Psalm 35:3 A Needed Reminder

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Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.” Psalm 35:3 

Throughout the world there are people who are pursuing other people to destroy them. Some are physically being pursued to cause physical injury, but most often they are being pursued with words in public or in private. Words are often used to damage a person’s life or reputation. False words can destroy a person quickly.

Those that pursue others to destroy them do it for many reasons. It can be out of jealousy, anger, hatred, revenge, to make oneself look better, or to cut another down.

As this is happening, most people have no support. They struggle to find help to stop the attacks. They do not see an escape route from those against them. This becomes especially true with the online social media ability to spread words.

David was being pursued by many seeking to kill him. He cries out to God asking for mercy and for God to attack his enemies. He asks God to remind him that He is his salvation.

While people are being attacked, they often seek help from others. These are often lawyers, costing thousands of dollars in court cases. They seek to retaliate against the attacker, just as the world is attacking them.

Believers understand and know that the salvation of the soul is found in Jesus, but often forget that being saved from attacks can also be found in God. The believers trust must be in God first and foremost, even in God alone.

Trusting in self or the ways of this world will fall short and fail. Trusting in God will never fail. Every believer needs to be reminded by God, once in a while, that He alone is their salvation in every situation met on this earth.

Just as you trust God for the salvation of your soul, trust Him to save you in every attack against you. Trust that God will take care of you, regardless of what the world throws your way or how the world tries to destroy you.

God is greater than any rumor or false lies that the world attacks with. He is greater than the physical attacks of this world. He is an overcomer and will win the war in the end for you.

Each day remind yourself that God is your salvation. There is no other name or help by which you can be saved from anything or anyone.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know that God is on your side; that you will see God’s hand of protection in your life; and that you will trust God in every situation. 

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John 11:7-8 Go, Despite The Danger

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and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” John 11:7-8

Jesus and the disciples had just heard that Lazarus was sick. After waiting a few days, Jesus said they must go to Judea, where Lazarus was. The disciples reminded Him that the Jews there had been trying to kill Him and wondered why He would want to go there.

Avoiding danger is something that most people like to do. When they see a dangerous situation ahead, they try to go a different direction.

People do not like to intentionally walk into a dangerous situation. They try to avoid danger with any means possible. Danger always means trouble, pain, and suffering. And people do not like to have any of those at all.

When danger is absolutely unavoidable, people will then walk into danger. Soldiers, fireman, and policemen are known for walking into dangerous situations. That is a part of the job and their duty to others. They are there to help someone else out who is in danger.

Jesus knew the possible danger that was connected with going back to Judea, yet, He chose to go there anyways. He knew that He needed to go there in order to raise Lazarus from the dead. The people needed to know that they could be saved, even from death. Jesus also knew that He would be going during the day and that God His Father was with Him.

Believers are to be just like Jesus. They need to know where God is leading them to be a witness. At times, some will be lead into a dangerous area or situation. It may cost them their lives, however, to not go may cost someone else their eternal life.

As a believer, you must be willing to go where God leads you, even if it means into a dangerous situation. You must know that God is in control and that someone there needs to see or hear your testimony.

Do not fear the danger, because at most, all that can happen is you die. They may want to kill you, but since God is in control, they cannot kill you unless He allows them to do so.

So despite any danger involved, go and be a witness of Jesus.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will not fear any danger in front of you; that you will be a witness for Jesus to everyone; and that God will use you to reach the lost.

Luke 10:3 A Lamb Among Wolves

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Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:3

Jesus had been teaching the disciples for some time. Now He chooses to send them out to start working on their own at spreading the gospel message. He tells them that there is a great harvest and a lot to do. He then says He is sending them out as a lamb among wolves.

Wolves are a predator type animal that farmers do not like. When wolves are hungry they will seek farm animals for food. One of the challenging things with wolves is that they do not work alone, they always work in packs. A group of wolves will surround and animal in order to take it down for food.

Lambs are one of the easiest animals for a wolf to prey upon, because a lamb never physically fights. They are very calm and just follow a leader. Lambs eat grass and not other creatures, so they are never a threat to another animal.

Jesus tells the disciples that they would be like a lamb as they are sent out. They are not going with a physical power and fight. The disciples were going in God’s power and word. They were to show love and compassion.

The world is like the wolves. They seek to destroy and devour the lambs…the innocent people, followers of Jesus.

People in this world will work in packs trying to take down believers. Vicious rumors and lies will be spread about believers and God. All over the media, Christians are being mocked and ridiculed. A life that promotes everything against God is being promoted as good.

At times the world will even get physical with believers. Around the world there are believers who are being physically abused and tortured for their belief in Jesus.

As the world is acting like a wolf, believers are to be like a lamb. They are to be innocent and not physically fighting back. They are not to destroy and kill, but to love and bring life.

Each day as you go out, you must look at your life and see how you are portraying yourself. Are you being like the wolves and not bringing the life changing message to this world? Are you blending in with the wolves?

Or are you working to gather a harvest for God? Bring the gospel message of love and salvation to this world.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will be known as a believer in Jesus; that you will not return evil for evil; and that you will work to gather the harvest for God.

Proverbs 27:12 Avoiding Danger

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 27:12

Avoiding danger is something that most people feel that they do. Very few people want to find themselves in a dangerous position.

During a storm, if someone sees a tornado beginning to form, most people would very quickly strive to find some shelter. He understands the danger of the tornado and does not want to be caught up in it.

While this type of action is true of physical danger that people come across, it is not always the same with spiritual danger.

As people are going through life, there are things that come up that endanger their soul, but not always the physical body. Often these dangers are ignored, since they do not hurt the body, they appear to be safe.

God gives warning signs of danger through His Holy Spirit, if a person is willing to listen, watch and understand what is happening.

An example is when a man begins to look at pictures of women in bathing suits. It starts as an innocent look, but when he begins to linger and dream about the women, it is the beginning of danger. After a time, he changes what he views to full pornography. He refused to see the danger and kept going. In the end there will be a price to pay for it.

One who is led by the Holy Spirit will understand the dangers that had begun and flee all sin. He will flee to God to seek refuge and protection from the danger.

Warning signs of danger can happen in many different areas of life. Little lies, a little gossip, a little anger, a little bitterness, a little pride, a little fear, and many other things can be signs that there is a greater danger ahead. Starting to walk in sin, will only lead to a life of sin.

Seek God’s Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the dangers around you.

Ask yourself if you are walking down a path that is dangerous to your soul.

Will what you are doing draw you closer to God, or push you farther away from God?

If it will push you away from God, you need to stop and take refuge. Get back to God and be protected. Don’t just ignore the warning sign.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to flee all spiritual danger; that you will turn from all sin; that God will open your eyes to see the danger in your path; and that you will live more like Jesus each day.

Romans 8:37 More Than A Conqueror

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

As people go through life, most do not see themselves as a conqueror, much less more than a conqueror. Many do not even see themselves as really victorious. Often people look at themselves as just surviving, plugging through life with only a few small victories.

Paul states that you are more than a conqueror in these things. What are these “things” that he is talking about. Look back a few verses and you see that it is trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and the sword. Basically it is everything that is bad that happens in life.

In life you will go through many different difficult situations from having a difficult day, all the way to being killed. It does not matter who you are, there will be those problems. Many people think that if they just have enough money, or that right job, all the problems will disappear. Others believe that if they just follow Jesus correctly the problems will go away.

Yet, no matter what you do there are more problems. As one problem leaves, another takes its place. While these problems are challenging, you can know that in Christ Jesus you are more than a conqueror through them.

What does it mean to be “more than a conqueror”? Most people either lose the battle or they just survive. Being more than a conqueror means that you go through the situation with the joy and strength of Jesus. You go through with the knowledge that He is in control and that you will win in the end. You do not grumble, complain, or go into despair.

The main difference is that your mind is set upon Jesus and His future for you, not the here and now. You know that Jesus loves you and is with you. You know that you are saved. Nothing can stop you when you are with Jesus and following Him.

As you go through a difficult time, where are you focused? Are you looking at the situation and complaining? Or are you looking towards Jesus and what He has done for you and will do for you?

If you are in Jesus, you are more than a conqueror. Don’t give up. Hold your head up high, you are a child of God, co-heir with Jesus.

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will know that Jesus is in control; that you will not be broken down by the troubles of this world; that you will know that you are more than a conqueror in Jesus; and that God will help you to be victorious.

Luke 8:22-23 Keep Going

“One day Jesus said to his disciples, Let us go over to the other side of the lake. So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.” Luke 8:22-23

Jesus had told the disciples that both He and they needed to go across to the other side of the lake. It would not be just Himself, or themselves alone, it would be as a group.

Since Jesus had planned to go across the lake in the boat, he went to sleep knowing He would get across.

The disciples, however, were scared when a bad storm rose up. It threatened to flood the boat and cause it to sink. Read the next few verses and you will see the woke up Jesus in fear, and He calmed the storm, and they crossed the lake.

Today, God may be calling you to follow Him across some lake in life. This lake is probably not a literal lake, but a situation in life.

At first it may look calm and easy, and that you will make it across the situation. Then, suddenly the storms of life rise up and everything starts to look like it is going wrong and bad. Everything starts to fail, and it looks like you will be drowned in the problems of life.

You need to remember that if Jesus called you to go somewhere, He will bring you there. If He called you to go through something, you will make it through it.

Jesus never promised the disciples an easy, calm ride across the lake. All He stated was that they were to go across the lake.

Your life will have storms in it that are scary, but you must trust God in bringing you through them. Have faith in God and follow Him all the way. He may calm the storm as Jesus did with the disciples, or He may just help you ride out that storm till you get to the other side.

I pray today that God will calm your heart in the storms of your life; that you will trust God to stay on the path He has for you; that God will give you strength to hold on in the storms; that God will calm the storms in your life; and that God will get you to the other side of your lake.