The fender is there for a reason.

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Every now and again I see vehicles, usually off road vehicles such as jeep, pick ups and SUVs, with the fenders cut down or removed or sometimes they put HUGE, WIDE tires on them for driving in the mud and such with the tires protruding far past the fenders. Sometimes I see them driving on wet streets and they are throwing water and such everywhere. It gets all over the sides of their vehicles and throws the dirt, water, mud and other stuff onto other cars as well. I always sort of shake my head, at least in my mind, and wonder why they do such things. I wonder why they don’t have the fenders in place or put extensions on to protect their car and other vehicles from damage as well. It also creates safety concerns. If they are throwing water and mud onto their windshields and onto other cars it can cause issues with visibility and that can contribute to accidents. The fenders are there for a reason.

Well, as I thought on that, I realized that we need spiritual fenders too. We have them, but a lot of folks won’t use them or they try to, but do things that extend beyond the protection of the fenders. I have at times had my fenders off and years ago, when I was walking with Christ started slowly pushing things with my actions that would be like putting progressively wider and wider tires on a vehicle. Each step was a little further and further beyond the protection of Christ, not because He wouldn’t have forgiven me, but because I pretended what I was doing “wasn’t that wrong” so did not ask for forgiveness. Eventually, I “removed the fenders” and wasn’t following Him. I placed myself where I suffered the consequences of sinning. Mud thrown onto my windshield such that my visibility was impaired and I further lost my way. Every little rock and pebble that was in the road I travelled was thrown onto my spiritual vehicle, chipping the paint and damaging the windshield.

After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Genesis 15:1

 

Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places. Deuteronomy 33:29

 

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. 2 Samuel 22:36

 

But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalms 3:3

 

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  Ephesians 6:16

 

But, I didn’t need to deal with all those issues. God is our fender, our SHIELD, against all the things the world and enemy throw at us. When I stopped trying to be as I was, confessed my sins to Christ, the Son of God who died for our sins and was risen, I was forgiven. He put my fenders back on, He gave me a shield to protect me. Not only that, but he restored the finish and made me like new. What a MIGHTY and MERCIFUL God we serve!

Lord, Praise You for Your love, mercy and grace. For all that You are. I thank You that I have been made as new, that You gave me back my spiritual fenders when I received salvation. I pray that You continue to work in my life and help me better seek You, seek Your way in my life. Help me keep the fender in place and to not foolishly extend beyond the protection of those fenders. Help me better know the mind of Christ and the love He has for us all. I pray in Jesus name that loved ones be drawn closer to You and Your truths and that You show them all Your will and plans for them. Help us all to better learn to hear You when You speak to us and not be deceived by the enemy. Give us all the shields we need to be protected. I ask that You be with me today at work that I may be a blessing to others and I show You through me words and actions.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. I hope someone gets some benefit from my thoughts. I wish they were deep profound thought and words, but little things help remind me of what I need to do in my walk with Christ. I hope all have a blessed day and are able to be a blessing to at least one other person.

God is my Sidearm

 

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So, an interesting thing I noticed today. I’m not sure when exactly, but a change in my behavior came to my attention today. While there have been a lot of changes since I came back to Christ, some I notice, some others notice, this one though, I did not realize until today. I have been carrying a side arm, a pistol, since I returned from Iraq, unless it is not allowed. Oh, it’s all legal and such, and though it was necessary for me to use my sidearm there, I have not needed to do so since I got back. Well, then why carry one if you don’t really need to carry it? That comes down to the pistol being a security blanket of sorts. I was so used to carrying one that I felt uncomfortable without one. I would get nervous, antsy without one. There was something about feeling the weight of it, knowing IF I needed it, I had it. Without it, I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable. I know a lot has to do with my experiences at war, but I am certain there are other factors involved as well. But, today, I got to work for the day, reached to take my weapon and secure it as I can’t carry it in at work. AND…..it wasn’t there! I did not get nervous, I did not feel insecure, at risk, vulnerable or any other term you can use to describe how I felt without one before. I was fine, just sort of shrugged it off and went about my business. As the day progressed, I thought about it a bit more a time or two. I didn’t really dwell on the thought, but I would puzzle on why the change in my attitude. As I thought on it some, I realized that many times over the last several weeks I have left home without it and hadn’t given it a thought. That is a HUGE change for me. The sidearm was my security blanket if you will, my protection, my safety in case of danger. As I thought about it, I realized that now, God is my Sidearm, my Shield, my Security, my Protector from danger. Without realizing it consciously I had given up the firearm and replaced it with God.

I want to tell you, this replacement is SO MUCH BETTER! I don’t feel nervous, I don’t feel anxious, I don’t feel vulnerable or exposed. I have peace that He will take care of me.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

 

Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. Psalms 71:21

 

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 14:16-18

 

26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

John 15:26-27

 

 

There are many more references to comfort. Yes, He has comforted me in regards to many things. This just happens to be the one I noticed today. Praise Jesus. What a mighty God we serve.

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Psalms 18:35

 

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalms 28:7

 

Yes, He is my shield, my protection. Again, WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!

Lord, I praise You and thank You for the comfort, for being my shield, for making so many changes in me. I pray You continue the work You have begun. Make me the servant for You I should be. I ask that You help me better understand Your plans for me. That I submit to Your will for me. I pray that loved ones be receptive and understanding of Your plans in their lives as well. Draw those not saved to You, so they may have the salvation You offer through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus. I ask You teach me to seek You more every day.

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. Small thing I know, but after so long, feeling naked and alone without a sidearm, it is amazing to me that He has made such changes.

I gotta say it, I do love my Christ and He loves me too, or He sure wouldn’t do all He is doing in my life.