Even though we are redeemed, we still walk in a world which is a dark and dangerous place. Far too many of us were told that once we laid our burden of sin at the foot of the cross, we would never have trouble again. Nothing could be further from the truth. John Bunyan illustrates this well in his classic allegory, Pilgrim's Progress. In fact, the cross was only the beginning of "The King's Highway". Fierce battles and temptations lay ahead but God had given Christian the resources to conquer all of them.
Our battles come in many forms. Sometimes they are actual physical battles in the form of things such as persecution or illness. More often than not, however, they take place in the heart and mind. It seems like the heart and mind are always involved in physical battles as well, doesn't it!
Today as I was fighting one of those types of battles, I was praying with a friend in chat. My Bible was opened. I looked at it and turned a page. My eyes fell upon Psalm 28 and I read these words: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7While I may sometimes try to convince myself, and others that I am strong and able to protect myself, the reality of it is, I am not. If I persist to fight under my own strength, eventually I will fall. It is only a matter of time. However, when I allow the LORD to be my strength and my shield by trusting in Him (no matter what), I am helped! It doesn't say I might be helped. It does not say I will eventually be helped. It says I AM helped! Oh, the external circumstances may not have changed but I will suddenly find that really doesn't matter for I am under the protection of the King and I am confident He will take care of me. This is why I my heart can leap for joy, even as tears run down my face. This is why I can keep on singing...
NO MATTER WHAT!
Perfect K, just perfect. You always know what to say!
Yes Amen! This is so beautifully expressed. Isn't it just so wonderful that little things like this demonstrates He is right by our side, always knowing our thoughts and feelings. He shows up to speak with us telling us just the right thing, letting His Holy Spirit in us confirm His word and comfort us. God is SO REAL! ...and you are His Princess! God bless you my sister :)