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The 912 Testimonies

The 912 testimonies are about triumph over tragedy, hope over despair, and life over death. They are the life stories of men and women who fought against death and time, committing themselves to rescue others trapped in great ruins and rubbles. After the tragic 911 terrorist attacks, these people overcame their own fears, braved death, reaching out with hearts courageous, compassions overflowing and hopes undefiled. These rescue workers and heroes are in the midst of us everyday. They could be you or me, and they could also be our family members, relatives, friends or colleagues.

Everyday, in the midst of our living spaces and neighbourhoods, there are some people facing some 911 scenarios - the death of a loved one; a tragic car accident; an advanced cancerous tumor growth; an incurable disease such as AIDS; a case of suicide or homicide; a business or venture failure; a school dropout; a drug overdose or addiction; an encounter of sexual abuse, physical abuse or torture at home or in school; etc.

These 911 events have happened. We could not rewind the time machine, step into the past, and stop these terrible events from happening! But we could step into the future, face them bravely and respond with the right attitudes and perspectives from God, reaching out in love, hope, courage and compassion! What have happened had happened, what's next is more important - our response. How do we respond to what had already happened?

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellence of the power
may be of God and not of us.
We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not forsaken;
struck down, but not destroyed
always carrying about in the body
the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
For we who live are always delivered to death
for Jesus' sake,
that the life of Jesus also may be manifested
in our mortal flesh.
So then death is working in us, but life in you.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12

We may be swarmed and surrounded by all sorts of problems and troubles, but we are not crushed and defeated. We may be at a loss of what to do when we don't know why things happen to us as they do, but we will never give up and quit. The enemies of our souls may attack us, but our God will never abandon us. We may get knocked down, but we will get up again and keep going. Facing even death, Christ living within us will keep us safe. Even death loses its sting and victory. Even after death, there is the resurrection of the dead!

So, how do we respond? Firstly, we must turn and pray to God! Our world could be destroyed by nuclear bombs, but not because of nuclear bombs! Who is the real killer - the bombs or the ones who press the buttons or the mastermind who instigates the mass destruction? Unless we look beyond our physical eyes, we would see only the surfaces. We must look into the unseen, the invisible forces and evil powers that seek to steal, kill and destroy human lives!

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities,
against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness
in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

We must pray always, everywhere we go. We must daily put on the whole armor of God, so that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Praying that we will be strong in the Lord and powerful in His might. Praying that we will live and move according to His Spirit and will. Pleading on behalf of others, their plights, needs, recoveries and victories! Interceding passionately and earnestly for non-Christians and Christians, for both salvation and sanctification.

Secondly, we must willing to go to Ground Zero to minister to the needs of the needy. It is herein that we encounter reality face to face. It is herein that we connect our hearts with God’s heart! And God’s heart will connect our hearts with others’ hearts! It is herein that we touch heaven and change earth. It is herein that we help others by bringing light into darkness, hope into despair, love into hate, joy into sorrow, peace into war, praise into heaviness, righteousness into unrighteousness, godliness into ungodliness, beauty for ashes, freedom for the captives, sight for the blind, healing for the sick, good tidings for the poor and deliverance for the oppressed!

If all of us begin to do so, our world will become a wonderful world! Our little efforts can be extremely powerful and significant. Small actions that we do can have a big rippling effect. The 911 tragedy is caused by a few individuals, but affecting the whole world. We are shocked and terrified by those acts of terrorism! With one click of the mouse, an evil hacker can release a virus that will destroy others' computers all over the world within hours. Yet with a different click, a godly person can release good news of love, joy, peace, faith and hope into the cyberspace and touch hearts! Our simple actions can impact not just our physical world but also the spiritual world! Herein we must stand together in the LORD, mighty in the power of His Holy Spirit, and shining victorious in Christ!

Our actions can be as simple as ABC. For example, at work, we can go over to a co-worker and give him a good and sincere compliment. That really lifts up his spirit. When he returns home that day, he tells his wife how much he loves her. And his wife is deeply touched. She cooks a great dinner, and then says nice things to her children. Her children are delighted, and they begin to spread their joy with other kids the following day. And these kids in turn pass it on to their parents! This is the wonder of one small action! If all of us do our portion, the whole world will be changed!

Jesus gave us this golden rule in Matthew 7:12:

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you,
do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets.

God loved us and He gave us His Son! And He is still giving His wonderful Gift of love. Freely we have received, freely we will give. We must keep on giving, forgiving, loving and living! Doing unto others what we want others to do unto us. When we see a person in need, we will offer a helping hand. When we do so, we too will have a 912 testimony to share.

Written on
4 January 2007