Day 171

“The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.”  Psalms 119:95

Today’s verse probably resonates with a lot of us.  Many of you can think of a time in your life when you knew someone was out to destroy you.

Not very good memories are they?

The psalmist has just asked God to save him in verse 94, now we are given a little more information as to why he needed saving.  He saw his enemies gathered together, waiting to take him down.  He was plodding along, trying to trust in God’s Word and now trouble comes in human form.

This past Christmas I had to go to the mall by myself because everyone was either in school or busy.  I needed to buy a few last minute gifts and it was the only time I was going to have to take care of it, so I drove down to the store alone.  I took all the necessary precautions and searched for a parking space that was visible, looked around for any “scary” looking people and ran for the front door.  Once inside I held on to my purse and quickly made my way to each store on my list.  It was a successful trip and I ended it by purchasing some perfume for my mom at Dillards.  I was rather pleased with how well things had gone.  I was, in fact, so pleased that I walked right out of the store towards my car before I realized I had used the wrong exit! (Have you ever done that?)

It was getting dark and I quickly looked around to gather my bearings.  I figured out that I would have to walk across the parking lot and around the corner to get to my van.  My heart was beating so hard I could feel it.

As I cut through the parking lot, I heard footsteps behind me.  I had been rotating my head like an owl looking for “thieves” and “bad men” all the way to this point, so I was surprised to turn around and see a scruffy-bearded, white man about my age.  He was dressed in a dirty dark blue hoodie and ratty jeans.  He locked eyes with me and I panicked.  I scanned the lot for other shoppers and of course there was no one there.  I decided I would go around instead of putting my back towards the man and when I raised my eyes to try and locate him, I couldn’t find him…..until his foot scraped some pebbles. I jerked my head in his direction and noticed that he had put up his hoodie, crossed through the cars and was headed straight for me.  I ran to my van, slid the side door open, hurled myself and my shopping bags across the seat and locked the doors.

Then I set off the alarm.

He ran off as quick as he had appeared.

That man was out in that parking lot that day waiting to rob/assault someone.  He was lurking because he had some BAD intentions.  I was not expecting to face danger that day, but it was waiting on me and I had to act and act quickly.  Mark has taught me ways to scope out a situation and behave in a manner that would help me, but sometimes danger pops up out of nowhere and we have to be ready whether it be a spiritual battle or a human one.

We cannot live our lives in fear of our enemies, but live in wisdom and be prepared.

Do you know how I work through my fears of the dangers lurking and waiting to destroy me?

Scripture.

Not just fear and peace verses, but verses that remind me of God’s authority in my life.  Verses that remind me of His Sovereignty.   Verses that I can cling to in order to battle my flesh and use against my real enemy, the devil.

The psalmist had enemies wanting to destroy him, but he KNEW where to put his thoughts.  I have friends that are facing some nasty court battles, custody issues, property disputes, cancer reports, salacious gossip, and financial ruin.  These are ALL factors being used by THE ENEMY to destroy them.  But God’s Word offers direction even in these battles.

We have to choose what we will lean upon when we find ourselves facing attack.  Will we lean on the arm of flesh or the Authority of the Faithful Word?

One old preacher put it like this:  “To lean on the arm of flesh is an insult to God”.

Is anything TOO HARD for Him?  No.  Not ever.

Join me in Dwelling on the following verses and ask God to help me and you to consider, as did the psalmist, HIS Testimonies.

For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:”  Deuteronomy 10:17

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  Psalms 27:1

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”  Revelation 1:8

“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”  Revelation 19:6

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”  Isaiah 43:11

“Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.”  Psalms 3:8

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”  Psalms 56:3

Is there an enemy out to do you harm?  Remind yourself and the devil of WHO your God is.  Victory can be had THROUGH THE WORD!

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

 

One thought on “Day 171

  1. Sharon Loyd

    Ps 56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
    Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
    Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
    Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
    Jer 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

    I should have died many years ago, but God……and now I just ask for Him to deliver my feet from one move to another that I might live for Him. His thoughts are constant, continually on His people, even during the “bad” times, for He is a jealous God and desires our every attention. These “bad” times cause us to need Him more, which is what He wanted all along.

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