9/11 Processing

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Twenty years have gone by. I am 33 years old. At the time, I was 13 years old when the attacks happened. The question everybody always wants to know of others is, “Where were you when all of this happened? I was in my 7th-grade health class at John Marshall Middle School in Indianapolis. I didn’t get to see the news coverage when it happened because my teacher shut the tv off. All the events that were going on, I wanted to know what was going on. I don’t know if this still happens in school or not, but when I was in school, the tv automatically came on. On this day, the tv automatically came on, and at that time, the North tower was hit then.

As I sit here and watch the memorials, I can’t help but have a heavy heart for those who suffered on this day 20 years ago. But, I am thinking currently, where does all the hate come from? Why does hate happen so much in this world? Romans 12:21 reminds us not to be overcome by evil but to overcome evil with good. Twenty years ago, everybody came together as a nation, under God. I watched the horror of the towers coming down, the dust, the people struggling for breath. These are images I will never forget. I don’t live in New York, or Virginia, where the Pentagon was hit, or in Shanksville, but I feel it happened in Indiana. When I left my health class, I ran straight to homeroom, hoping my teacher there would have it on. Sure enough, she did. I sat there the entire homeroom time, eyes glued to the tv and watching old footage and new footage when it came in. Both towers were down, and the E ring of the Pentagon was down by the time I started watching again.

All day on September 11, 2001, I couldn’t concentrate. The horror going on around the USA; why am I forced to focus in school when something else is on my mind? Like those in New York, Virginia, Shanksville, I can’t work, but I sure felt helpless, especially as a 13-year old boy. I went home and watched more news coverage as much as possible, but I never did grasp the concept. It took me 17 years to finally understand what had happened. My mind kept going back to those pictures after the tower collapsed and the spotlight the night after the events occurred.

As we remember, those whose lives were lost on this day, first responders, public safety officials, ponder this scripture. 3 John 1:11 say, “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.” It’s a hard day for those who lost loved ones. Showing love should be every day. Help others when you disagree, dislike someone. It shows God in you. The more that can happen, the more we can take over the world with goodness. Nobody should live with the horror of September 11. The pain, grief, sorrow, hurt, worry all those things. Take time to pray and meditate on how God wants you to work.

Father, many people are hurting, even after 20 years of destruction. People are still grieving as well. So let us pray for those hurting today, suffering, confused, worried, anxious, or wanting to hurt themselves because of the events of September 11. But, unfortunately, there are not many answers to give that happiness, but they hold on every day, every year that the remembrance happens. So let us be the shining light in those that struggle today and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Non-believers

March 17, 2020

Word of the day: 37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” Mark 15:37-39 NLT

There are barriers between people that are non-believers and Jesus. That is because most people do not believe what Jesus can do. Non-believers look at the work of Jesus as miracles but do not want to consider that Jesus is the reason for a lot of miracles. It is called blessings for those that do not believe. And blessings are something we don’t deserve based on our behavior, but still, receive unconditional love. The Roman officer faced him and saw how he died; he said that he is the true Son of God. Does it take that long to realize that? Are you waiting for a miracle to happen for you to understand that Jesus is the person that controls everything? Believe now and not later that he is the answer to everything.
Father, thank you for your love. Without you, losing is an understatement without your love. Please help us to point people to you before it is too late. You are the answer to everything. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Remember Bad Times

April 1, 2020

Word of the day: 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV

We can quickly reflect on bad situations and then wonder if it could have been something positive. Today, take time to think of those negative situations. What do you believe God is telling you now based on those negative situations? Doing this can help you be humbled and allow yourself wisdom for similar problems in the future. There is nothing wrong with taking your wicked problems and reflecting off them. Think about sports teams or entrepreneurs. When does a sports player want to get better, besides building themselves up better physically, what another way to do they improve? They look at bad games to improve on. Entrepreneurs are the same way; they reflect on their bad decisions and build on them. In our lives, we should take time to reflect and see what God is telling us about these situations we can grow.

Father, thank you for today. I pray for our past situations that we can reflect and listen to them. I pray for wisdom and love. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Exercise Spiritually

March 31, 2020

Word of the day: 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV

When you have a moment, think about ads on tv, things that make you go against God? Some people do not honor God when it comes to ads, or when you want to do things God’s way. With the chaos going on today, it is easy to lose sight of God. It is easy to get something you don’t need and lose focus on God. When you read this verse, does it tell you how to stay focus on God? Yes, it does. Teach and stay on top of it. The bible got a lot of truths, parables, wisdom; this is not something to teach once a week. These teachings must be daily. That is how you stay focused on God. Devotional writers do not do devotionals once a week. It is daily you see writers share content: two, three times a day, maybe more. Learning to do teachings in repetitions will help you focus on God. Meditate, pray, read multiple times a day. God blesses us numerous times a day; we can celebrate and study his word innumerable times a day.

Father, thank you for today. I pray for our fellowship that we can draw others to us. Let us be wise to study you multiple times a day. It can be difficult when we have issues, an uncertain future, or storms we believe we can’t overcome. If we continue to be with you in the word, meditate, and praying can change everything. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Who is the Judge?

March 30, 2020

Word of the day: 37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 NLT

The topic of the day and a life living verse for every day: Do not judge others. The definition of judging is; forms an opinion or conclusion about a person or situation. When you have a forgiving heart, you don’t judge others.  Most people that don’t apologize do not have a forgiving heart. The reality is we should start forgiving others regardless of what they have done. This type of behavior shows how well you follow Christ and his leading. When you pass the right attitude towards others, good things come back. When you pass off bad manners, wrong actions happen. Forgiving others can bring a domino effect, starting with you and passing it on to others to forgive. That is a healthy spread of positivity.

Father, thank you for our fellowship. I pray today for our actions. I pray we can forgive others and not let our egos take over because we don’t feel the need to apologize. I pray that the egos to swell down and practice humbleness to forgive others. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Generational Curse

March 29, 2020

Word of the day: 9 “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children— Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV.

Some families can start by breaking the generational curse. These curses can be an addiction or lifestyle. Religion is one of the few things taught in a family that can break the generational curse. In today’s verse, Moses wanted everyone to make sure no one forgot what God has done for them, miracles, and all. As parents, this is a good curse to break if your parents didn’t teach you about God. There are times where we will forget God’s moment in our lives where he saved us, or have miracles that we don’t remember. Journal those processes. Not only does it help in remembering, but if you did forget, it is right there for you to share accurately. These are moments never to forget. We can always omit the wrong someone does, and it can be a million, but never the one thing right that was done for you.
Father, thank you for our fellowship. I pray today that generational curses break by teaching about you. Lift those who are teaching about you for the first time. There is always someone learning something new. Thank you for today. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Discrimination

March 15, 2020

Word of the day: 15 For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the Lord. Numbers 15:15 ESV

Let’s talk about discrimination for a second. The definition is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. God blessed the Israelites with a land of their own. When God blesses you with something, we can’t discriminate against it for any reason. We should not let boundaries get in the way of what God blessed you. Open yourself up and don’t allow your idols to decide they want barriers that will enable you to have limitations. I see it so much it is unbearable to see. In this verse, the Israelites cannot discriminate against anyone that came to the land. Good leaders do not distinguish for any reason. If you worship someone that allows discrimination or boundaries in a hateful way, it is time for cleansing, wisdom, and inviting the holy spirit to be in your life more often.
Father, thank you for our fellowship. I pray for boundaries in our lives. I admit I have some limitations in my life for not communicating with others. I am a private person, but I have boundaries issues. I am not letting people into my home. I need to examine this and is willing to allow the holy spirit to work on me. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Repentance

March 24, 2020

Word of the day: 11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.” Luke 3:11-13 NLT

Here is something difficult some people can’t do. Repent of their sins. In the bible years, corrupt tax collectors got baptized but asked a question. What should we do? John replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.” There are a lot of corrupt people out here, and they want fortune and fame. They want to achieve it any way they can get it. Some won’t do it. There are some willing to repent for other reasons. It does not have to involve corruption. It can be something personal. Fight with a friend, an affair. How can we repent? Psalms 51 is a good read on repentance. Here are four ways to do it if you are not reading Psalms 51.

  1. Recognize that you have done wrong.
  2. You must have genuine remorse for doing wrong and for the pain and problems you’ve caused.
  3. You must be committed never to repeat the act regardless of the temptations or situation.
  4. Repair the damage you’ve done, or at least do what you can to apologize directly to the injured party.

Repentance takes prayer, patience, time, and community. God can make it happen for you to repent.

Father, thank you for our fellowship. Thank you for your commitment to us. I pray for repentance. It can be hard for certain people to do. I pray that people can be courageous to repentance and know there are edible communities, especially within the church that will not judge and help them through. Be with those who need to repent. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Honor

March 28, 2020

Word of the day: 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:7-8 NIV

As you read today’s verse, are you comfortable telling God everything? Some people will feel like he will reject you if you are honest. That is false. God is a forgiving God. He knows mistakes are going to happen. What we can depend on is letting God in our lives and be truthful to him. It is easy to tell your best friend your secret, but God already knows about it. Why waste your time by avoiding him? Today, put your faith in him and let him be the person of your life. We can get our priorities mixed up by listening to others. It’s a regular activity, but it is the right people? God’s honor is essential for you and him. Be faithful to him today. Do not let others dedicate your faithfulness to God.
Father, thank you for today. Our fellowship is essential, especially while we are practicing social distancing. Trust can be a real issue here while everyone is practicing quarantine. Self-discipline can be an issue. I pray that we lay it all down to you and be honest with our problems. Let us be comfortable and let others lead by example. Thank you for our fellowship. We give you praise. We love you In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Denying The Truth

March 14, 2020

Word of the day: 31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same. Mark 14:31 NLT

No! Peter declared emphatically. Please take a moment and think about why he said this with a strong reaction. Jesus predicted Peter denying him on another occasion. You can find Jesus’ predictions in Luke 22:31 and John 13:36-38. The definition of emphatic is; as showing or giving emphasis, expressing something forcibly and clearly. Why would you represent a statement so strong? There are a lot of reasons for it, but in this case, Peter already felt the tension when Jesus predicted the denials. If you say you follow Jesus, but then you fall back into temptation or fall into addiction, you have been trying to get away from, kind of get you to think if you are following Jesus. It is one thing to say that you are, but it is another thing to do the complete opposite of what Jesus wants when we are following him. Please take some time to think about your behavior. Are you telling others you are following Jesus, but your actions show something different? Examine it in prayer, meditation, and see the truth for yourself.
Father, thank you for today. Thank you for our fellowship. I pray for wisdom as we take time to examine our motives. Some are maybe telling others that they are following you but don’t show it with their attitude and heart. I am asking for our incentives to have an examination with prayer and meditation. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!