I am remembering 9/11 today. Praying for all those who lost loved ones that day and praying that God turns our nation back to Him once again.
9/11/2001 is a day I will never forget—our lives were changed forever that day. Mercy and I landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina just before the first Tower was hit. We cleared customs and were in the airport lobby and watch the second Tower get hit live on CNN.
We were in Buenos Aires to start a Bible college and host a pastor’s conference. After overcoming the shock of what had just happened, we discovered that the man we had entrusted to hire a secretary for us and organize our pastor’s conference had been stealing from us.
He was the only person I knew in Argentina. I was only 26 years old and wasn’t sure how to handle the situation. I tried to call my Pastor, but he was in Africa and he couldn’t be reached. So Mercy and I went to our hotel, knelt on our knees and asked God what to do.
God spoke to us to confront him and remove him from our ministry. He became very angry and threatened to destroy us and ruin our reputation in the country. He ruthlessly attacked us and our decision to confront him was very costly, but God’ word is true—no weapon formed against us was able to prosper! (Isaiah 54:17)
God opened up so many doors for us in the nation of Argentina during that trip and we made lasting friendships and partnerships that are stronger today than ever. Argentina was a gateway for us that opened up many nations to us—including Brazil, Paraguay, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.
What I learned is that when you do the right thing, all hell might break loose, but God will stand with you and uphold you. Ask King David said in Psalm 37:17, “For the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.” (NIV)
Every decision you make has consequences. There are consequences for doing the right thing and for doing the wrong thing. Doing the right thing is often the toughest thing you can do, but in the end it will bring God’s blessings upon you.
This is the essence of integrity—doing the right thing the right way for the right reasons. Do the right thing today! It will be worth it in the end.
- Brian Alarid is the Lead Pastor of Passion Church and President of Passion Leadership College. He has a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and a Bachelor's degree in Theology. Brian has been married to Mercy for 16years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.