The Security of Faith

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The Security of Faith

As I write this, I am thinking of two dear friends who are currently battling stage 4 cancer. They are facing danger, sickness, pain, darkness and potential disaster. They are threatened with at best the reality of painful recovery and at worst the possibility of an untimely death. My mind is filled with questions: Why is this happening to them? Where will they turn for security? How will they maintain hope? Whom will they trust? Will their faith wane?  My prayers provide only one answer: Their security is found through faith in God.  Of this the writer of Psalm 91 is a witness. The Psalmist testifies of a deeply personal faith.  In the midst of great danger, his (or her) life is entrusted confidently to God.

Psalm 91 teaches us that we must encourage each other to experience a faith revival – again and again – through the Word of God because of three key realities: 1) the danger of the world, 2) the promise we have been given, and 3) the power of our God in whom we trust.

The danger of this world

The human experience is filled with life-threatening and destructive forces.  Psalm 91 identifies the key dangers we face. Deadly diseases, violence, irrational fears, demonic forces, loneliness, deception, false pride and disasters plague us. Newspapers and TV shows specialize in capturing this reality for our consumption. This daily diet of trauma, sickness, disaster, warnings, despair and terror, results in our being weighed down with growing fears. Even the Bible teaches that trusting God does not mean we will not experience dangerous circumstances. Most of us know other Christians who have lost their life, jobs, children, marriages, and even their faith. Therefore, we live in constant fear even when things are going well. Have you head someone – or maybe yourself – say, “things are great, but I am sure something bad is going to happen any time soon.” Fear is a crippling pestilence. No wonder our faith needs constant revival. In fact, it is fear, not doubt, which is the opposite of faith.

The promise we have been given

Let’s tackle the most difficult part of this passage.  Verse 7 says, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”  Many read this passage as a promise that nothing bad will happen in their life if they put their trust in God. This is a lie from Satan himself. Consider the devil’s conversation with Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11. Notice that the devil quotes the Scriptures! He arrogantly quotes Psalm 91:11-12. But, Jesus responds by quoting Scripture (Deuteronomy 6:16) with humble trust, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Yes, God has made us a promise to protect, rescue, shield and save us. However, his promise is often misunderstood with “prosperity” in this life. His promise is an eternal prosperity, where verse 7 will be fulfilled and believers will be observers of the final judgment against the evil forces of this world.  God’s promise is eschatological, concerned with the final destiny of human kind. This does not mean that God will not protect us in this life. In fact, the majority of the Psalm is a promise of God’s faithful protection.

The greatest promise found in Psalm 91 is that God’s caring protection accompanies us in ALL circumstances of life.  He supports and defends us from eternal harm by providing us the ability to overcome the most difficult of situations.  It is this security that enabled Jesus to endure the agony of the cross saying, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” A continuing relationship with God is stressed in verses 14-16. “He who loves me…I will rescue him…I will protect him…he knows my name…he will call on me…I will answer…I will be with him…I will deliver him…honor him…satisfy him.” These words are echoed in Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you.” God’s promise of eternal life and salvation is the bedrock of our security of faith. 1 John 5:4-5 puts it this way, “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” This is a security that the world can neither give nor take away.

The power of our God in whom we trust

Who is this God in whom we put our trust?  The Psalms give us a glimpse of His attributes. The Lord is good; the enemy is not. God’s love endures forever. He is our helper. His name has power to triumph over the enemy. He is righteous and all-powerful. He has done and continues to do mighty things. He is the maker of heaven and earth. He is a deliverer, a provider, a healer and a powerful protector. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point: Our God is GREATER than any calamity, any disaster, any decease, any evil. Nothing is impossible for Him.

Our response to these realities

What does God expect in return?  A response that sounds something like Psalm 23:4, “I will fear no evil for you are with me.” Therefore, this encourages me to testify to my friends who are struggling with cancer, and to you, “Beloved, be assured that God will protect you from dangers of every kind, real or imagined. All such dangers are robbed of their destructive power because you are encircled within God’s protecting power. God has put you on a high place and is pouring over you grace upon grace. From this place Satan cannot take you out – not as long as you put your trust in God and rely on the security of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

© 2012 Ines Franklin

P.S. You might also enjoy Ines Franklin’s four-part series on “Godly Jealousy

About The Author
Ines Franklin
Ines Franklin
Ines Franklin is the president and founder of Trochia Ministries, an online Christian discipleship ministry. She is a lay teaching pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine. Ines completed a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also a graduate of The Masters Program, a member of The Barnabas Group, and board member of Relevate Group Inc. Her experience includes business management, sales, marketing and paralegal services. Ines is passionate about spreading the Gospel, caring for the poor and helping Christians mature in their faith. She regularly shares her personal testimony of God’s grace and redemption. Ines mentors young women and leads a women's Bible study group. Ines and her husband Jim live in Irvine, California and have a blended family of five children and six grandchildren. 
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  • Shelli Kirbey
    May 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    AMEN…GOD IS THE ONLY WAY AND TRUTH…

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  • Deborah McBride
    May 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    RIGHT ON TIME !!! THANK YOU!!!!

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  • Marilou Kishur
    May 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Just remember that the moment you think you have God figured out is the ultimate sign that you are worshipping your own brain. God is infinitely bigger. Be content to live in the mystery, love, and compassion.

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  • Trochia
    May 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Amen Marilou Kishur

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  • Www Mickidorries
    May 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    GRACE UPON GRACE….thank you, Father…..

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  • Costa Rica Jenkins
    May 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Amen glory belongs to the king!

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  • Roxie Roderick
    May 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    amen

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  • Chris-Smooth Wale Adejumo
    May 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    WITH JESUS I CAN MAKE IT… WITH HIM I KNOW I CAN STAND.. SO NO MATTER WHAT MAY COME MY WAY… MY LIFE IS IN HIS HANDS.. AMEN.

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  • Brenda White
    May 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    i read Psalm 91 a lot, 92 is good too but my favorite is Psalm 23 THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT, HE MAKES ME LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES ,HE LEAD ME BESIDE STILL WATERS,HE RESTORES MY SOUL,HE GUIDES ME IN PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR HIS NAME SAKE. EVEN THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH , I SHALL FEAR NO EVIL, FOR THOU ART WITH ME; THY ROD AND THY STAFF, THEY COMFORT ME, YOU PREPARE A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES. YOU ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL; MY CUP OVERFLOWS. SURELY GOODNESS AND LOVE WILL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE. AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER:), AMEN PRAISE GOE:)

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  • Betty Fitzsimmons
    May 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    mine also alot of great thing in that one

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  • Mary Doney
    May 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I like Ps so much, its so encouraging and when we need help in prayer, Ps is the place to go, I was reading Ps this morning around 3am. So peaceful and again encouraging.

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  • Eduardo Palafox
    May 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    thank you very much for sharing, Peace be with you

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  • Linda White
    May 18, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Peace is singing all in my ”

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  • Juliezeck
    May 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    We all have “whys” in our lives and one thing I know for sure is that God doesn’t waste anything in our lives.  Everything has a purpose and it may take years to have some kind of understanding…..or maybe……never.  I believe everything we encounter has some kind of gift in it.  So often I look at the obvious, but God is working out more than I can see.

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    • trochiamoderator
      May 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Absolutely Julie. In fact, this morning I read a Spurgeon devotional. Inspired by Ecclesiastes 11:3, he equated our troubles to rain from black clouds. Although the clouds darken our sky, they “yield plentiful showers” that “blossom sweet flowers and nourishing fruits.” Imagine that! What if we looked at our troubles as a promise of God’s presence, and a sign of soon-to-come green pastures for our soul, fruitful growth of our faith and a spring of encouragement.

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  • Eva Wilson
    July 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

    amen

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  • Sami Cool Attitude
    July 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Amen

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  • Susan Meador
    July 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    AMEN

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  • Linda Rizzo
    July 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Amen, all things are possible with God.

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  • Angela Taylor
    July 31, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    BELIEVERS BELIEVE…

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  • Sheila Willis
    August 1, 2012 at 6:11 am

    THE WAY TO VICTORY IN YOUR LIFE IS THRU THE CROSS….

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  • Lucy Lopez
    August 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    praise ye the LORD,Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteht greatly in His commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion,and righteous. Psalm 112:1,2,3,4,5. AMEN AND AMEN FOR EVER….

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  • Nancy Arnett
    August 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    like this ALot

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  • Lue Forte
    September 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Always. He seeks to destroy the children of God. He accuses us continually to the Holy Father. But we are to resist him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • Mary Squire
    September 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world!!!

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  • Beth Hyman Wood
    September 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    TRUE!!

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  • Susan Bailey
    September 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    This is for sure!!

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  • Bobbi Mccurdy Lane
    September 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Closer than you think!

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  • Ramona Holcomb
    September 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    God is always there to protect us

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  • Linda Dearborn
    September 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Every day but we win come Lord Jesus.

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  • Noella Byram Dufour
    September 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    The True.

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  • Ann Skates
    September 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    But if we stand for God,we win the battle.

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  • Judy Sears
    September 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    he is running to and fro seeking whom he may devour

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  • Belinda Lopez
    September 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    EVERYDAY

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  • Mamie Garner
    September 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Everyday–he is working really hard.

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  • TJ Wilson
    September 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    every thirty seconds

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  • Delia Santiago
    September 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    …but Jesus locked up his mouth and he can’t hurt us.

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  • Scarlett Hutchinson
    September 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    so true

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  • Claudia Quigg
    September 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    A lot in the past few months.

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  • Rick Wallum
    September 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Like … all the time!!!

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  • Joani Marie Elso-Rintz
    September 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Today I was literally in warfare …. everyone I called upon my Lord the sicker I became in my stomach, I was being tortured in my mind..only God was able to fight the battle.. And set me free

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  • Patty StGermaine
    September 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Jesus will protect us.

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  • Karen Pendley Loper Sixbey
    September 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    So true!

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  • Connie Jones
    September 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    this is true

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  • Cynthia Pennington Zeh
    September 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    key word “like” he’s a liar,his greatest tool is fear,he is the accuser of the saints of God,he seeks to destroy our eternal soul because he KNOWS his demise , he forfeited any chance of going to Heaven …..he doesn’t want to go there alone,wants to take as many of God’s creation that he can,because he hates us.

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  • Judy Burress
    September 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Amen and he’s in the flesh and got a nose like jerry springer…….

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  • Bonnie Cozart
    September 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    SOO TRUE

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  • Randy Winston
    September 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Happened today. Claimed the blood of Jesus and the demons fled.

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  • Kathy Marlene
    September 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Sometimes I feel like it is almost constant…family fractured right now…but I know that God is our Hope and He is Faithful!

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  • Lois Rae Haggard-Price
    September 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    he tries all the time. I am more then a conquerer …

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  • Gale Ambrosio
    September 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    You tell the devil to get lost. Your speaking to God.

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  • Ronnie Barker
    September 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    yes he does

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  • Christina Garrett
    September 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Every moment the enemy is trying but we have victory in Jesus. Ephesians chapter 6 gets into spiritual warfare and what our spiritual weapons are 🙂 When I feel any kind of blast from the past, or bad thought, I immediately say something like “spirit of fear, get away from me in the name of Jesus Christ” or even if someone else is treating me horrible, I speak to the devil that is using them, not the person, and in my head I may say “In Jesus name, get away devil” and at times, the person can get worse because the devil is mad, or the person immediately is nicer. God is good and God is real. We have a lot of power as Christians.

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  • Shannon Carlisle
    September 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Constantly we are every moment in a spiritual war fare what we do for CHRIST LAST FOREVER. WHAT WE DO IN THE FLESH WILL REAP CORRUPTION .

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  • Joseph Nmn Provenzano
    September 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    The devil has devoured America’s political systems.

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  • Joseph Nmn Provenzano
    September 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    So what conservative group will Oslima blame for this?

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  • Mary Lee Bennett McElwain
    September 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    And his name is OBAMA and he is trying to destroy American christian values!!!

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  • Arlene York
    September 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Amen

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  • Pina Laussen
    September 17, 2013 at 1:47 am

    stop hating…pray for him…God created people in His image. grow up!

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  • Caroline Mellon
    September 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

    SENDHIM PACKIN!!

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  • Larry Kehring
    September 17, 2013 at 7:15 am

    sad but true

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  • Gaye Garner
    September 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Today!

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  • Terry Cronce
    September 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    No I believe his name is still…….. satan! Tho he could be related.

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  • Joyce Thacker Mitchell
    September 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    AMEN

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  • Mae Way
    September 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Amen

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  • Dave Holcomb
    September 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Now.

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  • Linda Dixon
    September 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

    When my little grandson told me he had “a friend” (that no one else could see) – One day at my home we were on the front porch enjoying the morning, and I went inside to refill my coffee cup. When I came back out he had a strange look on his face. I said … “What is the matter hun?” – He said “I just killed your preying mantis” (I used to have two up front, and I always told the kids to leave them alone, because they kill spiders.) – I asked him why he did that . . . and he said “My friend told me to” – – – I said “Where is your friend?” – – He said… “Right there.” – as he said that , he looked to his right side. – I felt the hair on the back of my neck go up, and I remembered talking about this very thing with my daughter-in-law in the past. I knew I needed to address his “friend” . . . in the name of Jesus to leave my grandson alone. So I took a breath – called Jesus into my mind , and looked at the place just to the right of my grandson and said in a firm voice . . . “You are not Adrean’s friend! In the Name of Jesus Christ I command you to go!!!” – – – A wind came up, and blew up on the porch where we were standing, and I saw my grandson’s face jump around, and he started hollering… “He’s gone – He”s gone!!!” – I said where did he go? – he said he went tumbling down the driveway and then he couldnt’ see him. I told his mother what happened when she came over – it really got her , as it got me. He has been asked since that time if he has ever seen his friend again – – he says no. By the way – I asked my grandson after that happened … what did your friend look like ? He said He was kind of like and animal – and kind of like a person. – once again , the hair on my neck stood up – All I can say is Praise the Lord and the Power in his Name!!! His AWESOME BEAUTIFUL NAME

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