Faithful to Hold

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. – (2 Thessalonians 3:3, NIV) 

But the Lord is faithful; He will make you strong and guard you from satanic attacks of every kind. – (2 Thessalonians 3:3, TLB) 

Still, the Lord is true to His promises; He will hold you up and guard you against the evil one. – (2 Thessalonians 3:3, VOICE) 

God is faithful. He strengthens us when we feel weak, and He is our protector and help when evil seems to surround us. Much of our struggle with evil is subtle. Our heart, our mind, and our character are challenged by the darkness. That voice or thought that tells us anything about who we are that does not align with God’s word, is an evil assault on our soul. The more we are immersed in His word, the truth that sets us free, the better we are able to stand strong and secure in the truth that He assures us is so. We are His; we are chosen; He has a plan and a purpose for each of us. God is faithful to meet us in our fear and doubt, and remind us again of what is true. His strength is mightier than anything that may come against us, and He promises are true forever. May we seek and invest time in pursuing God; for He is faithful and with strengthen and protect us from all that comes against us. 

Promises of God, 

The truth that remains; 

No matter what comes, 

We can trust His Name. 

The lies that assault, 

Who we truly are; 

From the pit of hell, 

Intended to scar. 

But God, in His love, 

Speaks truth to each heart; 

Affirming in grace, 

In Him, who we are. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful to guard and protect us from evil as we trust and depend on You. Thank You that You speak truth to every heart that seeks You. Forgive us for not seeking You in our fears and doubts. Teach us to lean into You and to listen to what You have to say. Show us how to love those around us in a way that extends safety and goodness to all. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You and trust You to keep us safe from all evil. Amen. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. – Psalm 33:4

Strength in the Struggle

image by Philosophers Stone

image by Philosophers Stone

The battle continues.

The war is raging on.

Invisible struggle,

fight between right and wrong.

We have a Defender,

ever ready to fight;

our Strength in the battle;

He who makes all things right.

To survive the attacks,

we must call on His Name,

trust in His strength alone,

know He’s true to His claim.

Pray for His strengthening,

know the truth of His word;

spend time with truth-speakers,

so faithfulness is heard.

Do as He is asking,

allow the Lord to lead;

persevere with great faith;

He’ll provide all we need.

(Responding to 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your unending faithfulness.  Thank You that You are always willing to provide what is needed to navigate the narrow road.  Forgive us for our fears and for forgetting the forces that are fighting against us that we cannot see.  Teach us how to pray and equip ourselves to fight the good fight, so that we may stand strong in You, regardless of what comes our way.  Thank You that You are our strength when our own strength is gone, and that it is in that very space of seeming weakness, that You are able to use us the most.  Help us to be open and available to You in all things and at all times.  May our willingness to listen and obey, allow Your love and light to shine brightly before all who need to know You.  May many come to call You Lord and King as a result.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present