Encouragement From Psalm 91 In The Face Of The Threat Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

Encouragement From Psalm 91 In The Face Of The Threat Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic continues to spread throughout the world, threatening a pandemic status, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to-date there is still no vaccine, specific antiviral treatment, or cure.

On their website, the CDC states that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and advises that people with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms and for severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

What is worth noting and sharing is that on the website is a reminder that the CDC always recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings, i.e., at home or in a health care facility.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) these are simple measures you can take to help keep yourself and others healthy.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

God Is Our Ultimate Protection

As Believers, when it comes to dealing with coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), it is important for us to use wisdom and follow advised precautions and preventative measures prescribed by governing authorities as best as possible.

However, as we physically do all we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones from coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), it is even more important for us to know, recognize and understand that our ultimate protection is from God, and as such it is crucial that we fundamentally trust Him and stand on His Word above all.

Psalm 91 is a scripture that celebrates the protection of the Lord; it is a song of confidence and trust meant to build up the faith of those who trust in the Lord for His divine protection.

The Hebrew text has no title or inscription ascribing the Psalm to any particular author or specific event, making it timeless and applicable to every Believer who chooses to so position themselves in God.

Psalm 91 – NKJV

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the [a]fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

A Personal Prayer/Declaration of Psalm 91

Believing in our heart, and confessing and declaring God’s Word and promises with our mouth over our life and circumstances in a personal way is a powerful scriptural and spiritual weapon.

When we do this, we are not denying the facts of our situation, but recognizing them and confronting them with the Truth and Power of the Word of God and declaring our faith and trust in Him and what He says more than in them and what they say.

In view of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019), the following are personalized prayer points based on Psalm 91 that you can pray and declare by faith..

  • Because I dwell in the secret place of the Most High, I abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  • I say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him I trust.”
  • Surely he shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
  • He covers me with his feathers, and under his wings I take refuge; his truth is my shield and buckler.
  • I am not afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,
  • Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
  • A thousand may fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me.
  • Only with my eyes will I look and see the reward of the wicked.
  • Because I have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most high my dwelling place;
  • No evil shall befall me nor shall any plague come near my dwelling.
  • For He gives His angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways.
  • They bear me up in their hands lest I dash my foot against a stone.
  • I will tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent I shall trample underfoot.
  • Because I set my love upon Him, therefore He will deliver me; He will set me on high because I have known His Name.
  • I will call upon the Lord and He will answer me; He will be with me in trouble and deliver me and honor me.
  • With long life He will satisfy me and show me His salvation.

Amen!

When we decree and declare the Word in this manner, we must not interpret this to mean that God will protect us from all problems, for God has not promised to spare us from all difficulty; in fact in John 16:33, Jesus himself said that in this world we will have tribulation, but to be of good cheer for He has overcome the world.

Instead, by decreeing and declaring the Word in this manner from a place of faith, we activate its authority and can be confident that the Lord God Almighty is with us, has the power to cover, preserve and protect us and will be right by our side to help us through whatever danger we may encounter. 

A Song Of Faith, Protection And Comfort

“HE THAT DWELLETH IN THE SECRET PLACE” – BY DAVID W. MORRIS & HOSANNA MUSIC

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
 Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.”

Proverbs 3:5,6 – NLT

A Final Word

If under the Old Covenant, the blood of lambs was able to cover and protect the lives of the Children of Israel from the destructive plague that passed through Egypt, under the New Covenant, HOW MUCH MORE IS THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB ABLE TO COVER AND PROTECT OUR LIVES AS CHILDREN OF GOD in this threatening pandemic of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019),

SELAH!

So in addition to all other measures, be sure to cover yourself and your household in the healing, cleansing, delivering, protecting, powerful Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The world may be blindsided, reeling and perturbed by the ominous presence of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019), but God isn’t.

Trust in, rest in, hope in, and be guided by Him.

Be safe! Be strengthened! Be encouraged! Be blessed!

Kim

Copyright © 2020 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “He That Dwelleth In The Secret Place” by David W. Morris & Hosanna Music courtesy of jmigueba

Sudden Death Strikes Again

Sudden Death Strikes Again

“God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1 – NKJV

Have You Ever Experienced The Sudden Death Of A Close Loved One?

Have you ever experienced the sudden death of a very close loved one?

I have…three times.

Today I write with mixed feelings.

There is joy, yet there is sorrow.

There is peace, yet there is some perplexity.

But praise the Lord, underlying it all is hope and rest in the Lord and the Truth of His Word.

Sudden Death Strikes

Joining the ranks with my father and old brother, both of whom passed away suddenly, on Monday, my cousin Frank Claude, also known as Prophet Frank passed away suddenly and went to be with the Lord.

Frank was a blessing to my life in so many ways…he was a brother, friend, prayer partner, confidant, support, spiritual covering, helper, encourager, protector and more. He was passionate about the Word, passionate about family and passionate about seeking and doing the Lord’s will and encouraging others to do the same.

I will miss our times of mutual edification and sharing and revelation about the Lord, the Word, the Kingdom, Divine Purpose, life and its vicissitudes, prophetic insights and prayers…and I’m forever grateful for his faithful prayer covering over my life and the lives of my husband and children…and for the many prayers offered up for so many of my extended family members.

Sudden Death Is Never Easy

Sudden death is never easy; it leaves you temporarily riveted in so many ways…

  • It brashly disrupts your mental, emotional and physical equilibrium.
  • It brazenly reminds you of the frailty of life.
  • It soberingly reminds you of the importance of living ready to meet the Lord.
  • It forcefully causes you to candidly evaluate the relationships in your life to see if and where any adjustments need to be made.

Sudden death is never easy…and it is powerful.

Gratefulness In The Face Of Sudden Death

One thing I am so grateful for is that in each instance where I’ve experienced the sudden death of a close loved one, all of my loved ones had received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord and had a relationship with God through faith in Him so I know, as the Word tells us, they have gone on to be with the Lord and that one day, I will see each of them again…praise the Lord…\0/…in the midst of everything, that gives me comfort and peace.

I’m also grateful for the many prayers that are going up and covering me and my family and Frank’s wife and children during this difficult time…believe me when I say that prayers lighten the burden and make a great difference.

And Father, I am grateful for Frank’s life, for all the times we shared and for the many blessings you imparted to my life through Him…thank You.

As I close, I thank you for your prayer that our Father, the God of all comfort will comfort us all as only He can as we go through this season…and I pray that should you and your family travel this road in the future, that He would do the same for you.

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4 – NIV

Shalom,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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When Life Seems Overwhelming

When Life Seems Overwhelming

Life Can Seem Overwhelming

As women, the matrix of our lives can be complex and difficult to handle.

At times we have so many roles to play, so many hats to wear, so many balls to juggle, and so many persons depending on us that life that seems overwhelming.

Overwhelm Threatens…God To The Rescue

In times like these when overwhelm threatens, one thing I’ve found and that I’m grateful for, is that God in His love, grace and mercy often steps in and places someone or something in my path at just the nick of time that either shifts my perspective, changes my circumstances, or speaks to my spirit so the sense of overwhelm is abated…He is so good!

Has that ever happened to you?

When overwhelm threatens, has God ever stepped in and placed someone or something in your path at just the nick of time and as a result, the sense of overwhelm abated?

Has a person ever “just shown up” in the course of your daily activities and begun a conversation or shared something with you that was exactly what you needed to hear?

Or, have you ever “had an urge” to check WhatsApp, iMessage or another social media platform such as Instagram or Facebook and found that someone had sent you a message or posted something that was applicable to your situation and encouraged you in a meaningful way?

Or, have you ever “randomly” turned on a radio or TV program or pulled up a YouTube video that “happened” to have content that spoke directly into your spirit or situation, shifted your perspective and lightened your load?

That’s happened to me many times…God is good!

My First Line of Defense

When life seems overwhelming, my first line of defense is to turn to God for comfort and direction through prayer and the Word just as He repeatedly invites us to do throughout the Scriptures.

In these times, I’ve found that anchoring myself in the Word and prayer and 1), leaning into the reality that I have a Sovereign Heavenly Father who loves me, watches over me and cares about every aspect of my life and well-being, 2), embracing the love, grace and peace of Jesus, and 3), seeking and following the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit in my situation, has been, and continues to be, the stabilizing force that restores me to my needed place of inner and outer balance, making the journey forward easier.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t do it otherwise.

When life seems overwhelming, God, in His totality, and the Truth found in His Word are my anchor, my breath, my harbor, my stabilizer, my counselor, my guide, my peace, and my way-maker, and for that I am forever grateful…\0/

When life seems overwhelming, I pray that you will too turn to God and in Him find all that you need.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 – NLT

Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Isaiah 55:22 – NLT

“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.”

Psalm 119:143 – NLT

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”

Psalms 46:1 – NLT

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27 – NLT

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 – NLT

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Proverbs 3:5,6 – NLT

Be encouraged,

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.

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The Most Powerful Prayer In The World

The Most Powerful Prayer In The World

The Most Powerful Prayer In The World?

Yes.

Do you know what the most powerful prayer in the world is…particularly when facing complex challenges, situations, circumstances or decisions?

It’s not a long prayer.

It’s not an emotional prayer.

It’s not a prayer that requires eloquence.

It’s not a prayer that requires great theological insight.

The Most Powerful Prayer In The World Is…

The most powerful prayer in the world is a short prayer.

It is a humble prayer.

It is a concise prayer.

It’s a prayer of trust…trust in God’s word, wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

It is a prayer of rest…rest in His power, authority, sovereignty and love.

So What Is The Most Powerful Prayer In The World?

It is a prayer Jesus authorized and instructed us to pray, and a prayer that He prayed Himself – (Matthew 6:10; Luke 22:42)

The prayer is…

“Father, let Your will be done.”

That’s it.

“Father let Your will be done.”

This six-word prayer is the most powerful prayer in the world you can pray, particularly when facing complex challenges, situations, circumstances or decisions.

Why Is This The Most Powerful Prayer In The World?

It is the most powerful prayer in the world for this key reason.

It is the most powerful prayer in the world because it is an all-encompassing prayer and when we pray it, we completely yield ourselves and our situation to God, acknowledging that He is Lord, and believing that as a good and loving Father, He will lead, guide and direct us as to how best to handle whatever we face and will work things out according to His purpose.

Unlike us, God knows everything about our situation.

He knows all the details, past, present and future.

He has a 360 perspective on the situation in both the seen and unseen realms and knows the end from the beginning and all the intricacies in between.

He knows the inner workings, desires and intents of the hearts of each person involved in our situation and those of our heart also.

He has the solution to every one of our perplexities and knows what’s best, not only in light of time, but also in light of eternity.

Considering all of this, it’s easy to see why the most powerful prayer in the world is, “Father, let Your will be done”.

Not only is “Father let Your will be done” the most powerful prayer in the world, it is also a humble prayer, a wise prayer and a safe prayer that will keep us from praying amiss, misguided by our limited human insight and volatile emotions, rather than guided by a desire to see God’s divine purposes established above all.

Pray The Most Powerful Prayer In The World

So whenever you face challenges, situations, circumstances or decisions, even if you express your feelings and desires to God, once done, be encouraged to pray the most powerful prayer in the world, “Father, let you Your will be done”…then cooperate with Him and believe that He will.

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2019 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled Words” Blog, All rights reserved.