Kick insecurity and doubt out the window

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

I will be a permanent guest in your home; I will find shelter in the protection of your wings. Psalm 61.4

There are a lot of insecure people in the world. Satan wants us to doubt everything. He would have us believe that there is no way that we can be secure in God’s love. How could God love me? I am a horrible person. King David wrote this Psalm. He was by no means a man without sin in his life. Yet he writes with confidence regarding his place in God’s presence. He speaks confidently of permanence and shelter. Indeed in Acts 13.22 Luke writes that David was a man after God’s heart. In the same way that David could be confident in God’s presence, I can also approach God in confidence knowing that I can rely on his help, Hebrews 4.16. Paul writes in Romans 8.35-39 that there is nothing external that can separate me from the love of Christ. John writes in 1 John 1.7 if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with God. If I am obedient to God, I can have confidence that he is present. I can kick insecurity and doubt out the window!

#risingjoy #Psalms #security

Get a secure email account

Recently, the Yahoo email account of a sister in Christ who teaches hundreds of non-Christians in sensitive areas of the world was hacked. She spent hours and hundreds of dollars trying to recover control of her account. Her recent headache with Yahoo points up the problem of using free services, even the big guys like Google.

For greater security and privacy, only a few services measure up. I’ve used Australian-based FastMail since 2002, with never a single problem. If you’d like to check it out, see my Shop page on our ministry site, GoSpeak, which also provides some links about email security:


With so many free offerings, I used to say that the last thing I’d pay for was an email account. But I liked the service so much, that I did get a paid account, and I have never been sorry for it.

#email, #security

All the Time

God is good, all the time,
Even when we are not;
God is great, glory sublime,
Let him by all be sought!

God protects, going and doing,
His sleepless help is near;
While his good will we’re pursuing,
Nothing we need fear.


#god, #poetry, #security


(#133) The Proverbs of Solomon 18:10-11-Do You Have Social or Spiritual Security?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 18:10-11: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. 11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem.”

Soon out of the Garden of Eden, “men began to call on the name of the LORD” (Genesis 4:26); Abraham “built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD” (Genesis 12:8); David offered sacrifices and “blessed the people in the name of the LORD” (1 Chronicles 16:2), who repeated his confidence: “Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8); Jesus Christ was welcomed into Jerusalem with people saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’” (Mark 11:9); and even today, Peter “commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48). “The name of the LORD” has always been the authority figure for the Bible. David summarized its power when he sang: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2). The Israelites generally refused to flee to God, however, as Jesus lamented: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34). The Gospel of Jesus Christ reveals that “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

The tendency of mankind seems to be, when trouble arises, to hide behind “a high wall” of “wealth.”  This is forbidden in the New Testament. Jesus warned, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:24). “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). It is sad, indeed, as an economy weakens, to see people flock to a “give-away government,” Lottery chances to be rich, or crime, trying to become rich quickly. Why flee to the security of “wealth,” when Wisdom has declared: “Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven” (Proverbs 23:5). “The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; The destruction of the poor is their poverty” (Proverbs 10:15).

With the uncertainty of money’s value, and the haughtiness of those who think they are rich, and seeing how economies can be sucked dry by covetous leeches, why flee to “wealth” for security, when “the name of the LORD” is always dependable? “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#baptism, #bible-study, #name-of-the-lord, #obedience, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #riches, #security, #wealth, #wisdom

Faith Is The Victory

Isaiah, a prophet of God, wrote “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places, Though hail comes down on the forest, And the city is brought low in humiliation” (32:18-19).

In the troublesome times we all face today isn’t it great to know that our Father is watching out for us?

Our God has always been a protecting God. No matter what is happening around us Christians can take comfort in the knowledge that our place in heaven is secure. Our homes may be lost, the savings for retirement might be gone but our place in the mansion above is always there waiting for us.

In writing to the Roman brethren, the apostle Paul had this to say about feeling secure: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (8:31).

Children of God will not let the present trouble worry them because they have the faith that “overcometh the world” (1 John 5:4).

In Christ, Steve Preston

#faith, #security

Is A Christian’s Salvation Ever On The Table?

For those who still care about little things like sound doctrine, the topic of apostasy, once-saved-always-saved and falling from God’s grace is still a vital subject to consider from time to time…we are talking about Heaven, Hell and eternity after all!

There are two opposite extremes when it comes to the issue, both of which have done great spiritual harm to many souls.

The first extreme is that a Christian can never so sin that it leads to he or she losing the reward of their salvation – hence the term “once-saved-always-saved.” This doctrine has managed to convince untold numbers of people that the numerous admonitions of God’s word concerning repentance, sin setting up shop in a believer’s heart and the importance of learning from the major errors of God’s people in the past are actually only hollow warnings for God’s “true” child will never fall into these traps. Unfortunately the very mentality that says there are no traps has become a trap (Jeremiah 16:10).

The second extreme is that a Christian must walk on eggshells and live in constant anxiety concerning one’s judgment and the punishment of Hell. This doctrine has managed to convince untold numbers of people that the numerous scriptures of comfort concerning the assurance that one can have with God and his or her salvation are only hollow promises. Unfortunately the mentality that revolves around this doctrine ends up robbing people of the blessing that relies upon God for his or her perfection and exchanges it with a worrisome and burdensome and impossible task of making one’s self perfect.

The truth of God concerning the doctrine of one’s salvation and the peril of sin lies in between the two extremes found above. Any sin can send a person to Hell – no denying that (Romans 6:23). But God’s grace is also a huge concept – a concept that’s large enough through the blood of Jesus to capture sins that we don’t even realize we’ve committed. Do we need to confess our sins to be forgiven? Absolutely! But must all of our sins be confessed in “numerical” order? Who could ever honestly do such a thing like that every time? The simple truth is that if a person strives to avoid a lifestyle of darkness, strives to walk in God’s essential light lit path, strives to have a willingness that confesses sin of the known and unknown nature, and strives to avoid a self-righteous, I’m above sin, I don’t sin mentality that relies upon the justification and cleansing power of Jesus’ blood then that individual’s salvation is secure in God. Want to lose your security? Then do the opposite! (1 John 1:4-10)

Is a Christian’s salvation ever on the table? Sure it is! But only when we put it on the table and give it up for the world, for the gift of God’s salvation is something that no man can take from us if we keep our heart set on Heaven.

Let your desire be for peace with all men, and to be made holy, without which no man may see the Lord; Looking with care to see that no man among you in his behaviour comes short of the grace of God; for fear that some bitter root may come up to be a trouble to you, and that some of you may be made unclean by it; And that there may not be any evil liver, or any man without respect for God, like Esau, who let his birthright go for a plate of food. For you have knowledge that even long after, when he was desiring the blessing for his heritage, he was turned away, though he made his request frequently and with weeping; because the past might not be changed…But you have come to the mountain of Zion, to the place of the living God, to the Jerusalem which is in heaven, and to an army of angels which may not be numbered, to the great meeting and church of the first of those who are named in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of good men made complete, And to Jesus by whom the new agreement has been made between God and man, and to the sign of the blood which says better things than Abel’s blood.” (Hebrews 12:14-17, 22-24 – BBE)

#apostasy, #assurance, #christianity, #doctrine, #extremes, #falling-from-grace, #once-saved-always-saved, #religion, #salvation, #security


Psalm 91

Vs. 1-2 specify exactly Who it is that gives a believer security;

Vs. 3-8 describe what kind of security can be expected;

Vs. 9-16 designate what is expected of the believer.

There is no definite author or history to explain this Psalm, but there is also no reason to question its place in this Book. It may well have been written by Moses, as was the previous Psalm. Let us emphasize, rather, the terms for God: (1) “Most High” (Hebrew El Elyon), because there is none equal to Him (Isaiah 45:20-23; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6), therefore “the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 7:48; 17:24-25). The virgin Mary was told her son “will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32). (2) “Almighty” (Hebrew, El Shaddai), because He is the source of all blessings, therefore He could deliver on His promise to Abram (Genesis 12:1-3; 17:1-6). To the church of Christ in Corinth, God promised, “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty”(2 Corinthians 6:18), who “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). (3) “LORD” (Hebrew Jehovah), the name God revealed to Moses that neither Abraham, Isaac, nor Jacob knew (Exodus 6:2-8). This name is associated with the covenant God made with Israelites only, that brought us to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:13-29)!   (4) “God” (Hebrew Elohim), means “Strength, Power,” and “In the beginning” would be the only “power” present who could create and organize “the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 33:6-9). There is only one God of Heaven and Earth.

Verses 1-2: The four figures of speech denote security for someone who keeps close to God: “secret place;” “shadow;” “refuge” and “fortress;” “trust.”

Verses 3-8: Rather than speculate as to specific distresses, these figures of speech, some applied to Satan, should help God’s obedient people visualize His protection by staying close: (verse 3) “snare of the fowler” (2 Timothy 2:26); “perilous pestilence” (2 Timothy 3:1); (verse 4) wing cover and feathers (Matthew 23:37); “shield and buckler” (Ephesians 6:16). Things God’s people should fear not: (verse 5) “terror” by night (John 12:35); arrow by day (Ephesians 6:16); (verse 6) “pestilence” in darkness (John 3:19-20); “destruction” at noon (Matthew 27:45-46); (verse 7) thousands dying on each side; (verse 8) “the reward of the wicked” will not mistakenly come upon the righteous.

Verses 9-16: As a consequence of living closely with “the LORD” (verse 9), the obedient can expect: protection from “evil” or “plague” (verse 10); angelic help (verses 11-12); (verse 13) to walk over the “lion,” “cobra,” “young lion,” “serpent” (representations of the Devil, 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 12:34; Ezekiel 19:1-9; Revelation 12:9). This is to be done for one who has: (verse 14) “set his love upon Me,” “known My name,” (verse 15) desire to “call upon Me.” “Long life,” and “salvation” will go to the faithful (verse 16).

The Devil tempted Jesus Christ to sin by misquoting Psalm 91:11-12 (Matthew 4:5-7; Luke 4:9-12). The Devil omitted the phrase “to keep you in all your ways,” leaving the impression that God had promised to save any obedient person from being injured altogether. God’s protection promise was not that, but that “angels” were “charged” with encouraging after temptation, as in the case of Jesus, Himself (Matthew 4:11; Mark 1:13). The Devil’s “guardian angel” doctrine was designed to give a false sense of security, thus minimizing the strengthening of one’s faith by perseverance. “You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #daily-bible-reading, #faith, #jesus-christ, #obedience, #perseverance, #salvation, #security, #sin, #temptation


In the first epistle of John we are exhorted to do many things. We are to love our brother, we are to have no fear, we are to walk in the light of God’s word, we are exhorted to beware of false teachers; and these are just some things we are to do. One other thing that deserves mention is that we are encouraged to have assurance. Those who walk in the light have the assurance that God will save that person who so walks. Believing God is trusting and relying on Him who saved us. We can’t know we are saved unless we take note of what He said, and live our life in accordance with what He said (Romans 10:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7). When we do this all fear is removed (I John 4:18). If we have a bit of uncertainty, we might ask ourselves why.


Due to the fact that we live in Tanzania…

Due to the fact that we live in Tanzania, we are at greater risk for crime. Our rental house has bars on all windows, metal security doors in addition to the wood doors. We have an electric fence on top of the tall concrete fence around the property, with a tall metal gate that is padlocked at night. We also have two German shepherds. Those extra measures of security are nice to have and the dogs and electric fence are particular deterrents, but our fail-proof security measure is being in Christ. Even if someone were to destroy our bodies, they cannot touch our souls. I think sometimes we get things turned around and put a great amount of emphasis on guarding our physical possessions, but we let our guard down when it comes to our souls.

#possessions, #security, #soul, #tanzania

What About Family Safety?

We’ve lived in the same house for over 20 years here in El Paso, and haven’t had one safety issue arise, for which I’m thankful. Like everyone else in town, we have bars over our windows, double-bolted locks on the doors, smoke detectors, etc. But the best safety feature we have is our miniature dachshund dog. She’s better than any security device I can think of, she’s low maintenance, and she loves us to death.

#bars, #detector, #dog, #door, #house, #issue, #lock, #maintenance, #safety, #security, #window

What Does “Home” Mean To Me?

The word “home” brings to my mind the idea of warmth, safety, security, encouragement, acceptance, and quietness. A place where an individual can escape the world’s pressures and evil influences. When I think of the word “home”, I immediately think of John 14:1-4, where Jesus talks about His Father’s house. Wherever Jesus and the Father are, that is where all of the above characteristics exist.

#acceptance, #encouragement, #home, #quiet, #safety, #security, #warmth

Another attempted airplane shoe-bombing

News sources say a man with Qatar diplomatic status attempted to light a shoe bomb on a DC to Denver flight, but was overpowered by air marshals.

What good does it do to remove the shoes of the common people if terrorists are using diplomatic passports? The security system is deeply flawed, and there is no promise it will improve any time soon.

If you can go by car, do so. Air travel is getting ever more complicated, more dangerous and more inconvenient.

Some of us, however, have no choice.

#security, #terrorism

Airline Safety

Tim Hall has written an excellent article on protecting our faith and what it has in common in airline security.

#airline, #airport, #faith, #security