Scriptures on Insecurity
Secure in Heart - Chapter Seven
Will I Be Rescued? The Anchor
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
…through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ…
—1 Peter 3:19–21
So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
…and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
—2 Peter 2:7-9
Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.
See Daniel 3
See Daniel 6
Now do not let Hezekiah deceive you and mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my fathers.
—2 Chronicles 32:15
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
…that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit…
I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
—2 Timothy 1:12
…who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
—2 Timothy 1:9
You were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers…
—1 Peter 1:18
But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.
—2 Samuel 14:14
The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Since we are surrounded by such a great crowd of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals that LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’”
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.
“He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him…”
In you our fathers put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
They cried to you and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by men and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
“He trusts in the LORD;
let the LORD rescue him.”
“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.’”
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”
“Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”
…who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father…
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
—2 Corinthians 1:5–6
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
—1 Peter 1:7
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”
—1 Corinthians 1:25–31
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
—2 Corinthians 12:9–10
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.
—2 Corinthians 4:10–11
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
—2 Corinthians 4:17
How long, O LORD, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.
—Habakkuk 1:2, 3:17–19
See, he is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous will live by his faith.
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
You give me your shield of victory,
and your right hand sustains me;
you stoop down to make me great.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,
—1 Peter 1:18
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves…
…and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
—1 Thessalonians 1:10
See Psalm 16
Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.