• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Because We Abide in Him

Remembering those in the US gulf coastal area who have been so devastatingly affected by Hurricane Harvey

“Father, God of all that is good and all that brings life, we join our prayers with all those that are being offered up to You now for all the people so tragically impacted by the recent hurricane in the Gulf. We thank You for You intervention and for all those who are serving to bring provision, shelter and comfort to those who have lost so much and suffered so many things in the wake of this tragedy. We pray for Your had of healing to be upon them and for Your power to restore and to provide would be upon all the victims and the responders throughout the region and thank you for blessing us to also be a blessing to them in what ever way we can. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.”

Today's Devotional

“Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Psalm 91:9-10

The condition of the worshipper that made it possible for the promise of God to come to pass in his life was that he had made the Lord, even the Most High God, his habitation. No evil or plague would come into his life because he made the light of God’s presence his place of dwelling. God is light and darkness cannot dwell in His presence. Plagues and all evil things dwell in the darkness. But, the entrance of God’s Word brings light and the darkness can never overcome it.

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” Psalm 119:130

God is light and His Words are filled with light. When we dwell n Him, we dwell in His Word and, therefore, in His light. The more of His Word we have in our hearts and speak out of our mouths the more we bring light to bear on the world around us and the circumstances of our lives, and the light dispels the evil works of darkness.

To dwell in the secret place of the most High is to dwelling in the place of light, which brings life and that more abundantly.

The psalmist knows the Lord as his refuge and the worshipper is encouraged to know and believe that he too, because he has made the Lord his habitation, has also positioned himself to dwell in the light of God’s Word, a light so radiant and glorious that evil flees from it and plagues can never come near it.

Now let’s compare this promise to Jesus’ admonition concerning tribulation in the world.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The context of this Word was Jesus’s final Words of encouragement to His disciples before His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection. While He was with them they were kept from tribulation because of His presence. Now He was leaving and He wanted to assure them that they would not be abandoned but that they would have direct access to God the Father through their prayers of faith in His name.

His Words were spoken to give them peace then and in the times to come. But He also knew they needed to be prepared for the resistance of the enemy who is in the world.

We are in the world, but we are not of the same broken, evil spirit and substance of the world, we who have been born again not of corruptible seed but incorruptible by the Word of God.

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23

Jesus did not promise tribulation, He only said it would be in the world, but He did command us to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world.

What this mean to us is that what He Has overcome we, in Him, have also overcome. Because we are one with Him now in His resurrection, being raised from death unto life, we are one with His victory over death, hell and the grave. We are one with Him in victory over sin. We are one with Him in life and that more abundantly. We are one with Him in the promises of God and the covenants of Abraham. We are joint heirs to the promises of the Old and the New Testaments.

So, because we abide in Him, (we have made God, The Lord our habitation) There shall no evil befall [us], neither shall any plague come nigh [our] dwelling.

The life, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus sealed for us the promises of God for all who are the seed of Abraham.

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29

The one who brings tribulations is the one who would only comes to steal, to kill and to destroy our faith. But He has no claim on the born again child of God. We do not have to accept his lies, or his attempts to steal our joy and peace.

When the circumstance of our lives seems to render us weak or in want or need, facing sickness, distresses or financial strain, these are the works of the enemy to derail us from trusting God to meet all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Our defense against Him is to boldly declare in the face of the circumstances,

“The Lord is my refuge; the most High is my habitation. No evil shall befall me, neither shall any plague come nigh my dwelling. My God is my healer and He shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Prayer is a powerful weapon for us against the works of tribulation, evil and plagues.

So we pray.

“Farther in the name of Jesus, I thank you that You are faithful, that Your word is true and Your promises are sure to all of us who are Your seed, the seed of Abraham. We thank You that our lives are hid with Christ in You and in our habitation in You we have no need for fear of evil or plagues, no fear of loss or of failure, no fear of want or of insufficient supply. Thank You for Your Word that reminds us that You are for us not against us and that the enemy who seeks to destroy us has no power over us.

In You and You alone we live and move and have our being. So, in this time of need we come to You and ask that you would bring healing to our bodies, bring provision to our tables, bring blessing to our storehouse and pour us out a blessing that their shall not be room enough to receive it. That You will strengthen us with Your might in our inner man that Christ will dwell in our hearts by faith, that we will be rooted and grounded in love in order to comprehend with the all the saints the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that we might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Father, please forgive us for our sins and missteps, for those times when we have doubted You and allowed our minds to be swayed by the momentary works of the enemy. Thank You, Father for Your grace and favor and for Your kindness to us. Thank You for Your Word, for Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Thank You for hearing and answering our prayers which we pray now in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, believing that we receive now all that we have asked of You, by faith in the name that is above every name, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. “


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