Refuge and Strength

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling” (Psalm 46:1-3).

Every Christian has been recreated in the image of Christ, the ultimate Storm Warrior. The “spiritual DNA” of Jesus is given to us upon our profession of faith in Him as Lord and Savior. When heaven’s council asked, “Who do we send?” The Son of God said, “I will go.” His personal experience as a man embraced every aspect of human suffering. Our High Priest is interceding for us at the right hand of the Father. He’s got this. And because we’ve got Him, we always have a strong and glorious way through the storm.

As storm warriors created in His image, with His Presence, we become His redemptive army of good news. We know God ordained when and where we would live — even when bad things happen. The things that surprise and disquiet us are wrapped in His big plan for our good. He has overcome our ultimate enemy, death. We always have confidence. We always have peace. We always have a good word of faith and hope to share with others.

“Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters, they see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep” (Psalm 107:23-24).

We are His ambassadors commissioned for this hour. Our weaknesses and our strengths come to the surface under pressure. Today “…lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). The cargo on board the ship was a year’s supply of wheat. Paul’s strength and encouragement persuaded the crew to dump the extra weight into the sea. That weight would doom the vessel and everyone aboard. The priority was saving lives.

The current world crisis is opportunity to toss extra baggage. Nations may rediscover their redemptive identity. For us individually, old hurts, bitterness, crippling memories, and past failures should be tossed into God’s sea of forgetfulness. Things that once seemed so important may impede your faith today. Wherever people are in the world, God has a word of grace and comfort for them. He wants them to know Him in this hour. He wants us, you and I, to know Him more than ever before. Use this season to lean in to transformation. We are receiving an unshakeable kingdom. Enrich your lifestyle of radical faith. Find contentment and joy in simple things of true value—things which cannot be shaken. Focus on your obedience to the call and plan of God!


Lord Jesus, our refuge and strength, we take up the garment of praise today. Your Presence is our joy. That joy is our strength! You give definition to our situation. We arm ourselves and our loved ones against all fear, unbelief, and discontent. The battle plan and the battle is Yours! We take up our spiritual weapons and pull down every stronghold that opposes Your redemption plan for us and for our nations. Let the whole world see Your grace and glory with an outpouring of miracles, small and great. In signs, wonders, and salvation, just as suddenly as this virus has swept the world, we pray for its end. We thank You for Your victory this year! Let the glory of the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. Great God, our Storm Warrior, do Your glorious work! We volunteer in the day of Your power!

We are confident and covering you and yours. Send your prayer requests to us at Join us online for the Watch of the Lord, and see you ONLINE this Sunday at 10 a.m. We will continue on this journey with Apostle Paul here tomorrow!

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Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda, 3/24/2020