If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior you are blessed, and God has promised His presence, protection, and joy. God's Word says in Psalm 5:12, "For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield." A definition of a shield is to protect (someone or something), to serve as a protection for, and to hide or conceal for protection.
Too many people try to fix and “handle” things on their own. When we approach life this way then we shouldn’t be surprised by failure and frustration. Remember this:
1. You are never alone, and the Lord wants to stay in constant communication with you.
2. Believers are in God’s hand, and nothing can remove them.
3. Being joyful always is a command, not a suggestion.
Let’s be serious about accepting God’s promises. Amen?