Week 7 / You Are Defended in Christ!
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Hebrews tells us “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” That hope has a name, Jesus Christ and the testimony about him and his rescue found in the Bible. May you rest in him during these scary, frustrating times…
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Sometimes life can feel like a helpless sapling doing everything it can to stay put in the middle of a hurricane. The wind blows violently, the waters are rising, and the tree is left wondering if it has the devices to find safety, security, and help.
Where do you turn for help when you need it most—whether emotionally, relationally, financially, or spiritually?
Do you look to a trusted friend? Perhaps you turn to your parents. Or maybe you don’t have anyone to turn to.
When we turn the ear of our heart toward God’s Word, we’re reminded we aren’t helpless, we aren’t defenseless. God says we’re the opposite; we’re defended.
At every turn of the page to God’s glorious story about himself and his people, we witness the God who defends and a people who are defended through every force of wind and rising tide. So are we.
We’re protected with salvation-armor, Samuel declares. David reminds us the Lord’s massive arms are wrapped around us—covering us, protecting us, defending us. The prophet Jeremiah reminds us our persecutors have no leg to stand on when they come against us; they will be humiliated and shamed in the face our sure, divine defense.
Sometimes life can leave us feeling naked and exposed. Yet God reminds us that’s not who we are. In reality we are defended—by the Lord of Angel Armies himself!
Our Anchor-Hope Reminders from the Bible:
You protect me with salvation-armor;
you touch me and I feel ten feet tall.
2 Samuel 22:36 msg
But You, O LORD, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the LORD with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.
Psalm 3:3-4 nkjv
His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you.
You can run under his covering of majesty and hide.
His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.
Psalm 91:4 tpt
God sends angels with special orders
To protect you wherever you go,
Defending you from all harm.
Psalm 91:11 esv
But the LORD is with me like a violent warrior.
Therefore, my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
Since they have not succeeded, they will be utterly shamed,
an everlasting humiliation that will never be forgotten.
Jeremiah 20:11 hcsb
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