9/06/16 Safety in Jesus
“Are you sure that where you place your trust is reliable? When peril comes, will what you have believed in still be strong? Will it withstand the test of relentless pressure from the enemy? Will you be able to help others from your place of safety? If anything but Jesus is the foundation for your life, you are foolish to believe that it will survive the coming times.
"Look around! What is safe in these days? Where is there any security? In some instances, the most reliable has fallen. The immovable has moved. The unbeatable has lost. Choose today where you stand. Choose today where you place your trust. His Name is Jesus!”
Joshua 24:15 NIV
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Psalm 18:1-2 NIV
1) I love you, O LORD, my strength.
2) The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, He is my shield…
Psalm 46:1 AMP
God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.
The world is experiencing remarkable weather patterns. Places that have been dry for as long as anyone can remember are flooded and uninhabitable. In some cases, buildings have not only disappeared, but the ground that they stood on no longer exists. There are reports of entire communities relocating their downtown areas to higher ground to flee the potential of losing everything again sometime in the future.
What is so remarkable is that the higher ground that they seek is indicative of anyone who places their trust in tangible safety. Steel and mortar, concrete and stone have failed in less than a week of relentless pressure. Still, most of us believe that it provides security for us. We still believe that banks are safe places, that governments will protect us, that we will be able to rely on our job or our education when all else fails.
I am convinced that God is, at this very moment, telling His people to awaken from their slumber. We are being shown that there is no security away from Him and the work of the cross. Our only place of safety is in Jesus. Nothing else will remain when the proper amount of pressure at the proper moment is applied to what we think is safe. If the ground that you are standing on could disappear in a matter of moments or the organization that you believe in ceases to exist, how will you fare?
Help me to trust only in You, Lord,