He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,  nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. —Psalm 91:1-6

Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. —Psalm 91:9-10

Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. —Psalm 91:14-16

            The Lord is my shelter and I will abide in Him.   I will trust Him to deliver me from whatever He desires to deliver me from. Is Satan scheming to trap me? I will trust in my Lord to deliver me. Is there a deadly pestilence? I will trust the Lord to deliver me. I will rely on His faithfulness to shield me. I will not fear anything that could kill me whether it is that which lurks in the darkness or that which looms in the light. I will trust Him to rescue me and to cause me to live as long as He wants me to live. Besides, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23). Yes, the Apostle Paul said that. He was saying he’d rather die and be with Jesus. Is that our mindset? If not, we need to reflect on who/where our trust is really in!

            If we fear death then how do these verses apply to us? —“Now since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:14-15). By the death of Jesus we are freed from the fear of death because He overcame death so we can also overcome death by His death and resurrection for us! We are in the Easter/Passover season. This is what we celebrate! Let us do so!

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves those born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, because everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith. —I John 5:1-4

Dear Father I am so grateful that I can trust You fully with my life. I thank You for Jesus and all that He has done for me and through me. What joy to not fear death and to know I have overcome it through Jesus. Now, may I encourage others to trust Him as well. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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