Saturday, July 22, 2017

God is a Warrior



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 spiritual enemies saw and felt them. Remember scripture says, we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and power, against rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

Sometimes we forget our human foes are mere instruments of our spiritual foes. Satan enticed Judas to betray Christ.

Even when we are down on ourselves (Mark 5:5), like being depressed, withdrawing from others, having suicidal thoughts and cutting/ wounding ourselves; Satan is behind it. However, when we humble ourselves and pray about our situation God intervenes and the enemy shakes in fear. When we are faithful to God and resist the devil he will flee.

Yes, when we pray God responds. Can you picture evil spirits fleeing as they are being shot with arrows, lightning bolts and hot coals of fire?

The Treasury of David reminds us that our enemy "the prince of the power of the air is soon dislodged when the cherubic chariot is driven through his dominions; therefore let not the legions of hell cause us dismay. He who is with us is greater than all they that be against us."

God can deliver you from any form of distress or trouble. Take time to present your troubles to Him for it is He who fights for you!

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


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 only in Eph 6:16)."

The word truth refers to God's trustworthiness and faithfulness.In essence, God's trustworthiness and faithfulness surrounds and protects us as a shield. He is the door keeper in our lives keeping out evil, i.e.  adversity, affliction, calamity, sorrow, and trouble as we trust him! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

   


 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 comfortable claiming God was with him as he enjoyed his "sin." The event's in his life proved God was not with/for him, as he experienced one defeat after another. Yes, sometimes God allows negative circumstances to come against us to encourage us to draw nigh unto him. For he is the Lord of hosts as the people noted in Amos 5:13 but the Lord of hosts was not fighting for them but against them. He had fixed his eyes on them to do evil and not good (Amos 9:4).
Is God "with" you? As we noted earlier "with" refers to being "for." So the question is, is God for you? Joshua asked the commander of the Lord's army a similar question in, Joshua 5:13 before the walls of Jericho came tumbling down with a shout.
Yes, "the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face (Psalms 11:7). But "God is angry with the wicked every day" (Psalms 7:11).

Some will say that's Old Testament but the last book in the New Testament seals the matter and concurs with the Old Testament.
Revelation 22:12-17 says, "behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.""I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Are you Abiding in the Secret Place?



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 in Psalm 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 pray and trust God, seems obsolete.  Yet, we are encouraged to take all things to God in prayer, trusting him to come to our aid to protect us from enemies or to supply our needs. 

As noted in The Treasury of David, "We have trusted in God, let us trust him still. He has never failed us, why then should we suspect him? Pray for the grace to say, "In him will I trust." 


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