One Of Them

“And when he flees to one of those cities, and stands in the entrance of the gate of the city, and declares his case in the hearing of the elders of that city, they shall take him into the city as one of them and give him a place, that he may dwell among them.” Joshua 20:4

Our enemy is hot on our heals, as we step within the gate where Jesus declares us forgiven and one of His.

Thank You, Jesus, for giving us a place within You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Our Safe Rest

He is our refuge
a place to go

when we’ve done wrong
and must confess

and at the gate
of His cross

is where we find
our safe rest.


  1. What a wonderful refuge we have in Jesus! Thank you for this comforting post!


  2. Thanks, Deb !

    Hide me blessed Rock of Ages! What better place to be than safe in His arms?

    Thanks for the reminder of the Safe Place that He is 😉


  3. God bless you, wonderful woman of the word, as you rest in the safety of His arms! 🙂

  4. Thank you, Ann full of Jesus grace, for the song . . .and your faith and walk that shows us Jesus as our place of refuge! God bless you and hide you in Him today!

  5. I remember what it was like to have no place of refuge, no place to go…I pray I never wander from this safe place He has given for rest.

  6. Patricia . . .I remember that time too, when I didn’t know. So thankful we are together now, with Him! 🙂 God bless you and keep you safe tonight!

  7. “The enemy is at our heals,” that’s for sure.

    One day I’m prayed up and feeling strong in my faith. Then seemingly out of nowhere, I’m tempted and looking in the wrong direction.

    What happens when we don’t seek that “place of refuge”? When temptation feels so good? It’s hard to be human…

  8. Oh yes it is hard to be human, to feel so up and strong and then so down and weak. When we don’t seek that place of refuge . . .it gets a little messier and stickier, but I’ve had that refuge come and seek me out and pull me from the pit!
    God bless you and keep you safe within His grace! (it’s a big place!)
    love, deb

  9. A Present Help…

    1.God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2.Therefore will not we fear, and though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3.Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the…

  10. Hello Debbie,

    Thank you for reminding us, that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. I praise God for the comfort that I find in Him, and calling on His great name!

    May God bless you, and continually keep you in His care!


  11. You are such wonderful example and share a beautiful testimony of what God as our refuge looks like, Paulette! I am so grateful for you! God bless you and be your help today!

  12. Deb, This phrase jumped out at me: “Jesus declares us forgiven.” What He declares is trustworthy and true. We are forgiven, we are His, we are free, we are children and heirs of the King! Love the poem, too, and how it includes our need to confess our sins to Him.

    This reminded me of one of my favorite passages of scripture:

    “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” 1 John 1:8-10 (NIV).

    I am so grateful that He is my refuge. Peace, Linda

  13. Thank you for your wonderful comment, Linda! and for adding 1John 1:8-10! It has me envisioning being before Him and not having to plead our cases because His blood has covered us.
    God bless you and your gratefulness to be His!

  14. Jesus is our Refuge, indeed!

    Your post today reminded me of an incident in 2 Samuel 3 when Joab killed Abner. Abner was in Hebron (one of those cities of refuge), safe within its walls. 2 Sam. 3:27 says that “Joab took him aside in the gate…” (i.e., got him to come out of the gate of the city) and proceeded to kill him.

    When King David heard of the incident, he commented: “Died Abner as a fool dieth?” (v. 33).

    What a sad picture of the countless people who will stand outside the Gate of the City of Refuge, Jesus Christ, and perish in their sins when all they need to do is come through the Gate. What a foolish thing to do 😦

    Great post and poem, Deb, God bless you!

  15. Thank you, Paulette, for this wonderful post and helping us in closer to Him!
    God bless you as you proclaim the certainty of your hope and refuge . . .Jesus!
    p.s. sorry that it took me so long to reply to this! I meant to come back to it and forgot. 😦

  16. Loren, thank you for such a relevant comment. It brought tears to my eyes. Thinking of Abner being lured out side of the gate. Thinking of others outside there too, without Jesus. You have fueled my prayers tonight.
    God bless you as you call others to come into His refuge.

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