BUT GOD ... This phrase and others like thrills me whenever I read them in Scripture!
Why? First of all I am not referring to the times people say "but God" when someone is trying to argue with or excuse themselves for some wrong behavior or complain of an assignment that God has given them, you know by starting out with "But GOD! I can't ..."
No, the "BUT GOD ..." I am referring to is this - -
BUT GOD! Although these do not read with the words, "But God", the following Scriptures have the same meaning . . .
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, the god of this world, satan and his entire world system is set to attack and assault and abuse you at any given moment ... BUT GOD is our defender!
The world under satan and all of satan's agents are trying to convince us that we are going to be defeated ... BUT GOD is mighty in valor and triumphant always against the works of darkness!
When the devil - through whatever agency he may choose at the moment - comes against you and shouts his war cries ... when the people who hate God come against you attacking you for being faithful to God and His Word, they appear to have gained the upper hand, to have all the advantage ... BUT GOD shall arise and by His Spirit He shall vanquish the enemies that come against you!
It may be that YOU are on the battlefield, it may be that YOU are being assaulted, it may be that YOU do not know what to do, it may be that the lines of the enemy are so wide, so high and so deep that you cannot see the victory ... BUT GOD Who is mightier, wiser, more powerful than all enemies combined is telling you what He has always told you THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD!
Follow Him, stand with Him, obey HIS orders and rely on HIS STRENGTH and you will see wondrous works of victory!
When the enemy comes against you and tells you that he is going to ...
... you can say BUT GOD!
BUT GOD GIVES ME ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO LIFE AND GODLINESS (2 Peter 1:3) BUT GOD WHO IS GREATER AND MIGHTIER AND WISER AND MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU - - HE MAY ALLOW ME TO BE STRIPPED OF ALL THE THINGS OF MY LIFE AS WITH JOB BUT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS I WILL TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE MOST HIGH GOD BECAUSE WHATEVER YOU THINK YOU ARE ABLE TO DO OR WHATEVER YOU MAY BE ALLOWED TO DO ... GOD IS MY SUSTAINER AND MY SUPPLIER AND THE ONE THING THAT YOU CANNOT TAKE FROM ME IS GOD'S LOVE FOR ME AND MY PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR LIFE EVERLASTING!
YOU SAY YOU ARE GOING TO KILL ME? BUT GOD SAYS I SHALL NEVER DIE! I MAY PASS FROM THIS EARTH BUT GOD HAS MADE A PLACE FOR ME IN THE THIRD HEAVEN, IN HIS MANSION FOR JESUS HAS BEEN PREPARING A PLACE FOR ME FOR OVER 2000 YEARS AND I AM READY TO GO HOME! DEVIL - - TRY TO DO WHAT YOU WILL BUT GOD IS MY DEFENDER AND MY HIGH TOWER A FORTRESS AND MY VERY PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF TROUBLE!
WHEN YOU COME AGAINST MY NAME YOU COME AGAINST THE NAME OF THE LORD!
WHEN YOU COME AGAINST ME YOU COME AGAINST HE WHO CLAIMS ME WHO IS THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!
YOU MAY THINK I DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH ... BUT GOD HAS DECLARED THAT I AM HIS CHILD AND . . .
While some may trust in chariots and some may trust in horses and some may trust in the arm of the flesh ... I WILL TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!
BUT GOD BE EXALTED!
BUT GOD BE GLORIFIED!
COME WHAT MAY - - BUT GOD WILL PREVAIL AND PEOPLE MAY DO WHAT PEOPLE MAY DO BUT GOD WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY!
We can say with all confidence ... ... the devil and all the demons of the kingdom of darkness and all the people who are the enemies of God may threaten and even attack me; BUT GOD is my father so what is the worst that can possibly happen to me?
AMEN AND AMEN!
Many blessings! Dr. Timothy