Day 195: Stronghold (July 14)

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in Whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Psalm 18:2

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Psalm 46:7

While running recently I saw a mountain.  This mountain had a cave in it with rock jutting out above the entrance, like an awning.  I was standing in the shadow of the entrance and I felt so safe.  Then God spoke to me, “I am your stronghold in times of trouble. I am even your stronghold as you battle fear inside your heart and mind.”  I saw that during this season, or any other, as I struggle occasionally to maintain positive mindset, I can continue to run into that refuge.  I can stay tucked away in His Presence as protection.

This morning when I woke up, I had a million thoughts of “what if” and was starting to make plans in case what we were praying for didn’t happen.  I was believing for disappointment, but if you’ll recall, several days ago. God told me to plan for Him to prosper me.

Like a thief, the enemy tries to come in and rob our peace if we aren’t careful.  I also am beginning to see he tries to get us to speak fear and lack because he knows that the power of life and death are in the tongue.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.  Proverbs 18:21

So, I began my morning remembering the truth.  It was hard at first because the fear and doubt felt so strong, but I know there is no strongman that God cannot defeat.  He is faithful to protect me when I will choose to run into Him.

If you struggle with this same type of thing, then I encourage you to try this.  When fearful thoughts come knocking at the door to your heart and mind, begin to reflect on all the times when God has been faithful to you.  Bring to mind an account of your time with God.  Search the memory banks of your heart and find His faithfulness.  Undoubtedly, there will be many instances.  As you consider these things, you are drawing yourself deep into the cave of His stronghold.  You are resting around the fire of His faithfulness, like a camper who seeks refuge in a storm.  You are dwelling with the Almighty.

Take some time this morning and reflect on His faithfulness to you.  Our God in Whom we trust.  He is faithful.  He is worthy.

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!”  Psalm 91:2

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.  Nahum 1:7

He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken.  Psalm 62:6