2Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.
Some of you have heard about when Katherine, our dog Codie and I went on a hike on the mountain behind us. We were about an 1 1/2 hours into the hike when we saw and heard a big dog about 30 yards away rushing down the mountain toward us growling and snarling. Our dog Codie, who is normally very gentle took off toward the dog. I truly believe he was trying to protect us. There was a dip in the terrain above us and both dogs disappeared in it. The next thing we heard was a ferocious dog fight break out. Our hearts sank. With Katherine screaming and the dogs fighting I ran as hard as I could to get to Codie. When I got to the peak of the dip I saw the other dog yelping and running into the trees. I looked down and Codie turned toward me, started waging his tail and began running to me ready to play. I searched him from head to toe and back again and couldn’t find a scratch on him. We then decided to head home, and as we were hiking across the mountain we noticed the other dog following above us. This dog continued to follow us most of the way back growling and slobbering but he never came any closer. I watched Codie as he kept an eye on the other dog. Even with the dog following us, I had a peace about me, knowing all was OK.
I’m not sure what was wrong or what provoked this dog, but I am sure the Lord was watching over us. When you have the Holy Spirit living in you, you experience a peace that can’t be compared with anything else. I think of Daniel in the Lion’s den, Moses standing at the edge of the Red Sea, David standing before Goliath and so many more. The peace and comfort they had to have. Psalms says “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me.” This peace and comfort is for all of us, and we are blessed to have it. The number one protection we have is the army of prayer warriors we have praying. Please continue to pray, it is very powerful. And please let us know your prayer request, we would be honored to pray for your specific needs.
Matthew 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.