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A Very Present Help

By Watchman | July 14, 2010

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in touble.

Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried

into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and be troubled , though the mountains shake with its swelling.

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her,just at the break of dawn.

The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolations in the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;

He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.    (Psalm 46)

     I’m writing this from a library computer.  At the moment I am living in a motel, homeless and jobless, and I am waiting upon He who is my “very present help in times of trouble.”   I am waiting upon His will and upon His word, and though I am (quite humanly and naturally) concerned, I am uplifted through the knowledge that God is still in control of everything that is taking place in my life.  I know that these vicissitudes are not judgments that He has placed upon me, for His mercy is good and His grace is unlimited.  I do believe, however, that the enemy is strongly at work in my life.  Now it is time for me to ask, “How did Jesus answer Satan’s attacks?”

     The first thing that came to my mind when I was trying to formulate a plan for spiritual warfare was Jesus’ confrontation with Satan in the wilderness right after His baptism.  When Satan tempted Him, suggesting that He turn stones into bread, Jesus answered “IT IS WRITTEN, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  (Emphasis mine.)  When Satan suggested He throw Himself from the mountain because angels would come to save Him, He answered that IT IS WRITTEN that man should not tempt the Lord God.  In other words, Jesus answered Satan’s lies with the truths written in scripture.  He answered not with His own words, but with the eternal words of His heavenly Father.  I am certain that in this lies the answer to how I should approach my own spiritual battle.  For those of you facing your own battles, I believe this may be just as efficacious for you.

     First, remember that the battle belongs to the Lord.  He has won; He has overcome; He is the ultimate victor.  In His victory will we be victorious. 

     Second, I will speak the word of God in answer to every evil obstruction Satan throws into my path.  I will speak His word directly into every situation.  When the evil one tells me God is not listening to me or is refusing to help me, I will speak back to him:  “IT IS WRITTEN that when I ask any thing in His name, it will be granted to me.”  When he tells me that I will fail and starve, I will answer him:  “IT IS WRITTEN that the Lord shall supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  When he tells me that all of this is happening because of the old sins I committed, I will tell him:  “IT IS WRITTEN that God has said He has taken my sin and cast it as far from me as the east is from the west and will remember it no more!”   When satan tells me that God will not help me because I have not done enough for Him, I will answer him:  “IT IS WRITTEN  that because I have set my love upon Him He will deliver me and grant me His salvation.”

     Oh, how wondrously sweet is the word of our God Almighty!  It is power and authority, comfort and hope to all who seek to know the mind and heart of God!  Read His word and keep it engraved on your heart and in your spirit!

 

Maranatha,

 

Melissa

    

    

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One Response to “A Very Present Help”

  1. Shirley Says:
    August 4th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I have been awaiting a post on Watchman. I am interested in where your journey has taken you as I know you are following where the Lord leads. I am praying for you and look forward to hearing more of what God is showing and telling you.

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