“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

That word stronghold is an interesting one. It implies a fortress, which is a great comfort to us when God is our stronghold or fortress. But what if the thing that has a strong hold on us is not God…but our stuff, our bank account, our comfort, our pleasure, our kids, our relationships, our careeer, or even our ministies…etc. The scripture suggests that our salvation and light come only from God…and we can be fearless when He is our stronghold. I’ve had the privilege of watching a number of people around me dislodge false strongholds in pursuit of the LORD. It is really quite amazing to see a peace and confidence settle in their spirits, just like Ps. 27:3 states, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” We become, as I recently heard in a sermon, spiritually “bomb proof” and while we may hurt and experience heartache we we are not panicked because we know in whom we have believed (I Timothy 1:12)

This sight i came upon at Donner Trail Hike reminded me of how the Lord helps us remove obstacles from our lives that hinder us from walking in the direction He wants us to go. The logs off to the side become visible reminders of all He has taken us through.

“Let us throw off everything that entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

 

 

February 21, 2017

Come, Follow Me

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 I love this command by Jesus. We are to come to Him. And Follow Him. That verb represents a life time of movement. You can’t follow someone if you don’t move WITH them. Sometimes i think the greatest challenge is walking with Him into the places He leads us. In Scripture, he was often leading his disciples right into the thick of things with many people in great need. Not many of us want┬áto jump on the band wagon to step into such places. But there are other times He calls his disciples to pull away and pray with Him or just fellowship with Him. These are the places that refuel us, strengthen us and help us gain our perspective. We can’t follow Him to the hard places and thrive if we haven’t a cultivated the habit of following Him into His quiet fellowship.

February 21, 2017