Saved

Baptism ceremony at the Jordan RiverIf I’m feeling lost or defeated, I need someone to rescue me from that state or position. I can save a lot of things, but I can’t save myself. Saving myself is way outside the scope of any power I may have. The Lord most definitely is capable of saving anyone He choses. Isaiah speaks of the Lord saving the Egyptians. Check this out…

19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. 21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them. (Isaiah 19:19-22 NIV)

 

I might can save the day for a certain situation, but I can’t save myself. God is in the business of saving people. He has saved me from my sin. He has saved me from myself. I need Him to save me every day. He is my Savior, my Defender, my Protector, my Provider. Saving me is most definitely in His “wheelhouse”!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Surrounded

Black king and queen surrounded by white pieces on white background
I’ve been through what seemed impossible. I’ve been in situations where there seemed to be no way out…no escape hatch. I’m learning that the Lord can provide an escape route when I’m surrounded on every side. His Presence in me gives me confidence to find a way through the toughest trials and darkest days. I was reminded again this morning of The Rock that doesn’t move.  Check this out…

1Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,

    which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

    so the Lord surrounds his people
 
   both now and forevermore.
4 Lord, do good to those who are good,

    to those who are upright in heart. (Psalm 125:1-2;4 NIV)

 

Some of the trying circumstances that I’ve been through seemed like mountains at the time, but now I see them as bumps in the road. I want to grow in my trust in the Lord. I want to trust Him more each day. I want my confidence in Him to be rock solid and strong.

The more I know about Him, the more I trust Him.

The more I know of Him, the more I love Him.

He is consistent. He is faithful. He is worthy of my trust. He is worthy of my praise.

He is the Anchor that holds me in the biggest of storms.

My son, Matthew introduced me to this song just yesterday and it came to mind again this am. “The Rock Won’t Move” by Vertical Church

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Help!

Trust with blue markerThere are times that this is most effective prayer I can pray. I know from experience that the Lord hears my cry for help. I don’t need eloquence in prayer – I need to be real and plain spoken.  The Lord knows my heart before my words are spoken. I have the “cart before the horse” if I watch my words but don’t cultivate a heart for Him. I need help every day from the Lord. I want His favor on my family and me. I also want Him to protect me as well as provide for me. I believe He does both. Check this out…

16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked?

    Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,

    I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”

    your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,

    your consolation brought me joy.
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,

    and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23 He will repay them for their sins

    and destroy them for their wickedness;

    the Lord our God will destroy them. (Psalm 94:16-19;22-23 NIV)

 

I’m still learning to trust the Lord’s Protection and Provision for me. I’m thankful because looking back I can see His hand. I want to learn to see and feel His Presence in the midst of the struggle and stress so that my spirit can remain calm in trying times.

I am still learning to trust Him after all these years.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Trust Protection

ProtectedI have often thought about how I will defend my family if our home were broken into. We have an alarm system to give early warning and I have a plan that does involve a gun. I will do whatever it takes to protect my family. I would give my life to protect them. I think it’s incredible the way the sons of Korah have written a song about trusting the Lord to protect. Check this out…

 6 I put no trust in my bow,

    my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victory over our enemies,

    you put our adversaries to shame.
8 In God we make our boast all day long,

    and we will praise your name for ever. (Psalm 44:608 NIV)

 

As my kids grew older and received their driver’s license and even moved out of the house, I could no longer be their protector. They were really always under God’s protection, but I could at least help. The Lord is the Great Protector. He can protect me from a nation or any one trying to take me out. He protects me from me. I’m still learning to trust Him more each day for protection and provision.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Defense

Negatives Positives Computer Keys Showing Plus And Minus Alternatives Analysis And DecisionsI’ve heard coaches that say: “The best offense is a good defense.” There are times when I need defended. There are circumstances beyond my control and I feel pushed on, put down and attacked. I must put up a defense. Some defense requires offense. I have learned in my journey of faith that the Lord can and will defend me. I am still learning to trust Him with my defense. Check this out….

1 Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;

    fight against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shield and armor;

    arise and come to my aid.
3 Brandish spear and javelin

    against those who pursue me.
Say to me,

    ‘I am your salvation.’
9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord

    and delight in his salvation.
10 My whole being will exclaim,

    ‘Who is like you, Lord?

You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,

    the poor and needy from those who rob them.’ (Psalm 35:1-3; 9-10 NIV)

 

I’m learning that walking in faith is a daily experience. I can’t get enough ahead for tomorrow, but I can rest in Him today. I need not worry about tomorrow – He’s got that. I am so grateful for the defense and protection of the Lord. He protects me from others and sometimes from myself. I need His protection and I need Him to be my defense. I love that not only is He my Protector, but He’s also my Provider. I’m living in under Him today and everyday!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

My Fort

vintage US postage stampsI remember as a kid visiting Fort Harrod just outside Lexington, Kentucky. I think the first time was a field trip and then I took my family by years later as a short top on our way to Lexington. It is an old restored fort that dates back to one of the first settlements in the state. The forts were built to protect the settlers from the native Indians who didn’t like people coming in to settle in their land.  The fort, which is short for fortress, became a way of communities helping protect themselves.  A fort meant protection from things outside the fort. 

My brothers and sisters and I built play forts and played “Cowboys and Indians” with the cowboys always getting the fort. Today the kids build tree houses, and tree stands for hunting. We need protection from outside elements in most every area of life. The Psalmist David speaks of the Lord as a fort or fortress. Check this out….

Praise be to the Lord,

    for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;

    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.

My heart leaps for joy,

    and with my song I praise him.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people,

    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
9 Save your people and bless your inheritance;

    be their shepherd and carry them for ever. (Psalm 28:6-9 NIV)

 

There are times when I feel like I need the protection of the Lord from others who are trying to hurt me. There are other times when I feel like I need protection from me. I am often my own worst enemy. The Lord is Mighty Fort and He offers protection that nothing or no one else can possibly offer.

He provides me protection.

He provides me salvation.

He provides me strength.

He provides me with a bright future!

I’m so thankful for the provision & protection of the Lord.

Pressing On!
Dwayne