July 02, 2015

Devotional



Raise Your Sights

Does the ever-present threat of disaster surrounding us in the news media sometimes leave you sleepless? Earthquakes, fires, floods and other natural disasters, nuclear war, famine, inflation, job loss and economic failure? Day after day, we are bombarded with threats of all these things. The world's message of hopelessness is clear; we are on the edge of destruction.

It's no wonder if we dwell on these things, we can have a very hard time sleeping at night. "What will happen to us? Will our children survive?" Subtle spirits of despair can camp over us like a heavy fog, stifling every urge to worship or seek the Lord.

God's Word does not ignore these threats of destruction, but realistically concentrates on giving you the hope and courage you need to deal with them. Psalm 91 is a good example: "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" (Psalm 91:5-7, NKJV).

In the Book of Revelation also, God promises that those who keep His Word and do not deny His Name will be protected! So, as you prepare for sleep tonight, be careful what you concentrate on.

Don't focus on all the fears and threats of what Satan wants to do; raise your sights to all God will do when you glorify Him!

God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, I praise You for the new revelation I have of You as my Protector...my rock and my shield from harm and devastation. Grant me a greater anointing to boldly proclaim Your Word and not to deny Your Name. Then, "In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust" (Psalm 4:8, AMP). Grant this, dear Lord. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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