I dwell in Him; in the secret place of the Most High. I abide under the shadow of the Almighty. My abode is Christ. Therefore no harm shall befall me; no disaster shall come near my resting place.
He is my peace-Shalom, serenity, assurance and security. So I will fear no evil. He is with me, in me and for me. No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper. When the enemy comes, like a flood, the Holy Spirit will raise a standard against him.
I will say of the Lord, “You are my Refuge and my Fortress. You are my hiding place, my rock, my shield, shelter and bulwark.”
So when I go through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, because Jehovah Shammah, the Ever-present Lord, is always there. I will not be afraid of the terror by night or the plaque that walks the street at noonday.
His Spirit is in me forever. He keeps in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him.
When I go through the fire, I know I am just walling through and the flame will not kindle upon me. I shall not be burnt. I know my Redeemer lives and is refining me, eliminating every dross, for the gold in me to surface to the glory of God.
And when I go through the waters and the rivers, I shall not drown because the Everlasting Arms are underneath and the eternal God is my refuge. He loves me with an Everlasting love. I am the apple of His eyes. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. I am more than a conqueror and have overcome the world.
Surely, my God shields me from the flower’s snares, loopholes, traps and ploys. I have wisdom more than my adversaries. I am streets ahead of my foes and enemies.
My God prepares a banquet of sumptuous sup, divine dainties and delicatessen for me, right before my enemies and my cup overflows.
Yes, because I have made Christ, my dwelling place, no harm will befall me. No disaster will come near my house. A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand. But the evil will not come near me. Only with my eyes will I see the punishment of the wicked.
Praise the Lord, Who has given His angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. They are ministering spirits called to be minister to me, an heir of salvation. Therefore I will tread on the lion and the cobra under my feet -where they belong.
Because I have given Christ first place, set Him as my first love, He will honour me and set me high above the rock. Before I call, He will hear and while I am still praying, He will answer. I acknowledge His holy, powerful and matchless Name Above every other name. With long life of health, vitality, abundance and relevance and productivity He will satisfy me and show me His salvation.
Safe in His Arms
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:24
Heaven is a place where we shall never sin; where we shall cease our constant watch against an indefatigable enemy, because there will be no tempter to ensnare our feet. There the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest. Heaven is the “undefiled inheritance;” it is the land of perfect holiness, and therefore of complete security. But do not the saints even on earth sometimes taste the joys of blissful security? The doctrine of God’s word is, that all who are in union with the Lamb are safe; that all the righteous shall hold on their way; that those who have committed their souls to the keeping of Christ shall find him a faithful and immutable preserver. Sustained by such a doctrine we can enjoy security even on earth; not that high and glorious security which renders us free from every slip, but that holy security which arises from the sure promise of Jesus that none who believe in him shall ever perish, but shall be with him where he is. Believer, let us often reflect with joy on the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, and honour the faithfulness of our God by a holy confidence in him.
May our God bring home to you a sense of your safety in Christ Jesus! May he assure you that your name is graven on his hand; and whisper in your ear the promise, “Fear not, I am with thee.” Look upon him, the great Surety of the covenant, as faithful and true, and, therefore, bound and engaged to present you, the weakest of the family, with all the chosen race, before the throne of God; and in such a sweet contemplation you will drink the juice of the spiced wine of the Lord’s pomegranate, and taste the dainty fruits of Paradise. You will have an antepast of the enjoyments which ravish the souls of the perfect saints above, if you can believe with unstaggering faith that “faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
“He shall gather the lambs with his arm.”
Our good Shepherd has in his flock a variety of experiences, some are strong in the Lord, and others are weak in faith, but he is impartial in his care for all his sheep, and the weakest lamb is as dear to him as the most advanced of the flock. Lambs are wont to lag behind, prone to wander, and apt to grow weary, but from all the danger of these infirmities the Shepherd protects them with his arm of power.
He finds new-born souls, like young lambs, ready to perish — he nourishes them till life becomes vigorous; he finds weak minds ready to faint and die—he consoles them and renews their strength. All the little ones he gathers, for it is not the will of our heavenly Father that one of them should perish. What a quick eye he must have to see them all! What a tender heart to care for them all! What a far-reaching and potent arm, to gather them all!
In his lifetime on earth he was a great gatherer of the weaker sort, and now that he dwells in heaven, his loving heart yearns towards the meek and contrite, the timid and feeble, the fearful and fainting here below. How gently did he gather me to himself, to his truth, to his blood, to his love, to his church! With what effectual grace did he compel me to come to himself! Since my first conversion, how frequently has he restored me from my wanderings, and once again folded me within the circle of his everlasting arm!
The best of all is, that he does it all himself personally, not delegating the task of love, but condescending himself to rescue and preserve his most unworthy servant. How shall I love him enough or serve him worthily? I would fain make his name great unto the ends of the earth, but what can my feebleness do for him? Great Shepherd, add to thy mercies this one other, a heart to love thee more truly as I ought.
God’s Guidance is Great
God’s Guidance is Good;
Better than SATNAV;
Takes you out of the woods
To the Land you should have;
It gives you assurance
But requires faith and endurance.
God’s Guidance is Great,
Leads you in the right path;
Lamp to your feet;
Light to your path.
Takes you from obscurity
God’s guidance is the best;
Takes you into your Land
With milk and honey manifest;
Driving away wicked band;
Enabling you to pin your flag;
Putting your gold in your bag.
God’s guidance should be desired
More than silver or gold.
Divine direction should be preferred
To any riches untold.
It gives joy unspeakable;
Peace and comfort inexplicable.
… lead me in the way everlastingPs139:24
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Ps37:23