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God is a Warrior

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John F. Craghan, author of Psalms for All Seasons says, "fidelity to God means deliverance from any and all forms of distress.  Notice Craghan says, this benefit belongs to those who are in a state of "fidelity." To be a person of fidelity, means to be faithful and loyal in character.

While many are fainting with fear God has instructed Christians not to be fearful or dismayed. The faithful Christian may proclaim as David did in Psalm 18:6. "In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears."

The text goes on to say that, after God heard David's prayers He got in a Cherub, bowed the heavens and came to earth to rescue him. He fought His way through the heavens shooting lightning bolts, dropping hailstones and hot coals of fire upon David's enemies! David's human enemies did not see of feel the hail or great balls of hot coals fall upon them but his spir…

What happens when God is your "Thyreos" (shield)!

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The bible makes bold and daring promises to people of faith. Psalm 91:9-10 says, "Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling".
A few words for the word "evil" noted in Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionary are:  evil (naturally or morally), adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, exceedingly, great, grief, harm, heavy, sore, sorrow, trouble, wretchedness, wrong. 
 In verse four of Psalm 91 the psalmist said, "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler."
The shield noted in this Psalms refers to a shield large enough to shield the entire body hence the name thyreos meaning "a gate or door (or "door-shaped"); used of the large, oblong ancient Roman shield (which looked like a full door), large enough to provide full protection from attack (used…

Is God "With" You? God is everywhere but he's not with everyone!

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A friend was involved in a  "grave" sin. He knew it was wronged but said God loves me regardless of what I do and he is with me.  He watched a certain television preacher who preaches "nothing you do can separate you from the love of God." Yet Isaiah 59:2 says," But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."  In Amos 5:14 God told the people to" seek good, and not evil, that they may live: so He would be with them as they had spoken." They were living in sin and saying God is with us but he really wasn't. Yes, God is everywhere but he's not with everyone!  The word "with" refers to being "for" someone.  My friend applied for job, he felt comfortable in the interview, so he called a friend and told him to apply as they had several positions open. His friend was hired but he was not. He was having issues with his mate and son, yet he felt …

Are you Abiding in the Secret Place?

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A large Poplar tree gives shade to my family on hot sunny days. The tree's shade is actually the tree's shadow. Here we get an idea of what David meant when he said inPsalm 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. To dwell in the secret place is to take a seat in the presence of God.  While we are sitting there His shadow or shall we say His very presence (can't have a shadow without an object or person) becomes our refuge and fortress. A fortress is a place that is protected against attack, it is a fortified place, a stronghold.

The Treasury of David says, "He who dwells in an impregnable fortress, naturally trusts in it, and shall not he who dwells in God feel himself well at ease and repose his soul in safety."
Can you say the Lord is your refuge and fortress? Do you trust him? In this age of the rise and grind, self -made millionaire and scientific advances in  medicine and technology, the need to …