He is our Refuge and our Fortress!

The psalmist says of God that He is his Refuge and his Fortress – a God he can really trust! What about you? What about me? What are we saying of the Lord? We need to speak aloud the goodness of our God. He is a faithful God. He is the Source of all blessings; the very Source of all goodness in our lives. He is our Refuge and our Fortress. We need to acknowledge God and make verbal confessions about His goodness an essential part of our personal fellowship with Him. 

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“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” ~ Psalm 91:1-2

We are on the battlefield every day. We are faced with dangers every day, and everywhere. Only God knows what traps the enemy has laid to bring diseases, accidents, violence, evil and destruction to our lives and to the lives of those we love. But our good Lord has promised that even though “the wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him, the Lord will not leave him in his hand” (Psalm 37:32, 33). Our faithful God has promised that He would be “a shield to those who put their trust in Him” (Proverbs 30:5). He can be a shield to someone we pray about because of our faith!

 

May this day be a day that you will find confidence in the promises of God provided in His Word. When it seems as though you’re surrounded by enemies, remember that your God is your Refuge and your Fortress. Put your full trust in His unfailing strength because He has already won this fight with the enemy. You can rest in the assurance that if you need defending, He will defend you. If you need protection, He will protect you. If you need courage, your God will encourage you!

When we don’t get our way!

We make our plans, sometimes offering the token prayer but really never considering Him or seeking where He wants us to go and then we pursue those plans with all our heart. And when we’re thwarted we throw a temper tantrum because we don’t get our way, never realizing that it is the Hand of God protecting us from harm. Does that sound like a familiar situation? We have to come to realization that it’s what God’s plan is not ours that matters. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Do you believe that? Why do you question that God doesn’t have your best interest at heart when He laid down His life for you and I? Do you ever get angry or frustrated because God isn’t giving you what you want? Are you mad because He isn’t giving you what you think you need? But what we WANT isn’t always what we NEED! In some distorted way, many people feel that God owes us something. That if we’re living our lives to please Him, He should give us what we want and when we don’t get it, we get mad and throw a fit. And sometimes, people even walk away! But what we want isn’t always what we need. And God is not in the business of making us comfortable. He is about molding and shaping us to be more like Him.
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