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Sept. 11 marked the 20th anniversary of the attack on the United States destroying the World Trade Center in New York City.
It was a day when people around the world watched in terror of what was happening and what was to come next. The churches across America went to their knees. I remember holding a special prayer service in Michigan at the time.
Have situations improved in 20 years?
Throughout the world we are still plagued with COVID-19. The nurses in Florida are overwhelmed; the people in Canada are just starting to feel comfortable to come out in public, the president of Russia has contracted this virus; and here in the United States, people are divided on the issue of precautions.
We also have been greatly concerned about the takeover in Afghanistan by the Taliban.
You might ask the question — Pastor Dave, when do we get to the good stuff? The answer is now.
Psalm 91:2 " I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."
"The Psalmist testifies to the benefits of trust in God.“ (Lawrence Richards).
While reading that one verse we can find these basic truths for today and everyday.
1. God is our refuge — our place of security — Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength."
"The Noblest Souls are the most tempted. The Devil is a sportsman and likes big game. He makes the deadliest assaults on the richest natures, the finest minds, the noblest spirits.“ (John L. Lawrence).
2. God is our fortress --"Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress.“ — Proverbs 14:26
"Those who have the gale of the Holy Spirit.“ (Brother Lawrence.)
3. My God in whom I trust — here is our source of declaration. Too many of us are placing our securities in the wrong places. Man can only do so much. We must seek Jesus Christ as our savior for salvation and no where else.
"The theme is security: God preserves those who abide in Him and love Him. These promises are not for people who run to the Lord only in times of danger but for those who dwell in his presence and make the Holy of Holies their habitations.“ (Warren Wiersbe)