Psalm 18:30 NKJV – Don’t become a target

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

I may not have to tell any of you this, but the enemy does not like you.  He despises you.  He has no love for you.  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV)  And the enemy will use everything he can to catch you off guard, to distract and confuse you, and to pull you off the path that God has established for you.  But the enemy cannot win when we trust God.

The Bible says that we are to take up the shield of faith with which we are able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:16The Roman shield was large enough to cover the whole body; it was made of wood, covered with hide, and bound with iron on the top and bottom.  The Roman soldier before battle would dip their shield in water so that the fire arrows shot would extinguish themselves.  We are to place our faith and trust in God so that the fiery attacks from the enemy are extinguished.

God is our shield and our strength. (Psalm 28:7) He is our help in times when we come against an attack from the enemy.  (Psalm 46:1) We are secure in Christ and nothing thrown against us will prevail.  (Isaiah 54:17) And one way to ensure that we don’t give the enemy even one opportunity to attempt his attack is to keep God close in prayer.  The more we pray the stronger our faith will become.  Prayer embraces God for who He is, thanking Him for what He has already done, and looking forward to what He has promised to do in the future.  When our minds, our hearts, our eyes are fixed on God, there is nothing that can hurt us.  And daily prayer to God demonstrates our total dependency upon Him.

Faith is the way by which believers journey through the world.  Scripture emphasizes the importance of placing our trust in God.  And we certainly can trust God’s power and strength.  “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV) 

Friend, I’m going to be a little transparent to you.  The other day, I took some shots from the enemy.  Those fiery darts were headed toward me.  The enemy tried to cause some injury to me.  I gave the enemy an opportunity.  I gave him some battle ground.  My mind, my heart, and my eyes were not fixed on God.  I became a target.  But God brought me back to His Word as I prayed.  “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.  But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” (1 Samuel 17:45)  I was reminded in whom I have believed and that the word of the Lord is proven and God became my shield.  Thank You, God!  This can happen to any one of us when we drop our guard, when we become complacent in our faith and our time in prayer.  I learned a great lesson that day. (I’ve learned many a lesson from the Lord, Hallelujah!)

Precious God, thank You that Your way is perfect and that Your word is proven.  Help us to place our complete trust in You.  Thank You that we belong to You for all time.  Thank You God that even when we falter, You will never be far from us.  You are always as close as a whisper when we call upon You.  May we honor You in all we say and do.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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