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Safe: Five Minute Fridays

Safe: Five Minute Fridays

Our word from Five Minute Fridays is SAFE. We have 5 minutes to write what that word means to us. Here goes. 5,4,3,2,1, – go

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Safe – It’s funny, because just this week I had a conversation with someone I am working with because I had written the following about Psalm 119:3 which says:

That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
you walk straight along the road he set (The Message).

I wrote: The Psalmist can ask for help because he has been blameless. God sent His one and only Son Jesus to save us from our sins! With Him we can be blameless because of His grace.

The one who was born of God – Jesus – will keep us safe.

My friend came back and said: “I believe we think that believing in Jesus will protect us from bad things happening to us and I don’t think that is based on scripture.”

My point was that Jesus does keep us safe – safe from all alarms.

I don’t mean protecting us from everything that might happen because I know that some bad things happen. I mean when we are with Jesus we know He is always there to comfort us – we are safe in His arms. – through all alarms.

I love the old hymn.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
I have peace complete with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

I know I have nothing to fear or dread as I am safe and secure in Jesus’ arms. May you feel that peace and security too.

However, I read this from Mark Batterson.

“Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. Faithfulness is not holding the fort. It’s storming the gates of hell. The will of God is not an insurance plan. It’s a daring plan. The complete surrender of your life to the cause of Christ isn’t radical. It’s normal. It’s time to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. It’s time to go all in and all out for the All in All. Pack your coffin!”

Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous. (Click to tweet)

What are your thoughts? Does Jesus keep us safe? What is safety to you?

Living our lives is not playing it safe but feeling safe and secure in our faith with Jesus. (click to tweet)

It is boldly going where God tells us to go.

Blessings,

Janis

 

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HOW TO USE HYMNS TO PRAY

How to Use Hymns to Pray

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by Janis Cox

There are many times that I find myself humming a hymn or praise song. Or I am reading a passage of Scripture and a song comes to mind. I sing it right then as a prayer to God.

This past month this has happened many times. One day I read this passage from Oswald Chambers:

Never let cares or tribulations separate you from the fact that God loves you” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, May 19).

The fact that God cares for us is the name of my blog/website – He Cares for You. Based on 1 Peter 5:7.

Cast all your anxieties upon him because he cares for you.

So what song came to me?

Safe and secure from all alarms.

Where did that come from? A hymn of course. And remember this verse from Mark 13:7, NIV.

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

We remain safe and secure – He cares for you.
Don’t worry. Give everything to Him in prayer. (Tweet this.)

Prayer:

Father we pray for those who feel alarmed with health issues, family problems, world situations or personal problems. We ask You to pour out Your Spirit upon them. Help them to know You in a personal way, Jesus. Remind them that we are safe and secure from all alarms. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Here is the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. I hope you enjoy listening and singing with it in prayer.

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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Janis Cox

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Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters. Janis has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Janis’s Website.

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