In His Arms [Day 2]
Updated: Dec 11, 2022
- Day 2 -
There's something powerful behind all of the words we speak. Whether it be negative or positive, words have the ability to shape the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we react to the world. This is why our prayers to our Heavenly Father are so essential in our walk with Christ Jesus; it unlocks the resources of Heaven and brings them down here to earth, giving us access to the supernatural.
When we speak, just as our Father God spoke the world into existence, we're also breathing life into the ideas that come out of our mouths, directly from our heart. We look at the Gospels as an example of this: Jesus was extremely careful with His words. Every word that Jesus spoke, was powerful and eternally life-changing. Imagine living a life so close to Jesus, that everything we speak has the power to good and change lives for the better!
So keeping that in mind, let's continue breaking down Psalm 91 to see what truths we can start speaking to our hearts.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2 NIV
I will say concerning the Lord, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust: Psalm 91:2 CSB
This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety: He is my God, and I trust Him. Psalm 91:2 NLT
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God in Him I will trust." Psalm 91:2 NKJV
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!" Psalm 91:2 AMP
I noticed that the verse reads: "I will say or declare", with each version being the same in this. Actually, another Scripture verse came to my mind when reading that, which is:
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
If words are so significant that it holds the power of life and death, how much more would it mean for us to say or declare with all our hearts the rest of the verse: "The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
How powerful would it be for us to walk for the rest of our lives, with the confidence of feeling safe and protected by the Lord. So much that He is considered our refuge and fortress, our God, the One who we put all of our trust in.
I'd like to take the break-down a step further for this one, with a few word definitions:
- Refuge means something providing a condition of being safe from pursuit, danger, or trouble.
- Fortress means a military stronghold, or a person or thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance.
In other words, our Heavenly Father is our shelter that keeps us safe from trouble. He is our fortress that can't be broken down, or removed from us. He is the Only One that isn't susceptible to outside influence or disturbance. He is unmovable, unshakable, unchanging, unaffected and immune to trouble, and He is our God Almighty. All of those qualities together are only a few reasons why we can trust Him.
We can also put our trust in our Heavenly Father, because He didn't even withhold His only Son from us; He loved us so much that He sacrificed the One He loved!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
May all praise and glory be to our Lord God, forever and ever. Amen!
- Challenge -
Make a list of the areas in your life that make you the most anxious. Consider that maybe those areas are all topics to bring up in conversation with God, next time you speak with Him; so that He can take those burdens from you and allow you to begin to trust Him more and more with every aspect of your life.
- or -
Make a note, or mental note, of the main things you talk about during conversations with others. Are we speaking life into situations, or death? Are we complaining, or are we trusting in the One who loves us the most?
Note: Both of these are way easier than it sounds, but it's absolutely a great start. I know I'm in a battle when it comes to what I'm speaking life or death into; and this includes myself! What are the things we're saying out loud about ourselves that translates to how we're treating ourselves? Let's work on this together and allow God to transform our perspective on Him and ourselves so we can live out of the love our God abundantly showers on us.
- Closing Prayer -
Father God, we thank You for Your unfailing and overflowing love. We thank You for sending Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we may have an example of what true love is. We thank You for Your Word, Lord God, that guides in every way we should go. We thank You for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit, that works within us to transform us into a new creation; a creation that was formed to worship and praise You as we bear Your Holy image. We thank You for protecting our hearts and minds, as we walk in this journey to get closer to You and become more like You, Lord God.
We pray that as we lay our burdens down at Your feet, Lord God, that You exchange that for peace, and provide us with the wisdom and understanding and grace to be able to receive Your forgiveness, and trust You in all areas of our lives. We pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to come alive in our hearts as we listen for His voice proclaiming and and testifying the truths and mysteries of Heaven and about our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray to receive a hunger and passion for Your Word, for prayer, and for Your presence, so we may grow each and every day in the knowledge of our Heavenly Father. We pray for fresh revelation of how You see us, Lord God, and who You created us to be, so we may live that out with a passionate fearlessness. We pray for a fresh revelation and perspective of who You are Father God, so we may learn to trust You with a confidence that cannot be shaken.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
- References -
(2022). Refuge Definition. Dictionary. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/refuge
(2022). Fortress Definition. Dictionary. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/fortress
YouVersion (2022). Psalm 91. Bible. https://my.bible.com/bible/111/PSA.91.NIV