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My Strong Protector

Psalm 91 (NLT) 
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High  will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;  he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.   He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,  nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,   nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you,  these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,   and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;  no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;  you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;  I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life  and give them my salvation.”

Psalm 121 (NIV)
I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,  the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,   nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—  he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 34:19-20 (NLT)
19 The righteous person faces many troubles,  but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;   not one of them is broken!

The words Jehovah El Elohim mean the Lord God is my Strong Protection. It also means Our Strong Creator. The words Jehovah-Roi mean My Protector. 

Happy Father’s Day

A TRIBUTE TO DAD’S

Genesis 18:19  (NIV)
19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Romans 12:10  (ESV)
10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Exodus 20:12  (NIV)
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9  (NIV)
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Proverbs 20:7
The lovers of God will walk in integrity, and their children are fortunate to have godly parents as their examples.
Psalm 103:13
The same way a loving father feels toward his children—  that’s but a sample of your tender feelings toward us,[h]  your beloved children, who live in awe of you.
Psalm 127:3(NKJV)
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Proverbs 17:6 (NKJV)
6 Children’s children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father.

Just as God loved us so much that He sacrificed His Son, and His Son willingly sacrificed His life for us, so our dads express their love for us through sacrifice each and every day.
Just as God protects us and provides for us, dads are to do the same for their children.  Our dads should be to us the earthly example of our heavenly Father.  When our earthly fathers are the fathers that God desires for them to be, their examples of fatherhood makes it easier for their children to understand God’s role as their heavenly Father and what their relationship to Him should be like.

Be A Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b]Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
20 My old self has been crucified with Christ.[a] It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NLT)
Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.
2 Timothy 1:8-9 (NLT)
8. …..With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life…..
Romans 6:12 (NLT)
12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires.

Be A Living Sacrifice

Dying to self-seems to be man’s greatest challenge.  Not many of us start our day saying, “Lord I am your living sacrifice today.  My flesh completely dies to all that I desire, in exchange for what you desire of me”.

I know personally that dying to self-has always been a struggle for me. Like Paul, my flesh is constantly at war with my spirit.  In Romans 7:19 Paul says that: “I want to do good but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong but I do it anyway.   I feel sure that if we are being completely honest, we can all agree that like Paul, we have been there many times as well.