Fear Not! For I am with you….

Psalm 91-  Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]

Darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people. But I have good news for you, Good news of the promises in God’s Word that will fortify you and equip you during these times. Good news of His protection and His favor upon you.

Good news that declares that you are in this world, but not of this world! Isaiah 60:2 does not end with deep darkness. It goes on to declare this: But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The darker the world becomes, the brighter YOU will shine. As gloom and despair cover the earth, your light will become increasingly radiant. You will be His beacon of grace and glory in the midst of deep darkness.

The world will see you walking in the fullness of the Lord’s blessings and favor, and wonder how you and your household could be protected from the destruction and chaos all around. You may be familiar with the Old Testament story of Daniel’s friends, who were thrown into a fiery furnace for refusing to bow down to the golden idol of King Nebuchadnezzar. The king, his governors, and his counselors all witnessed for themselves how the fire had no power over the three Hebrew boys. Not a single strand of their hair was singed nor were their garments scorched.

In fact, they walked away from the furnace without so much as the smell of smoke or fire on them! Beloved, I want you to picture Daniel’s friends walking out of that fiery furnace, completely unharmed. That’s a picture of you and me today.

In Christ, we are in this world, but we are not of this world. Even when thrown into the most extreme and challenging circumstances, we can walk out unharmed. The same Lord Jesus who stood with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace stands with you today! The darkness is real. The fire is real. The dangers in this world are certainly real, but His promise that you can live protected and untouched can be an even greater reality in your life. That is why I wrote this article. The Word of God tells us that fear involves torment. Our Father in heaven doesn’t want any of His beloved children tormented by fear. His Word tells us, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). I particularly like how the Amplified Bible says it: There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! I wrote this because I want you anchored in His protective love for you. I want every trace of fear to be expelled from your heart. Perhaps terrorism, wars, and calamities do not weigh your heart down, but fears of more immediate circumstances do. Fear of losing your job as rumors of retrenchments and job cuts.

Pray and ask the Lord to remove fear out of your life as fear is a spirit,

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Fear that bodily symptoms you have been experiencing could develop into something sinister. Fear that your children could somehow get into trouble and be hurt. Whatever fear it is that grips your heart, I have so much that I want to share with you that I know will garrison your heart. You are not a hapless bystander who has no choice but to live in fear. No, you are set apart by your heavenly Abba. You are His beloved, and He who watches over you never slumbers or sleeps (see Ps. 121:4)! And yet, we cannot take His protection for granted. This is why I want to show you how you can pray the prayer of protection found in Psalm 91. Together, let us uncover what the Bible says about divine protection and learn faith-building truths that I know will strengthen you.

I want you to be encouraged by amazing So the very first thing that God wants you to do to enjoy His protection is to rest. His protection, peace, love, and other blessings flow in your life when you are in a place of rest. Let’s camp on the word dwell just a little more. Let’s meditate on what it means to rest or “sit down.” The Bible says that we are seated with Christ at God’s right hand (see Eph. 2:6, Heb. 1:3). The word “seated” is beautiful—it means that you are no longer standing and working. Under the old covenant, the priest had to offer the morning sacrifice at 9 a.m., and then remain standing for six hours until after the evening sacrifice at 3 p.m. Our Lord Jesus was crucified at 9 a.m. and He hung on the cross for six hours until He died at 3 p.m., thus fulfilling the type of both the morning and evening sacrifices (see Heb. 10:11–12). Because Jesus became the final sacrifice, the work of the priest is done and he no longer has to stand. Because our Lord cried, “It is finished!” at Calvary (John 19:30), we are today seated in Christ (see Eph. 2:6). We can dwell in the secret place of the Most High—a place of peace, safety, and security—because the blood of our Lord Jesus has paid for every blessing of protection in Psalm 91!

The Secret Place 5 We can dwell in the secret place of the Most High— a place of peace, safety, and security—because of the blood of Jesus. Now, because of the completed work of our Lord Jesus, we can have free access into the presence of our Elyon, the Most High. We can abide under the shadow of the Almighty or Shaddai. These two Hebrew names of God—Elyon and Shaddai—in the first verse of Psalm 91 alone help to put our problems in perspective, don’t they? In and of ourselves, our present challenges may appear insurmountable. But when we are resting in the presence of El Elyon—God Most High, the possessor of heaven and earth (see Gen. 14:19)— and abiding under the shadow of El Shaddai—God Almighty, the all-sufficient One—all of a sudden, our adversities don’t seem so intimidating after all!

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

My prayer for you is that your perspective of God will be enlarged by the power of His living Word. Whether you are dealing with a difficult financial situation, a sleep disorder, or plagued by depressive or even suicidal thoughts, my desire is for you to discover a God who loves you, and whose strong hands of protection are over your entire life. His divine protection, it covers every area that concerns you.

You see, a believer doesn’t fall in and out of righteousness. Our righteousness today is a gift from our Lord Jesus Christ (see Rom. 5:17). This means that even though we may fail from time to time because we are imperfect human beings, we are still in Christ our ark and do not forfeit His blessings of protection. Now, in case you are wondering, does this make someone want to live recklessly? Certainly not! I believe that knowing you are righteous in Christ makes you live responsibly and in honor to the Lord (see Rom. 6:10–14). The revelation of our righteousness in Christ produces righteous living (see Titus 2:11–12 The more we remind ourselves of the Lord’s protection daily, the more our faith in His protection will grow. Faith comes from “hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). The more we hear, the more we believe! The more we claim and pray the prayer of protection, the more we will The Secret Place The more you believe, the more you will experience deliverance from trouble after trouble until you come to the place of “in seven,” where no evil will touch you. Amen!

While we live in dangerous times, we have an almighty God who watches over us. Deliverance from trouble is fantastic, but there is a promise that is even greater, and that is when you are at that place where “no evil shall touch you.” That’s my prayer for you and your loved ones.

2 Timothy 1:7

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 

 

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