“The Helmet of Salvation” 4/04/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @  www.Godsmanforever.com

(revised from 1/19/2011)

“The Helmet of Salvation… Part 2 of God’s Armor” 

   (For the first  2 days writing…type 4/02-03/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

Ephesians 6:17… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (NKJV)

I woke up this morning, and before I even had a chance to ask God to guide me through this day, I knew what I was going to write on today… I had been writing about scripture in the Book of Romans, but was sidetracked by the Armor of God, each and every Christian should  be wearing as a complete set…all 6 pieces…(Ephesians 6:10-20)   [ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV ]

In looking at my own weaknesses as a Christian, I am hopeful that others can find out what pieces they are missing of the “Whole Armor of God”, to be able to make a stand against Satan… To be Spirit filled on a more  consistent basis, I believe it’s necessary to be wearing God’s complete set of spiritual armor…   As Christians, any chinks in God’s armor will allow Satan in, and leave a crack in our fragile clay vessel… Our cup cannot be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, if we have any cracks in it…

The apostle Paul tells us in this, in…Ephesians 6:11… “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (NKJV)

The opening scripture talks about “the helmet of salvation”…   Salvation; or being saved by God’s grace, is all about obeying the Gospel of Christ…   We must understand the gospel, and respond to God’s calling…or we will be left to “die in our sins”, as the Apostle John pens this spoken by Jesus, in…  [See 1. Below for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ]

John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  (NKJV)

But once we are “Born Again” Christians, we must keep “the helmet of salvation” on 24/7…   Each and every day, we must be thankful for the grace God has gifted us with, as we have been accepted by Him into His family as a redeemed child of God…

As ambassadors of Christ, we must always look for opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around us…  This, for sure, was one of my major shortcomings for over 7 years, as I have previously confessed…because I allowed the Holy Spirit to take a back seat in my life…keeping me less than Spirit filled…Ephesians 5:18-20

Heavenly Father, being Spirit filled is what every Christian should strive to become on a consistent, but not perfect basis… Help each and every reader understand that Your complete set of spiritual armor is required, to protect us from Satan… It starts with “the helmet of salvation”… Help us Father to be striving to put on Your protective armor piece by piece…

Help us to realize that any chinks in our spiritual body armor will leave us vulnerable to Satan, and his bag full of tricks to deceive us…   Being Spirit filled is an ongoing, daily labor of love for You Lord, as Your obedient children walk in the Spirit…Galatians 5:16…   Help us Father, to keep our fragile clay vessel filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit…  I pray for this fullness of Christ within each and every one of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake I pray…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,   bruce

 

References:

 

  1.  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“Jesus, Shepherd for All Who Believe” 11/20/2018 Written by Wally Fry for “Truth in Palmyra”

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Jesus, Shepherd for All Who Believe

 

by Wally Fry

John 10:12-16

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” John 10:16

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Just like any shepherd, He will take care of our needs and keep us safe from danger. Just like sheep, we should follow our Good Shepherd. The audience Jesus was talking to here would have understood that reference pretty clearly; in this case, Jesus went even further and informed them that He Himself was the shepherd being referred to. He also took the reference in a completely new direction. Speaking to a Jewish audience, Jesus referred to sheep, “which are not of this fold.”

Here Jesus made one of his earliest allusions to the fact that salvation was not just for the Jews, but for the whole world! Whether or not the Jews He was speaking to understood this or not is an open question, but the fact that He came to save the entire world is not. If the Jews had fully understood that, they would have been shocked. To them, being God’s chosen people meant by default that non-Jews, the Gentiles were NOT chosen.

Even today, we often have a tendency to think some are not called by our Lord, or even worthy of His call. This is simply not true. Jesus wants all the sheep of the world, those lost in sin and wandering aimlessly, to be part of His flock. No matter who we are, where we are or what our backgrounds are He will be our shepherd and lead us safely to eternity if we only hear His voice and respond.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Thanksgiving 2018” 11/19/2018 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Original post @  https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/sunday-sermon-notes-november-18-2018/

 

Sunday Sermon Notes: November 18, 2018

Title: Thanksgiving 2018

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:16

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?

Once upon a time, I heard a story about a couple who wanted to sell their house. It seems that they had raised three children in that house, all of whom now had their own families and households, and the couple felt that it was about time to downsize. They were meeting with a real estate agent one night discussing putting their house on the market and after showing the agent around, she asked them to tell her some more about their property and its features to help her write up an advertisement for it. Jack began his verbal tour:

“Well, we have a wonderful patio out back where we used to BBQ every Sunday with kids. Their swing set was out there too, right next to those three big trees that I planted the day each one was born. The basement is great, I really did a pretty good job putting in that workshop down there.”

Then Mary chimed in: “Of course we have completely redone the kitchen; it’s so convenient now, and the new master bath is wonderful. We’ve also replaced all of the flooring and window treatments… there are so many wonderful memories though”

Jack and Mary looked at each other and Jack said almost inaudibly to himself, “Yeah, it’s the home we’ve always wanted.”

Jack and Mary decided they should appreciate what they have and needless to say the real estate agent was disappointed she didn’t get the listing after all.

It sure is easy to forget how fortunate we are in this life!

Thanksgiving is kind of like Jack and Mary’s experience with their home, for the time rolls around each year and we often find it easy to forget the whole point of the exercise: being thankful. Thanksgiving is hard-wired into the American psyche, it goes all the way back to 1621. Of course, setting aside a day to give thanks to God for all of His many blessings to a People goes all the way back to the Old Testament, for there are many references in Scripture about such celebrations.

So, what are you thankful for this year?

Family? Material blessings? World peace? Friends and neighbors? A good job? Maybe some might even say they are thankful for their Salvation.

Well, we still have a few days to think about it, don’t we?

So this Thursday, will we actually have the time to give it a thought? Ah yes, that’s the real question, Thanksgiving can be a hectic and busy day. For most of us, we’ll be concerned about whether or not our dinner is a success, or whether or not our favorite football team wins… of if Uncle Oscar shows up with a snoot-full. Even scarier these days, we might be afraid that Aunt Tilly might say something nice about Trump and start a knock down drag out war in our living room…

Sadly, being thankful and giving thanks to God doesn’t really come up in many dinners. If you think about it, being thankful and giving thanks aren’t really much in vogue these days; they seem to require a level of humility that is hard to find in contemporary culture, and an admission that we should give God credit for the good things in our lives simply isn’t politically correct.

Yet consider our text; it takes us back to the very center of our Christian lives. It makes a focus on the material seem almost ridiculous. If the Communion cup is a participation in Christ’s sacrifice and a declaration of His death until He returns, then an honest appraisal of Thanksgiving goes so much deeper than being seen as “cool” in the eyes of others for it goes to the very center of our identities in Christ.

Maybe we should be thinking about that.

Thanksgiving is a type of prayer, one of the four kinds of prayer contained in Scripture, which are prayers of thanksgiving, praise, intercession or supplication. (A prayer of supplication is a prayer for yourself.)

Thanksgiving is something that we should be engaged in 365 days per year, and when the big day comes around each year, giving thanks should be just as normal and natural as any other daily routine so, what are we thankful for?

Oh right, I forgot, we still have a few days to think about that one…

May our Thanksgiving celebrations be truly blessed occasions, may they be filled with the love of family and friends, with the love of Jesus Christ, and with a genuine giving of thanks for all of those things in this life that are truly important.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Do You Have to Try to Get to Heaven? Can You Know You’re Going?” 11/18/2018 Written by Matthew Winters for “Matthew Winters (Honest thoughts from a Pastor)”

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Do You Have to Try to Get to Heaven? Can You Know You’re Going?

Several years ago, I went with my grandfather to get some medical supplies for my grandmother. Over the course of the conversation with the lady who worked there, the subject of church came up. I asked where she went to church. She named the church and made the statement, “We’re all trying to get to the same place.” I left the store and thought later about how I should have told her she didn’t have to try. She could know for sure.

In a competitive world where we feel we have to earn everything, we have brought God down to our level. Some have this idea that God has a scale in Heaven. If the good outweighs the bad, one makes his or her entrance to Heaven. But how good is good? Who defines it? Me? God? The Bible says that our version of righteousness is like filthy rags, so how can I please God enough to get into Heaven?

Jesus said there is only One way – Him! Even with that said, some cannot accept that our acknowledgment of sin which results in a changed life and the blood of Jesus to cleanse us is enough. They think we still have to add some good works to that. Scriptures teaches us that we become the righteousness of God in Christ when we are born again (2 Corinthians 5:21). We are in Christ, who is perfectly righteous. His blood is our covering.

With that knowledge, do we still have to guess, hope, and try to work our way into Heaven? Let I John 5:13 speak for itself: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” This verse says you can KNOW. How? Because you have believed in the name of the Son of God. You don’t have to wonder or guess.

This is not a license to sin and do as you please. You are called to a life of holiness because you have trusted in Christ. I know this may not set well with what some of you have been taught, but this is the Word of God. Don’t depend upon your good works to get you to Heaven. They will never be enough. Jesus’ death is enough. He paid it all. Let His blood wash away your sin and rest in His finished work.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Another trip around the Sun!” 11/17/2018 Written by Elihu Anderson for “Elihu’s Corner”

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Another trip around the Sun!

I’ve seen a lot of life over the past several years.

Travel.

College.

Marriage.

Market crashes.

Miscarriage.

Children.

Career changes.

Relocation. (A LOT of relocation)

Loss.

Laughter.

Change seems inevitable. They say the only two constants in life are death and taxes, but I disagree; God is the only true constant. Whether we follow Him or refuse to acknowledge Him, He is still present at all times and in all ages.

In all the vicissitudes of life—every mountain-top moment and every lonely valley—God has been my constant helper. His presence has comforted me; His grace has covered me; His love has guarded me.

If I have learned anything, it is that we should live with an eternal perspective. If we seek happiness in this life only, we will miss the eternal prize.

Paul, by inspiration, says it best:

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

And in 2 Corinthians:

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

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2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Dear friends and family, I am so thankful to have you in my life. I thank God for bringing your encouragement and teaching, your kindness and counsel. I am thankful too, for the dear brothers who taught me and loved me in my younger years, who are now at home with Jesus.

May you be blessed to be renewed day by day for the eternal joy awaiting us in heaven.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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“Prayer, Power and Potential” 11/16/2018 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Prayer, Power and Potential

Ephesians 1:15-23

Paul continues his opening of this letter by moving on from the glorious things he has been saying about our redemption into giving thanks for it. Yet as we continue reading this section, I’m sure that you, like me can’t help but notice the contrast this prayer of thanksgiving has with the ones we usually hear today.

It would be useful for us to notice here that things aren’t going particularly well in Paul’s life; at least not on the surface, for he is sitting in prison as he writes. So, there he is, a prisoner, and do you see a single word about his situation?

No, not a single word; Paul is giving thanks for the Ephesians and their growth in the faith.

Beginning with verse 17, he tells us of his prayers that the Ephesians will grow in their understanding, that they will know God better, that they will know the riches of “the hope to which he has called you.” As he continues his thought, Paul does an amazing thing; he brings it all back to the church, His Body.

He mentions the “riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” and how, by the same great and mighty power with which God raised Jesus from the dead, the power that not only raised Him from the dead, but that placed Him in authority above every power, is being used for the benefit of His people both now and in times to come. How does God do this? He does it by using that awesome power not just to put Jesus over every authority and power, but to make Him the “head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

Did you catch “for the church?”

Why was Jesus placed above every power and authority? For the benefit of the church; His Body.

Think about that… Here is this guy Paul sitting in jail awaiting trial because he preached the gospel. His trial will take place in front of Nero of all people, and he is boldly telling the Ephesians about this hope that Jesus is above all authority “for the church”.

Paul understands, as most today do not, that what becomes of him is of little account, for God Almighty is fully engaged to accomplish His purpose through the church and no matter how things might appear on this earth, He does not intend to fail. Thus, the very same awesome power that raised Jesus from the dead and elevated Him to the highest of all high places will ensure that our inheritance in Christ will be realized; the issue is not in doubt.

Indeed, it shames me when I think about the prayers I hear today, prayers for this and that little thing, prayers for comfort and ease, prayers for an easy life, and it shames me even more when I think about how often the voice I hear praying these prayers is my own. Just think, dear reader, of the power that would be unleashed if we approached prayer with the same attitude as that of Paul, who focused his attention on the purpose of the church, rather than upon his personal situation, who focused his thanksgiving and prayer upon the redemption and spiritual understanding of others, rather than upon his own relief.

I can’t help but think that if we allowed ourselves a more mature orientation, that God would do even greater things through us for His purpose in the here and now.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“The door is open…are you?” 11/15/2018 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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The door is open…are you?

Salvation is not about escaping something, it’s about finding Someone. It’s not about jumping through the hoops of religion, it’s about accepting an open invitation to something both strange and absolutely wonderful beyond our ability to imagine. Because of what Christ has done, we’ve all been invited to participate in nothing less than His divine life (2 Pet.1:4). 

The New Testament bookends with this invitation. The very first thing Jesus preached publicly was to tell His people they needed a paradigm shift in thinking. The J.B. Phillips Bible paraphrases this more clearly than the traditional renderings.

14-15 It was after John’s arrest that Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the Gospel of God, saying, “The time has come at last—the kingdom of God has arrived. You must change your hearts and minds and believe the good news.” (Mark. 1:14-15 PHILLIPS *)

This paradigm shift is μετανοέω (metanoeō) in the original Greek. We traditionally translate this word “repent” in English. This is somewhat confusing because it sounds like re-penance, which is not what the word means at all (see my post, “A time to be re-formed” for further explanation).

It’s fitting that Jesus makes this proclamation when John the Baptist was arrested. John represented the last of the Old Testament prophets. He represented the closing of one age; Jesus was the beginning of something altogether new.  Jesus was telling His first century audience to open their hearts and change their mindset. They needed a new perspective. The Kingdom has come…stop thinking that God wants your bull and goat offerings and, instead, believe the good news that brings great joy.

Paul said something similar to the Gentile philosophers in Athens….

30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30 *)

As Robert Capon said, Jesus was announcing the end of our religion.

The truth is, whether Jew or Gentile, God never really wanted our pagan-like sacrifices (Psalm 51:16-17; Isa. 1:11, 16-17; Jer.7:22-23). All He ever wanted from the beginning was our heart—to receive His overtures of affection, His other-centered, self-giving love, and then to walk in that same love toward others. This paradigm shift means moving away from trying to appease God with our religious scapegoating, and toward believing Him and living our lives in response to His love instead.

So, what is this good news that brings great joy? The New Testament ends with the following invitation that expresses it beautifully.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. (Rev.22:17 *)

In the New Testament, this “water” represents the Spirit that has come to make His home in us (John 4:14;7:38-39). This “life” is the Greek word zoe (ζωή ), which in this particular context doesn’t refer to our biological life, it refers to “God’s very own life.” 

To understand how profoundly wonderful this invitation is, I ask you to suspend what you might’ve assumed about the Gospel for a moment. This is not talking about why Jesus went to the Cross, but what He accomplished for us there. See if what I’m saying makes sense.

The invitation is to simply “come.”

The qualifications are: whoever hears…thirsts…desires.

If that’s you, the door is already open wide. Simply enter into the spacious life of God. You’ve been invited to drink freely of this life to the fullest extent of your heart’s desire. But if your heart is closed, then this door is closed. It’s closed to His life. But it’s only closed in your mind.

The choice really is yours.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt.11:28-30 MSG)

* New King James Bible translation unless otherwise noted. All emphasis added

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“My Rock and Fortress” 11/14/2018 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

 

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Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms” @  https://davidkitz.wordpress.com/

Original post found @  https://davidkitz.blog/2018/11/13/my-rock-and-fortress/

 

My Rock and Fortress

 

Reading: Psalm 18


For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD.
He sang to the LORD the words of this song
when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies
and from the hand of Saul. He said:
(Verses 1-5)
I love you, LORD, my strength.
 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I called to the L
ORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me 
(NIV).

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Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick — photo by David Kitz

Reflection
Psalm 18 is one of the longer psalms in the Book of Psalms. Step by step, day by day we will glean wisdom from the psalmist, David, as we make our way through this psalm.

In many respects Psalm 18 is a psalm of culmination. The introductory note tells us that David composed and sang this psalm when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. For many long years David had been fleeing for his life from his master King Saul. At long last, after repeatedly calling on God in great distress, David has triumphed. And now through the words of this psalm, he gives all the credit and all the glory to God.

Notice the list of attributes that David ascribes to the LORD: my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my rock, my shield, my salvation andmy stronghold. To David the LORD had proven Himself repeatedly during years of hard times to be the embodiment of each of those attributes. If you call on Him, the LORD can be all of those things for you as well.

Did you notice that my rock is the only attribute that is repeated in this list? Why repeat the phrase my rock? In the prophetic realm, during all those years of severe testing, Christ was the rock on which David took his stand. David did not build his life on the shifting sands of public opinion or popularity. He built his life on Christ. A thousand years in advance, David was putting into practice the words of Jesus, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).

Now that’s wisdom—applied wisdom for the ages!

Response: Heavenly Father, help me daily to build my life on the rock, Christ Jesus. Lord Jesus, you are my fortress, my salvation and my stronghold. I put my full trust in you. Amen.

Your TurnHow is God like a rock in your life? Has He sustained you during difficult times? Is He helping you through tough times right now, or has He already turned the tide in your favor?

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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