6―God Promises to Be Our Protection, Shield, Stronghold, and Refuge

Are you fearful about the future of this world and the proposed World Order? Or are you afraid about the safety and direction of your present life? The only solution to removing fear from our lives is to look up. Colossians 3:1-3 explains, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” When I set my mind on God’s Word, praying and praising Him, I am filled with peace and joy. So, I have reduced my social media and news viewing to maybe an hour a day, then I pray and praise God for the following promises.

To experience God’s promises, you need to be reconciled to Him by believing that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sin and was raised from the dead and is seated in heaven (1Cor. 15:3-6 and Rom. 10:9-10). God promised that we could be his children when we receive Jesus, His Son, and believe in Him (John 1:12).

Proverbs 30:5Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Praise the Lord that His every word is true, and we can know that God will be our shield when we feel afraid and take refuge in Him. You take refuge in God through prayer. If you are in a field or hiking in the woods and a storm comes, or in the city and a bad person approaches you, what is your first reaction? Find shelter or get somewhere safe. One time, my husband and I were hiking the Mid-State trail, and we were on a mountain ridge when a lightning storm was approaching. Yes, we were frightened, and we quickened our pace to get down off the top of the mountain because we had no place to go for shelter. We trusted God for safety, and even though the rain drenched us, and lighting was all around us, God protected us from harm.

Nahum 1:7The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.” Wow! God knows when you pray and trust Him to help you and protect you when you are in trouble. We are promised problems in this world, but God promises to be our stronghold, our shelter from the storm. The stronghold of God protects our minds from the fiery darts and assaults of the devil. God is good!

Psalm 9:9-10The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Someone who is oppressed is being weighed down by troubles in their mind and by the hardships of life. When this happens, look up to God and set your mind on His promises and on His presence. Proverbs 18:10 tells us, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.Psalm 91:14-15 says, “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” First, we have to call on Him by name in prayer. Second, we must show that we love Him by obeying His commands. See my post on these verses for more insight. The Lord knows who put their trust in Him, and He will not forsake you.

Isaiah 43:2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Know that God is with you through all your troubles, even abuse, and you don’t have to be depressed or afraid. Trust God to help you set and keep boundaries if you have to live with a narcissist who abuses you. I have experienced trusting God so many times and have written extensively about my experiences throughout my blog. Jesus suffered much abuse and many temptations when he was on earth, but He stayed in prayer and kept His mind on the will of His Father. He took a whipping for us. He took our sin and paid our dept as He hung on the cross. Yes, Jesus was well acquainted with suffering; you are not alone.

Psalm 91:1-4He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler [devil] and from the deadly pestilence. 4He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” Every time I am tempted to be stressed out about some trouble I am facing or troubles in the world, I quote Psalm 91. I wrote a series of posts on this Psalm, so I encourage you to read them.

Conclusion

As you know, just about every promise has a condition we must fulfill to experience what is promised. In the promises above, the conditions are that we pray and trust God. You will never experience God’s strength and deliverance until you look to Him to give you the strength to endure. Trust Him with the troubling situation so that you will have peace and joy. We won’t be afraid when our mind is set on the things above where Christ our Savior is seated. Knowing God is with me in my troubles encourages me to rest in Him, knowing He will help me. My last post covers God’s promises to help us.

All of us had experienced disappointment when our prayers went unfulfilled. I wrote a series of posts on why God sometimes does not hear our prayers or wants us to wait for His timing, or He says “No.” You can find these posts here. In my third post, l focused on claiming God’s promises to answer our prayers. Remember, most promises are based on meeting conditions. The primary requirement is having faith and believing that what God says, He will do it, and nothing is impossible for Him.

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Author: Joyce Holzman Hanscom

I teach incarcerated women in the county jail about how to discover a new reality for their lives. Discovering a new reality is achieved when you heal emotions from painful memories and transform negative heart issues. When false beliefs are transformed by truth, then you can love from a pure heart and make wise decisions.

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