God lets us know in Psalm 91, “You will not be afraid of terror, arrows, pestilence or destruction because I have said in My Word that it will not approach you—if you are obedient to verses one and two to dwell in My shelter and abide in My shadow.” And, of course, we cannot dwell and abide in Him apart from Jesus. But, praise God!—because of the shed Blood of the Cross, it has now been made possible. We can receive anything that God has already provided. The secret is knowing that everything for which God has made provision is clearly spelled out and defined in the Word of God. If you can find where God has offered it—you can have it! It is never God holding it back. His provision is already there—waiting to be received.
Faith is not a tool to manipulate God into giving you something you want. Faith is simply the means by which we accept what God has already made available.
Our goal needs to be the renewal of our minds, to such an extent that we have more faith in God’s Word than in what we see. God does not make promises that are out of our reach.
When the Lord first began showing me these promises and my mind was struggling with doubt, He took me to a portion of His Word that helped to set me free.
What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written: that thou mightiest prevail when thou art judged.
God is telling us that, even though there may be some who don’t believe, their unbelief will never nullify His promises to the ones who do believe. A very important part of that verse in Romans 3 is the reminder, in a quote from the Old Testament, that what we as individuals choose to believe and confess will determine our own individual judgment.
Without the promises of protection throughout the Word of God, and especially, without our Psalm 91 covenant—listing all of the protection promises in one chapter—we might feel rather presumptuous, if, on our own, we prayed asking God to protect us from all the things covered in these four categories. In fact, we probably would not have the nerve to ask for all of that, but God is so good. He offered this protection to us before we even had a chance to ask! It was God’s plan to provide protection for His children, even before the foundation of the world.
-Peggy Joyce Ruth
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