Monday, May 25th

Monday, May 25th

The Lord also keeps safe those who suffer. He is a safe place in times of trouble. Those who know Your name will put their trust in You. For You, O Lord, have never left alone those who look for You. Psalm 9:9-10 (NLV)

Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 2 Timothy 3:12-14 (NLT)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; he protects me from danger—whom shall I fear? When evil men come to destroy me, they will stumble and fall! Yes, though a mighty army marches against me, my heart shall know no fear! I am confident that God will save me. The one thing I want from God, the thing I seek most of all, is the privilege of meditating in his Temple, living in his presence every day of my life, delighting in his incomparable perfections and glory. There I’ll be when troubles come. He will hide me. He will set me on a high rock out of reach of all my enemies. Then I will bring him sacrifices and sing his praises with much joy. Psalm 27:1-6 (TLB)

Today is Memorial Day, so Happy Memorial Day to all who read this Devotional. Join me in expressing with deep gratitude our gratefulness for all those who have given their lives for our country. A special thank you to all who have served in the armed services of our country and to those who are doing so now. God has truly blessed us as a nation and the sacrifices of the military and their families has contributed greatly to his blessing.

Security, protection, and safety are things we associate with the defenders of our nation and enjoy because of their service. But security, protection and safety are things we associate with God as well. His provision comes to us on many levels but it is in spiritual matters that security, protection, and safety play a central role in our lives.

When we respond to Christ and receive the gift of eternal salvation, his forgiveness brings to us a love and acceptance that can release us from our past and allow us to go forward flourishing as a changed person who experiences God's very best. Being a new person with a new life is what this series is all about and exchanging insecurity for security will have a lot to do with how fully we become the new person with a new life that Christ has in store for us. There are adverse circumstances and people who come up against us in life that pose a genuine threat to our personal well-being. This is the arena in which we learn to to exchange insecurity for the security we have in Christ.

In Psalm 9 above we are told the Lord keeps safe those who suffer. The Lord is said to be a safe place in time of trouble. And we are told the Lord never leaves alone those who look to him and trust him. The 2 Timothy passage above says that those who live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Remaining faithful to the one who provides true security, protection, and safety is the key. Psalm 27 above reminds us that the Lord protects us from danger whatever the danger might be. The Psalmist speaks of living in God's presence every day of his life. It is here he says he will be when troubles come. God will hide him and set him on a high rock out of reach of all his enemies. Throughout the coming week we will further explore exchanging insecurity for security so that we can more readily and fully join the Psalmist in his great and wonderful approach for living life securely in a threatening world.

Lord, I thank you for the security, protection, and safety that you have provided for me. I ask you to release from those things from my past that I have carried into my relationship with you that interfere with me going forward in the fullness of all you have in store for me. Place me more squarely in the center of your grace so that your love, acceptance, security, protection, and safety can help me change and become all that I really am in Christ.

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