“But God”

Give us aid against the enemy,
for human help is worthless.
With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies. — Psalm 60:11–12

Today is another wonderful day. There are blessings in store for us and beautiful moments to be shared. However, like all days, we also will face our fair share of challenges.

The big question is how will we deal with them?

The sages teach that our most powerful weapon against all destructive forces is the internalization of the words found in Deuteronomy 4:35: “. . . the LORD is God; besides him there is no other.” When we recognize that God is the most powerful force in the world at work, we can be assured a place under His protective wing. No harm can come to us and no person can damage us unless God allows it. When we fully believe that God is in control of every single thing, we merit His full and powerful protection.

In Psalm 60, King David expressed the very same idea this way: “. . . human help is worthless.

With God we will gain the victory . . .” When we shift our faith from human beings to God, we can experience miraculous protection and salvation.

The sage provides a telling analogy. Imagine you are confronted with a vicious dog. You might be frightened at first, but then you notice that the dog is attached to a leash and the leash is held by the dog’s owner. Now you feel safe, knowing that the situation is under control. In the same way, when we recognize that God is the owner of everything in the world, we can feel secure. Moreover, when we acknowledge that God “holds the leash,” so-to-speak – that He maintains control over everything in the world – we know that we are protected.

I want to encourage us to focus on God today, no matter what may come our way. Whether we face a dangerous situation or simply a difficult person at work, at home, or in the street, remember that God is in control and with His help “we will gain the victory.”

 

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Only Good Things

Psalm 84:11 (WEB)
For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield.
Yahweh will give grace and glory.
He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly.

Promise: I will not withhold anything good from those with an upright heart.

God is good and every good and perfect gift comes from His hand (James 1:17). Today’s promise once again reaffirms this truth. He will not withhold any good thing from those who have an upright heart. The enemy of our souls would want us to believe the opposite… That God isn’t good and that He is distant and angry.

My prayer today is that each one of us would reject every lie that would try and make us believe that God isn’t who the Bible says He is, so that we can align our thoughts and prayers with the truth that the Lord is good and His mercy will endure forever!

May the sense of His goodness flood your soul today and may you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is your sun and your shield. The truth is that He loves you with all of His heart and He will not withhold any good thing from you.

The Final Word

1 Corinthians 10:13 (WEB)
No temptation has taken you except what is common to man.
God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able,
but will with the temptation also make the way of escape,
that you may be able to endure it.

Promise: I will not let you be tested beyond what you can endure.

Jesus told us in John 16:33 that in the world we will have trouble. Sadly, bad things do happen to good people. We all experience heartache, loss and pain as a result of the fallen world we live in. But Jesus goes on to encourage us that we can be glad because He has overcome the world!

In today’s Scripture, the Apostle Paul tells us that we will not be tested with any temptation or trial more than we are able to endure. There may be circumstances in our life that rage against this promise, but hold onto the promise that God’s grace is sufficient in every trial. He will give you the grace to endure and He promises to provide you with a way of escape when the load gets beyond what you can deal with.

If you are in the midst of great trials and challenges in your life today, my prayer is that our God and Father would comfort you and strengthen you with the promise that you will not be tested beyond what you can endure. And I also pray that He will provide you with a way of escape for every trial that you face knowing that God has the last word and nothing happens that is out of HIS divine will. He has the final word.

God Is Our Protector

 

Psalm 97:10 (WEB)
You who love Yahweh, hate evil.
He preserves the souls of his saints.
He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.

Promise: I will shield your life and deliver you from the wicked.

God is our protector. God is our defender and He promises to shield us and deliver us from the hand of the wicked. The New Living Translation says Psalm 27:10 this way… You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. (NLT)

No matter how great the opposition you are facing, God is greater because good fathers protect their kids. It is that simple. The world can be a very scary place to live in apart from this revelation. But when we know that our Dad is the biggest, the strongest and the most loving Dad in the universe, it makes all the difference in the world!

May we all be convinced of this truth on a deeper level than we have ever known before. My prayer today is that the knowledge of our Father’s protecting love will bring a sense of peace and rest and security in our soul so that we will be confident that He is indeed our fortress and our shield.

May we echo the words found in Psalm 91:1-2 that says… 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of Yahweh, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” (WEB)

Surrendering to God’s Plans

Promise: My plan for your future is filled with hope.

When you think of your own future, how do you feel? Are you excited to think of what is ahead or does the thought of the future cause you to be anxious? With an uncertain economy, wars and rumors of wars, etc., it is easy to feel anxious and uncertain about what lies ahead. Yet in today’s promise, God says that your future is filled with hope.

My favorite Bible translation of this verse comes from the NIV Bible… For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

I find it very reassuring to know that God has a plan for my future that is filled with hope. I don’t have to dread what’s coming because my Heavenly Dad already has a plan for me. And of course we know that the ultimate hope is living in the light of God’s love forever!

May the reality of today’s promise fill you with peace. May you know that while the future may be uncertain to you, it is not to God. He has a father’s heart toward you and has determined to fill your future with hope. Does this mean that there will be no bumps in the road? Certainly not.

But we do know that all things will ultimately work together for our good as Paul declared in Romans 8:28… We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. (WEB)

 

For God So Loved The World

John 3:16 (WEB)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Promise: I have given you eternal life because you have believed in Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 is one of the most quoted, most loved Bible verses in the New Testament. This Scripture has been used by evangelists over the years to invite many people to come to Christ. The foundation of this much loved verse is and always will be, the love of the Father. For God (the Father) so loved the world…

It was the great love of our Heavenly Father that caused Him to give up His most treasured possession, the life of His Son, so that we too could share in Jesus’ eternal life. What a glorious promise! We were loved so much by God, that He gave up all that He loved in order to gain our love!

May we never take the wonder of John 3:16 for granted, but may we continue to revel in the amazing love our God and Father has for us every day in our lives. Thank you Father for loving us so much, that you sent your only begotten Son to the world in order to purchase our redemption!