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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Finding Safe Refuge in a Turbulent World"

Date published: 10/02/2011

Psalm 118:8-9 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”  (NIV)
On the surface this appears easy to understand and accept, but in reality our lives appear to contradict it.  You trust your government to protect you from many things; you trust your local police to protect your personal safety; you have homeowner insurance to protect your house; you have medical insurance to provide for your health; you rely upon your employer to provide salary and benefits; and you even have life insurance so another person can send you to eternity without being left with your final obligations. Can you have all of this and more . . . and still trust in God?  So many areas where you seek refuge can easily be handled by others and outside resources, but does this ultimately provide you refuge, a place of safety? God placed you on this earth to live life with the available resources, but not to live independently of Him.  No matter how big government gets, how large your police department, how much money you make, and how wonderful your benefits, you will always have problems and complications that create instability in your life.  This is when your life will demonstrate where your trust truly lies.  Have you continued living life by seeking God’s presence, provision, and direction or have you moved away from God placing your trust in the things of this world?  Living life within God’s refuge will protect you through turbulent times and, more importantly, allow God’s character to resonate in your life.  Galatians 5:22-23 “The fruit of the Spirit
is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” 
 Come to your Creator, the Sustainer of life, to find refuge and satisfaction.  


Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (NIV)