Righteousness Brings Protection – Written By Pastor Michael Heil

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“The righteous are delivered from trouble, it comes to the wicked instead.” -Proverbs 11:8

Walking righteously brings many blessings into our life.

Righteousness provides light to guide us.

Righteousness possesses a good conscience.

Righteousness strengthens our faith.

In Proverbs 11:8 (and in verse 6), we also learn walking in righteousness protects us from destruction.

In Proverbs 11:8 (and in verse 6), we also learn walking in righteousness protects us from destruction.

While working in law enforcement, I have seen this spiritual truth play out countless times.  I’ve seen individuals whose thinking will not allow them to be “disrespected” or “mocked.”  So instead of trusting God and walking away from trouble, they get into a fight, assault a person, and end up in prison; or because they want to “do my own thing,” they end up breaking the law and using drugs;  danger and trouble are drawn to them like a magnet.  The words of Proverbs 11:8, “…it comes to the wicked instead,” manifest in their lives by the exaltation of pleasure, possessions, and power that draws destruction into their life.

For the Christian who is in Christ, the presence of the Spirit protects us and keeps us by leading us away from self-gratification.  Following Him, changes our priorities in life and changes our attitudes.  We develop day by day “the mind of Christ.”  Subtly, almost unconsciously, you and I make choices and decision out of our Godly vision of reality which keeps us from the dangers and traps of Satan.  We escape the perfect will of Satan for our life.  Most of the time, we don’t recognize the innumerable ways we have been delivered from trouble because the calamity never touched us.  By faithfully walking in righteousness, we are saved from trouble.

Written by Michael Heil

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Psalm 31

the-lord-my-protectorO Lord, I have come to you for protection;
    don’t let me be disgraced.
    Save me, for you do what is right.
Turn your ear to listen to me;
    rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
    a fortress where I will be safe.
You are my rock and my fortress.
    For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
    for I find protection in you alone.
I entrust my spirit into your hand.
    Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

I hate those who worship worthless idols.
    I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
    for you have seen my troubles,
    and you care about the anguish of my soul.
You have not handed me over to my enemies
    but have set me in a safe place.

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
    Tears blur my eyes.
    My body and soul are withering away.
10 I am dying from grief;
    my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
    I am wasting away from within.
11 I am scorned by all my enemies
    and despised by my neighbors—
    even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
    they run the other way.
12 I am ignored as if I were dead,
    as if I were a broken pot.
13 I have heard the many rumors about me,
    and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
    plotting to take my life.

14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,
    saying, “You are my God!”
15 My future is in your hands.
    Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
16 Let your favor shine on your servant.
    In your unfailing love, rescue me.
17 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,
    for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
    let them lie silent in the grave.[a]
18 Silence their lying lips—
    those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

19 How great is the goodness
    you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
    blessing them before the watching world.
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
    safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
    far from accusing tongues.

21 Praise the Lord,
    for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
    He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22 In panic I cried out,
    “I am cut off from the Lord!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
    and answered my call for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
    For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
    but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
24 So be strong and courageous,
    all you who put your hope in the Lord!

Quick To Deliver

The word today is “Quick to deliver!”

Last Sunday, I was driving to church with my Mom and my children. I was driving on a long stretched-out road, and I was calling out a word describing God’s attributes for each letter of the alphabet.

Just as I said, “You are the God that comes QUICK to deliver!”  An SUV went through a stop sign, and then the driver turned her head, realized she pulled out in front of me, seeing me coming right at her.  She panicked, took her hands off the wheel putting them on her head, mouth opened, and stood there waiting for my car to smash right into her! We all knew I was going to literally hit her smack in the middle of her car, going 45 miles as that’s the speed limit. I slammed on my brakes, and our seatbelts locked us in. Somehow her car moved out of my way literally in a split second!  I mean both her hands still on her head and off the wheel, her car moved out of my way!  Of course, now I’m just stopped in the middle of this major road, and I couldn’t believe what just happened. I would lie if I didn’t tell you, that woman should not be driving.  It was so stupid and extremely dangerous what she did. Who could blame me for believing she shouldn’t be driving?  Reckless driving kills people!  After all, she went through a stop sign through a major road without looking, then stops there, holding her head, without moving.

However, I was too busy having our own private praise and worship to our God in our car for his, “Quick to deliver” maneuver as His hand pushed that car out of my way so I wouldn’t smash into her.

In our car, I asked the kids if they were ok as they were screaming when they saw the car come out of nowhere in front of us.  They were shaken, and there was a slight bruise on Ellianna’s shoulder from the seatbelt locking her in tightly.  They saw up close and personal the deliverance of their God.

Just then God said to me, “I am that quick to deliver you. You are mine, and I take care of what belongs to me!”  I have been thinking all week on those powerful words God gave me. I knew that was engineered by God to teach me a wonderful truth. He’s with me, always, as it says in this verse. He hears us. He heard me speak out, by each letter of the alphabet, who I believe He is. When I said, “You, God, are QUICK to deliver.  He showed me His power quickly in a split second. He gave me a one-on-one lesson on how truly “Quick to deliver” He is.

I stumbled on this verse today, “Look, the Lord’s hand is not too weak to deliver you; his ear is not too deaf to hear you.”  Isaiah knew the God’s ear was not deaf.  He heard Him, and He hears us now!  In my worship, I was telling God what He already knew. He is the God that hears.  He knows He can and does hear us when we call for help. The question is do you and I know this? His hand delivers, protects, and leads. When we call on His holy, mighty, and great name He delivers us, and He delivers us from all our troubles.  His hand is mighty to save.  His hand wasn’t short to push that car out of my way, even when she stopped and hands on her head.  God heard me say, “You are quick to rescue!”  He proved Himself very real to me in that split second.

What is it, My Friend, you need today? What prayer of deliverance are you praying for? His hand isn’t too short to do it.  He isn’t deaf.  He hears your cry.  He is able to deliver you.  He will do it.  Why don’t you take this challenge of going through the alphabet and ascribe glory to our God for each letter? This is a daily practice of mine, and I have taught it to my children. I want to share with you too as it is powerful and able to break down negative thoughts and ideas when we call out who God is for every letter.  Now I have a list of many words from each letter of the alphabet of who God is.  I call them out to Him. He proves me right all the time.  I’m sure it will be same for you!

Look to the God of the universe who is, “Quick to deliver,” YOU today!

Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Psalm 3

Psalm 3

A psalm of David,

regarding the time David fled from his son

Absalom

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O Lord, I have so many enemies;

so many are against me.

So many are saying,

“God will never rescue him!”

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But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;

you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

I cried out to the Lord,

and he answered me from his holy mountain.

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I lay down and slept,

yet I woke up in safety,

for the Lord was watching over me.

I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies,

who surround me on every side.

Arise, O Lord!

Rescue me, my God!

Slap all my enemies in the face!

Shatter the teeth of the wicked!

Victory comes from you, O Lord.

May you bless your people.

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