June 26th – GOD IS OUR REFUGE – Shelter

 Sometimes, even in Rio Grande City, it rains and we all run for cover
 Sometimes, even in Rio Grande City, it gets cold and snows and we all run for shelter
 Sometimes, even in Rio Grande city, the wind blows so hard that shingles, toys left outside and other stuff become flying missiles; and we all head for protection.
 Sometime, even in your life, there are things that are capable of bringing harm and damage into your life.
o Maybe not the outer shell, but to the innermost parts.
 Where do you run?
• Do you ever feel the need to find a hiding place?
• Someplace safe and protected
• In the TV Show “Deadliest Catch” sometimes the weather gets so bad they have to run for safe harbor to ride out the storm. A place protected from the high seas and harsh winds. A refuge
• Life gets hard sometimes
• People get mean and stupid sometimes
• There are times when we need a refuge
o A safe harbor
o A protective shelter
o A force field if you will that protects us from all the pressing dangers

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge (Dwelling Place – ESV) , and his everlasting arms are under you. He thrusts out the enemy before you; it is he who cries, ‘Destroy them!’ NLT

Safe place Lifting you up

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” ESV

Safe place Security, Strength Help when you need it

Psalms 62:8 “O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” NLT

God is our refuge
1. God is big enough to protect you
2. God is strong enough to protect you
3. God is wise enough to protect you
4. God is rich enough to protect you
5. God is caring enough to protect you
6. God is loving enough to protect you
7. AND, the best part is: GOD WANTS TO PROTECT YOU

Keys to finding safe harbor:

1. Trust God
a. The reason we run to our cars, our homes or other shelters in a storm is because we trust them to protect us
b. How much more should we trust God (The One who gave us these things to begin with)?
2. Pour out your heart to Him
a. Do not hold anything back
b. Pour your heart out to Him. This is REAL prayer!
c. If you hold back from God YOU are placing yourself outside of His refuge.
d. If you try to deal with all your problems yourself you will likely get damaged
i. Kinda like standing outside in a hailstorm and not seeking shelter.
e. Find the safe harbor you need: SAFE IN THE ARMS OF GOD

You can have Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the Flash and the Green Lantern bubba – GIVE ME GOD every time!

• In the garden, man was held safely in God – God was Adam and Eve’s refuge
• Man messed up, and they were expelled from their garden and needed clothing, food and shelter for refuge: But God remained their refuge
• Today, mankind is still plagued by sin, bad choices, bad influences, bad people and more, we need a safe harbor now more than ever.
• TODAY God is still our refuge, our safe harbor.
• One day Christ will return for His people and we will once again be kept 100% safe in the mighty refuge of God.