Saturday, May 27, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, May 27, 2023

Our God Is Ready To Defend Us


Yuras Karmanau, in the May 25, 2023 Associated Press, wrote an article entitled, “Russia Signs Deal To Deploy Tactical Nuclear Weapons In Belarus.”  The article went on to say that it was, “a move widely seen as a warning to the West as it stepped up military support for Ukraine.”  A nuclear war would be horrible. Further, Aristos Georgiou also wrote an article in the September 14, 2022 Newsweek, entitled, “Nuclear War Simulator Shows What War With Russia Would Look Like.”  This article indicated, “A simulation shows how a nuclear war between Russia and NATO could potentially play out in a horrific scenario that would result in the deaths of millions of people around the world within hours.”


Satan is alive and wants mass destruction.  He comes to kill, steal, and to destroy (John 10:10a). Nevertheless, the Bible tells those who love the Lord that we are not to let our hearts be troubled (John 14:1). Despite the terror of nuclear war, the resultant number of deaths and rampant plagues, we are to set our minds on things above in the heavenly places rather than on things of the earth (Colossians 3:2).  We are not to be conformed to the world’s fear of the future (Romans 12:2) but to look only to Jesus who helps our faith (Hebrews 12:2a).  


Those who love the Lord don’t have to fear nuclear bombs.  This is not to say that we will never have any destruction in our lives but our protection, peace, and power are in Him (Isaiah 41:10).  We can rest in His love, presence, and comfort.  He is the great King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  While the world runs away at the first sign of trouble, God promised that He will deliver us from all our troubles since He is a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).  


Let us not be afraid.  We don’t have to be afraid of the terror, the destruction, the plagues, or missiles (Psalm 91:5-7).  No weapon that is formed against those who love the Lord (Isaiah 54:17) shall be effective.  God stands ready to defeat our enemies and defend us.


John 10:10a

New International Version

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…


John 14:1

New International Version

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.


Colossians 3:2

New International Version

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.


Romans 12:2

New International Version

Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.


Hebrews 12:2a

Amplified Bible

[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], …


Isaiah 41:10

New International Version

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Psalm 46:1 

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.


Psalm 91:5-7

New International Version

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.


Isaiah 54:17

New International Version

17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,”declares the Lord.


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