Victory isn’t a straight Street. It can be a rough road at times. ONLY in Heaven will you experience the smooth life of straight, no-curve travel that some hope for – during their lives on this planet.
While the road, and things you encounter while travelling down it, may hinder your reaching your destination (in the way you wish), know one thing:
That you face all detours, ditches, and the like with someone by your side during the ride. His name is Jesus.
If you became Saved based on a Heaven-on-Earth promise you were misled. Heaven only happens in Heaven. Afflictions and trials will come . . . but they won’t last or deter you from the plan God has for you. Only you. If you’re stuck in a ditch, or get lost while detouring, how can you ever fulfill that Plan he has for you?
You will never walk alone if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Sorry AMEX, but my ultimate pledge is to not leave home without Christ, not your card. You have God by your side! While the President has the Secret Service, Christians have Jesus and the Lord’s angels. Like the 3 Hebrew boys who were throw into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3), you won’t suffer . . . because God is ‘in the oven’ (verses 24-25) with you. Often he doesn’t change the situation, He changes YOU in the situation. Why fear the Nebuchadnezzars in your life when you have the Lord?
No weapon formed against you shall prosper. You don’t even (in some situations) need ‘a smooth stone’. Why? Praise is yourweapon!
Paul and Silas in that jail (Acts 16) weren’t crying and fretting, they were singing. We all know how that jail story in Acts ends.
Singing, be it in a choir or not, can be a powerful expression of praise.
Your church is a common Praise Place.
The powerful video above inspired this post; a Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church (in DC) choir doing a rendition of a classic gospel song written by Jonathan Nelson – “Praise Is My Weapon”.
So, praise him when blessed and praise him in advance. Along with Faith in God, your Praise -in whatever form- is a critical part of living the life of the godly. It doesn’t hurt to have your Armor on though. Where is your armor? Wear it and you will be prepared for the spiritual warfare you face.
Experience joy the world can’t take away. Praise Him, be steadfastly faithful, and wear the ‘full armor of God’. Walking with the Almighty has it’s privileges!
“I command you to move today.
Because of faith, I have a brand new day.
The sun will shine, and I will be okay.
That’s when I told the storm!”
In the aftermath of the 2016 Elections, this gospel gem came to mind. I love this song! The lyrics are excerpted below.
At a time when it seems a storm of hate (not love) is rampant in the USA, I know that the Heavenly Father is under the umbrella with every abiding Christian who faces (or is at risk of facing) hateful or violent acts and talk – because of their race, immigration status, or religion. Where is the love?
When God speaks, be assured he will tell the current national storm of hate and bigotry we’re facing to go away. The battle isn’t your’s, it’s the Lord’s!
Meditate on the lyrics and audio of Greg O’Quin ‘n Joyful Noyze’s song, “I Told the Storm”; this YouTube has over 21 million views by the way (that’s not a typo). Know, like the 3 Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace, you ain’t alone. God’s there too!
Pray everyday for a cease in the ugly storms we’ve faced all over this nation (since Trump won). What are you telling the storm?
Even though your winds blow.
I want you to know.
You cause me no alarm.
Cause I’m safe in his arms.
I command you to move today.
Because of faith, I have a brand new day.
The sun will shine, and I will be okay.
That’s when I told the storm!
Death can’t shake me!
Jobs can’t make me!
Bills can’t break me!
Disease can’t shake me!
You can’t drown me!
Cause my God surrounds me!
No weapon formed, Shall prosper against us. I made it this far, by faith. My future’s brighter than my today. I’m holding on to my praise, I made it. I survived.
We made it, we survived
When the enemy came in to threaten our lives
God lifted a standard, Divine protection
No weapon formed, Shall prosper against us.
I made it this far, by faith.
My future’s brighter than my today.
I’m holding on to my praise, I made it
I’m a Survivor!! (x3)
Let’s Stand in liberty
Let’s Walk in unity
Let’s Pray continually
We made it
We made it (x3)
For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous. 2 Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you. 3 My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave. 4 I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.
5 I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. 6 I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Interlude
7 Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. 8 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. 9 Rescue me from my enemies, LORD; I run to you to hide me.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. 11 For the glory of your name, O LORD, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.
Ye thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I shall fear no evil, for thou art with me.
When times are hard I can always count on you
Just as sure as the rising Sun.
And through you, I have everything I Need
You’ve given me the Keys.
Once was blind, but now I see.
You’ve always let me be me.
I got joy in my soul God is in control
I got Satan on my trail
But I’m singing all is well.
He’s attacking everyday
But I’m watching while I pray
No matter the attack
I won’t turn back. This means war, this means war.
This means war, this means war.
Lyrics from “War”, Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
When I first heard about this story, on the day before Good Friday, I saw God’s fingerprints all over it. When I read about the man’s praying and demonstrated faith, and that of his parents, I knew God had surely sustained and saved this grateful man.
Do you believe in miracles?
Do you remember the pilot (Chesley “Sulley” Sullenburger) who landed a US Airways plane with over 150 people on the Hudson River in 2009? (geese flew into the engines, which disabled them). Not a single life was loss!
Jesus Christ was in the wilderness 40 days (Matthew 4) and prayed. While the Devil sought to tempt Jesus while he was in a vulnerable situation, he wasn’t successful.
“I was just praying to God, ‘please protect me,'” to survive the 66-day ordeal, [Louis] Jordan said after returning safely to land. According to CBS News, he said he had not had much time on the water before the incident. But details about his disciplined approach to survival appear to belie his claimed inexperience at sea . . .
He limited his water intake to about a pint a day, praying daily, “‘Please God, send me some rain, send me some water,” he told WAVY TV in Portsmouth.