“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

 

 

May 2, 2017

Love Strenuously

 

1 Peter 4:8 says, ¬†“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” I was reading in my commentary that the word “deeply there was used to describe the taut muscles of an athlete who strains to win a race. The Believer’s love is to be sacrificial…it strenuously maintains love but it is not blind to the faults of others. What a challenge. “Lord, help us to love deeply those around us…even the unlovely and the unkind. May you give us the strength to love them strenuously for your glory and may you give us wisdom to know what that love looks like. Will your love best displayed in the form of a hug or a truthful conversation given with love? Thank you for the wisdom you give. In Jesus Name. Amen.”

May 2, 2017