Enemies We Cannot See

“Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident (Psalm 27:3, NLT).”

Currently, we are in a worldwide pandemic – where many are afraid and less than confident about their future. Something we must ask ourselves is: How am I going to respond to today’s circumstances?

While we may be facing enemies we cannot physically see, its ramifications are seen and felt. Many are becoming seriously ill from a rampant respiratory virus. As I write this, I am reminded of Ephesians 6 where we learn of a different, yet unseen, enemy.

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

But each of us are given many choices to be unafraid and confident in the God we know, love, and serve who sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world. And through Jesus Christ, we have our “here and now” life. But, we also have eternal life that no one on earth can take from us.

This is our reminder to fight well. As we “stay at home”, in effort to control the virus outbreak and profoundly love (and protect) our loved ones, may we devote much more time to sit at Jesus’ feet!

May we choose in this moment to trust the God we know, instead of fearing the enemy we don’t. I know, we are living in fiercely scary times. I don’t know what the future holds for any of us, but I know the One who does. Our Mighty God is in full control, and worthy of our trust, time, and energy to get closer to Him.

Hang in there, my friends.

Victory Over Our Enemies

When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall (Psalm 27:2).

Our adversaries are no match for our God. He is mighty and protects those who choose to put first Him and His Son Jesus Christ. Our God is knows what each of us will face and the exact tune we will face them. None of these things surprise our God.

 When others approach us – seeking to harm us, we need to run toward Christ Jesus. This is when we need to run toward Him the most. We need to call upon the Lord Jesus and seek His strength continually.

Have you noticed yet which group fell – our enemies or us? That is the difference between doing things solo and relying on our Savior Jesus to be our ever-present help.

When I was younger and less aware of my identity in Christ, I used to try and fill my God shaped holes in other ways. The big one being my words as weapons of war.

Oh friends, may we cling to our Lord Jesus and remember He is the One carrying us to victory! We are the group that won’t stumble and fall. All because of King Jesus the Christ.

Fear + Who God Is

Our Psalm 27 Reading Plan began yesterday. So today/tomorrow will be on Psalm 27:3. My goal, *smiles* ideally, is to get into the habit of posting every couple of days to share my heart as I seek to study this Psalm. To find the Reading Plan, click here. It’s at the bottom of the blog post.

At 2300 (almost midnight), I am going to sit here and work to unpack Psalm 27. I don’t know if my posts will be daily or a couple of times a day. Or every other day. All I know is, that I am inviting you to join me as I “park it” in this chapter.

Our Ephesians study begins April 6th. The journal is optional but $4 on Amazon minus shipping and tax. So, seriously great deal! This Ephesians study is honestly one of my favorite Bible studies. Period. I am not simply talking about Gracefully Overcoming studies. I am talking about studies I have done in different places also. This one is one of my favorite (#2 top study would be “Gleaning From the Heart of Jesus”)

The LORD is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? {Psalm 27:1}

You know how Chuckie from Rugrats or Scooby and Shaggy from Scooby Doo have a heightened sense of fear. It almost doesn’t matter what the circumstance is, because they seem to be prone to fear. What makes these characters popular is they’re relateable. So many of us are prone to fear. If placed in circumstances where we become tested, we learn how fearful we can become.

Enter Pandemic of 2020. A lot of our hoarding isn’t from the virus itself, but it is the fear. We are reminded that we cannot control much of our world. But, we can hoard as a coping mechanism as our fear response.

Look at verse 1, my friends. We are reminded that we don’t need to fear. I know, we are panicked and fearful right now. But, we are reminded who our God is in this place. We are reminded that He has the whole world in His hands. He is the light in darkness. He is the One who continually rescues us.

Hang in there, friend, and keep trusting Him!

Change My Why

I know, I need to change my “why”. Instead of asking “why me” for a variety of circumstances, I need to open up in prayer and ask the reason for my emotion or response of ________. Why am I trembling in fear, when my God is the One who continually saves me? He is the King of the world, and wants to protect me. He is my place of safety. He is the remedy for a multitude of things, and my Savior.

God bless each and every one of you. Please know, I am praying for you tonight!

Announcement: Starts Tomorrow!

Asking a Different Why: A Study of Psalm 27

Friends, I am going to be posting Psalm 27 over the next few days. This is a timely study. Right now, our minds are consumed with COVID-19. We are reminded of this threat to our health. I invite you to join me, as we fix our eyes on Christ while we care for others by practicing social distance.

I know, many of us are asking a lot of questions – even the “why” question. But, what if we asked a different kind of why?

“Why should I be afraid?”

“Why should I tremble?”

In Psalm 27, we are encouraged in the faith of our Savior Jesus Christ for why we can make it through this – and even be spiritually revived during this time. We don’t have to merely survive, but our lives and spiritual walk can grow leaps and bounds during this time!

Psalm 27 + Anxiety Help

Things to remember as my anxiety spirals out of control.

BTW, I hope to start posting Psalm 27 over coming weeks till our Ephesians study starts on the 6th!! Yes despite California’s stay at home orders, we are going to keep moving toward our Ephesians study.

Resolving to STAY in the Word! Stay tuned, friends for Psalm 27.