Preserved though Intimidated!

Verse for Today: Friday, July 15, 2011
Psalms 12:7
You, O Lord, will keep them (safe); You will preserve them from this generation forever.

We live in a generation which is ungodly. This generation is under the clutches of Satan and sin and is opposed to any thing that God does in this world. The people of this generation are used often by the enemy of our souls against us who are God’s children. We can see them in every walk of life, at work places, public places, service centers, on streets, market places and even in religious institutions. They are the best instruments in the hands of their master to intimidate and challenge God’s children and their life of faith. We are often ill-treated, back bitted, gossiped about and schemed against. Our words are often misinterpreted and misrepresented. Our motives are misunderstood and we are misquoted. The enemy uses them to challenge our faith and trust in God. Their work ethic is manipulation and blackmailing. They do not have any ethics in the work place or in businesses. They say something and do something else so that they can achieve their goals of increasing their profit and other selfish desires. They win with their tongues which are twisted to say things to meet their goals in life and it is often at the expense of the children of God. These lead God’s people into a lot of frustration and heartaches. They are often deprived of their rights and privileges through the people of this generation. But we are reminded today by the Word of God that this is not the end of the story. Even when the enemy tries to use people against the children of God, these brutal acts do not go unnoticed by the Lord. He watches these from above, rescues and safe keeps His children under His wings. They may suffer temporary losses of various kinds, but the Lord gives them deliverance and ultimate victory.

Dear reader, are you experiencing persecution of some sort in the hands of the people around you? Perhaps you are going through bitter experiences at your place of work or business. You might be looked at as a failure and an unintelligent person because you are not smart enough to win over their tactics. Do not let the intimidation of the enemy through the people around you downcast you and make you despair. You are going through these experiences because your values are that of the Lord and His Word. Your methods are not of flesh, but of Spirit. You cannot use fleshly and worldly tactics to win over your situations. You also have to realize that these people who are used by the enemy are not your real enemy and that the real enemy is only using them in his hands as puppets. He wants to scratch our skins and bleed us so that we might be tempted to react like the worldly people. But you and I have the consolation that we are preserved by the Lord in His mighty hands. We might temporarily experience setbacks of different kinds in the hands of the perverse generation in the midst of which we live. But the Lord makes sure that our ultimate spiritual interests are never affected. He keeps us in His peace which passes all understanding. He helps us to forgive our detractors and forget the temporary losses through their hands because no one can thwart us of our permanent inheritance in Heaven. He keeps our hearts and minds in peace and comfort in Him so that we will have the spiritual strength to bear with any of the intimidation of this generation with the spirit of forbearance, patience and peace. Joseph, David, Nehemiah, Ezra, Jeremiah, Paul and others had similar experience and they got victory over their situations through the Lord. The same Lord is alive for us today and He will give us His grace in abundance to weather away the intimidation of the enemy for His name’ sake.

Psalms 12:5 – “Because of the oppressions of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”

Thought for Today
The strong shield of the grace of God around His children will preserve them from the fieriest darts which come through the ungodly around them.

PRESERVED THOUGH INTIMIDATED!!
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