Scriptures on Insecurity
Secure in Heart - Chapter Nine
Who Will Protect Me? The Guard
“While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by the name you gave me…I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you.”
Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.
But you will not leave in haste
or go in flight;
for the LORD will go before you,
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
—2 Corinthians 1:3–4
Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”
You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall
The LORD will roar from Zion
and thunder from Jerusalem;
the earth and the sky will tremble.
But the LORD will be a refuge for his people,
a stronghold for the people of Israel.
“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge—
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
—1 Corinthians 13:7, emphasis added
“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.”
—Genesis 3:5, Amplified Bible
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock… so will I look after my sheep.
When they cry out to the LORD, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble.
It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in years; it had ceased to be with Sarah as with [young] women. [She was past the age of childbearing]. Therefore Sarah laughed to herself, saying, After I have become aged shall I have pleasure and delight, my lord (husband), being old also?
—Genesis 18:11–12 Amplified Bible
See Genesis 27
In bitterness of soul, Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life.”
—1 Samuel 1:10–11
“My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.… There is no one beside you; there is no Rock like our God… He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.”
—1 Samuel 2:1–2, 9)
…he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb.
—1 Samuel 1:4–5
And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. Elkanah her husband would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
—1 Samuel 1:6–8
Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry hunger no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.
—1 Samuel 2:5
And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.
—1 Samuel 2:21
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hear me, O LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.
Have mercy on me, O LORD,
for I call to you all day long.
Some trust in chariots…but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
…remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering”
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.