Take Refuge In The Lord
Psalm 118:7-8 “The Lord is my helper, therefore, I will look in triumph on those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humanity.” ~CSB
Have you ever awakened in the morning and felt great, just to have that joy taken from you during your morning travel to work? Or just got off a great call with a loved one just to run into someone that turned your emotions deep in the negative? Well, I’m here to tell you that you can take control of that.
God’s intent is not for you to suffer but to learn from all that happens to you. With Him everything will turn out for the good of the kingdom when you follow Him and not fall victim to the influences of the world. Let me show you.
First, everything must be looked at from a spiritual perspective. The person who insults you, tactfully degrades you, or who’s actions turn your day to a bitter feeling of stress and worry, you must know that it is not the person’s fault.
The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.” ~CSB
Some of us, our minds are easily influenced by the circumstances of situations around us. Minds easily stressed when prodded by the actions of others in this world. These actions can be done right in front of us or miles away in a distance country. Even in that distance, we find out on social media it’s influence is strong enough to tear into our soul and strike us with enough fear to cause us to act out negatively with one another.
The devil’s playground in full effect. All used to discredit the cause of Christ. The devil’s influence is there to keep the Christian from having hope; to keep the Christian from depending on the Father for guidance and protection; to breakdown, kill and destroy the Christian’s foundation so that he will no longer exist and become a lost child of the darkness.
Do not fear my brothers and sisters. Hold your head up and lean on the text above when it says in verse 7, “…I will look in triumph on those who hate me.” Remember, it is not their fault for being influenced. The enemy will easily take hold of a mind powered by fleshly desire. But a mind guided by the Spirit of the Lord will protect you from that influence. Remember what Jesus said in John 15:18, “If the world hates you, understand that it hated me before it hated you.” ~CSB
It is better to know that God’s power is bigger than anything the world attempts to throw at you to make you fear it. God’s protection will always keep you safe from the weapons formed against you by the powers of the darkness. Trust in the Lord because His Word is true. Man, being influenced, is not. Therefore, cannot harm you if you do not let it.
It is so fitting to end this devotion with Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and He will make your paths straight.” ~CSB
May the Lord continue to guide and keep you protected and healed on your journey in Jesus’ name.
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