Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hidden

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~Psalm 91:1

A friend of mine recently made a Facebook post which included this verse. This just excited me and I commented, “I love that whenever we feel attacked, overwhelmed, or just out of sorts we can simply cry out to God and He immediately shields us, hiding us from the enemy.”

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But you know, immediately after I posted this I was inspired that God gives us so much more than just a shield. When we are shielded by or “under the shadow of” the Almighty, we are hidden from the enemy.  Hidden!  
Did you get that? He can’t see us.

If he can’t see us, he can’t mess with us.  Think about this for a minute. 

In the movie Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent sends her minions and even her evil crow to fly throughout the kingdom, searching for the princess so that she could destroy her. But Maleficent couldn’t see her. Why? One reason is because Maleficent’s minions were morons, but Princess Aurora was hidden, literally in plain sight.

Now, change that to the devil looking for you.  By the way, he is looking for you.  God’s Word says that he “prowls around looking for someone to devour.” If he’s looking to devour you, dear lovelies that means he’s looking to literally destroy you.

BUT… He can’t.

Now let’s leave that for one minute and look at what happens when we run to our Almighty. Like hiding behind your mom’s skirts when you were little, or even under Grandma’s apron, you were hidden from whatever was after you. Whether you were hiding from a sibling, a friend, or something or someone who scared you, when you were under that shield, you were hidden and safe. You knew it. Why? Because you knew that Mom or Grandma wouldn’t let anything or anyone touch or harm you. That’s how it is with God, our Almighty Father, our Heavenly Daddy. He is our Refuge and Safe Place.

Can you imagine how frustrating it is for the devil that while he’s attacking you, wreaking havoc with your emotions and physical self, that suddenly you disappear? *POOF!* You are hidden from his sight. Invisible to the enemy. 

One word and you’re gone.

Jesus!

We are held in the palm of His hand. We are covered by the hand of God. Then we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. And nothing and no one can touch us. Period.

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Look lovelies, every day we wrestle with spiritual issues. They may come in various forms, causing us to think we are dealing with physical issues, personal issues with another, financial issues, mental or even emotional issues. But in reality it’s all stemmed from spiritual warfare.

The gist of it all is that we are attacked all day long, every day. We can handle it in one of two ways; physical or spiritual. If we handle it physically, we will wear ourselves out.  However, if we choose to handle it spiritually, we have immediate safety.

We may not see it with our physical eye, but if we look at it from a spiritual standpoint, we will see the hand of God moving in our situation, shielding us and rallying around us to bring our situation under His control. All we have to do is rest in Him, trust Him, and allow Him to do His thang.

Our Almighty, Most High, Heavenly Daddy, is our Strong Tower. We can run into Him and be safe. We can hide under His mighty wing, shielded from the enemy, hidden so that we can rest and recuperate. It’s not our battle, after all.  It belongs to the Lord.  And He has promised to fight for us. In fact, He already did, and He won. Therefore, we always win!

Are you tired today?  Are you running out of steam?  Have you run to the Almighty and allowed Him to hide you under His wing? If not, why are you still trying to do things on your own? Stop wearing yourself out and call to the Lord. He will hear you and answer you, but not before He shields you from your adversary.

Sometimes it’s a good thing to stay hidden for a while and rest. Gather your resources, put on your full armor, prepare for the wrestling match, and when you’re ready, God will raise his wing and you will appear before the enemy, already victorious… and there won’t be anything he can do about it. Why? Because as God raises His wing from you, you will already have your foot on the neck of the enemy and he will have to leave you alone.

Now, how exciting is that!

If you’re out of sorts today, let me encourage and challenge you today to run to God. While you’re hidden, pick up His Word and read Psalm 91. And if you want to read more encouragement, contact me for a limited reading list at shelley@shelleywilburn.org.


Until then…



2 comments:

Denise Wheaton said...

I love this so much. You stated it perfectly. ♡ Such a blessed state of mind! Knowing we have this shelter, this secret place.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thank you, Denise!

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