Wednesday, October 19, 2016

our protection

I have always wanted to be one of those guys.  You know, I am built for it.  Muscles.  Height.  Attitude.  Well, at least I can dream, yet the thought of being a protector and offering protection is a big deal.

This is not the type of thing to keep you from getting a disease or from getting caught from bad stuff you do.  This is bigger protection than any one can offer.  No bodyguard is big enough or tough enough to keep our toughest enemy away.  Think about it and then do something about it.

1 Peter 5:8  NLT
"Be careful!  Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour."  

Much of the time we are our own worst enemy, yet we both know that Satan has a plan to get us, like the lion mentioned in the above verse.  He wants to keep us from being significant.  He wants to keep us from feeling worthy.  Plain and simple, he is planning to keep us lonely and cold.

That is not Jesus' plan.  He has designed us for significance, given us the ability of being worthy and best yet planned to put us in the family, His community of faith on earth and in heaven.  Where is the protection?  Listen up.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NLT)
"But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one." 

Here is the truth... when God sends us His holy protector, the Holy Spirit, this is what He will do:

John 14:26 (NLT)
"...teach you everything and will remind you of everything I (Jesus) myself have told you."  

Acts 1:8 (NLT)
"...receive power..." 

John 14:17 (NLT)
"He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth..."  

Romans 8:26 (NLT)
"And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress..." 

And on the list could go.  But I will stop there.  That is real protection that we all need!

NOTE: this devotion was first shared in May of 2006

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