Posts Tagged ‘protection’

  

“No evil shall befall you…” (Psalms‬ ‭91‬:‭10‬ NKJV)

One of the most infamous crimes in American history took place on the evening of August 9, 1969, when cult leader Charles Manson ordered four members of the Manson Family to break into the Los Angeles home of actress Sharon Tate. Tate and four other victims were brutally murdered. There was one individual, however, that was supposed to be there, but a minor inconvenience saved his life. 

Noted Polish novelist Jerzy Kosinski was invited to attend Tate’s get-together on August 9 and hopped on a flight from Paris to Los Angeles. Kosinski’s luggage ended up being sent to New York by mistake, so when the flight stopped there for a layover, he was forced to leave the plane to retrieve his bags. As a result, he missed the remainder of his flight and was not present at Tate’s home when the Manson murders took place.

While we do not know Kosinski’s spiritual state of the time, we do know what scripture says for the believer. God desires to protect us, even by causing inconvenience if it accomplishes the task. Live a protectable life by staying in God’s hands! You are loved today! 

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The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.” (Psalms‬ ‭34‬:‭19‬ NLT)

Humans tend to be very superstitious creatures. If you live in Argentina and hear the name “Carlos Menem”, you immediately touch certain parts of your body as a sign of warding off his curses from your life, which stem from bad financial decisions that affected the whole nation in 2001. If you are a sailor and discover that you are on a boat that has changed names, simply engrave that name onto a wooden container and burn it, thus absolving yourself from a curse. Even in our traditional weddings, we believe it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before she travels down the aisle.

We all deal with strange beliefs, but there is one true fact: God is greater than whatever we face. Whether the tire is flat from gremlins or picking up a nail when driving on the shoulder, the tire is flat. Both good and bad things come into our life. What we must decide is what we will do in that situation and the life we have before us. We can either look to lucky charms or self efforts to deliver us, or we can trust that God really is able to help us and start relying on Him.

If you find yourself in Iceland driving on the the new highway that links Alftanes to Reykjavik, rest assured that you will be free from elven mischief, thanks to the efforts of locals who moved the Elf Chapel, thus keeping the balance of peace between us and them. In the rest of the world, travel life peacefully knowing that God is caring for you regardless of what you face! Lived blessed instead of lucky! You are loved today!

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Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be joyful.” (Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭20‬ NLT)

The government is at it again. Recent local rulings in Fayetteville have State lawmakers creating legislation to protect businesses and ministries from groups whose values conflict with Judeo-Christian beliefs. Seems that within America’s near future, citizens will be found guilty and jailed for discrimination while blind eyes are turned against the discrimination of the 1st amendment and the sanctity of religious beliefs.

As I sat with local pastors and legislators last night, learning of new bills to pass before the House on our protective, collective behalf, I couldn’t help but think of this verse. My trust is not completely in government rulings or the public’s fickle opinions, but in the Hand of my God who will only lead me where His grace shields me. Any other place would only leave me a nervous wreck!

As the political season begins to gear up, don’t be afraid to speak up and vote according to God’s Word. Evil can only reign if the good people will do nothing. But let your ultimate trust be in the God that no one can kick off the throne! We are held securely in Him, no matter the polling outcomes! You are loved today!

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See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” (Isaiah‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ NLT)

Jeff Rennell was among the motorists caught up in the tangle of nearly four dozen semi-tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles near Michigan City on I-94 in Indiana due to whiteout conditions which left three motorists dead and several injured back in January. “It was like an onion. They went layer by layer by layer by layer,” he says of the 3-hour rescue by 15 First Responders. “They said, ‘We’re not leaving tonight ’til you get out of this car.'”

We should never be surprised when God “finally” comes to save us. With God, timing is everything. He’s not only meeting your needs but those of 6+ billion people also, with all of our lives intersecting to make greater impacts in the passing. God saves us so that others can see and be both inspired for their own life and witness God at work firsthand.

As you go about your week, don’t become impatient by what God seems to NOT be doing. God is always on the move on your behalf. Stay strong knowing that, like Rennell, God will not leave you until you are safe from the crushing layers of your life! You are loved today!