4/15/2020 – Pastor Brian’s Blog
Growing up I was a huge fan of Superman, and because I was young, I loved the part about Superman being faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Because I was so young, I missed an important part of the story and that was Superman’s affection for Lois Lane. Every time Lois was in trouble, anytime someone wanted to do her harm, at just the right moment, Superman would fly in and stand in front of Lois. It was like He was saying, “You want to get to Lois, you have to go through me first.”
Growing up I had three sisters and one brother. Although they would fight with me from time to time, and even though they would be mean to me, if anyone else wanted to do them harm, they would have to go through me first. It reminds me of Job when Satan wanted to do him harm. Before Satan could do anything, God said, “You have to go through Me first.”
We are living in a time when many people, and even Christians, are walking in fear because of what might happen to them. Yet as Christians we do not have to worry about the coronavirus, we don’t have to worry about someone taking advantage of us, or worry about a poor economy, or whether or not a democrat or a republican wins the presidency. We don’t have to worry about ANYTHING, because for anything to get to me, it has to go through God first.
Let me prove it. Take out a piece of paper and draw a picture of yourself. It doesn’t have to be fancy, look at mine below. Now don’t cheat, draw your picture before you read on, and at the end of the blog you will be glad you did!!
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. Genesis 17:1 – On the drawn picture of yourself, put the word “GOD” behind you, because to walk before God, He must be behind you.
It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 – Now put the word “GOD” in front of your stick figure person because God says, ‘it is the Lord God you must follow.’
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 – Now put “GOD” over you, as we are under the shadow of the Almighty.
The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, ‘Destroy him!’ Deuteronomy 33:27 – Put the word “GOD” under you, as that is where we find his everlasting arms.
This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:9 – Put “GOD” beside you, because God is no respecter of persons, as He walked with Noah, He will walk with you!
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8 – Put “GOD” beside your right hand because He is there.
When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. Job 23:9 – Put “GOD” beside your left hand because He is there too!
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 – Put “GOD” in you, because He lives in the Christian.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7 – Put a circle around you and call that circle “GOD” because He is encamped around you.
May God’s words to Joshua encourage you, just like they encouraged Joshua… “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5-6,9
If you are a visual person, (like me) or you are a person that did not follow directions very well in school (like me) and did not draw yourself, then go back and try it. No one (not even Satan) and no thing (not even the coronavirus) will be able to sneak up on you without God saying “You Have to Go Through Me First!”
May this song encourage you as it reminds us that God has us covered!