The Face

God looks down on us

Let not the face of terror be that which you behold;
But instead turn your gaze into the face of the Lord.

The God of Creation is greater by far
Than he who was formed and whose nature was marred,
By the sin and disease of the the one who is known
As the father of lies and the murderer of those
Who stand for what’s right, for freedom and love,
Who stare in the face of the terror of one
Who hates all those who do not agree
And plans to destroy all those who are free.

The God of Creation is mindful of that.
He watches the hearts of those who are fat
With hate and destruction, the motive He sees;
Who when they repent, through love He sets free.

So do not be afraid of the terror by day.
Or the arrow that flies or the knife that is swayed
By the hand of the face of the terror you see
For the God of Creation is mindful of thee.

He provides for His own; He protects and defends
The ones who are helpless and burdened within
With cares and fears of the blackness of him
Who’s face is the terror that plagues all their years.
So turn away from the face of that tyranny and fear
And look into the face of the God who is near.

Avanell Savage 8/30/14

How Great Is Our God

Psalm 91:1-16 NLT

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare of the LORD:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I am trusting him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from the fatal plague.
4 He will shield you with his wings,
He will shelter you with his feathers.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor fear the dangers of the day,
6 nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 But you will see it with your eyes;
you will see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the LORD your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your dwelling.

11 For he orders his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you with their hands
to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
16 I will satisfy them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”

Guardian angel

Do You Need A Breakthrough?

1 Chronicles 14:8-17 NLT When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he and his men marched out to meet them. The Philistines had arrived in the valley of Rephaim and raided it. So David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will You hand them over to me?” The LORD replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will give you the victory.” So David and his troops went to Baal-erazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God has done it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So that place was named Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who burst through”). The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David gave orders to burn them up. But after a while, the Philistines returned and raided the valley again. And once again David asked God what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” God replied. “Instead, circle around behind them and attack them near the balsam trees. When you hear a sound like marking feet in the tops of the balsam trees, attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer. So David’s fame spread everywhere, and the LORD caused all the nations to fear David.

This is one of my favorite Old Testament stories about the life of David and how God used him to destroy his enemies. Have you been struggling with an enemy in your life that you just can’t seem to overcome? There are several keys to victory in this story.

David shows us the importance of seeking God before attempting to fight any battle that comes at us. We must have a living and vital relationship with the Lord to defeat the enemy. God knows exactly what battleplan to use to bring the victory. The valley that David fought the Philistines in was the valley of Rephaim. Rephaim in the Hebrew means “giants”. Sometimes it seems like the giants in our lives are trying to destroy us and we are at a loss as to how to defeat them. David inquired of the Lord about whether or not he should go up against them. He sought God’s will for his life at that very time. Was this a good time to fight the giants? Should he go into battle against them? Would God give him the victory? And, yes, God gave him the strategy to use against the enemy and he was victorious. In fact, when he won they changed the name of the valley to Baal Perazim, which means Master of Breakthroughs. God gave him the breakthrough to his victory and the New Living Translation records David as saying “God has done it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So that place was named Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who burst through”). God will give us the victory over the enemy when we depend on Him. He wants to show us how to burst through our problems like a raging flood. This part of the story reminds me of the what Isaiah recorded in Isaiah 59:19 about the enemy coming at us like a flood and how God helps us.

Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear The name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.

 

God cares about the problems that we experience. He wants to give us the victory, but we must seek Him for the battle-plan and then it is our responsibility to carry it out. We do have to fight the giants in our land.

The next thing we see in the story about David fighting the Philistines is that they come out against him again in the same place. Verse 13 starts another battle; same enemy; same place, but notice that he once again David goes to God for the battle-plan and this time he is given a different strategy. This time David asked God and the Lord said, “Do not attack them straight on,” God replied. “Instead, circle around behind them and attack them near the balsam trees. When you hear a sound like marking feet in the tops of the balsam trees, attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.” God knew that the Philistines would be expecting David to come against them in the same way as he had done previously and they would be ready for him this time. They expected him to use the same battle-plan as he had before, but God knew David was being set up and would need a different plan of attack to win this battle.

Friends, if the enemy of your soul has set up a stronghold in your life that you don’t seem to be able to break through maybe you need to go to God for a different battle-plan. He is the Master of the Breakthrough! He has assured us of the victory, but we have to carry out the attack. We have to fight the giants in our lives through God’s strength within us and according to His plan.

Romans 8:31-37 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For You sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

There are all kind of giants that will try to invade our lives. But if God is for us, then what enemy do we have that could possibly stand against us and win? There is no giant that can ultimately win in our lives because God has made us more than conquerors through Him who loved us. The only way the enemy can win is if we stop fighting and give up.

If you are struggling with something that you can’t seem to get the victory over, go to God and ask Him for a different plan of attack. If something isn’t working, then change what you’re doing. God has a better plan for you to use that will bring the victory!

Father, I thank You for providing us with just the right plan to defeat the devil in our lives. Father, when the enemy comes at us seemingly like a flood You already have the answer for how to defeat him and if we will seek You for the battle-plan we can win. Father, I thank You for the victory over whatever it is that we are struggling with in our lives. I pray for my friends this morning that when they pray and ask You for the plan that You will clearly show them how to win in their battles. Please strengthen them by Your Spirit within them and give them the victory. I pray that they might not faint in well-doing but that in due season they will reap the harvest of victory. Father, thank You for making us more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. I thank You that the Greater One lives within us to give us the victory! I praise You for showing us how to fight and for giving us the strength to carry on when it seems that we are not winning. I know that it is the darkest just before the dawn and I ask You, Lord, to help us stand our course and fight when it seems to be the darkest hour. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer for I believe that I receive when I pray. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

The Eyes Of The Lord

2 Chronicles 16:7-9 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. “Were the Ethiopians and the Lubin not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

Do not trust in the ways of man. When you rely on Me, you open the channel of flow from My Spirit to you. I look for those whose hearts are loyal to Me so I can help them when they rely on Me. Relying on the world limits your ability to receive from Me. Seek Me first before going to the world. I will direct you in the way you should go. Rely on Me to lead you down the avenue that you are to walk. Did I not create all things? They are there for your disposal, but My direction leads you to the one that is beneficial for you. Seek My will before trusting yourself to worldly ways. My ways are higher than theirs and I think differently than men. I have the plan that will work for your particular situation. Do not fear, only believe!”

Father, I thank You that when we come to You and rely on You that You are there to help us! You know just what to do in each challenge of life that we face. I thank You, that when we seek Your direction, You will give it to us. You do not withhold help from Your children. Thank You for being so good to us! I pray for my friends, this morning, who may be facing what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle in their lives. Father, You know exactly what to do to bring them through to victory. I pray that they will seek You, trust You for the answer and follow Your directions as You give it. Father, I pray that they will be successful in over-coming and that they will experience the goodness of God in the land of the living. Father, reach down and meet them at their point of need. Open the windows of heaven over them and provide for the the need that they have in their lives. Show them Your glory in this their hour of need. Thank You, Father, for the victory. I thank You for giving them the answers to their questions. Thank You for showing them the way to success! To You be all the glory, honor and praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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