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Monday, October 22, 2012

Southern Comfort--Not in a Bottle, But a Book

When something bad happens, especially if it happens in our neck of the woods, the natural response to it is fear.  Our human response is not to turn to the Word of God first, but to our natural defense mechanisms or our own alarm systems, weapons, and strategies.  But as Christians, we have at our disposal the wealth of the kingdom.  We have the power of the Almighty on our side, and He is a force to be reckoned with.  We are His children.  We are in His hands.  His desire is for us to be strong and wise warriors.  There should be no cowards in His army.  For if we live, we live unto the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.  There are no losers in the Kingdom.
It is easy sometimes to get our eyes off Christ and onto the circumstances.  The enemy would have you living in bondage.  If he can get you to doubt, he can weaken your resolve.  If he can keep you awake nights, he can zap your strength.  If he can put that seed of fear in you, then he's won.  I have fought too long and too hard to get where I am to let that happen.  When trying times come, then I look to the Lord for help, and He sends sweet words of comfort to me.  The answer for every need, every question, every fear, every emotion, every doubt lies waiting in the Book.  You say, "But some things the scripture does not address directly."  Perhaps at first glance you don't see it.  Maybe it will require a little more digging.  Maybe it will require a little more wisdom.  Keep knocking.  Keep seeking.  The eyes of your heart will be opened to understand.  The Word of God is no ordinary book.  His word has the power to save, to deliver, heal, and even raise the dead if He so speaks.  

Psalm 91

King James Version (KJV)
91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.owledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.

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