Shield-Like Love

Recently, I have been pondering my calling and the path that God has set out before me. I spend a lot of time thinking about where I’ve been, where I am now and where I am going. This season has been a season of extreme growth, faith and victory for me and I truthfully and honestly give all the glory to God.

There have been situations in my life where I have let the enemy completely take me down. I let him use things against me, whether it was my past, my fears or my subconscious doubts. I would let a small situation, such as someone gossiping about me, leave me in disarray for days. I would talk to every single person I could think of about it, again, spreading more negativity and letting the enemy do EXACTLY what he was trying to do. Not only did I let these actions break my spirit and hurt my heart, I also spread the negativity and the residual affects all around to my friends. I have found that the actual hurt of someone gossiping about you or betraying you is not nearly as bad as the negative energy and drama that circulates around it. The cool thing is that we are in control of how much power we allow the enemy to have over our lives.

It took me years and many ups and downs to realize that as believers we have options. When the enemy shoots his poison arrows in our direction we have a choice! We can use God’s love as a shield, much-like a superhero! We can rise up and into the light and protect ourselves with a force field otherwise known as God’s love. There is not a single evil or negative thing that can prosper in the sight of God’s power, presence or His Name. The enemy will use any avenue he can to envelop a spirit inside of us that drives us away from God’s love. The enemy doesn’t want to see us walk in the light, he doesn’t want to see us walking out our calling or being victorious through Jesus.

So, we have a choice.

We can believe the lies the enemy wants us to believe OR we can choose to believe the TRUTH God speaks over us. 
God is the boss of all bosses, the King of all Kings, the Ruler of the Universe! So, when God speaks, I listen. When He calls me, I, not only move forward, I RUN forward. God predetermines the destiny of every single one of his children before they are even born. He knows what gifts you have, where you are meant to be and who you are meant to be with. He wants to lead you by hand down a beautiful, well-lit road of happiness and triumph. But, the question is, will you let Him? Will you stay near and hold His hand? In order to follow the Lord’s path for you, you have to stay near.

Every time the enemy tells you “You are not good enough” or “You are too damaged to do that” You have to protect yourself with your “super-hero shield” of God’s love. When the enemy whispers these lies to you, even after much practice, you sometimes will still have to cry out to your Father and ask Him to confirm to you how much He loves you, how precious you are and that no matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been you are made new. He will reassure you. He wants nothing more than to tell you every single day all about your worth and who He made you to be and how much He loves you.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” {John 15:16}

Those the Lord predestined, He called. The word called means “to invite to bear a name or title.” When God calls us, He invites us to bear His name or title of the “Christ-ones”(Christians). Those whom God calls, He justifies. Unless we are justified in the sight of God we cannot be chosen. Those God justifies, He glorifies. Unless we ascend to the highest place in God, we cannot become His elect, His glorified ones. Did you feel it when He called you? I did. When He came into my heart, I felt it and if He is in your heart, you are called too! I knew He was longing for me and I felt so drawn to Him. Sometimes He calls us forward in our own hearts or in the hearts of others. I personally love whenever God puts a word on my heart or a message for me to speak over someone. I love to see the look on their faces whenever they hear what God has told me to speak over them.

He will call you and He has been passionately pursuing you since the day you were born. He wrote your story before it even began.

John recorded Jesus’ words: 
”No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” {John 6:44}

 He knew you were going to make mistakes, sin, and sometimes turn away from Him. He doesn’t hold it against you. He doesn’t need you to justify your actions. All He wants is for you to come to Him and submit your life to Him. Every step you take, everywhere you go, He is patiently waiting behind you. Even when you turn the wrong way, or walk into a dark alley or turn away from His love, He waits, patiently for YOU.

The Love of our Lord is the most powerful thing in the universe. It rights all wrongs, makes all paths straight and brings you to where you really belong. There is nothing you can say, do or feel that disqualifies you from God’s love. No sin, no man, no action and nothing in your past can ever take this away from you. You are His and He is yours, forever. So, stop disqualifying yourself! 
God placed on my heart to share that nothing formed against us can prosper while we walk in His light. NOTHING. As believers, as Christians and as children of the Lord, we are fearless, untouchable, pure, loved, wanted, accepted, forgiven, cherished and most of all, made NEW.

We will always be victorious and resilient through Christ. There is nobody who is an exception to this rule, not a single person. It doesn’t matter how long you have been saved, how deep into your relationship with Him you are; when He calls you, He will equip you. He will make you ready. God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called! The person you used to be maybe wasn’t prepared or qualified to do whatever He is calling you to be but remember, when you found Jesus, who you were was washed away. You are made new, you are qualified and God is going to make sure of it. This is who He created you to be so take His hand, walk with Him side by side and let Him reassure you that YOU are protected and completely covered by His Love.

So get your shields up my sweet friends because we are here, taking what’s rightfully ours. We are bringing His kingdom to Earth and you can bet your sweet little souls on it that the enemy is going to come, full force and try to ruin this movement that we are making. And, guess what, I’m ready. I have my eyes perfectly fixed on God and the enemy can whisper all He wants. Let him try, let him plot against us because we have the most powerful protector and defender. So here we go, forward we march, hand in hand, heart by heart, fully clothed in God’s love and most of all GRACE.

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” {2 Timothy 1:9}

Written by Dylan Deutsch

4 thoughts on “Shield-Like Love

  1. this is amazing Dylan, so well written. I completely agree with you “He has been passionately pursuing you since the day you were born. He wrote your story before it even began.” amen

    ‘For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God’ Ephesians 2.8

    I love the worship song by Chris Crowder

    He is Jealous for me…Loves like a hurricane,
    We are his portion
    And he is our prize
    Drawn to redemption by the grace in his eyes
    If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
    So heaven meats earth like a sloppy wet kiss
    And my heart burns violently inside of my chest
    I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
    When I think about the way
    He loves us
    Oh how He loves us.

  2. Every sister needs this encouragement in Truth in different seasons of life! So, so, so good! It’s what we want every girl to know in the depths of her heart!
    God is for us! Who can be against us – and succeed? No one, if we know the truth!
    Speak on, Dylan!

  3. YES!! We fight FROM Victory- God is for us! We just have to put on our armor and battle on!
    Love this article- God bless you!

  4. THANK YOU for this word of reinforcement! Powerful!!! and timely! You said everything that needed to be said, to encourage the rest of us to keep COMING TO THE LORD, which is where our strength lies. Good job! Thanks again!!!

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