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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

God's Security

When I think of security, the first thing that comes to mind is my son Drew and his "kitty."  When he was younger he carried that thing everywhere with him.  It was ugly, torn, and it drove me nuts.  We had to pick up pieces of the inside of that kitty every two hours.  I took it from him one time to have it repaired and then I realized the security that "kitty" gave Drew.  Today, I hope we all feel that same security from God.

The first verse of this Psalm 91 is the theme for he entire thing, but I find it very beautiful.  I want you to understand a few words in this verse.  First, the word dwells.  This word literally means to sit.  Today, when we invite someone to sit we often say, "take a load off."  That is exactly what wants us to do, sit and take a load off!  Second, I want to define abide.  It means to stop at night, lie all night, or lodge.  Lastly, the word shadow is defined as shade and protect from heat, but it is similar to the word surround.  So if you restate this verse with its meanings in place it would read: "The person that sits in the secret place of the most High will lodge and be surrounded in the protection provided by the Almighty from the heat." That is where I want to be!!

"How do we get there", you might ask.  Well, verse two says we have to trust in the Lord.  Many people today trust the Lord for their salvation, but they do not trust Him to supply daily bread.  This "trust" in the Lord should be a constant expectation not a constant anxiety. We lean on and trust the Lord when we are struggling. Ps 138:7,8  We forget that we are God's creation and He loves us. Our trust in the Lord should bring about an expectancy of His provisions, not an anxious hoping He will provide.  When the times are tough we must expect God to provide because he is our refuge and fortress, not anxiously hope He provides!! 

Vs 4 has a lot to say of the security God provides.  This verse speaks of us being covered with His feathers and under His wings.  What a comfort that is.  A mother hen will gather her chick under her wings when trouble comes around.  That is the safest place for her babies to be in that time.  That is exactly where God wants us when troubles come around.  Surrounded by the security of his wings.  I read a story one time of a forest fire that had broken out in Yellowstone.  A mother bird was found burned to death on the ground.  When a Forest Ranger kicked the bird over three baby chicks ran out alive and untouched by the heat, smoke, and flames of the fire.  I thought, "Wow, that is exactly what this verse is saying."  Unfortunately, through a little research I found that story is false, but what a great example of God's security.  

We also read about God's truth being our shield and buckler.

The actual definition is something that completely surrounds you.  Do you see a pattern here today?  God's love and security completely surrounds us.  Even if we do not see or recognize it!  This security is found in God's truth! Pr 23:23  Jn 8:32  Jn 17:17    

We read about a similar security and protection in God's Word in Eph 6:10-17                           

Know today that God is providing you with His love and security.  He provides us with the armor we need to fight our battles in His Word.  The question that must be asked is, "Are you using what God provides you in His Word?"  Many feel unsecured, unloved, and alone only because they are not using what God has provided.  God provides all the security we need because He loves us.  Jn 3:16


Hear The Word-  Rom 10:17; Acts 4:4

We Must Believe or Have Faith-  Heb 11:6; Acts 16:31

We Must Repent-  Lk 13:3; Acts 17:30

We Must Confess Christ Before Others-  Mt 10:32; Acts 8:37

We Must Be Immersed Into Christ (Baptized)-  1Pe 3:21; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38  

We Must Remain Faithful-  Rev 2:10; Acts 14:22

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