Fearless in the Fortress

2 04 2013

The Lord is my light and my salvation-

so why should I be afraid?

The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,

so why should I tremble? Psalm 27:1

IMG_1115We can be fearless in the Lord. Following His leading and His will keeps us in His covering that is the ultimate safe place. His protection is complete. We may have tendencies to worry and even have anxiety about the outcome of big or small situations that happen in our lives. These counterproductive responses don’t acknowledge the Great God that we serve. We can approach each situation with a deep trusting in Lord who is our fortress. One definition describes a fortress as an impossible place to get into. In Him, there is protection and a safe place for our minds, our bodies and our souls. And we are thankful.

Light, space, zest-

that’s God!

So, with him on my side I’m fearless,

afraid of no one and nothing.  Psalm 27:1 MSG





Abide with Me

25 03 2013

DSC00198And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. I John 3:24

I read the words to this old hymn “Abide with Me” that is new to me. The words of the song describe a believer’s desire to abide with Lord; to stay in His presence throughout life’s challenges. The writer composed the words in 1847 but it has a timeless message about the Lord’s ability to stay with us even during troubling times. I believe it is a testament of the sustaining power of the Lord’s presence. If we abide, live or reside in the same place, with the Lord, it is a place of immeasurable blessing. I imagine the writer’s deep desire for God’s peace, His Love and His comfort to dwell inside of Him and His circumstance. Our passage today, reminds us of God’s ability to abide with us when we keep His commandments. It is our prayer for the Lord to abide with us and us with Him.

And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us. I John3:21-24 MSG





A Bulwark Never Failing

18 03 2013

My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; Psalm 144:2a

DSC03998Our God is our fortress, a safe place of protection. An old familiar hymn describes Him as “a bulwark never failing.” He is our God who is a wall of safety and a shield for our lives. I am so thankful that He loves us and that we are surrounded by His power and His might. We can count on His unfailing love in each of our situations. He cares about us in ways we can’t imagine. We can experience His peace, His protection and His deliverance each day as we put our trust in Him. He is our strong tower in who we can put our full trust in forevermore.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20 NLT





Suddenly

30 01 2013

Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.  Isaiah 26:4

DSC04206The landscapes of our lives can change suddenly. Things that we count on and even take for granted can make a sudden shift that leaves our heart and minds spinning. The unexpected loss of a job, a doctor’s report from seemingly out of nowhere or the loss of a loved one can send us searching for more certain ground. We can be thankful that whatever the day brings that we can stand and put our trust in Lord. Whatever the circumstance, we can look to Him for His love, His protection and His guidance as our Eternal Rock. We are so thankful to God that He never changes.   He is our solid foundation of love, hope and peace for today and the days ahead. We can plant our faith and trust firmly in Him. Some days may bring difficulty but our God is faithful to be with us every step of the way. We can put our trust in Lord, our Eternal Rock.

God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.

We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, 

courageous in sea storm and earthquake,

Before the rush and roar of oceans,

the tremors that shift mountains.

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

Psalms 46:1-3 MSG





Give it to Him

29 01 2013

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7 NIV

IMG_1115God cares about every aspect of our lives.  He cares about our thoughts, our decisions, our hopes, dreams, our problems and our concerns. I love the scripture that says that “we can cast all our cares on Him for He cares for us”. It is a powerful assurance that no matter what we are facing, God cares and that we can cast, toss, or give our problems to our Heavenly Father. He cares about the big and little things of our lives. We may have concerns about health, finances, relationships or how a whole range of situations will be resolved. We can thank God for His love and that He knows all about it. We can demonstrate our faith and confidence in Him and turn it over to Him. When we give it to Him, He immerses His love, His power and His healing that transforms any situation. It may be a long-standing concern that has burdened our hearts for months or years but I challenge you today to give it to the Father. We can receive a new outlook through the lenses of His faith and promises concerning His children. We may be waiting on Him but He may be waiting on us to put our whole faith and trust in Him. Give it to Him today.

Give all your worries to Him because He cares for you. I Peter 5:7





Help is Here!

9 01 2013

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3

IMG_0166Our Heavenly Father provides countless blessings to us as His children. He is faithful to be with us always and provides help to us along our journey in this life. We give praises with our hands and hearts lifted to God for this powerful blessing that has the ability to provide strength and protection in any situation. We live in a time when change and problems may arise quickly like rising flood waters but we are not consumed. God provides a place of refuge, safety, peace and well-being, even during the storm.  We can look to Him for direction, for wisdom and peace concerning whatever we are facing – health, jobs, finances, relationships – listening and obedient to His direction. In our passage today, God is described in the present tense for each of these blessings: God is our refuge. God is our strength. God is a very present help in trouble.  He is our Help now and forevermore.

God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need Him.

We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in sea storm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains.

Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.

Psalm 46:1-3 MSG





Refuge and Strength

31 08 2012

God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. And so we need not fear even if the world blows up, and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam; let the mountains tremble. There is a river of joy flowing through the City of our God – the sacred home of the God above all gods. God himself is living in that City; therefore it stands unmoved despite the turmoil everywhere. He will not delay His help.  Psalm 46:1-5

I am so thankful for the refuge, a place of safety and protection that God provides. The world offers so much turmoil on so many levels, physically and spiritually. Watching the news of the day offers so much discouragement. But we are thankful for the Good News of Jesus Christ. He is our Savoir. We are thankful that we can look our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ to provide a place of refuge for us. This is a place where we are safe from confusion and turmoil. This is a place where we can receive His strength. With His strength we can have the power to move forward in our walk with Him. We thank God for His place of refuge and strength in Him.

God is our safe place and our strength. He is always our help when we are in trouble. So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and the mountains fall into the center of the sea, and even if its waters go wild with storm and the mountains shake with its action. There is a river whose waters make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High lives. God is in the center of her. She will not be moved. God will help her when the morning comes. Psalm 46:1-5