Refuge in the Lord

Read this passage. Meditate on it. Memorize it. And stand on His Word!

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

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Faith in Trials

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- through your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trails, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

1 Peter 1:7-8

At times God gives us trials so that our faith may be purified as gold is refined by fire, that Christ may be honored and glorified.

Testing and temptation are two different things. God can not tempt. (James 1:14) Temptation is an attempt to get you to sin. God will never tempt you with sin, but he will test you at times.

God tested Abraham, Jacob, Job, and Joseph. Each of the tests these men faced were meant to bless them, build their faith, and make them stronger than before.

Testing builds character and will bring you closer to God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) When you keep the faith while being tested and don’t doubt God he tells us that the end result will be far more precious than gold.

The blessings and joy of the Lord are endless and more amazing than we can imagine. Finish the good fight of faith and our God will lift us up every time!

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