Friday, June 27, 2008

In the Shadow of the Cross


"Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders." ~Deut. 33:12

Yesterday we will call "ATTACK THURSDAY" because I know I was not alone in that satan was throwing his evil at more than just me. A text message from a friend crying out for prayers for her daughter, Bible study blog friends reaching out....yet, how did we fight back? We fell to our knees in prayer! The most powerful weapon again satan and his evil attacks. After my quiet time this morning, still feeling disheartened, I immediately went back to my She Speaks notes and re-read the journal entries of that weekend. What a sweet walk back to of all the things God showed me. I re-read scripture that was used in this event, a sweet reminder that He is indeed bigger than my problem, bigger than your problem. Yesterday I wollered in the pain of my attack for about an hour, and then I gave it to God relenting my own power in the situation and identifying His power. I again choose to "rest between his shoulders, secure in His grace and provision.

For those of us who are feeling satans evil, may I remind you that..."the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him" (2 Cron. 16: 9) and He will "Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; and say to those with fearful hearts, Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance; with divine retribution He will come to save you" (Isaiah 2:3&4).

My prayer for you today (and for myself) comes from a favorite passage of mine in Colossians 1:9-14. You fill in the blanks friend-your name, the name of the one who is grieving you...and trust in God's goodness and greatness to do above and beyond on our behalf!

For this reason, since the day w[I] heard about [___], [I] have not stopped praying for [___] and asking God to fill [___] with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And [I] pray this in order that [___] may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that [___] may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified [___] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued [___] from the dominion of darkness and brought [___] into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom [___] have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


On my knees....MrsJoeB

9 comments:

Yolanda said...

Thank you Pam. I inserted family. I'm so thankful that God is strengthening YOU and that He has you between His shoulders.

And myself, and (____) whoever else is reading your blog or that exact scripture.

Praying for you.

Love,
Yolanda

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Pamela,
That is a scripture with blanks worthy of copying and pasting and posting as a reminder to pray for anyone who we know under attack and having difficulties. We as Christians always have an open vessel for MORE of God's strength and power in our lives.
Amen!
Love,
Paula

much2ponder said...

Thank you for taking the time to do this, not only does it give us a way to pray for people who need prayer, but it also helps us to take our eyes off of ourselves long enough to do it.

Kelley said...

Great encouragement Pamela, it has been surprising to see how many of us are facing attack since we got home. I am going to mark this scripture and claim it for my family!! Thank you for directing me there today.

Love,
Kelley

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thank you, Pam. The words of scripture that you posted were a powerful reminder to me that God loves me and has a plan for my life. I read it aloud, with my name in place.

Such a simple strategy, but it sure has worked its encouragement over me.

peace~elaine

tiggerdaisy said...

Sweet sister, you are in my prayers. Thank you for the encouragement and for directing me to that scripture.

Prayers and Blessings,
Rebecca

Amy said...

"I re-read scripture that was used in this event, a sweet reminder that He is indeed bigger than my problem, bigger than your problem. Yesterday I wollered in the pain of my attack for about an hour, and then I gave it to God relenting my own power in the situation and identifying His power. I again choose to "rest between his shoulders, secure in His grace and provision."

This sounds like my Thursday, Friday, and Ssturday.....It seems like each day I had a "spiritual" temper tantrum...then I would go to my corner and suck my thumb (kidding, of course) and eventually realize that I need to give it to God and then continue to leave it with God and trust that God already has it all taken care of.

It is definitely a constant battle.
Even though I "know" that God is in control of every detail....I still get so frustrated because I can't see the forest for the trees.
Like Peter walking on the water to Jesus in the storm.....I keep focusing on the storm and the size of the waves, instead of staying focused on Jesus. It is scary sometimes outside of the boat, amen?
God Bless,
Amy:)

Nancy said...

I love 2 Chronicles 16:9. It makes me want to wave my arms and jump as I yell at God "Look! Here I am. Don't pass me by!" What a comfort to know He won't pass us by, but is looking for us. He is our defender and protector.

Thank you for your posts. It was great to visit your blog.
Nancy

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