Protection from Lies

Psalm 12:6   (KJV)   The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

God’s Words—His promises are true; they’re absolutely dependable. And that’s very comforting knowing He promised protection for His oppressed people. We desperately psalm-12-6-protection-from-liesneed the protection of the Almighty. We’re definitely the underdogs, sheep among wolves, the few who walk the straight and narrow. We’re the minority, and though we may be growing, we’re still way much smaller in proportion to those walking the broad way and entering the wide gate.

People living with no regard to His Words are increasing very quickly. To them, lying is a trend, a weapon they use to attack the righteous. There are those on the side of evil—knowingly or unknowingly—who are furiously against the godly. But God sees everything; He hears both their lies and our cries. And our powerful loving God promised to rescue us. I believe Him. We are and will be protected; we are and will be preserved.

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Divine Defender

Psalm 35:23   (KJV)   23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.

When enemies rise to attack us; God rises to defend us.

God is aware of our cause; we have the greatest Attorney handling our case.

Enemies are real. We love them, they hate us. We bless them; they want to hurt us.

We as believers rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Our enemies are sad when we’re happy; they’re happy when we’re sad.

Evil people condemn the innocent and acquit the guilty. They try to convince others with lies. It’s easy for them to make up stories.

If God is our God, those who try to harm us, attack us, humiliate us, and destroy us are in big trouble. We’d rather that God be their God and that they have a change of heart and ways.

Unbelievers in our Destiny

Acts 21:32  (KJV)   32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

A Roman commander was instrumental in saving Paul from very probable death. The mob purposed to kill him. They started the process; they beat him up. But when the news reached the Roman commander about a riot, he plainly yet responsibly disposed of his duty; he went and eventually saved the apostle. The commander was just doing his job, but he ended up being a part of the apostle’s destiny.

Never discount the potential role of unbelievers in our destiny. Not every unbeliever is out to get us. In fact, some of the worst oppositions, attacks, and harm we’ll experience may come from religious people – even fellow believers. Ouch! That really hurts and that’s really bad, but it really happens. Yes, bad things happen to good people and bad things happen between good people. And yes, good things may result from the works of unbelievers. God has shown us that He can and will bring into our lives anyone necessary for us to get to where God wants us to be, and to do what God wants us to do. It’s an awesome truth. God sends us to them to share the hope of salvation, and God sends some of them to us to make sure we get to keep on sharing this message. Let’s continue to love them, God does. Let’s appreciate them; they do a lot of good things – even for us – directly or as an after-effect.

Hallelujah!!! Oh the depths of the wisdom and ways of God! How amazing! Our God of love and wisdom, we honor you for the way you orchestrate everything for the best of everyone. How you are able to do it is a testimony of Your greatness. How marvelous; how wonderful!!! We love You. Happy Valentine!!! – in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Knowledgeable Zeal

Acts 14:19  (KJV)   19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

They were stoned!!! This is crazy. Just prior to the arrival of the antagonists, the people were worshiping Paul and Barnabas as “gods.” Totally wrong. The apostles tried really hard to stop them, and explained to them Who the True God is; they were trying to educate them to truth, but they were persistent. They were full of zeal, but without knowledge. As quickly as them concluding that the apostles were divine, they also quickly changed their minds; persuasive words from the enemies caused them to join in and stone the apostle Paul. Forget about the amazing visible miracles, compelling words turned them away – just like that.

Zeal without knowledge is dangerous; it could lead to a lot of errors. It could harm us and hurt a lot of people. Zeal is good, but not without knowledge. Knowledge is good, but not without zeal. Both have to be present. We have to know the truth. And we have to have absolute truths as our non-negotiable foundation for our convictions. Without it, we will just be like directionless waves, tossed every which way by every wind of human opinion. And as we can easily notice, there’s a lot of opposing opinions. This is why we get a barrage of attacks. So many people today are very zealous – so passionate about their beliefs. They’re full convinced that they’re helping others – even saving them from dangerous people by presenting us as uneducated simpletons who are out to stall and hurt humanity’s progress. Why believe a three thousand year old archaic writings? For them it doesn’t make sense. They conclude that what we believe are irrelevant to our generation. They can’t explain why of course except for the fact that it contradicts their own beliefs, opinions and lifestyles. They’re passionate, but without any knowledge. Or, if they have knowledge, it’s not based on an authoritative source or foundation. We can expect continuing attacks. But let’s hold on. As the old saying goes “Truth will always prevail,” and may I add: In His time.

Dear God and Father, our one true God, the Truth, our Protector, may we live with zeal and knowledge. Please give us the wisdom to march forward unflinchingly with the Truth. Please give us the wisdom to be ready always to give an answer to every man who asks us why we believe what we believe. Please give us the courage to stand our unshakable foundation in the presence of a very antagonistic world. Please lead our steps to those whose hearts are ready to listen, understand, believe, persevere and grow with us.

Surviving Leadership Threats

Exodus 17:4  (KJV)    And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.

Moses was a clear-cut God-picked leader. God backed him up with super-sized miracles – a lot of them. He received a divine leadership validation extraordinaire. Despite all that, because of a new problem, the Israelites wanted to kill Him. I mean, forget all the nation-liberating, empire-humbling miracles; forget about the Nile turning to blood, hails, death of the firstborn of the “enemies,” parting of the Sea of Reeds and the complete annihilation of the charging Egyptian armies – all through the power of God. They didn’t have water to drink. Understandable. Without it, they’ll all eventually die. It was a real problem. But the greater real problem was that they forgot that God had been solving their way bigger than “we don’t have water to drink” problems. But that comes within the territory of God-called leaders or ministers. Moses had forgetful, ungrateful, hateful EGR (extra-grace required) few or many in the flock. The God-called, God-backed, God-empowered, God-validated leader had many of them – approximately 2 million men, plus women and children.

We need to accept it; we have to expect it; we will have people the Lord has placed under our care who will be pains in the neck, and head, and stomach – thorns in our flesh – if you may. The presence of complains, and criticisms, and even death-threats neither nullifies nor disproves God’s call in our lives as His laborers or leaders. We ought to be prepared for them. If there’s none like them, praise God; if there are, praise God. Instead of acting like them – forgetting God and all His wonderful works in and through our journey with Him, instead of retaliating to them – criticizing them and threatening to kill them as well, we ought to keep our eyes on God. He has always came through for us before; He will always come through for us.

Our Miracle-Working, Problem-Solving God, may we always find it a joy to serve you, never wavering that no matter what challenges we face – from situations and from people, You will enable us; You will equip us, because You have called us, in Jesus’ Name, amen.