headlines and the realities of current issues. But when that happens, we need to go straight to
the Word of God for strength, Truth and comfort! For in it, we will find promises that will lead us to the
Ultimate Hope and the Controller of all things! Even in the midst of the storm God is in control! Look what
the Lord tells us in:
Psalm 33: 10-22:
“The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of
the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation
whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth- he who forms the
hearts of all, who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior
escapes by his great strength. A horse is in a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it
cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in his
unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the
Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May
your unfaili! ng love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope on you.”
God is a constant and does not change nor does anything surprise Him and catch Him off guard! As God’s
children we should find great relief in this. We should rest in the peace and Hope that our Sovereign Lord IS
in control. Trusting by faith that His ‘will’ is being implemented as each second counts down to His return!
We should also find great comfort in the fact that our country is led by a true man of God! He is one of God’s
own, who seeks the Lord for guidance.
Proverbs 11:14 says,
” For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.”
What peace, knowing that our President seeks God for direction! That is truly awesome! God has His
mighty hand on everything! No matter what evil is plotted by Hussein, Osama or anyone else, they are not in
control! They might think they are, satan might think that he is running the show through them, but God is in
ULTIMATE control over it ALL!
God’s Word says:
Proverbs 21: 1
” The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse
wherever he pleases.”
Proverbs 16:4 says, “The Lord works out everything for his own ends- even the wicked for a day of
disaster”
Just like Nebuchadnezzar, he thought he was in control but, he wasn’t! God used him to HIS own means.
Pharaoh, same thing, God hardened his heart and then softened it, long enough to get His kids…His chosen
ones, His favored ones out of trouble! Even though God knew what the future held, their disobedience, OUR
disobedience, He lead them out and He leads us out! ALWAYS! All because God never changes, He always
keeps His promises and He will NEVER forsake us, His Word is true, to turn from it would be against His
nature. He is perfect and so is His Love. He, in His omniscience, foresaw it ALL: the Fall, the flood, 40 years
of grumbling, Saul’s rejection of His will, David’s disobedience, both Israel and Jerusalem’s disobedient kings,
His own people rejecting His Son and our rejection and failure! Yet He still sent Christ for us!! He still pursues
us with such passion! He has got our! back, our future and our eternity in His hands!
Psalm 118:8
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
As the headlines unfold and despair spills out from all corners of the world, take heart, we are right where
God wants us! The stage is set, God is moving all the players into position, HE is calling the shots! We cannot
loose hope and give into the fear of the world around us. We must stand up and be bold warriors for Christ
and finish strong. Satan wants to sideline us and paralyze us through fear. By consuming our minds with it, he
can take us out of the game! If he cannot tempt or deceive us, then he will try to scare us! Look at what
Paul told the Galatians, I think these words are so applicable to us today!
Galatians 5:7 & 8,
“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? That kind
of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.”
As the anniversary of 9/11 is upon us, we must draw near to God like never before! Relying on Him for
everything from strength, truth, peace, hope and most of all direction in each day! We need to ask, “Lord,
what would you have me do for you today?” Boldly serve the one who is in control of everything and who
sees the pain and feels it more deeply than we can ever imagine! Then trust that His ways are higher than our
ways and His thought higher than ours!( ISA. 55:8-9)
It is all perspective. Don’t let Satan hold life’s picture right up in your face, or all you’ll see is what He wants
you to! Step back and claim the big picture that God has painted. You might not be able to see it clearly now
but He has blessed us by revealing the last chapter…..He wins, He reigns, He rules!!
2 Cor. 4:18
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
This September 11th look to the Lord, fear Him and keep His Word in your heart! Pray for all of the
heroes, their families, all of our service men and women and their families. Pray, truly intercede for our
country! Pray for President Bush, for his protection, wisdom and guidance. Pray for God’s mighty hand
around our borders and within our country! You can make a difference because YOU are allowed to enter the
“THRONE ROOM” and you have the privilege of communicating with the One who holds the future in His
hands! God is in control!! As the Body of Christ lets move forward by forging together in faith! Standing
together on the Word, it is our Sword (Eph. 6) against the evil one at times like these! And may our GOD
continue to BLESS AMERICA!!
2 Chron. 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully
committed to the Lord.
Psalm 34: 7-22
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see the
Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who
fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no
good thing!”
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
PSALM 90:2b
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
PSALM 93:1
The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.
Psalm 103-19
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those fear him, and his righteousness with
their children’s children- with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The
Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
Psalm 145:18
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those
who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but the
wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy
name for ever and ever.
More encouraging scripture:
Psalm 46
Psalm 144
Prov.1:7
Ps 111:10

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