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The Quest to be Free: From Harm’s way
March 24, 2019

The Quest to be Free: From Harm’s way

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Quest to be Free | In our sermon series, The Quest to be Free, we confront a timeless concern for humanity and for our lives. How can we be free of the fear of harm? In the sermon, In Harm’s Way, we turn to Psalm 91 which is a prayer for protection, but how are we understand this Psalm, and our lives, when disaster is upon us? Satan quotes part of Psalm 91 to Jesus, when the Devil takes Jesus to the top of the Temple in Jerusalem. Satan says: “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” (Matthew 4:6, NIV) We are tempted to look at the Psalm 91 in the same manner. God’s protection means that we will never stub our toes! Yet, this leads us to disappointment and defeat. God’s power is evident even in the worst of times! As you read Psalm 91:4-16, let it encourage you that God’s power will lift you and help you, even in the darkest moments! Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I 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.” (NIV)

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