Have you been under attack in your life lately?
Do you feel like life is a car, you're the windshield, and you're driving 80 miles an hour through a cloud of big, nasty bugs? If so, you're not alone.
I've seen a lot of warfare in my life recently also:
- I've had distractions;
- my husband got a bad report from his doctor;
- I've been tired.
Many other things have happened as well. I won't bore you with them; you have your own things to deal with. None of these things are signs of impending doom; they are just warfare. They just mean that God is on the move and the enemy doesn't like it.
But you know what? God is greater, and He makes us a way of escape whenever attack comes.
Isaiah 59:19 tells us:
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”
That phrase “lift up a standard against him” actually means that the Spirit of the Lord will make a way of escape when we are attacked.
It says the Spirit of the Lord will make a way for us to flit away from the onset of the enemy. Like a butterfly flits away whenever you get near it, we can flit away from the enemy because God has made us a way of escape.
This last Monday night, I wanted to escape from all this enemy attack.
I help lead a prophetic worship and prayer meeting on Monday nights. When I I got to church to prepare for the service, I gathered my team and asked one thing:
I asked for us to just press into Jesus as hard as we could, so He could hide us from all attacks of the enemy.
And you know what? We did, and our Good, Good Father met His end of the bargain.
We focused on Jesus. We stared at Him and worshipped Him as Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, our Good, Good Father. We fixed our gaze upon His face and adored Him. We poured our hearts upon His feet like the woman who washed Jesus' feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.
And God hid us in His bosom. He gave us rest and shelter from the enemy. I could feel the peace and rest and restoration of His presence, and I've still felt it every day since then.
All that worship–just pressing into God–made a dramatic difference.
Monday during the day, my circumstances were feeling like bugs and I felt like that windshield, getting smattered with all those nasty bugs. It wasn't pleasant. But as I pressed into God, He made all things new.
What do you need to escape from?
Are you having a tough time at work? Are things tough in your marriage? Are you discouraged? Are your children misbehaving?
No matter what manner of attack you are experiencing in your life, you can run and hide in the bosom of the Father, and you will be safe there.
The Holy Spirit has a way of escape for you today. That Escape is to hide in our Father Himself.
Psalm 91:1-4 contains God's invitation to you to come and hide under His wings:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”
No matter what you're dealing with today, if you will hide in the Father's bosom, you will be safe.
Look at the protection our Father God promises when we hide in Him:
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:5-11).
This is why David cried out to the Lord, “Keep me as the apple of Your eye! Hide me under the shadow of Your wings!”
Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me” (Psalm 19:8-9).
I don't know about you, but my heart echoes the cry of David. Lord, keep me as the apple of Your eye!
Father, hide me under the shadow of Your wings from all my enemies! Shelter me from the world, Lord, and hide me from all stress and worry!
Can you identify?
Precious reader, I don't know what you're going through. But our Father does. If you have made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, then you have a Daddy God who loves you. His Spirit dwells in you, and He wants to shelter you from all attack of the enemy.
All you have to do is come to Him. Press in close. Snuggle up in His lap and crawl under His wings. You will be safe there, and He will protect you.
Does this message encourage you today? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!