God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea, even if the oceans roar and foam, or the mountains shake at the raging sea.~Psalm 46:1-3 ICB
They say peace is not the absence of a storm, but the presence of God in the midst of one.
How we need the Lord’s presence, because a storm is raging in these last days. The tide of evil is quickly rising, and the enemy would like nothing more than to paralyze us with fear.
Beloved, I come to you with good news.
You may not feel strong enough to endure what lies ahead, but the strength we will need to endure does not come from ourselves, but by way of the empowering grace of God.
The strength we will need to endure does not come from ourselves, but by way of the empowering grace of God.~Julie Souza Bradley Lilly, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
The power and grace that protected Daniel in the lion’s den, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, will rise up at the appointed time for us, too. We will be empowered to stand in an hour when others kneel.
In my distress I cried to the LORD, and He heard me.~Psalm 120:1 NKJV
Are you worried about the days ahead? Beloved, let us bring our fears to the Lord. God’s presence is with us no matter the storm. He hears us, and He cares.
What fear do you need to trust God with this day? Will you take it to Him?
Father God, apart from the Rock of Christ Jesus, everything around me is shaking. I offer my fears in exchange for Your peace. Just as I have faith that I am saved by grace, I have faith that You will empower me by grace. No matter what I will face, I will face it with You. Your strength will be made perfect in my weakness.
Holy Spirit, at the appointed time, rise up in me, so like Daniel among lions, and the three in the furnace, I will stand firm, whether before the breath of lions or surrounded by flames.
Lord God, when the skies rumble, the ground shakes and the winds swirl around me, may I not fear. And when dark clouds gather overhead, may Your grace lift my face to heaven, to look expectantly for my Savior.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God. With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries and PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides, tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
For more encouragement, visit Julie’s websites. At Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, Julie shares encouraging articles with prayers. At Gift of Thorns, Julie and her contributor team share powerful and life-changing input, inspiring readers to passionately pursue God.
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