I talked with you yesterday about preparing for the days ahead. I hope you took the article as a faith move and not a fear move. I believe God has given us all we need to not only survive but to thrive in the days ahead. He is a faithful God and He will keep us safe.
I want to share a few more verses with you today to encourage you in preparing for the days ahead, if I may. Proverbs 22 says3; ‘A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.’
Now, I am not talking about hiding in your homes and refusing to come out. No! I am talking about a different kind of hiding. I am talking about hiding in God. Allowing Him to become your hiding place.
Psalm 91 is a portion of scripture that most of us are familiar with – however, I want you to take a look at it again today;
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
Don’t you just love that! God will protect and keep those who trust in Him. Now, I want to share a portion of Psalm 91 out of the Amplified Bible. Verse 1-4 says; He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty, Whose power no foe can withstand. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I confidently trust! For then He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. Then He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
I love the way the Amplified Bible states it. When you say…He is my Refuge, my Fortress and my God, when you dwell in God, when you remain stable and fixed in Him THEN He will deliver you and THEN He will cover you. This is the key to thriving in God through ALL seasons.
I firmly believe when we remain in God, when we make our abode in Christ, we are safe in Him. Weapons may form, but they will not prosper. We see this promise in Isaiah 54; ‘For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. “O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
I have given you two powerful set of scriptures. It is my hope and my prayer that you will begin to confess and declare these over yourself and your family today.
Friends, the time to build a storm shelter is before the storm is present, not during the midst of the storm. The time is now to cover you and your family in God’s word. The time is now to get under the shadow of the Almighty. Noah built an ark at the word of the Lord…when no one had seen or heard of rain. It’s time to build our ark, we do that with the word of God and with faith in the God of that word. Let’s begin today.