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Stepping Stones: A Shield Works Best In Front

Stepping Stones: A Shield Works Best In Front
April 17, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
Every Christian knows what it’s like to feel unqualified for a task. We are all unqualified. Our strength can go just so far. That is where the Lord wants us to be, at our end… At the point where we have to look up and ask for help. When we are weak He is strong.
He is God. The Creator of all. Wow. I can’t get my mind around that one. I would not want to serve a God where I totally understood every thing He did and why He did it. It is about Faith and Trust.

God doesn’t need our plans and ideas; He wants our attention. He does not need our time; He wants our adoration. He does not want us to spend hours thinking up things for Him to do and bless. I am so grateful that we serve a God that is not dependent on our strength, our time, and our money. What a mess that would be.
He wants us in a place where we know that it is Him leading. He is our shield and a shield works best in front, not behind us. Our question must be; what is it you want me to do Lord? Most of us don’t even know our own hearts. Our ways are not His ways. So keep that open, honest heart. Keep looking up and ask for His direction.
What are you using as your shield? Is it God?…..or is it your finances……looks….. smarts…….ability to plan……kids……ways you avoid discomfort (porn, alcohol, caffeine, shopping, fantasizing)? Why are you using that instead of God? and is it really getting you what God can deliver if you used Him as your shield? Try God, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Prayer
Dear Lord,
Today I put You in front, not me. Thank you for the trials that can cause me to trust you…and thank You for being my shield. I pray for all those who are trying to put themselves in front and who are trying to weather life’s storm’s without You. Help me to always give praise to you during the really hard things in life. I know you are working all things out for your Glory.
In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

The Truth
After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
Genesis 15:1
This God–his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
2 Samuel 22:31
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Psalm 28:7
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose
Rom 8:28
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
Ephesians 6:16

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