Yes, for your information, I was sitting in the garage of Doug Humphrey having my car checked prior to leaving for Alabama for a week of meetings with my pastor friend of many years, Joe Sollars. My wife called and said, Larry there has been a terrible airliner accident in New York City. I went into Doug’s office to watch the newscast. At that moment they were showing video of the crash. I noted to Doug, “That’s not an accident, it’s an attack!” Just at that moment the TV broke in with a live video of the 2nd plane heading dead on the 2nd World Trade Center Building. As was the rest of the nation I was in a little shock.
You know the rest of the story. We have been in an undeclared war for 15 years now, with no sign of any let up. The Islamist Fanatics are committed unto death to destroy us. The solution appears simple, hurriedly bring about their death.
Now, no long rant about “what I would do and how.” Instead a lesson for personal victory over the enemy or enemies of our very soul.
According to the Bible, learning to recognize, name and eliminate a known detriment to our growth and service to Jesus and the people of the world at large is of utmost importance.
The list of things, types of people and places that hinder our walk with Jesus is really not all that long, though inventive people have made the list much longer.
A man who was convicted of attempted murder received Christ while in prison. An old man on the same cell block advised him, “I am glad to hear of your religious experience, but in order to really get the earthly benefit, you must change the nouns in your life.” He meant the people, the places and the things in the recent converts life. The recently born again man took his advice and as much as possible changed associates who tried to bring him back to a low prison life. He even moved to a different cell block and shook off a few terrible habits. His conversion and growth in Jesus Christ was and is so dramatic that after his time was served he took specialized training and now serves as paid chaplain in one our state penitentiaries. Talk about a miracle!
Lesson from 911? Sure! Don’t fool around with sin. Deal with it swiftly and make whatever changes are called for to live effectively. Cavett Robert often said, “You can’t fly with the eagles if you hoot with the owls.” He was right.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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