Stanley D. Gale (MDiv Westminster, DMin Covenant) has pastored churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania for over 30 years. He is the author of several books, including A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ and The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith. He has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1975. They have four children and nine grandchildren. He lives in West Chester, Pa.
With Paul in the School of Spiritual Warfare (3 of 5)
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
That army that surrounded Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6 are promised to all God-fearers. I tend to think in terms of physical protection and that it is, but the LORD's hand is not limited to the security of my house against the druggie who wants Grandma's silver plate. There is nothing, i.e., no thing whether physical, mental, actual, or imagined from which I am not delivered.
Look at Psalm 37, a psalm of protection and covering by the hand of the LORD. It ends in vvs 38-39 these assuring words, “The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in him.”
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 28
Evening: Psalm 103
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The Apostles’ Creed gives us a syllabus of basic biblical teaching for being rooted and built up in Christ, established in the faith.
What we see unleashed in our society today is not the product of an enlightened mind, but rather a willing descent into the darkness of sin.
My house shall be called a house of prayer.
Abiding in Christ is necessary for spiritual life, health, vitality, and fruitfulness.