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God’s Overwhelming Victory

I recently meditated on Psalm 18 and was shown how God’s victory completely overwhelms our foes.

Through much prayer and help from the Lord, I recently overcame a long-standing besetting sin.  A few days ago I meditated on Psalm 18 and was completely shocked and overjoyed to find how completely God helps us to overcome our enemies.

(All Bible quotes are taken from the King James Version)

Psalm 18 is a Psalm of David.  At the beginning of the Psalm David praises the Lord as…

“my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower”  v.2

Then David introduces the enemy.

” I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.  The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.”  vv.3-5

Later in the Psalm David says that his enemy is too strong for him.  I take that to mean, left to himself, he would be continually defeated, just as I was trying to fight my sin on my own.  But when David prayed, God responded to David because He loved him, just as He now loves me.

“He heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.  …  The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.  Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.”  vv.6,7 and 13,14

The Lord, Almighty God, was angry!  Not angry at David, but at David’s enemy!  God acted out of love for His servant, as the ultimate protector.  And the Lord is David’s rescuer as well.

“He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.”  v.16

And so, the Lord delivered David.

“He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”  v.19

And now I see God as a warrior God, and how totally David is able to vanquish his enemy when god is fighting for him.

“He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.  Thou

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Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.  Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.  I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.  I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.  For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.  Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.  They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.  Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.”  vv.34-42

I have always known that Jesus gives victory over sin, but until I read this I always had a slight fear that the sin could rise up again and put me right back where I started.  Now I understand the extent of the power I am given over my old sins.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  Jn 8:36

And Hallelujah, by the power given me by the Spirit of God, I am FREE!

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June 8, 2018 Posted by | Repentance, Sanctification, Victory Over Sin | , , | Leave a comment

Getting Back To Basics

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.  —  Deuteronomy 8:3 (KJV)

 

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  —  Luke 9:23 (KJV)

 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  —  Romans 12:1 (KJV)

 

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar   And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.  —  Isaiah 6:1-8 KJV)

 

These are a few of the verses or passages  I have read recently that convince me that I need to get back to basics.

Have you ever found yourself doing so much for The Lord that your relationship with Him suffers?  Like, your time is so full of godly activities that you miss God in all the hustle and bustle?

That is where I am finding myself now.  I should have seen the warnings, like picking up new activities without really being sure that the activities are really God ordained, or did I just decide to do them because I thought God would be impressed with my faithfulness.

I need to stop listening to the flesh, stop doing things for God that He may be impressed with my faithfulness, and begin again to make myself available to God, so that He can lead me in what He wants me doing.

Am I the only one?  Do others feel this as well?

July 14, 2016 Posted by | Follow Jesus, Godliness, Repentance | , , | 1 Comment

This Was Your Life

ThisWasYourLifeI have recently discovered “Chick tracts”  and thought I would share one, or maybe more, with you.  This one, entitled, “This Was Your Life” shows how things might end up for you.  Please take a moment and click on the link, and see what you think of the story.

Here is the link:  http://media.chick.com/tract_1.swf

February 7, 2016 Posted by | Follow Jesus, Repentance, Salvation, Sinner | , , , , , | Leave a comment