When we feel God’s direction to do a certain thing, do we allow fear to overtake His directives? Remember, Satan wants us to follow what he whispers, to follow our feelings. If we listen to our feelings, we are defeated!
In Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study, she takes us to scripture to show us how the children of Israel (Exodus 11:4-7, 12:5-7,13), Daniel (Daniel 6:7-10, 16-23), and Rahab (Joshua 2:8-21, 6:24-25) demonstrated confidence in God rather than focusing on their fear.
The Israelites slaughtered their lambs at twilight, then smeared the blood on their door frames of their homes. All the while, they certainly feared but trusted God that their own first-born sons would be protected as they carried out God’s directives for protection.
Daniel continued to pray after King Darius established a law prohibiting prayer to anyone but himself. Daniel was faithful to God and prayed daily. He didn’t listen to his fears or feelings.
Rahab hid the Israelite spies, even though she knew she could be executed for it. She helped them escape the city that feared the God of Abraham (because of the things they had heard about Him) more than they feared their own officials. In exchange for their safety, she requested protection for her family when she had no certainty they would comply.
The nation of Israel obeyed God and found themselves protected. Daniel, though caught praying and thrown into a den of hungry lions, was protected from any harm. Rahab trusted God more than man, and He protected her and her family.
Dear friends, cling to these examples God gave us in His word. He is faithful! If we trust Him while we stand in obedience to Him, He WILL protect us. Believe it.
Confession: I began writing this post Thursday night. It was an hour I should have been asleep, but when the Spirit moves, that’s when I rush to get it into a post. I sleepily hit the “publish” tab and went to bed. Imagine my surprise the following morning when Pam at Everyday Living commented on the post. Yikes!
Pam’s comment included a hymn that would be perfect with this post, so I added it from YouTube for you. (Thanks again, Pam!)
Priscilla Shirer quoted her dad, Tony Evans, in his definition of faith. This is my summation of it.
Faith is believing it is so, even when it isn’t so, so that it will be so, because God says so.
Recite that a few times and put it in your own words. It’s easier to recall in your own words, I believe. That quote pretty much sums up what we’ve talked about these three Sundays in a row. Today’s portion is this:
Believing it is so…because God says so.
That’s something I can cling to. What about you?
Are you heading off to church this morning to worship our Great God?