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Moving Stronghold!

Verse for Today: Monday, April 16, 2012

Psalms 37:39 – The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.

God’s children dwell today in the enemy territory. Their environment is filled with the powers of darkness. They are surrounded by the world system controlled by the enemy of their souls. There are physical, emotional and spiritual traps prepared by the enemy to captivate us and to make us stumble. The enemy’s strategies include humiliation, rejection, loneliness, depression, failure and persecution which he sends to us through the manipulation of our situations. He enjoys troubling us physically, financially and emotionally and will use it all to push us into trusting in our own self and human wisdom. He makes us depend on our own abilities to resolve our problems. He sends trouble in our souls and detracts us from our focus in our spiritual walk. He wants us to curse our circumstances and situations and often our foolish decisions rather than praising God in all situations. The enemy abhors the way we are prone to praise our God and so he will irritate our emotions to feel frustrated instead of seeking the mind of the Lord in all that we go through. Our Lord who is with us as we go through these troubles wants us to learn important spiritual lessons through our bitter experiences. He doesn’t want us to waste these learning opportunities, but to use it as investments for our spiritual growth and development of greater faith and trust in Him. He wants to reassure us today that we should not get boggled down in our painful experiences because our salvation from all our difficult situations comes from the Lord. When we are battered by the enemy, we have the privilege and opportunity to go to the Lord who is our stronghold which cannot be penetrated by the darts of the enemy. His Word encourages us today to depend on Him in all our difficult and painful situations. We are admonished today to wait for the Lord’s time to experience His deliverance in times of trouble.

Dear reader, are you going through troubles of various kinds in your life? Is the enemy putting pressure on you to run away from your situations and escape through the seemingly easier ways of the world? Are you tempted to quit like Elijah or Peter? Is the enemy suffocating you through fire, water, storms or thunder in the form of lion-like bosses, failing health, financial crisis, job loss, bereavement, uncertain future, hatred, gossip, false propaganda and the like? When the Lord is your stronghold, you do not need to be afraid of these weapons used by the enemy to make you stumble. If you hold on to your Lord and renew your trust and dependence on Him, the darts of the enemy will not touch you. When you are tempted to see the fierceness of the weapons of the enemy, focus your attention on the glory of the Lord who is with you. His power encompasses around you to protect you from the attacks of the enemy. Keep your eyes on Jesus and open your ears to His strengthening messages. Hold on to His promises. Prayerfully wait for His deliverance at the right time as in the case of Joseph and Peter. See how He will put out the power of fire around you through His loving embrace. His glory will be your cover of protection in times of trouble. Today He comes to remind you that there is absolutely no need for you to be afraid of your troubled environment because His salvation is on its way to keep you going without deterrence of any sort. You can be rest assured that our Lord is our salvation or deliverance and that through His strength, we can weather away the storms that blow against us. These experiences are the Lord’s ways to make us stronger and focused. Remember, gold cannot and need not fear fire. Today let us renew our confidence and trust in such a God who is our refuge and strength.

Psalms 27:14 – Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He (The Lord) shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.

Thought for Today

The Lord is your moving stronghold as you walk with Him.

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