Shield & Protect

Blue security shieldI have an alarm system for my home and office that offers a level of protection. I just recently changed to a local company as I upgraded some of my equipment for my home. I’ve noticed a lot of the alarm systems have a “shield” as part of their logo. My brother-in-law is in law enforcement and they badge carried by police officers is sometimes referred to as a shield. It is often shaped like a shield. A shield was originally a piece of armor that was held by one arm for protection (defense) so that the other arm could hold a sword (offence). It is still used today by riot police to protect against objects being hurled at them when trying to manage an angry mob.

King David was a warrior and he had enemies all around. He leaned heavily upon the Lord for wisdom and discernment. He sought the Lord’s help with battle plans. He sought the Lord for protection and provision. Check this out…

I say to the Lord, ‘You are my God.’
    Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
    you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
    do not let their plans succeed.

13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,
    and the upright will live in your presence. (Psalm 140:6-8,13 NIV)

I’m just a regular guy living a normal life here in Georgia. I would be wise to seek the Lord for wisdom and discernment. James tells me that God’s wisdom is: “pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17 NIV) The Lord will supply unlimited amounts of wisdom when I ask for it. The Lord will also protect me. I believe the Lord protects me from things I’m not even aware are threats. I can look back sometimes and see the Lord’s hand in my daily schedule and how He protected me. The Lord is my Defender and Protector. He also provides the offense – the Sword of Truth. The Word of God has infused me with confidence in Him. I see the Scriptures totally different than I did a few years back – I wish I had discovered the richness of the Word of God years before. I’m thankful for how the Lord speaks into my life through His Word. I’m thankful how He uses others to speak into my life through His Word. If I have any wisdom and discernment as a husband, Dad, teacher, friend, REALTOR – it’s because the Lord is providing insight and wisdom through His Word.

I can feel Him shielding & protecting me.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Offensive Prayers

Elderly man prayingMost of the time when I pray, I’m asking the Lord for something I need specifically. I might also ask for His protection over my family and me. I ask a lot for His provision for my family and me. I also find myself interceding on behalf of another friend, or family member, whether blood relative or God’s family.  I’ve never really been one to go on the offense against others with my prayer. That’s exactly what King David did at one point. Check this out…

6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
 
   Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
7 Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,

    you shield my head in the day of battle.
8 Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;

    do not let their plans succeed.
9 Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;

    may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
10 May burning coals fall on them;

    may they be thrown into the fire,

    into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land;

    may disaster hunt down the violent.
12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor

    and upholds the cause of the needy.
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,

    and the upright will live in your presence. (Psalm 140:6-13 NIV)

 

I need to go on the offense and pray against those who are trying to harm my family or me. I need to let the God of Justice handle it. When I pray more, I worry less. I really want to pray from the offensive side instead of simply playing defense. I’m not sure if I have these quotes correct, but a good defense is considered a good offense. If I can keep the other team from scoring, then there’s a lot less pressure on my team.

I don’t intend to stop praying for specific help from The Lord, but I think it might be a good idea to pray for the Lord to take down those trying to take me out. I will let Him handle it the way He needs to handle it.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Defense & Offense

FSU vs Duke FootballI do enjoy this time of year when High School Football is in full swing. On the weekends, I can find a multitude of College Football games and then there are the Professional Football games as well on Sunday and Monday. I remember hearing a phrase many years ago and I think it was said in the context of football. The phrase is this: “The best offense is a good defense”.

I know that if you play good defense, your offense has to score less points. I do like leaning to the offense side of the ball because they can make plays happen based on their play calling and their decisions.

I think as a believer, I should play offense more than defense. Sometimes there are situations when I’m put on the defensive, which my offense side can take over and lead out. Check this out…

8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’ 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. (Acts 4:8-14 NIV)

I love this story because the “Game Changer” here is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowered Peter & John in the first place and gave them the Power and courage to heal the crippled man and to speak before the big council of “religious leaders”. These men were simply following their calling from Jesus. They were boldly speaking about what they had seen and heard. The Holy Spirit of God in them was obvious to those who saw them.

Peter and John were teaching and preaching out of their relationship with Jesus. They were not pointing to their own abilities – they were pointing to Jesus. They were not talking about themselves – they were talking about Jesus. They were willing servants filled with the Holy Spirit of God and they became smarter and bolder with the Presence of the Holy Spirit in them.  Peter & John could not keep quiet about what they had seen and heard.  The church was built on leaders who had the Holy Spirit in them and they pointed everyone to Jesus.  That is still a good plan for church leadership today!

Pressing On!
Dwayne