Safe & Secure

LKR032459I have a security system in our home that will warn us audibly if there is an intrusion into our home. It works well we our brain skips a synapse and we forget to turn it off before going outside. The alarm is a serious violation to my ear. I originally installed the alarm so that my wife would feel safe when I’m away traveling. I should confess that over the years I’ve gotten used to having the security system in place when I lay down at night.

Security and safety are important to me. I feel responsible to protect my family and keep them secure. I’ve learned that the Lord has a way better protection/security plan than a simple alarm system. Check this out…

1 Keep me safe, my God,

    for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;

    apart from you I have no good thing.’

7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;

    even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

    With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

    my body also will rest secure,

11 You make known to me the path of life;

    you will fill me with joy in your presence,

    with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:1-2,7-9,11 NIV)

There is something about this passage that relaxes me. I find comfort knowing that I have protection and security with me all day every day. It’s not simply a physical protection, but spiritual protection as well. The spiritual threat feels way more significant to me than the physical threat.

I have come to realize over the years, that without the Lord – I am nothing. With Him, I am somebody who has value and can bring value to others. He has made me who I am today. It’s been a bit of a crazy journey with some detours, but I’m here now and The Lord is in charge of every area of my life. He leads me through the simplest or the most complex decisions. I can’t imagine my life without Him. I don’t want to try. My role at this point is continuous surrender of areas of my life that I’m still trying to hold on to. The Lord has the best security system on the planet. He knows every threat to me and He’s handling each of them.

Pressing On!


Access Code

LKR032459I had a loud wake up call this morning as I’m stumbling into the kitchen my normal sleepy stupor.  One of my boys had set the security system and accidentally (I hope!) set the motion sensor. That ear-piercing alarm scared the crap out of me and freaked me out a good bit. At times like that, I’m so out of it, I can barely remember the code to shut the darn thing off. Then I try to find my phone to report the false alarm. I can’t remember the code to open my phone (which is not the same code to shut off the alarm!) and all of this before my first cup of coffee. My hands were shaking not because of fear, but my heart was racing because I couldn’t get my mind awake. You’d think after that 150db alarm, I’d be awake! The alarm company calls me first and I tell them all is well – even though my heart is racing after that madness! After getting my coffee started, I opened the Word to Romans 5 and Paul talks about our access to God. This passage blessed my heart and directed my thoughts to gratitude for such grace. Check this out….

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:1-8 NIV)

I have to say that this never gets old to me! I love being showered with the amazing Grace of God.  I can have peace with God every minute, every hour of every day through Jesus. He became the sacrifice/payment for my sin. I have the ticket to Eternal Life with God through Jesus. I also have the secret code to the abundant life before eternal life!  Through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, I can walk in faith through my everyday normal life as a Husband, Dad and Friend/Realtor. The components of this life are no longer a mystery because I have the access code. The bad things that happen build me and the good things that happen bless me. I am wide awake – eyes wide open – basking in the glow of grace this morning! BTW, I think my heart rate is getting back to normal too!

Pressing On!