Sunday, January 10, 2016

January 10, 2016: A Strong Tower

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 10

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Ruth Hanna leading in worship and singing … The Name of the Lord Is A Strong Tower, declaring where our refuge comes … every day … in every circumstance.

Highlight Passage:   Proverbs 18:10 [NKJV] …
3 The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; … the righteous run into it and they are safe. 
… Abiding in His word will set you free!!
Highlight Context – Joshua 20: 1-9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Those who love and praise their God, … THE GOD … will draw water from His well of salvation.

Reference Passage #1 … Psalm 32:7 [NKJV] …
7 You are my hiding place; … You shall preserve me from trouble; … You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. 
… All who’ve made Jesus LORD and Savior by faith can rely on Him as our Hiding place.

Reference Passage #2 … Ezekiel 11: 16 [NKJV] …
16 Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’ “ 
… God’s promise to His people … the ultimate remnant of faithful who will be saved by their Redeemer and Rescuer, … the Messiah.

Reference Passage #3 … John 14: 21 [NKJV] …
21 He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father; and I will love him and manifest Myself in him. 
… When we hide in Him through our obedience, He covers us with His presence and power and gives us life when we deserve death.

Reference Passage #4 … Romans 3:23, 6:23 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… We all need refuge from our sin condition.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Lawrence Darmani, taught today a strong lesson about God as our refuge. He wrote, People today still seek places of refuge, although for a variety of reasons. But as needed as these sanctuaries are, supplying shelter and food, they cannot completely meet the needs of refugees and fugitives. That rest is found only in God. Those who walk with God find true shelter and the safest protection in Him. 

To illustrate this, author Darmani used the Biblical example of cities of refuge which were established by the Levitical order (see Joshua 20:1-9) to protect those who accidentally committed murder … to protect them from the cultural practice of revenge by family and friends. In these cities (see attached photo) the perpetrator could come and find refuge and be safe. And in our sinfulness, … everyday, … we commit the equivalent of spiritual murder, often accidentally in our human condition [i.e., sinfulness]; and we all need a place to go and hide from the natural consequences of our sin [see Psalm 32:7, Prov. 18:10,  and Ezekiel 11:16 all above].

 That place is hiding in and behind Christ; and when our faith takes us there, God, the Father, doesn’t see our sin and He gives us the grace of pardon as we hide in our “city” of refuge, … our Lord and Savior.

 And do I sense what I want to shout for this truth … HALLELUJAH!!!

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … Yes, Lord, we praise Your Holy Name, where we come everyday to hide behind Your Robes of Righteousness. Amen   Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

No comments: