My... Saturday, August 5th 2017
1 I will love You, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
In Matthew 12:43-45 Jesus describes an evil unclean spirit that leaves a man and wanders for a time looking for a place to go. The evil spirit returns to the man for lodging and finds the house unoccupied, swept, and put in order. The spirit then brings in seven other spirits more evil than itself. Friend, it’s very important to understand we can be following good biblical morals have a ‘clean house’ so to speak and not have Jesus in our midst personally. This leaves us in a dangerous place. Here in Psalm 18 David writes to God; You are my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my strength, my shield, my salvation, and my stronghold. Do you know that He is yours and that you are His?
When we submit to God, because we are His, the enemy will flee (James 4:7). It’s mission critical for our hearts and lives to be personally connected to Jesus Christ. When we know Him in our hearts and lives, by His Grace, when the arrows of the enemy are pointing at us we can say "He is MY shield that protects me". When the enemy gets me unsettled "He is MY fortress with high walls, ditches, and moats where I can safely hide." When the enemy seems to outnumber me and overwhelm me "He is MY deliverer that rescues me, destroys the enemy, and makes a path and a way for me to escape."
The Lord, through His death on the cross, defeated not only death, but also all principalities and powers that try to wreak havoc in this world against humanity. If you haven’t made your relationship to God personal do it now! If you have strayed draw close to Him and He will draw near to you. You are loved! No matter what we face, however the enemy attacks our family, fellowship, or workplace we KNOW where our victory comes from. With this knowledge we can harbor a love, joy, and peace that passes understanding in our hearts and lives through Christ.
Life Lesson: You have got to make your relationship with God personal.
Lord, I’ve tried to make things right in my heart and in my relationship with You and others, but I realize I can’t do that, only You can. Please forgive me of my sin Lord. I trust that Your death, burial, and resurrection is the only thing sufficient for me to have a relationship with You. Please fill be with the power of Your Spirit that I might trust in You all the days of my life. In Jesus' name, amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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