He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’- Ps. 91:1-2.
During wars, people look for places of safety to hide under cover where the weapons of their enemy cannot harm them. We are in Christ, therefore we are always under cover. No weapons formed against us will prosper because we dwell under the shadow of the Almighty.
A way of receiving an anointing originated with the ancient shepherds. Lice and other insects would get into the wool of sheep. When they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. To prevent this from happening, shepherds would pour oil on the sheep’s head. This oil made the wool too slippery for insects to get near the sheep’s ears and would make them slide off. This illustrates anointing with oil as a symbol of blessings, protection, and empowerment.
We can trust the precious presence of the Spirit of Christ to make our enemies flee. The battle truly is the Lord’s, and His mantle is upon us to protect us from every opposition. Whenever we feel threatened, let us dwell under cover with confidence and total rest in our Comforter, the Holy Spirit. We can wrap ourselves in Him and watch the enemy’s attacks slip off, from glory to glory!
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.- Ps. 37:23
Staying in our own lane can be challenging. When we drive on a highway, we may see some who move too fast or too slow. Others may not be paying attention to the road or other vehicles. The moment they try to move us out of our place, the battle begins. For example, another car drives very close behind us to force us to move. The more we ignore them, the closer they follow. It is similar in our lives.
Pressures and distractions come to move us out of position. By the grace of God, we do not react in anger and allow God to use incidents to strengthen our boundaries. The Lord will help us remain steadfast as we keep our eyes on Him and follow His instructions. Keeping our eyes on the path God has laid for us, we trust and praise Him for our destination.
We can become too focused on other people’s lanes instead of our own. Maybe their lanes look so attractive that we desire theirs more than our own. Maybe we help others while neglecting our own space and feel resentment. Let’s enjoy our glorious ride, from glory to glory!
“… for if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. – 1 John 3:20-21
Do we ever feel we are not worthy of God’s amazing grace? When we fall short of the glory of God …God reminds us He is greater and knows all things. He knows everything that pertains to us: why we do the things we do, and why we don’t do what we should. Our humanity does not surprise Him, and His grace brings changes in our lives.
No matter how inadequate we feel, God is more than enough. We were unrighteous; He made us righteous in Christ. When our heart reminds us we are not doing or loving as much as we could, God reminds us of all He has accomplished for us. We are complete in Christ. The more we face our limitations in ourselves, the more we stand in awe of His ability, His grace, and His glory.
When our heart condemns us, we can have confidence in God. We may hesitate to move forward because we fear failing. We look at our past errors and do not proceed with the holy boldness we should have in Christ. Our confidence in ourselves quenches our confidence in God. However, we have a new heart filled with the life of God and grow, by His amazing grace, from glory to glory!
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. – Is. 41:10-13
Fear of what is happening, of what may happen, or of what has happened is often a reaction to what we see or know in the natural. Fear to do, to speak up, to fail, or to be rejected pertains to what occurs in us. As we are free from the fear to, the fear of diminishes. Minor events no longer trigger fear from past traumas and result in distress.
Satan uses fear to hinder our walk of faith. However, putting our faith in who we are in Christ helps us overcome fear. As we learn to stand by faith, we recognize the different ways fear attempts to grip our souls. When we do, we press through to walk in the freedom we have in Christ. We draw near to God and trust Him to uphold us with His right hand.
Knowing God is near helps us remain in a place of peace. We are in Christ …and in Him there is salvation, righteousness, and abundant life. Let’s receive His help by faith. Our aim is to come closer and closer to Him. When fear grips us, the love of God embraces us, from glory to glory!
So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. – Ex. 14:30
The waters that parted for the children of Israel are the same waters that drowned the Egyptians. Our enemies cannot travel the road to victory Jesus has prepared for us. After the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they looked behind them and saw the dead Egyptians. We, too, must see our enemies defeated.
The lies of satan often pertain to things of our past: a failed goal, an addiction, a toxic relationship, or a shameful situation. Through the victory of Jesus on calvary and the power of forgiveness, we can abound in His grace. The person we used to be, before our new birth in Christ… is dead. We must see our old nature that tries to battle us as dead.
Proclaiming ourselves dead unto sin but alive unto God disarms our adversary. We are survivors and through the power of Christ, we bounce back from all trials and tribulations. What we see and believe as already conquered cannot threaten our lives. To see our enemies destroyed helps nullify their power. We remain on our road to victory and go forward with the glory of the Lord as our rear guard, from glory to glory!
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. – Hosea 10:12
The same way our eyeglass prescriptions change from time to time, we must adjust our spiritual eyesight as we go through trials and tribulations. Our intent to find God in the middle of our circumstances needs to increase so that we remain strong in Him. It’s difficult to stand in our trials when we don’t have the assurance of His presence.
When we look for our car keys to go somewhere, nothing else matters. Our drive is such, we cannot do anything else until we find them. We are to seek the Lord with the same fervor. God doesn’t hide from us, but is always there. Without realizing it, we sometimes allow things to hide Him from our sight. Our spiritual eyesight matters the most.
We do not seek healing, but the Healer; not the gift, but the Giver; not the provisions, but the Provider; not deliverance, but the Deliverer. When we seek the answer to our prayers and have committed to seeking Jesus, our Lord and Savior, we find confidence in His presence and rest, knowing that He heard our petition. We seek and find Him, from glory to glory!