Are you full of fear? Feeling vulnerable and defenseless?
We all feel like that at some point in our lives.
It is hard to grow when you are fearful. Instead of focusing on what matters, you spend time trying to manage your fears and protect yourself from the unknown.
But you do not have to do that.
The Lord is your defense; he will not let you leave in defeat. God is ready to fight on your behalf and defeat your enemies. (Psalm 94:22)
So start seeing him as your defender. See your heavenly Father as:
Long ago, people used to protect their cities by constructing large surrounding walls.
That wall is what is referred to as a fortress. Fortresses created an atmosphere of safety because people knew that their enemies would have to break these walls down first to reach them.
Instead of looking at yourself as someone who is defenseless, see yourself surrounded by God.
Our heavenly Father is a wall of fire. (Zechariah 2:5)
See a wall of fire surrounding and protecting you from the attacks of the enemy.
God, our fortress brings peace to our hearts just the way a fortress brought peace to people in ancient times.
Stop making other people, your finances, or family your fortress.
People and situations change.
Like the wall of Jericho, the things of this world will come down. But no one can bring God down.
He is the impenetrable wall that surrounds us. (Psalm 91:2)
A shield offers protection against the attacks of the enemy.
Through ages, people have used shields to protect themselves against arrows and swords.
No matter what you’re going through, see God your shield, covering and hiding you safely.
Your heavenly Father will never leave you helpless.
He is a reliable God who will protect you at any cost as long as you put your trust in him and walk in his ways. (Psalm 28:7)
Rely on him to protect you from sin and the challenges of life.
The more we know God, the easier it is for us to see him shielding us from every manner of evil.
To honor God with your life, you need to operate in supernatural strength. David needed supernatural strength to defeat his enemies; that is why he depended on God.
He saw God as his strength because David knew that he could not win the battles that he was facing using his strength.
In your weakest moments in life, do not turn to people or things that perish.
Turn to God and let him be your source of strength. He will never forsake the righteous. (Exodus 15:2)
See him giving you the strength to face that boss that is hard to deal with or that child that is making you have sleepless nights.
See him as your strength as you make that presentation before potential investors.
Your heavenly Father is ready to come to your defense. You only need to trust and rely on him fully.
Stop trying to do things your way and allow him to be your fortress, strength, and shield.