“Where do you find safety? You read the headlines and accept the fear that they bring. You watch the news and release your comfort to its influence. You listen to the radio and choose to hide rather than face the season in which you live. Why do you not come to Me to see how you can be at peace, no matter what your circumstances might bring? I know why. You do not trust Me.
"In My Word and throughout history, many of My people have been harmed in many ways. Some were killed violently by violent people who hated Me. You do not call that being safe with Me. In fact, it seems to you as a grave danger to truly trust and sell out to Me, if that’s the result. You do not understand safety as I see it. Selfishness blinds your spiritual eyes. Over the centuries, service to Me has deteriorated from joyous proclamation of My good news for the sake of others, no matter what the cost, to fearful cowering and fervent petitions for personal gain.
"When will you realize that I alone am safety for those dead to themselves? When will you learn that I provide the Spirit of My Son in perilous times. Nothing could touch His heart of love and His zeal to protect you from real harm. Come to His kind of safe haven in Me. Nothing can touch what I own. Whatever part of you that is not totally Mine will reel and flounder when times are tough. I protect whatever is totally Mine. Nothing can touch what I protect.”
Prov. 21:30-31 AMP
30) There is no [human] wisdom or understanding or counsel [that can prevail] against the Lord.
31) The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance and victory are of the Lord.
Prov. 29:25 AMP
The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.
Phil. 4:6-7 AMP
6) Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
7) And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Some of the first century church - who had their possessions confiscated, who fled to the hills to live in squalor, who died in the arena - physically walked with Jesus. Quite possibly, they saw His loving, sun-touched face up close and personal on a daily basis before His death, a death that was a pattern for their own life and death. He loved them and they showed their love to be an example of the power of His actions.
In the arena, as the mastiffs were attacking their children, as the lions devoured their own bodies, I am convinced that they saw His face, now glorified beyond belief, once more. His power was with them. They were fully protected from causing any shame to come to their very best Friend. His priorities had welded themselves deep within the fibers of their inner beings, gaining strength every moment as they approached the glory of God.
Life for the new believer had taken on a new form with new priorities. Quite possibly, some of those who took part in the crucifixion - the soldier who drove the nails in His hands, perhaps the one who pierced His side - exchanged their lives for a life of dedication to the one true God.
Equipped with His presence, they overcame all of the characteristics of their former puny existence and embraced the spiritual power to live above the hatred of the world. Their unqualified love is a testimony that resonates through the corridors of time, encouraging each of us to throw aside all of our crippling fears and look once again upon the face of Jesus, our true Master and Lord.
Needing to become much more familiar with Your face, Lord,