Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Lord is Almighty ~ Guest Post by Andy Castro

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1  (KJV)

Just a note from Cheryl before you read Andy's article —
"For years, I have loved and found great comfort in the 91st Psalm.  Especially during this current COVID- 19 pandemic, I have been speaking it over my family and me on a daily basis.  I wrote about it HERE.  Lately, I have been thinking how wonderful it would be to delve into this chapter and write a series on it, breaking it down, verse by verse.  Imagine my surprise when I received an email from a brother in Lord who is a fellow writer on the Free Chapel Writing Team telling me he would like to submit something for this series, and the subject matter is a study he is beginning on Psalm 91!  I was so thrilled and amazed at how God works and orchestrates every detail.  I am so thankful Andy chose to share this with us, and I know it will be a blessing and comfort to you!"
Strong's Definition of Almighty
Comes from the root word "sh√Ędad"
A primitive root; properly to be burly, that is, (figuratively) powerful (passively impregnable); by implication to ravage: - dead, destroy (-er), oppress, robber, spoil (-er), X utterly, (lay) waste.

I love the definition of the word "Almighty."
It doesn't give way to making our God sound weak.
I need God to be "Almighty" in my daily life.
I am comforted with the reality of God's ability to be powerful and cause severe and extensive damage to our enemies.

One thing about the Father is He repeats Himself in the Bible. He doesn't slack, reminding us of His absolute dominance.
For instance, Psalm 27:1-2. (AMP)
"The Lord is my light and my salvation— Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the refuge and fortress of my life— Whom shall I dread? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell."

This scripture tells me our enemies don't have a chance against our God.
Jesus had something to say about God's power in John 15:5 (AMP).
"I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing."
"Apart from Me, you can do nothing." Let that sink in a little bit. 

Of course, this also means the enemy can do nothing apart from God.

Where does this information put us in the grand scheme of our life here on earth?

Romans 14:7-8 (AMP) states,
"None of us lives for himself [for his own benefit, but for the Lord], and none of us dies for himself [but for the Lord]. If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. So then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's."

1 Corinthians 7:23 (AMP)backs this up stating;
"You were bought with a price [a precious price paid by Christ]; do not become slaves to men [but to Christ]."

We, as followers of Christ, are to live for Him and Him alone. If we cave in to fear, worry, and dread, we have turned ourselves into the hand of the enemy and walked away from all Jesus has done for us in His death and resurrection. 

Scripture tells us in Romans 8:6 (AMP),
"Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever—because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God—both now and forever].

This statement, "But the mind of the Spirit is life and peace" is the kind of experience the Father intended for us to live all along.  If we purposely walk in the Spirit, we can dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. If we focus our life on Him, He protects us from those who hate us.

If we can grasp a portion of how mighty God is, we can be secure and rest in Him. We can live a fearless life of peace and walk in the ways of the Lord.

Any time you are facing fear, you have the right to run to the Father and be comforted with the reality of God's ability to be powerful and cause severe and extensive damage to your enemies.
Fear not, for the Lord is "Almighty."
I'm going to sit under Him.
Will you join me?

Andy

Bio: Since recommitting his life to Christ in 2000, God has changed Andy in such a way, he hardly recognizes himself. Andy is a story of God's grace and mercy.

He now writes and speaks as a voice of inspiration to encourage people to "find the call" for their life and to fulfill their God-given purpose. He writes to help you in your pursuit.

You can connect with Andy and reading his writing at Live As If.



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I hope you have a chance to stop by and visit Andy's website!  It is packed with encouragement and spiritual edification.


The God of Angel Armies ~ Chris Tomlin

Continue to dwell in that "secret place" of the Most High, dear friends.
There is no safer place than to abide under the shadow of the Almighty!

7 comments:

  1. Andy, thank you for reminding us that God is the Almighty, and we can always seek shelter beneath His wings of protection. My husband recently printed out Psalm 91 and saved it to his computer desktop rotation. Such wonderful words of comfort in these times!
    May God continue to bless you, and Cheryl, too!

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    1. What a wonderful idea, Martha! I pray Psalm 91 over my family and me daily. Every promise is contingent upon that first verse (our dwelling the secrety place of the most high and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty). Oh, the promises we can claim if we only live in that secret place! God bless you and your family!

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  2. Thank you Andy for your words of encouragement that God is Almighty. Psalms 91 is a favorite passage and brings such comfort during this time. May God bless your ministry. Thank you Cheryl

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    1. Thank you for your sweet visit and kind words, Pam!

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  3. Thank you Andy for this reminder in these times. I have recently reread Psalm 91 and have been greatly comforted by it.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  4. I feel strengthened in Christ and appreciate Andy's thoughts and the Scripture he shared. Thank you, Cheryl, for this wonderful post!

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