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Feature Article: God is My Battle Buddy – Part I

Several months ago, while enjoying a 4th of July dinner with some close friends, my heart was deeply moved by a story of God’s protection that was shared across the table. In fact, I was so moved that I asked permission to share it with you as readers. My hope is that this story will do for you what it did for my own heart: provide inspiration, encouragement, and building of faith. May we always cling to the truth that God alone is our refuge and shelter from all harm.

We all face battles – in the workplace, in our physical health, or in family relationships. Many Americans have even faced actual warfare (alongside our NATO allies) in the sandy environs of Afghanistan. Yet, one truth remains: God alone can faithfully protect us. May your heart be challenged to trust Him today.

Let’s dive in.

Growing up in America’s Bible-belt, I distinctly remember seeing the bumper sticker “God is my Co-pilot” proudly displayed on many vehicles.  In my home state of South Carolina, where pickup trucks outnumber cars in many areas, this sticker may have only been slightly more popular than “This Truck Protected by Smith & Wesson”. Although I have never been a huge fan of bumper stickers, those two stickers always made me smile, particularly when I saw them displayed together! However, it always seemed ironic to me that anyone who had already declared God was their co-pilot would feel the need for Smith & Wesson protection.

In my own life and walk with the Lord, I can look back and see God’s supernatural protection upon me.  Yet, even though I’ve understood what the Bible says about His protection for a long time, I have certainly still doubted it while going through different circumstances.  I’m sure that everyone has been there, which is why I think Jude urges us to “build ourselves up in the most holy faith…looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:20). Paul also advises us to “encourage one another in our faith” (1 Thess 5:11).

For me, seeing or hearing God prove the truth of His Word through a personal experience, whether my own or another’s, is an incredible blessing.  The Word also says that believers “overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rev 12:11), which is why I am so excited to share what the Lord did recently in my life.

In addition to my civilian life, I have the honor of serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and eight months ago I was preparing to leave my family for a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan.  Up until that point, I had never been on a “combat” deployment, although I had served on active-duty overseas in Europe and Africa.  I was fully prepared to go; in the military we spend years training for these opportunities to serve our country. In fact, I had actually volunteered to deploy, not out of any perceived glory of war, but rather for the privilege and responsibility of serving my country and the Afghan people in “Operation Enduring Freedom”, the official name of the 12-year war against terrorism in Afghanistan.

However, as most would imagine, I became more apprehensive as the date for me to leave my pregnant wife and 2-year-old daughter drew closer.  While I wasn’t expecting to experience direct combat as a Public Affairs Officer (which my wife was obviously very thankful about), I was going into a region of the world where you were just as likely to be killed by a suicide bomber, rocket attack, or “insider attack” as you were in a conventional firefight.  Although the thought of dying overseas didn’t really worry me by itself, the thought of leaving behind a grieving widow and fatherless children who would never really know me scared the heck out of me!  My heart began to cry out to God for His protection, and I took comfort in knowing that many of my friends and family were praying for and believing in my safe return.

In recent years I have often prayed the prayer of Psalm 91 over my life and family, but this Psalm took on new significance to me as a result of my deployment.  After saying goodbye to my family at the Atlanta airport last December 16th, I began the long, seven day journey to Kabul, which consisted of multiple commercial and military flights along with stops at several military bases on the way.

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. ”  Psalm 91 continued

On my flight across the Atlantic Ocean, I got up to stretch my legs and happened to notice a book in the magazine holder at the back of the plane.  The title of the book, Psalm 91: God’s Shield of Protection, immediately grabbed my attention.

I asked the stewardess if I could borrow the book to read during the flight.  She replied, “Take it; it’s yours. Someone left it behind and you’re welcome to it”.  Immediately I began devouring the book, which not only unpacks and explains the promises of this amazing Psalm, but also includes miraculous real-life stories of military members supernaturally protected by God in various combat situations while praying this Psalm.

I began to thank God as I felt Him impressing upon me that Psalm 91 was His promise to me, and that I would safely return to my family after this deployment. On Christmas Eve, I finally arrived at my base in Kabul. After speaking to my wife and little girl, from whom I was now so far removed, I went to sleep.

For me, Christmas Day 2013 started off with a “bang” …

Join us tomorrow as we dive into what exactly happened while Patrick was serving overseas. You don’t want to miss the end to this powerful story. Are you currently a subscriber? We would love to have you as loyal reader. Just click HERE to begin receiving daily, encouraging posts sent straight to your inbox.

 

Meet the Guest Contributor: 

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    Patrick Simmons lives with his beautiful wife and their two precious children in Kennesaw,   Georgia, where  he works in the finance and media industries.  Patrick is also a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and continues to serve as a Public Affairs Officer.  He recently deployed to Afghanistan as a U.S. officer on NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters staff from December 2013 to June 2014.  Patrick is passionate about recognizing God’s hand in ordinary life, and he loves seeing others come to Christ through the obedience of His followers in their everyday circumstances.  

He can be contacted at patrick.h.simmons@gmail.com.

*The story and opinions and conclusions expressed or implied are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Air Force or Department of Defense.

 

 

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THANK YOU For Choosing Us!

With the sounds of a Spanish guitar strumming through my ear buds and a steaming hot cup of French vanilla java in my hands, I am deeply reminded of how thankful I am for each of you today.

Thank you for choosing to read His Daily Dose, whether it’s each month, each week, or (for many of you) each day. Through these online posts, God has given me the great honor of faithfully sharing (through His grace) the truth of who He is, how He really sees you and I, the ways in which He speaks to us, the ways in which He loves us, and how He truly desires to be in a deeply intimate relationship with us as His children.

As disciples of Christ, this intimate relationship is made possible through a lifestyle of repentance & forgiveness. We must intentionally pursue faithful stewardship of the presence of God, deep trust in His faithful character (instead of ourselves and our circumstances), and (most importantly) living out God’s Word each day by obeying His commands found in the Bible. 

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” Ephesians 1:4-6 NLT

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:1-5 ESV

We have been created by God (and for God). We are called to love God and to be with God. He alone deserves the glory and honor for His rich, overflowing, and abundantly plentiful grace & love for you and I, the masterpieces of His creation. 

What is the purpose of His Daily Dose?

The singular mission of His Daily Dose is to fulfill the Great Commission through technology. We aim to do this by discipling and encouraging God’s beloved throughout the nations with daily posts rich in God’s word and real life experiences. Our deepest desire is to one day offer translated posts (as well as eBooks, small group materials, and webinars) in multiple languages to reach His children in their native tongue. As many of you know, we have already started this initiative with our Spanish translator.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.” Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

The vision of His Daily Dose is that all people will come to know their value and worth in the eyes of the King, Jesus Christ.

Who am I writing for? 

The Holy Spirit placed a deep burden in my heart to write these posts as a sacrificial offering to God for the glory of God so that His beloved may grow. And I believe these posts are specifically crafted for the countless hearts that long to experience a deeply mature walk with God, instead of surface-level faith that shifts with daily circumstances. We all have bad days, and we all have good days, but that never implies that our God is also good and bad. He is only good, and He does not change. We change, and life changes, but He does not.

In addition, I want to thank you…

From the bottom of my heart, I am so deeply grateful for you. Whether you live in Hong Kong, on the coast of South Africa, in the hustle and bustle of New York City, in the cold climate of Russia, in the heat of Mexico City, in the southern city of Atlanta GA, or in the outback of Australia, I want to thank you today. Thank you for being a part of our family here at His Daily Dose. While I have not met many of you personally, please know that we think of you everyday. In addition to these thoughts, we faithfully pray for you as our readers every single week.  

How do we pray for you? 

As leadership and as a prayer family, we constantly intercede on your behalf. We pray that your hearts may be encouraged through the daily posts, that your faith in Christ may overflow from a heart of deep trust in God, and that you and God (The Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit) may develop a deeply mature and intimate relationship with one another through the fullness of the knowledge of who God truly is and who you truly are in Him.

“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:15-21 NLT

YOU ARE A GIFT TO ME and a gift to His Daily Dose.

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As a reader and as a supporter, YOU are a part of our family here at His Daily Dose. 

Thank you for choosing us. And thank you for all your continued support and love. To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Blessings to You Beloved,

Christy Becker

Founder and Author 

His Daily Dose, Inc. 

 

 

 

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A Continued Call to Pray for Iraq

After preparing a post for today and spending some time with the Lord, I believe this post needs to remain for today. May the Lord guide you as you pray for your fellow brethren in Iraq. To God be the glory!

Today my heart is undeniably troubled and heavy. Like an anchor lodged deeply among thick sand and rocks, I remain fixed in a state of grief. What I’m grieving for is the situation faced by our brethren in Iraq, and I want to encourage you to join me in praying for them.

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18 

Imagine this scenario: you and your family have been kidnapped by militants, brought to a public area, and pushed face first into the ground. You are violently presented with the option to renounce Christ and profess Allah as your God, or to pay a fee in an attempt to avoid being beheaded. Wouldn’t you want Jesus to march right in and save you? Wouldn’t you hope that other Christians around the world were praying for you? Wouldn’t you want this suffering that you experiencing to be used for God’s glory (and not in vain)?

I know I would want all of those things.  So what can we do? Today I simply want to encourage you to pray.  Prayer is incredibly powerful because we are directly accessing (through Christ) the very God who knows all, owns all, and controls all. In addition to praying for a blanket covering of protection and blessing, there is also power when we pray for specifics.

Prayer is by far the most important thing that any of us can do when our fellow brethren are suffering. Taking action to help (as led by the Lord) is good, but remember that the foundation of all national conflict is sin, and sin’s roots are spiritual. What we’re seeing today in Iraq is undoubtedly the physical manifestation of a war zone that’s been developing in the spiritual realm for quite some time.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 

In accordance with God’s word, here are my prayers for the hurting, persecuted believers of Iraq today:

1. May God send His warring angels (such as Michael in the book of Daniel) to war against the demonic strongholds of the radical Islamic militants who are destroying God’s beloved.

 With this prayer for His warring angels to intervene, my hope is that the militants will be in utter confusion, and even unable to effectively communicate with one another. My hope is that all of their weaponry malfunctions when they attempt to murder Christians.

“The LORD threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon.” Joshua 10:10

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

“Then he said to me, ‘Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come’.” Daniel 10:12-14 

2. May the Islamic militants come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior through the grace, forgiveness, and love that the Christians give towards their enemies in spite of the suffering.

 Specifically I’m praying for God to provide a divine ability for His children to love the extremists and to see the true enemy behind the violence. I’m praying that the sin of others will not cause God’s children to sin.

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, andsends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:44-45

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’.” Luke 23:24 

3. May God give His beloved a supernatural strength and peace to endure and persevere in this conflict, far beyond their human ability.

 My prayer is for God reveal Himself in an intimate way to comfort His beloved in the midst of suffering.

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 

4. May God provide manna for His people. 

I’m praying specifically that God will provide His people with shelter from harm, food for their bodies, and water to drink. My hope is that He provides everything needed for those who are fleeing the country and seeking asylum in other nations.

“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” Psalm 54:4 

“I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!’ For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence.” Psalm 91:2-3 

These Iraqis are dying because they love Jesus, just like many of us. They need our ongoing prayer support. May you be encouraged and challenged, beloved, to continue lifting up our family in Iraq. To God be the glory! 

 “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:12-13 

If you’re interested in becoming more involved, check out this recent article published in Christianity Today. It has a few ideas for how you can take action. Thank you for choosing His Daily Dose today!

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