God Is Our Buckler (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 18:30As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried {refined}: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

A “buckler” is a shield, but a special kind of defensive shield that also has a long metal point as an offensive mechanism, so as to not only shield incoming attacks but also to fend them off as well. This is our God, and He takes care of us. God does not allow the forces of darkness to completely engulf us, for when we look to His way, which is perfect, and we believe the Word of God that is refined to perfection, then God will manifest Himself as our buckler.

Psalms 18:31 – For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

God is our buckler because He is our Lord and He is our rock. Someone once said “Christians use the Bible and Christianity as a crutch,” but I say, if so, it is a crutch that will never break, for our God is our rock, a rock that we can stand on and one that will never crumble. It will continuously support us through any storm (Matthew 7:24-27). Besides, standing on the rock is certainly safer than standing on one’s own abilities, without God, and without hope in this world (Ephesians 2:12).

Psalms 18:32It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

Our God, our buckler, can strengthen us from the inside out and cause our way to be perfect. Philippians 2:13 says “For it is God which worketh in you,” and Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me {infuses me with inner strength}.” With God on our side as our buckler, our rock, and our strength, the sky is literally the limit.

In times of trouble, worry, or fear, God is your buckler, and He never thinks any less of you when calling on Him for help. In truth, God continually waits patiently to help in times of need. So please do not ever feel that you are asking “amiss” when asking (in prayer) for God’s help because He will never let you down or fail you in any way (Hebrews 13:5). He promises this throughout His Word that all that is required is your steadfast believing. Have a wonderful day standing on the rock of God’s magnificent Word.

Ezekiel – Revealing Our Covenant of Peace

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Old Testament times, Zion was God’s chosen place and is the place where God intended to inhabit (Psalms 132:13) and establish His covenant of peace.  Today in God’s grace, we believers are the chosen place where God inhabits (Ephesians 2:18-22) giving us spiritual peace.

Ezekiel 34:25-26:
-25:  And I {God} will make with them {believers} a covenant of peace {also see Ezekiel 37:26}, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
-26:  And I will make them and the places round about my hill {Zion} a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

The “covenant of peace” was given to those of the children of Israel who would believe and looked forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. Today, Jesus Christ has already come. He is our covenant of peace (with God), and he currently is residing within our hearts (Colossians 1:27).

This is the definition of the word Christian, for a Christian has Christ – within!

In Acts 10:36 we have an enlightening verse of Scripture: “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:).” The Word of God that was sent to the children of Israel by God’s prophets was for “preaching peace by Jesus Christ” because all of the Scriptures relate to Jesus as he is the subject of the Word.

Then the verse states “he is Lord of all” because today he is our Lord of peace and our covenant of peace.

II Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

Jesus said “my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27), and “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace” (John 16:33). Jesus Christ, by giving his life for us, made an everlasting covenant of peace between God and man (believers).

Hebrews 13:20-21:
-20:  Now the God of peace {the architect of the covenant of our peace}, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood {the blood of Christ that washed our sins away} of the everlasting covenant {of peace},
-21:  Make you perfect {in our standing before God} in every good work to do his {God’s} will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through his accomplishments on our behalf. Since we have peace with God; He is able to work within our hearts to do that which is well-pleasing in His sight (Philippians 2:13).

Jesus Christ made an everlasting covenant for us by offering and giving his life (Hebrews 9:13-28) in order that we may boldly walk with God.

Ephesians 2:14-15:
-14: For he {Jesus Christ} is our peace, who hath made both one {believers from any walk of life}, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
-15: Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments; for to make in himself of twain {two} one new man, so making peace;

The “enmity” was a conflict between the children of Israel and the Gentiles because Israel thought they were God’s chosen people (and they were during the Old Testament times).

Now in God’s grace, in the New Testament age, any person who will simply accept Jesus Christ can become saved and enjoy our Covenant of Peace that we now have in and through Christ.

Pleasurable Thoughts and Actions

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure– Philippians 2:13. One way that God works within us is through His words that we have placed within our minds. God works via two specific avenues. The first way is to help us have the will to do His good pleasure and since God designed life and gave us freedom of will – His words in our mind can be the inspiration and energy of our wills. The second way is that God also gives us the spiritual ability to do that which will give both God and us glory and good pleasure!” ~LMJ~

Be Still, and Know That I Am God

“In Philippians 2:13 we read, For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. This is a learning process in patience as God enhances and strengthens the individual believer through faith moment by moment. In Psalms 46:10 we read, Be still, and know that I am God, in other words, Be still, and know the calm voice of inspiration that will assure your heart that God is real and present and that He indeed reveals secrets to His children, and faith, Christ’s perfecting faith (Hebrews 12:2) within is the great revealer in the human heart. This is the biblical meaning of Christian, Christ-in―YOU, Christ in you– Colossians 1:27, so we do not have to look too far to find him and his faith, as he is spiritually within!” ~LMJ~