Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Our loving heavenly Father watches over His flock and will not lose even one without knowing about it. There’s nowhere that we can go where we’ll be outside His sight and His protection. He can and does protect us. We have nothing to fear.
The things of this world can be dangerous to anyone, but to a follower of Christ, some of them are downright disastrous outside the grace of God. He keeps us from harm and allows nothing to prosper against us as we carry out His purposes. If we’re on the path He sets us on, we’ll see plenty of opposition, but He’ll be the One who keeps us going, guarding us all the way.
He know our weaknesses and won’t allow us to face more temptation than we can bear. In fact, when faced with temptation, God provides us a way out! He gives us the avenue to get away from it, because He cares about our future. He has things for us to do and He’ll provide a way for us to make it to the finish line. He’s there for us, even when it sometimes seems He’s not. He’s never off duty, He’s always watching over us, like a shepherd who cares about each and every one of his little sheep.
Psalm 91:9-10 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
God’s people can be assured that our Lord will provide us with protection from evil. There is literally no reason to be fearful if you belong to God in Christ Jesus. Nothing in this world, or in any world, can stand against Him (Romans 8:37-39). No evil can come near us if we’re under His protection.
The Lord will provide His angels to guard us (Psalm 91:11), at His discretion. Nothing can befall us with His knowledge. No plague, no tribulation, no struggle gets by Him without His knowledge.
Our God is mighty and able to protect us from all things. He is our strength and our shield. It’s no wonder the words “Fear not” appear so many times in His Word. If we make Him our dwelling place, we’re safe in His shadow.
———- What are you afraid of?
Ephesians 6:12-13 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Who are your enemies? Do you have people that always seem to stand in your way? People who just don’t like you? They’re not the real enemy.
There’s a whole lot going on in this world that we don’t see with our eyes. The spiritual forces at work are the ones to be concerned about. The enemy of your soul, Satan, has his evil set against you and against God’s will being carried out. He’ll stop at nothing to win. But in the end, he can’t win.
Satan, even with his armies of darkness, is no match for the King of Kings. The omnipresent, omniscient, all-powerful Creator wins. That doesn’t stop the evil one from trying though. He’s after you and anyone else who professes to follow Christ. We’re soldiers in a war and it’s important that we are armed properly.
We stand firm in this war because we know the Lord is on our side. We know that we’re armed and ready to take on the spiritual forces that oppose us because we’ve been equipped by God himself. We can walk bravely into battle, knowing that He has already won the war. His victory on the cross is our victory. Stand firm.
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