But God- His Word is Our Protection

But God Image_Color_CrossGreetings,


Let's continue our journey through Psalms 23. We are currently talking about the shepherd's rod. Last time we saw that each shepherd had made his own custom fit rod and that it was essentially an extension of his hand. We also looked at it being used for discipline. Let's talk very briefly of its use for protection.


As you may recall, sheep are pretty much defenseless. On their own, they have no way of defending themselves. They are not fast, their white wool stands out, making them easy to be seen by predators. They don't have horns, sharp teeth, or any other body part with which to defend themselves. Their safety, their very lives lie in the protection of their shepherd.


A shepherd usually had only one weapon at his disposal and that was his rod. When a wolf, coyote, or even a lion wanted sheep for dinner they had to get past the shepherd with his rod. A shepherd's rod was his instrument of authority, not only for discipline, but now for protection and deliverance from enemies. Now, let's switch to us as sheep.


Do you recall what God instructed Moses to use in performing the miracles in Pharaoh's face? His rod. I want to encourage you to think of the Good Shepherd's rod as the Bible. It is His divine authority. Abba will, by His Spirit, bring His Word to mind to protect us from our enemy and his lies and his desire to destroy us. Remember Jesus being tempted? With what weapon did He fight the tempting lies? The Word of God.


He is our Shepherd, and like the shepherds of old, will use His rod for our protection. When the enemy comes sneaking up on you with his lies, like a coyote would on sheep, respond to the lies with the Word of God. Do not let him have the last word. Tell him Who your Shepherd is and whose sheep you are.


As you recall that Truth, rest in His protection, because 'greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.' (1John 4:4)

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

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Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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