Have you been listening to a voice of discouragement? Has that voice caused you to have doubts, fears, or worries that you didn’t have before? Has that voice dampened your enthusiasm and clarity of purpose? Has that voice distracted you from hearing God’s voice speaking in your life?
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.-Psalm 16:8
The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains…..
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains.
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This month also marks the 1st Year Anniversary of Grace & Grit. To celebrate, I want to give away a book by Max Lucado, one of my favorite authors. His book, In the Grip of Grace goes hand in hand with our topic of Faith vs Presumption and it also talks about what is so very dear to my heart, God’s unmerited GRACE!. To enter for a chance to win a hard copy of this book, just leave a comment sharing about something that increased your faith. For extra entries, tweet or share about this give away on FB and let me know you did that. This offer ends Wednesday, May 23.
1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
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This is Dunrobin Castle in Scotland. It is a majestic thing of beauty and yet it represents all the strength and fortitude a castle should. Many of us will never get to travel to an authentic ancient castle, but we each have our own castle to gaurd…it is whatever God has entrusted to us on this earth.
He loves us enough to give us the resources that we need to defend our castles. Castles have high walls and many are built on high hills or mountaintops so that the view upon the enemy is an advantage. If we are his child, our castle is built high upon a rock, the ROCK WHICH IS CHRIST. He is an unmoveable, unchangeable, solid Rock.
Castles have many windows and vantage points. These serve the dual purpose of letting in the light of the sun (they didn’t have electricity back then) and providing a view of the surrounding grounds and terrain. From such a vantage point, an approaching foe or friend could be identified from miles away. Our castles have windows to let in the LIGHT of God’s direction. If we keep a vigilant watch, He will show us any approaching enemy and he will allow us His perspective and view on the surrounding world.
Castles often have protective features of a controlled approach and entrance. Many even have drawbridges and moats. A moat is the water that prevents the enemy from being able to get ladders against the walls of the castle or otherwise provides a barrier to challenge the enemy’s ability to get close enough for a full fledged assault. This forces the enemy to keep a distance in attack and makes it easier to defend the castle. In biblical terms, WATER represents the LIVING WORD. By staying in the Word of God, we add a protective defence to help us gaurd and defend our treasures and to keep the enemy at a distance. The Word teaches us the battle plan and strategies for living a safe, protected and honorable life. The Word keeps us holy, pure, and seperated from the world around us that is full of ungodly living, and wrong choices. We need to monitor carefully what we allow to enter our castle for the enemy can often sneak in through something we allow, and then have the advantage of launching an ambush from within.
Did you also know that the castles of Medieval times had dungeons. I think our castles should have a dungeon as well. What goes in the dungeon? The wrong thoughts, the wrong influences, the wrong associations, anything that is contrary to God’s will for our life, that would hinder our relationship with him and dishonor Him.casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ 2 CORINTHIANS 10:5
What are my treasures? My home, my family, the Earthly blessings I have been given to be a trusted steward over, and most importantly…
My relationship with my Heavenly Father, the most high King and gaurdian of my life…for I am his castle to gaurd.