Safe And Secure In Him – Pastor Chris
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11).
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When Jesus said, “You’re in the world, but not of the world” (John 15:19), He meant that you operate in this physical environment, but with a different set of rules. It reminds of when the children of Israel left Egypt to the Promised Land; they went with their own atmosphere. The Bible says, “By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people” (Exodus 13:21-22 NIV).
Everywhere else in the desert was hot and arid, but God’s people were protected by His divine presence. The pillar of cloud shielded them from the scorching heat during the day. At night when it was cold, the pillar of cloud became a pillar of fire and gave them warmth. In the days of Noah, God judged and destroyed the world with a great flood, because the wickedness of man was so great in the earth (Genesis 6:5-8).
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However, God instructed Noah to build an ark where he and his family and all he had would take refuge from the deluge. Noah obeyed. When the flood came, it got so high and fierce, destroying all except those in Noah’s ark. While the flood was a form of destruction to some, it bore the ark higher and those inside the ark were preserved. That ark typified Christ. There’s no destruction for the one who’s in Christ; you’re safe and secure in Him for eternity!
The Psalmist said in Psalm 59:16, “But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.” He’s a safe place. If you’re born again, you’re in Him; your life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Christ is your security, defence, and your fortress. It makes no difference what’s happening out there in the world, refuse to fear. You’re not alone: the greater One lives in you, and you live in Him.
I’m a new creation in Christ, born into God’s glory. I dwell in safety, and I’m shielded from the insecurity, economic troubles, disappointments, poverty, anger, frustration and discomfort in this world. I’m in Christ, and He’s my defence and salvation. Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: Acts 17:28 1 John 4:4 Psalm 91:1-8
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 11:1-13 Judges 1-2
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 27:45-54 Leviticus 6
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