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Trusting His Shield

by: Dana Huffman

We've all found ourselves in hurtful situations before. And at some point we've found ourselves saying, whether knowingly or unknowingly, "You can't really trust so-and-so because they have done such-and-such."

Some time ago the Lord used a situation like that to shed light on a pattern He found disturbing in my life. He revealed to me that I often tried to protect myself by holding onto and remembering the wrongs of others, that I kept their shortcomings in the front of my mind as a shield against future injury. He showed me that a shield made of stuff like remembering the sins of others, is UnChristlike-- sinful and faithless. That it was prideful and kept people beneath my affections. If I used a shield like that, battles God wanted to win in and through me would be lost.

All this was an eye opener for me. But I knew that what God was showing me was right and I knew that I wanted God's purposes to prevail in my life. So I asked Him to help me lay down that old shield and take up a new one-Him.

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped." Psalm 28:7 NIV

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