Devine Protection!

 
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We will protect our children and family members to the best of our ability.  It is almost instinct to take up for our sister on the playground.  We are proud to make sure our brother gets home from school safely.  As we mature, we begin to protect our own children, selecting homes in a neighborhood where there is a speed bump and park so they can ride their bikes and play safely.  We vigilantly select a school that will invest in and guide our children as a way of protecting their future.  We do not allow them to participate in certain activities or go places that we view as trouble.  We feel so strongly about the rules that we make to keep them safe.  We implement consequences when they do not follow our rules and stay within the safety net we have provided.  Imagine how much more Father in heaven will protect us from evil.  Isn’t it good to know that our Father, the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God will protect us from all harm?  Hallelujah, we serve an awesome God!  He knows where dangers lurk and builds a fence of protection around us so that we are kept free from harm.  It is truly amazing how sometimes those around us may suffer calamities and we are spared!  Blessed is the name of the Lord.  There is a scripture Psalm 91 is a great encouragement to me in this area.  It reminds me that if I dwell in the secret place of the most High, then I shall abide under the shadow of the shadow of the Almighty.  It is good to be covered.  Today we don’t want to go out into the rain without an umbrella or some type of covering to keep us from getting wet.  It is more crucial to be safe in the fortress of God!  Make the Lord your refuge!  Then our Father will protect you!

Psalm 91

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

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.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

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Words….Thoughts

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Words are alive.  They power of life and  death are in the tongue.  Let’s make a conscious effort to speak works that edify one another.  Remember teachings from your childhood that instructed you, if you don’t have anything good to say don’t say anything at all.  What intelligence there is in that common cliché!  Wisdom will show us when to speak and what to say. 

We must even be mindful that we are what we think.  So think on things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy as Philippians 4:8 instructs.  It may be a challenge at first, but I encourage you to take control your thoughts.  “How can I do that?” you may ask.  Simply practice by meditating on God’s Word day and night.  It is time to stop worrying and pondering over things and situations that arise in life.  Fill up on God’s Word and begin to purposefully speak life to others and their situations

The Collect

Keep us, oh God, from pettiness;
let us be large in thought,
in word, indeed.
Let us be done with
fault-finding and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretenses and meet each other face to face, without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment and always generous
Let us take time for all things; and to grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action
our better impulses, straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize it is the little things that create differences, that in the big things of life we are at one.
And may we strive to touch and to know the great, common human heart of us all.
And, oh Lord God, let us forget not to be kind!

– Unknown

Are you in need of a life change?

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Do you ever find yourself running out of time and/or resources?  Not able to do this or that?  Well, of course you can’t do it all!  Not alone that is, remember it is through Christ that you can do ALL things!  Stop trying to accomplish and conquer things on your own.  Stop worrying about and getting frustrated over situations you cannot control.  Learn to lean and depend on Christ, he will never let you down and can do what is impossible for you and me to do, without hesitation.  Hallelujah!  So rebuke those feelings of inadequacy.  Our Father in heaven has given us freedom and liberty.   Let’s live the abundant life that God has planned for us!  Do not be held captive to your desiresany longer,  free yourself!  Surrender to Christ.  He knows just how to handle it.  So let Him!