He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. Psalm 18:33
David is giving God praise throughout this psalm for His protection and provision. David gives God the credit for giving him strength and wisdom for battle, and for overcoming his enemies. He knows that he is standing firm only because God planted his feet firmly.
The example given is David was given the feet like that of a deer. Deer are amazing to watch as they run along. Regardless of the brush and unevenness of the ground the deer always seem to know exactly where to place their feet to keep moving forward quickly. Then they can, with amazing speed and agility, jump over a fence that they had been running alongside of, as though it was not even there.
Not only does say that God gave him feet like a deer, he also states that God made him stand on high places. Watching deer up on a high mountain can also be amazing. They run or stand along the edges of a deep crevice as though it was all on level ground. Some deer are also known for going down extremely steep sides of the mountain with great skill and agility.
The challenge with standing on a high place, is that it is only one step from danger. One wrong move can cause a fall, ending in a major disaster or death. A person can climb up the path of Pike’s Peak in Colorado all the way to the top at over 14,000 feet. On parts of the path it is only about five or six feet from the mountain wall to the drop off of over 2,000 feet straight down. One must watch his step or it can be a danger.
As a believer, you also must watch all of your steps. No matter where you are in your walk with God, you are only one step away from sin. Trust in God to place your feet where they need to be.
Do not be afraid of where God is placing you in this life. He has you there to be His witness and to build you up to be like Jesus. You may be on a high place to shine the light of Jesus to this dark world.
I pray today that you will allow God to strengthen your feet; that you will walk only where God wants you to walk; that you will be firm in your stand for God; and that God will use you to be His witness in this world.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
People around the world love freedom, though in many parts of the world the amount of freedom the people are allowed is very limited. Here in America, the nation was founded on the principle of being free. People wanted to be able to do what they want, when they want.
Looking on the surface it does look like great freedom. A person can work whatever job they desire, live where they want to, and spend their money like they want to. People are also allowed to say what they want, think what they want, and like and dislike things to their own preference.
Yet in the midst of all of this freedom, there abounds great slavery. This slavery is to sin. A very small percentage of people in America and around the world have broken the bondage of slavery to sin. The world does not see the bondage to sin as slavery. It is seen as freedom, freedom to do what they want.
Jesus came to this earth to set people free. He wants people to be able to fully live life in freedom. Who knows better on how to live life than God who has been around for all eternity? He was the One who created this life and the world.
Paul was pointing at that some of the people in the church had been set free from sin, but were turning back to it. They were refusing to live life as God wanted them to live it. Sin is simply disobeying God, not doing what He wants.
You must be willing to stand firm in your life against living in sin. Do not put on the shackles of slavery to sin. Do not allow sin to be a part of your life.
Just as people stand firm against slavery in parts of the world, stand firm against the spiritual slavery of sin. Run from all sin and resist the devil and his temptations.
Jesus has a better life for you. Don’t go back to the life of slavery to sin. Live your life to the fullest.
I pray today that God will break the bonds of slavery in your life; that you will resist the temptations of the devil; that you will turn away from all sin; and that you will live the life Jesus has for you.
“Stand firm, and you will win life.” Luke 21:19
The disciples were looking at all the great looking buildings in Jerusalem and commenting on how great they looked. Jesus tells them that all the things they see will one day be destroyed. He then goes on to tell them some bad news. This news was that they will be persecuted. This persecution would even come from their own families. It would be because of Jesus that they will be persecuted. He continues with the fact that they will not be harmed, but they must stand firm.
As the days pass, the time of persecution is rising more and more. The world is taking a stronger stance against Christians each and every day. Satan is on the warpath. He knows his time is limited, so he is making every effort to stop believers from believing in Jesus.
Jesus said to stand firm. This is standing on what you know is the truth. Do not allow yourself to be persuaded of anything different. The persecution will get very rough. The times will be very tough. You must be willing to hold your ground.
Know that you know that Jesus is the One who is saving you and will return someday. Know the truth that Jesus preached and live it. Do not allow others to change those thoughts.
There are some people, when under persecution, give up. They feel that God has abandoned them and all is lost. Others will feel it is not worth the persecution and pain.
Life with Jesus in heaven will be perfect and for all eternity. There will be no sorrow, pain or suffering in heaven. The suffering and persecution of today is very small and short in light of all eternity.
Do not give up! In the end you will win the crown of life. That life will be for all eternity. What better prize could there be than that?
Each day be willing to be God’s witness and live for Him. God is on your side and you will win.
I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will strengthen you to follow Him; that you will stand firm in what you know to be true; that you will not allow anyone to deceive you; and that you will know God is by you and with you in all you go through.