Stay Close, Hold My Hand…


Good morning,

Can you remember when you were young and you were out with a parent, big brother or sister, or maybe a grandparent or aunt/uncle?

What is one of the first things they would say as you begin your journey on foot? They would say, “Give me your hand and stay close to me. We don’t want anything bad to happen to you.”

It is such a good feeling to know that we are loved and protected. God still has a plan and a purpose for our lives. However, the enemy of our souls would love nothing better than to derail us from our destiny.

Stay vigilant. Keep watch. Stay close. Just as a small child can be enticed and lead astray so can we. The enemy doesn’t always come as a dangerous growling beast. Sometimes the enemy disguises itself as something you like or desire. Remember, the enemy doesn’t have to kill you to derail you. All it needs to do it move you away from God’s presence, plan and protection. Be watchful. Stay close. Don’t go to far.

The scripture passage for today says the same thing except this time we are taking God’s hand.

1 Peter 5:7-11

J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

6-7 So, humble yourselves under God’s strong hand, and in his own good time he will lift you up. You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern.

Resist the devil: you are in God’s hands

8-11 Be self-controlled and vigilant always, for your enemy the devil is always about, prowling like a lion roaring for its prey. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and remember that the strain is the same for all your fellow-Christians in other parts of the world. And after you have borne these sufferings a very little while, God himself (from whom we receive all grace and who has called you to share his eternal splendour through Christ) will make you whole and secure and strong. All power is his for ever and ever, amen!

Please enjoy today’s worship video. It is a gospel classic performed by Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Choir entitled, “Safe in His Arms.”

Be blessed today and every day. Know that I love you with an AMAZING LOVE and there is nothing you can do to change my mind.