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Greg Laurie – Promises . . . with a Prerequisite

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He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

—Psalm 91:1

Without question, Psalm 91 is a real gem among the psalms. Next to Psalm 23, it probably has brought more encouragement and comfort throughout the centuries than any other psalm.

But it’s worth noting that the blessings promised in Psalm 91 aren’t for just anyone. They are specifically given to believers — and not just to believers in general. These benefits are targeted toward believers who specifically meet the requirements found within the psalm. Psalm 91 is full of what we call conditional promises. In other words, God promises to do certain things for us, hinging on our doing certain things that are required.

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Verse 1 begins, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High . . .” The word dwells could be translated as “quiet and resting, enduring and remaining with consistency.” It is very similar to the word abide, which we see often in the New Testament. Jesus said, “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit” (John 15:5). That word abide means “to stay in a given place, to maintain unbroken fellowship and communion with another.”

Here’s what God is saying: If you want to experience the promises of Psalm 91 — My protection, My provision, and My blessing — you must dwell in the secret place of the Most High. You must remain in constant fellowship with Me.”

We have relationship with God because we have put our faith in Jesus Christ and have turned from our sin. But are we living in constant fellowship with God? Many believers aren’t.

God is interested in a relationship with you — not just on Sundays, but throughout the week. He wants you to dwell in the secret place of the Most High.

 

Presidential Prayer Team; C.P. – Real Refuge

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The horror movie industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Why do people enjoy scaring themselves? Perhaps it’s interesting to watch someone in a frightening yet ridiculous situation, or maybe it’s just a blessing to know that the horrible things that happen in those outlandish movies – chainsaw massacres or hockey-mask clad murders – will never really happen to you.

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

Psalm 91:5

Today’s verse says you don’t have to be afraid of things that go bump in the night or of any dangers by day. Instead, you can find very real refuge in your God, and come against terrible things through prayer. Before the crucifixion, Jesus told Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32) The evil one wanted to put an end to Peter’s faith – and though Peter did deny Jesus three times, he found forgiveness and served God faithfully thereafter.

Regard worries and fears as signals to pray. Thank God for all the blessings this nation still has, and, as the Lord leads, pray against those things that threaten freedom, prosperity and peace.

Recommended Reading: James 5:13-20

Our Daily Bread — Confidence In Troubled Times

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Psalm 91

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. —Psalm 91:1

Some kids love to brag about their dads. If you eavesdrop on neighborhood conversations, you’ll hear children saying, “My dad is bigger than your dad!” or “My dad is smarter than your dad!” But the best brag of all is, “My dad is stronger than your dad!” This boast is usually in the context of a warning that if kids are threatening you, they’d better beware, because your dad can come and take them all down, including their dads!

Believing your dad is the strongest guy on the block inspires a lot of confidence in the face of danger. This is why I love the fact that God our Father is almighty. That means that no one can match His strength and power. Better still, it means that you and I “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1). So, it’s no wonder the psalmist can confidently say that he will not “be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day” (v.5).

Regardless of what today may bring or the trouble you are now going through, don’t forget that your God is stronger than anything in your life. So, be confident! The shadow of His all-prevailing presence guarantees that His power can turn even the worst situation into something good. —Joe Stowell

Father God, in the midst of my trouble, teach

me to rest in the fact that You are almighty.

Thank You for the confidence I have that You are

stronger than anything that threatens my life.

God is greater than our greatest problem.

Bible in a year: Song of Solomon 1-3; Galatians 2

Charles Spurgeon – As thy days, so shall thy strength be

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“As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” Deuteronomy 33:25

Suggested Further Reading: Psalm 91

What a varying promise it is! I do not mean that the promise varies, but adapts itself to all our changes. “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” Here is a fine sunshiny morning; all the world is laughing; everything looks glad; the birds are singing, the trees seem to be all alive with music. “My strength shall be as my day is,” says the pilgrim. Ah! Pilgrim, there is a little black cloud gathering. Soon it increases; the flash of lightning wounds the heaven, and it begins to bleed in showers. Pilgrim, “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” The birds have done singing, and the world has done laughing; but “as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” Now the dark night comes on, and another day approaches—a day of tempest, and whirlwind, and storm. Dost thou tremble, pilgrim?—“As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” “But there are robbers in the wood.”—“As thy days so shall thy strength be.” “But there are lions which devour me” “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” “But there are rivers; how shall I swim them?” Here is a boat to carry thee over; “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” “But there are fires: how shall I pass through them?” Here is the garment that will protect thee: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” “But there are arrows that fly by day.” Here is thy shield: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” “But there is the pestilence that walketh in darkness.” Here is thy antidote: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” Wherever you may be, and whatever trouble awaits you, “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” Children of God, cannot you say that this has been true hitherto? I can.

For meditation: We often spoil our lives by trying to live tomorrow today. God does not promise to provide for the needs of his people before they have them (Matthew 6:34; 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Sermon no. 210

22 August (1858)

Joyce Meyer – Be Filled With the Truth

 

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. —Psalm 91:14

Don’t let the devil have your thoughts first thing in the morning. Begin early to get your day started right. As soon as you wake up, tell the Lord you love Him. Tell Him you need Him and are depending on Him. Read His Word and confess His promises as you prepare for the day.

Listen to teaching tapes while you are driving to work. Fill yourself with knowledge of God’s truth. Don’t talk yourself into a disaster before the day even begins. Instead say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ; because He is with me today, I will rejoice in all things.”

 

Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

 

Morning “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler.” / Psalm 91:3

God delivers his people from the snare of the fowler in two senses. From, and  out of. First, he delivers them from the snare–does not let them enter it;  and secondly, if they should be caught therein, he delivers them out of it.

The first promise is the most precious to some; the second is the best to  others.    “He shall deliver thee from the snare.” How? Trouble is often the means  whereby God delivers us. God knows that our backsliding will soon end in our  destruction, and he in mercy sends the rod. We say, “Lord, why is this?” not  knowing that our trouble has been the means of delivering us from far greater  evil. Many have been thus saved from ruin by their sorrows and their crosses;  these have frightened the birds from the net. At other times, God keeps his  people from the snare of the fowler by giving them great spiritual strength,  so that when they are tempted to do evil they say, “How can I do this great  wickedness, and sin against God?” But what a blessed thing it is that if the  believer shall, in an evil hour, come into the net, yet God will bring him out  of it! O backslider, be cast down, but do not despair. Wanderer though thou  hast been, hear what thy Redeemer saith–“Return, O backsliding children; I  will have mercy upon you.” But you say you cannot return, for you are a  captive. Then listen to the promise–“Surely he shall deliver thee out of the  snare of the fowler.” Thou shalt yet be brought out of all evil into which  thou hast fallen, and though thou shalt never cease to repent of thy ways, yet  he that hath loved thee will not cast thee away; he will receive thee, and  give thee joy and gladness, that the bones which he has broken may rejoice. No  bird of paradise shall die in the fowler’s net.

 

Evening “Martha was cumbered about much serving.” / Luke 10:40

Her fault was not that she served: the condition of a servant well becomes  every Christian. “I serve,” should be the motto of all the princes of the  royal family of heaven. Nor was it her fault that she had “much serving.” We  cannot do too much. Let us do all that we possibly can; let head, and heart,  and hands, be engaged in the Master’s service. It was no fault of hers that  she was busy preparing a feast for the Master. Happy Martha, to have an  opportunity of entertaining so blessed a guest; and happy, too, to have the  spirit to throw her whole soul so heartily into the engagement. Her fault was  that she grew “cumbered with much serving,” so that she forgot him, and only  remembered the service. She allowed service to override communion, and so  presented one duty stained with the blood of another. We ought to be Martha  and Mary in one: we should do much service, and have much communion at the  same time. For this we need great grace. It is easier to serve than to  commune. Joshua never grew weary in fighting with the Amalekites; but Moses,  on the top of the mountain in prayer, needed two helpers to sustain his hands.  The more spiritual the exercise, the sooner we tire in it. The choicest fruits  are the hardest to rear: the most heavenly graces are the most difficult to  cultivate. Beloved, while we do not neglect external things, which are good  enough in themselves, we ought also to see to it that we enjoy living,  personal fellowship with Jesus. See to it that sitting at the Saviour’s feet  is not neglected, even though it be under the specious pretext of doing him  service. The first thing for our soul’s health, the first thing for his glory,  and the first thing for our own usefulness, is to keep ourselves in perpetual  communion with the Lord Jesus, and to see that the vital spirituality of our  religion is maintained over and above everything else in the world.