So was talking to God this morning and praying and he gave me this scripture –
Proverbs 2:7 – He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose way of life is blameless
Looking up an alternative version it said:
He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity
This shield reference from God has been quite prevalent in my walk with him, he has given me a number of verses relating to being my shield and I think it’s amazing that he does continue to offer me his shelter and security, absorbing all my worries, yet he is also clearly telling me here that he needs me to walk with integrity, to be honest and principled and try to live a blameless life and that he will then give me the victory and grant me his treasures. We are none of us perfect but we can aim to walk closely with God and live blameless lives, look and see what we are doing in our lives, check our behaviour when required and desire to become more like Jesus every day and it just made me reflect, if God is for me, who can be against me?
If God was all you had, the only thing available to you then you have all you need, so long as you know God is for you it doesn’t matter who you think is against you, it doesn’t matter if you feel like no-one is there like when you feel your friends don’t care, your family don’t see or hear you, when you feel invisible, lonely or miserable, God is invincible and your identity is in him not your sin or your feelings, remember God’s hears your every word, knows your every thought and sees into your heart, so don’t fall apart when you’re under attack, sit back and let God shield you, protect and defend you, he’s there as a friend as well as your God, he has given you his word, every word he has given is flawless so you are not helpless, wait for his word to guide and renew you, here’s what to do, don’t stand still, God seeks to build your strength and confidence take his hand and press past fear knowing God is near, for he is your strength and your shield, let your heart trust in him and he will help you, however hard to do let your heart be filled with joy, try bursting out in songs of thanksgiving and praise for worship is a mighty weapon, your God, your deliverer, God’s on your side therefore you are destined for victory, he died, we live, and as we live he gives us free will and choice, choose to hear his voice, choose today whom you will serve, positive self-talk is clearly needed, you can do this, through God all things are possible, the Lord is a shield around you, he is your glory the one who lifts your head high and know this, the enemy would not attack you if you were not of value, thieves don’t target empty houses, trust that you are on the right path, trusting in God’s plans for you, doing what he wants you to do, being blameless and honest, upright and walking the closest you can to perfection, giving all your love and affection to your heavenly Saviour, constantly working on your thoughts and behaviours because you endeavour to become more like Jesus to help others become free of the chains of bondage, so rest assured you are surrounded by the shield of the God of Ages who came to save us, don’t ever feel like you’re on your own for you will never know how much he loves you, how much his sacrifice cost, but you know without him you would be lost, alone and struggling to cope, without Jesus you would have no hope.