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2/18/2009

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God Is Our Stronghold

Psalm 144:1-2 "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."

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

There is a place in Israel near the Dead Sea called Masada. 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 often used in the Psalms to describe God. God is a stronghold for us as believers. Because we belong to God, we have an 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 for us to hide in. When we believe His 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.

Am I abiding in God as my stronghold?






Truth In Real Life


Description of God

The Last
Isaiah 44:6 "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."

 

Question & Answer

QIs there a verse in Scripture that shows the Holy Spirit and the Word working together in us and with us to bring about sanctification?

AYes! God says we are purified by obeying the truth ("thy Word is truth") through the Spirit. 1 Peter 1:22 – Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.

 

BIG Christian Word

Conversion - (kon-ver-zhun)

Conversion is an action one makes by repenting and putting their trust in Christ. One must turn from sin (repent) and turn to Christ through faith. (Matthew 11:28-29) "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls."