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Minute Manna - #0136 - "Surrounded"

Psalm 5: 12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround them as with a shield.

If David wrote that the righteous would be surrounded with a shield, that must mean the righteous would need to be shielded from something. Have you ever wondered why you’re going through so much? Or maybe why you take one step forward and two steps back? Can I tell you that you are not alone?  Even the King of Israel, the man after God’s own heart, had to remind himself that God would surround him with a shield in the day of adversity.  

I dare not remove the responsibility of the consequences of misguided decisions or actions but every time something bad happens in your life, it doesn’t mean: YOU did it, caused it, or DESERVED IT.  The truth of the matter is: good things happens to bad people, and bad things happen to good people.

Matthew 5: 45 so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father

who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil 

and on those who are good, 

and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] 

and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him].

So, our focus must be removed from what happened, and to whom it is happening. Our focus must be shifted to the One Who has the answer and the ability to keep us in all things. 

David was anointed king of Israel, even though he remained on the backside of the desert tending to the sheep.  A menial and unseemly position for a king, wouldn’t you think?  He fought a bear and a lion, and the point is, he shouldn’t have been in the desert, ashe was already anointed to be king.  He should have been in the palace. David could have been a little depressed and gotten angry.  He could have blamed Jessie for not believing in him; he could have said: what’s the point of being anointed FOR a position if I’m not appointed TO the position.  But he didn’t, he kept doing what he did and fighting for what he had always fought for. He was surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. (Hebrews 12:1)

Poor little David ended up on the front lines of a battle with a giant, and it wasn’t his fight; he was there delivering Happy Meals to his hateful brothers. He defeated the enemy of Israel, not because he was armed valiantly, and not because he was in the highest of positions, and certainly not because everything was “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” in his life.  He defeated the giant because he was SURROUNDED by the anointing of God! 

When you are at your lowest point; when you are pressed on every side and see no relief in sight; when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel; when ends just won’t meet; having done all to stand, STAND THEREFORE!

Ephesians 6: 10 Finally brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the high places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which, you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

God bless and keep you is my prayer!  Have a blessed day!

Pastor Sherry Damron

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