Posts Tagged ‘protect’

Proverbs 18:9-11 (The Message)

Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.
God’s name is a place of protection—good people can run there and be safe.
The rich think their wealth protects them; they imagine themselves safe behind it.

Just another reminder today that God is always there to offer you protection and help. Unlike those around you, your possessions and belongs, God can and will help and protect you during your darkest times – He will be there for you, always.

When we talk about protection, what do you think about?

  • protection from the sun. i.e. Suncream
  • protective clothing such as overalls, hard hats etc
  • door locks to protect our homes and cars from thieves

These are just a few examples of protection we probably all consider without really thinking about it.

What about protection for your soul? What do you do to protect yourself from evil influences or distractions? The answer I hope is clear, pray, read your bible and listen to God’s guidance because He will guide and protect you if you simply trust Him.

Are you any good at making things. i.e. DIY or bit of home improvement?

Let me ask you something, when you have spent many hours making or improving something, and are happy/proud of the result, how do you feel if someone is clumsy or inconsiderate very near to your handiwork? Annoyed, frustrated, protective of your work?

My guess would be that you are protective towards your work, after all it took you time and effort, so you don’t want it to be destroyed by someone’s carelessness. Is this not like God’s relationship with us? He made us, is proud of his handiwork, and wants to protect us always.

Remember, God is watching over you.

The darkness that surrounds grief or depression can be so deep that it seems no light will ever penetrate it, and that no end is in sight.

Depression is not something that has only just been recognised, it existed in the times when the bible was written. Job was one of those who suffered deep depression and pain:

Job 3:20-23 (NIV)
“Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul, to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure, who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave? Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?.”

There was a point to Job’s suffering, he learned various lessons during his depression which he couldn’t have learned any other way. He learned lessons which are still relevant to each of us today:

  • We have an intercessor in heaven who counts our tears and can lift us out of depression
  • We have a living Redeemer who will stand on earth at last
  • God is the the power behind all nature and the one who cares for all He has made

Job came out of his dark time with a new insight:
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Job 42:5 (NIV)

When we’re in our darkest times, that’s often when we see God in a way we would never have seen when life is running smoothly for us. What we find out about God during our darkest times is what can make those painful and depressing times worthwhile – maybe not right at that time, but certainly later when we truly appreciate what God has done for us.

God’s presence is as important to us as God’s protection, and God’s presence is all we need.

Checkout Jeremy Camp’s website: http://www.jeremycamp.com/

When you hear people talking about God’s grace, do you know what they mean?

Well here’s what the dictionary says:
1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
3. A sense of fitness or propriety.
4.
a. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.
b. Mercy; clemency.
5. A favour rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.
6. A temporary immunity or exemption; a reprieve.
7.
a. Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people.
b. The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God.
c. An excellence or power granted by God.
8. A short prayer of blessing or thanksgiving said before or after a meal.

I think the definitions under number 7 best describe God’s grace. i.e. God loves and protects every single one of us, and does so without us having to ask him for anything in the first place.

Isn’t that amazing? Who else would love and protect you unquestioningly, without expecting or wanting anything in return?

God’s grace is enough for all of us, as with God’s love and protection, how can we possibly go wrong!

One of the most well known hymns is probably Amazing Grace – The song below by Chris Tomlin is a fantastic new arrangement of this well known hymn – I hope you enjoy it.

God’s grace is amazing!

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine

Visit Chris Tomlin’s website: http://www.christomlin.com/