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3/11/2007

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God Is Our Stronghold

"Blessed be the LORD my strength...my goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust." (Psalm 144:1-2)

There is a place in Israel near the Dead Sea called Masada (muh-SAH-duh). It looks like a mountain with a flat, square top. Masada was once a huge getaway palace for Herod the Great. In the first century after the time of Christ, Jewish people used it as a fortress. Men, women, and children lived there for three years, hiding from the Romans who had attacked and destroyed their cities. "The Romans cannot get to us here," they thought. "We are safe in Masada."

But they were not safe. The Roman army built a siege ramp all the way up the side of the mountain. Day after day, the Jews saw the Romans working on the ramp, and they knew that they had only a little time.

When the Romans finally stormed up the siege ramp to take the fortress, they found all of the Jewish people dead. The Jews had decided to kill themselves rather than lose their freedom. Their Masada had not protected them after all.

The word "Masada" comes from a Hebrew word that is often translated "fortress," "defence," or "stronghold." This word is used in the Psalms to describe God. God is a stronghold for people who put their trust in Him. Because believers belong to God, they have a natural enemy, Satan, who is the enemy of God. Satan would like us to turn away from God and live in sin, doubt, and defeat.

But when Satan and his forces attack our minds and hearts, God is a safe fortress where we can hide. When we believe God's Word and depend on His help to obey it, He will keep us from sin. God is stronger than Masada. He will never fail or be taken by the enemy. Satan can never defeat us when we make God our stronghold.

God is a stronghold for us when Satan tempts us to sin.

My Response:
» Am I abiding in God as my stronghold?
» Is there something or someone less than God that I've been trusting to take care of me?
» Am I struggling with something right now that I could ask God to help me with?






Truth In Real Life


Description of God

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Revelation 5:5 "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."

 

Question & Answer

QWhat should be our response to the Holy Spirit?

AThe Christian's response to the Spirit should be to walk in the Spirit, which means to submit to the Spirit's commands. Galatians 5:16 – This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

BIG Christian Word

Miracles - (meer'a-kuls)

A miracle is an act that can't be done without supernatural power. It can be a remarkable event or thing, but it always arouses people's awe and wonder and bears witness to God. When Jesus healed people and cleansed lepers and cast out demons, those were miracles. (Matthew 4:24) "And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them."