“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace!” That is the Jewish blessing of the ages that opens the video above. How could things have gone so wrong for those have decided to walk away from YHWH, Elohim of Hosts? The answer is simple. They have decided not to dwell in their personal closet of trust, the secret place of the Most High!
by John & Ruth Greene
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, who abides under the shadow of the Almighty, he is saying of YHWH, “My refuge and my stronghold, my Elohim, in whom I trust!’” – Psalm 91:1-2, ISR98
As YHWH’s elect, we can be certain of His promise. When you dwell in Him, He is your refuge. He doesn’t promise a world free from danger, but He promises help to deal with that danger. He sees you through to meet your situation. He is more than salvation in the world, but He is all things to you when you abide in Him. He is your protector and when you apply His knowledge, He helps you to deal with fear. In trading your fear for faith in Him, you must abide in rest with Him. (Psalm 23) By trusting yourself to His protection along with pledging your daily devotion to Him, your soul will be kept safe. (“YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“; “YHWH Will Provide For You“)
“For He delivers you from the snare of a trapper, from the destructive pestilence. He covers you with His feathers, and under His wings you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armor.
You are not afraid of the dread by night, of the arrow that flies by day, of the pestilence that walks in darkness, of destruction that ravages at midday. A thousand fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it does not come near you.
Only with your eyes you look on, and see the reward of the wrong ones. Because you have made YHWH – my refuge, the Most High – your dwelling place, no evil befalls you, and a plague does not come near your tent” – Psalm 91:3-1, ISR98
When you use the spiritual knowledge that you have been given, His angels [messengers] will protect you from tripping over the stones of sin. I firmly believe in His protection because I have seen it. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here today. (Psalm 34:7-9, 15, 22; Hebrews 1:1-14) I have been protected from crime and from accident, even through direct intervention. He will do no less for you when you seek Him and His Word, His Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit]. I find it a great comfort to know that my Heavenly Father looks after me in good times and in times of stress, even in times of doubt and hardship. He is your strength. (Matthew 18:10; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 14:6-12, 20:1-3; Acts 12:1-23; “Disciple of Messiah: Abomination That Causes Desolation“)
“For He commands His messengers concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You tread upon lion and cobra, young lion and serpent you trample under foot.” – Psalm 91:11-13, ISR98
We aren’t here to check out YHWH’s credentials, nor is He your genie. Instead, He gives you His warm invitation to listen and then to obey, to realize that He is good and kind, that He loves you. He wants you to be set apart to Him! When you trust Him daily, you come to understand how good He really is. Remember that all these messengers are not necessarily ‘angels’ in the divine sense. You may hear a message from a person that you sorely need to keep you from taking a misstep in your life. This is also why personal discernment and the power of the Holy Spirit in your life is so important. (Ecclesiastes 12:13; John 14:23; 1 Peter 2:1-3) Your enemy will test you. Satan and his agents are not on your side in your personal spiritual battle. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; “Abiding With YHWH in Quiet Places“; “Victory Over Wickedness“)
“O fear YHWH, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek YHWH shall not want any good thing.” – Psalm 34:9-10, RNKJV
To fear your Heavenly Father means to show deep respect and honor for Him. You do this with a humble attitude of obedience (Psalm 34:4, 10, 13-14, 22) and through genuine worship. Abraham is a good example. He pulled away from a prosperous city lifestyle, idolatrous influence and worship, as well as his family roots to roam in the desert, even giving the best things in the eyes of the world to his relation Lot and his family. (Genesis 17:2-4)
That you will lack nothing is not a blanket promise. Yet, your need will be answered, often in unexpected ways. There is no time frame. He only asks that you don’t fret or fear. He will provide in His time table rather than yours. He wants you to trust in Him so that He can reward you. He wants you to thank Him for what you have already asked for and for what you have.
Your Heavenly Father knows your needs. Your deepest needs are spiritual! Many Christians, even though they have faced great poverty and hardship, have enough spiritual nourishment to live for YHWH, their Heavenly Father. He is enough. He wants you to depend on Him. Will you?
YHWH promises to be close to the broken-hearted (which in one way or the other, we all are), to be their source of power, courage and wisdom. He wants you to be in agreement with Him. He may deliver you or more likely at times, go through your trial or need with you. That is His way. How do you estimate your needs? If you feel any lack, ask yourself whether that lack is a need. Is your desire really good for you? Do you know what timing is best? (“A Survival Kit for Christians“; “Understanding Sin“; “Being Set Apart Makes You Aware of Sin“)
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but YHWH delivereth him out of them all.” – Psalm 34:19, RNKJV
“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. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.” – Psalm 91:14-16, NKJV
Don’t let the world wear you down. The sacrifice of your Master, your Messiah made all things possible. He is your Mediator through prayer and lifestyle. Your Heavenly Father wants to be close to you. Are you willing? (“Are You Rejecting YHWH’s Holy Spirit?“; “Do You Take Sin For Granted?“; “Prayer & Life in Messiah“)