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“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 fortress; my God, in Him will I trust” (Ps 91; 1-2; NKJV). If we walk in an intimate, ongoing relationship with Him, we can find refuge under God’s protective shadow, His fortress. That should make us all feel secure and confident in life. King David wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me” (Ps 23:4; NKJV). How often when a young child is bullied, he will stick his chest out and say “my dad will deal with you if you try to push me around.” Our heavenly dad is the Father of all Fathers!
There are so many Bible verses dealing with God’s protection of us (1 John 5:18, for example). God guards us from all the works of the devil (2 Thess 3:3), He is our Rock (2 Sam 22:3; Ps 62:2), our Shield (2 Sam 22:3; Ps 3:3), our Strong Tower (Prov 18:10) and He delivers us from all our afflictions (Ps 34:19). Jesus gave us God’s authority and victory over all the works of the devil, so that nothing can hurt us (Luke 10:19). It’s great to know that God never sleeps (Ps 121:4), He will never leave us or forsake us (Deut 31:6) and no one can ever snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28). God has given us armour to use to use to resist and overcome all the assaults of the enemy (Eph 6:13-18). Read and meditate on all the verses given above and build up your faith to dwell under God’s protective shadow, in His fortress!


Have you ever heard the expression, “I didn’t sign up for this?” Sometimes in life the devil throws things at us that we aren’t expecting; it’s what the Bible calls trials and tribulations. What is the Biblical way to deal with these heavy burdens? Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the Lord and He will take care of you” (NLT). (See also Ps 37:5). This is reiterated in the New Testament in 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you” (NKJV). If we do what these verses say and lean into God, He will help us, comfort us and give us the strength to go through these trials without giving up. “Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand” (Ps 37:24; NLT). (See also Ps 23:4, Isa 43:2.) Matt 11:28,29 says that if we go to God when we are burdened down, He will ease the load, give us rest and refresh us. In other words, He will minister to us and encourage us.
We’ve heard it said “our attitude determines our altitude.” Feeling sorry for ourselves isn’t the answer but that is what the flesh wants to do. Prov 24:10 says, “if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (ESV). Instead, this is the time to praise the Lord and trust Him for His intervention (Jas 1:2, 2 Chron 20:20-25, Acts 16:25-26). “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (Hab 3:17,18; ESV). Give those burdens to God today, He will see you through.

The D word #2

“For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful, yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness (right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s will and purpose)” (Heb 12:11; AMP). God disciplines us to help us grow up into Christlikeness, dedicated to serving God and spreading the gospel. God disciplines those He loves (Rev 3:19). Jesus likened Himself to a vine and we, the branches in the vine, saying that the Father prunes the branches to become more and more fruitful (John 15:1-2). God does not use sickness or any kind of misfortune to prune or discipline us.
In Hebrews 12:5-12 (NKJV) we are told that God chastens us, the Greek word for chasten can also be translated discipline or instruct. He chastens His sons and (daughters) whom He loves (Heb 12:6). The writer of Hebrews says that if we don’t receive chastening, we are “illegitimate and not sons” (Heb 12:8) God uses His word to chasten or instruct us. As we read and study, we will come across verses that jump out at us and in some cases challenge us to change, we may respond with an “ouch.” Don’t skip those verses that bring discipline or call for change, God knows you need to respond, so you can grow. I came across this verse in Proverbs 12:1 (NKJV), “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge. But he who hates correction is stupid.” Wow, that’s blunt and but certainly got my attention! God loves us and wants us to grow into all His fullness, so let’s take note of His discipline and respond. Is that an amen or another ouch?

Led by the Spirit

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way walk you in it,” when you turn to the right or the left” (Isa 30:21; ESV).
In the New Testament we read, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” Gal 5:25; ESV). Then in Galatians 5:16 (AMPC), “But I say, walk and live (habitually) in the (Holy) Spirit (responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit); then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).” Then verse 18 says, “But if you are guided (led) by the Holy Spirit, you are not subject to the law.” In other words, you won’t be led by rules and regulations. We know that Jesus of course was led by the Spirit. Immediately after He was baptized, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. The Holy Spirit helped Jesus just like He helps us - to protect us from falling into sin.
In Romans 8:4 The Amplified Classic Bible says we should be controlled by the desires of the Spirit and in the very next verse we are told how to do this, by setting our minds on and seeking “those things which gratify the Holy Spirit.” In other words, we need to be thinking about the Holy Spirit and be open to His guidance.
We have the same Holy Spirit that inhabited Jesus but how do we become sensitive to His voice? It is by spending time with God and getting to know Him on an ongoing basis that this sensitivity develops, making it easier to be led by the Spirit, which is simply following an inner prompting to do or not do something (Rom 8:16) and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit (1 Kings 19:11-12). It involves cutting out the distractions and being quiet. The more time we spend in fellowship with God the easier it is to know His voice.

Victory in Christ

Satan seeks only to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:19; NKJV). The apostle Paul wrote “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Col 2:15; NIV). Simply put, this means that Jesus through His death and resurrection completely defeated satan and all his minions. In the book of Hebrews, we read “that He might bring to naught and make of no affect him who had the power of death - that is, the devil” (Heb 2:14b; AMP). Jesus stripped satan of all power and authority to harm us. “But thanks be to God who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 15:57; NKJV; bolding and upper case added). Jesus actually gave us authority over all the powers of satan to hurt us (Luke 10:19). Why then can satan still cause problems for Christians? The apostle Peter told us that satan still roams around pretending to be a lion, roaring at people and trying to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10a; NKJV). However, as Peter taught, as Christians, we can resist satan and send him running (James 4:7). How do we do that? God has given us His armor (Eph 6:3-18) and especially “the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” (V 17b; NKJV). Speak God’s word in faith to the issues you face and satan has to flee! VICTORY!