Updated: Feb 5
Elevate 28 - A 28 Day Challenge to Intentionally Engage with God's Word
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
"God Will Rescue You"
Written by Dennis Burke - Dennis Burke Ministries
God has a part in protecting us as well. Psalm 91:3,4 says, "Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler" (NKJV).
When we speak the promise from Psalm 91 over our lives, then God goes into action to deliver us from every trap of the devil! He will cover us with His wings like a mother hen covers her chicks when danger is near. He will be our shield from every fiery dart of the enemy.
The word "deliver" in Psalm 91:3 means to snatch away; to pluck up; to escape; or to rescue. We can walk through life oblivious to the calamity that the enemy has planned for us as God snatches us out of every snare. We don't have to fear deadly diseases because the Lord has promised to protect us from every deadly plague. We can be as safe as Daniel in the midst of hungry lions, as long as we consistently confess that the Lord as our refuge and our fortress! He will deliver us!
Even though an enemy threatens to use chemical warfare against us, God has promised that no deadly thing will harm us! As Jesus declared in Mark 16:18, "They [believers] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them...."
When Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake, everyone's eyes were fixed on him. The people fully expected Paul to drop over dead. But he shocked them when he shook off the snake and went about his business (Acts 28:3-6). The venom in that snake was a deadly toxin, yet it was deprived of its ability to harm Paul. God can supernaturally counteract or neutralize poison in any way He desires—that's His part.
Our next responsibility is made clear in verse 5: "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday."
Our responsibility is to fear not! That is not a suggestion; it's a divine order. Our confession should be, "I will not fear sickness, disease, or plagues. I will not fear destruction or evil. I will not fear anything, for God is my refuge and my fortress, and He will deliver me!"
REFLECT & RESPOND
Play the song, “Rescue” by Lauren Daigle.
Use youtube.com to find a version with the lyrics.
Add this song and others like it to your Spotify, Apple Music, or other playlist.
Listen to it once a day during Elevate28.
This activity was provided by the Teacher Love Project - a Why Not Charleston community education initiative created by educators for educators. The Teacher Love Project aims to provide love and encouragement to teachers that will elevate their wellness and care and therefore, enhance student achievement. We must care for those who care for our children - we must love each other because God loved us first.
"We love because He first loved us."
1 John 4:19
"Rescue Me Prayer"
By Rachel Wojo
Deep waters surround my soul,
And I can’t find a foothold.
I am sinking as life’s floods engulf me.
I’m weary and exhausted from crying out for help.
I can’t see you, Lord, for all the tears have swelled my eyes;
My vision is blurred.
You already know the sin in my heart; I give it to you.
You know that the enemy tries to destroy me with lies.
Even the people I love sometimes misunderstand me.
But no matter what is said to me, or about me,
My prayer is to You alone.
Lord, hear me in your mercy.
With your never-ending, reckless love delivered in your perfect timing,
Pull me from the deep and rescue me.
Don’t let the waves overwhelm me, or the deep waters engulf me,
Or the pit of death devour me.
Answer my prayer, O Lord.
For Your love never fails.
Because of your great mercy, you never give up on me.
Don’t hide from me; I desperately need to hear from you.
Draw near to my soul and redeem it.
For I long to praise your salvation with a thankful heart.
Based on Psalm 69
Rachel Wojo loves being a wife, mom to 7, author and Bible study teacher. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy caring for their busy family, whose ages span 3 to 25 years and includes a special needs daughter. In her "free time" she crochets, knits, and sews handmade clothing. Ok, not really. She enjoys running and she's a tech geek at heart. Reader, writer, speaker and dreamer, you can find Rachel at RachelWojo.com.
THRU THE LENS
A blog by regular men and women about finding themselves in God's word
"The Ultimate Rescue"
By Ashley Russell
Was there ever a time in your life you needed to be rescued? Whether you were struggling with your marriage, or found out some terrible news? God sees you and hears your cries for help, even when no one else does. He knows your heartache. He sees your pain. If your heart is broken and you feel crushed from all sides, God promises to be close to you. Though you may not see Him with your physical eyes, He is there. All you have to do is call on him. In Psalm 91, God says, “When you call on me, I will answer; I will be with you in your trouble and I will rescue you” (v. 15 NLT).
Jesus comes to rescue, deliver, free, and restore. He feeds the hungry and provides living water, releases people from chains of disability and illness, rescues people from the grave, and calms the stormy sea. But the true rescue is in our salvation and what Jesus accomplished on the cross. We all have the story of Ephesians 2: we were dead in our sins, following the ways of this world and deserving of wrath. But even though we were unable to utter a simple cry for help, God—out of his steadfast love and mercy—rescued us through the work of Jesus Christ. Let us turn to him and open our hearts for the ultimate rescue.
Ashley Russell lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina with her husband, Jon, and two boys, Austin & Caden. She is a creative entrepreneur, a local business owner, and a Why Not Charleston contributor.