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Psalm 91 starts off saying, "He that dwelleth 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 will I trust."

People say there are those practicing witchcraft against Christians. So what? Who cares? If God be for you, who can be against you? Better still, If God be for you, who cares who's against you? I dwell in the secret place of the Most High!

Psalm 91 reminds me of the story of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Pigs. When the Big Bad Wolf threatened the Three Pigs, they found their straw house was no protection for them. Nor was their wood one. But in their brick house, they could tell the Wolf to huff and puff and blow his brains out if he wanted to, because they were safe inside.

Well, if you're in a straw house, afraid of every threat of the devil, I feel sorry for you. You're in the wrong house. That isn't God's will for you. And if you're in a wood house, you know what I mean, kind of confident because you've heard someone else tell you God is Almighty, but you haven't experienced Him for yourself, then you're not much better off. You're still not in the safe place. Only if your house is built on the rock, can you stand unafraid.

I'm not talking about a fairy tale and being in the brick house unafraid with the Three Pigs. I'm talking about being in the house with the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And if you are dwelling in the secret place of the Most High, then who do you think is dwelling in His house there with you? The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Do you think God is afraid of the devil, or some people doing witchcraft? Yet so many of God's children, supposedly abiding under the shadow of the Almighty, are afraid of every shadow they see! This should not be.

God's people need to get an image in their heart of who they are, where they are, and who is casting His shadow upon them. I think now is a good time to convey that to you. What better way to start off a new year than in a place of victory?

All too many people I talk to are in fear of the devil and what he can do to them. "Oh, the devil is on the loose! He's doing such and such to people." That isn't victory, friends. That's running scared.

And that is not in your job description, because God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

We go about singing, "The devil's under my feet," but I wonder how many truly believe that? Well, if you're abiding under the shadow of the Almighty, you're not to be "afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday." Period. Your house is built on the Rock.

But what if you're still walking in fear? What if everything that goes "bump" in the night frightens you? You may be experiencing a terrible battle for your health, or for your marriage, or for your finances, or for your peace and joy. Or maybe your child won't come home, or a family member is addicted to something. Whatever it is, the first thing you need to know...Jesus isn't going to win the battle for you. Nope...He isn't going to, because He already has! Facing battles is always easier when you know you're on the winning side.

You may be thinking it's a new year, and a chance to have a fresh start. Instead of hoping things will be better this year, why not look up  and see who is casting that shadow you're supposed to be abiding under. Then look down to make sure you're under it. If you're not, come on in...there's room for you under the Shadow!

Life Healing Ministries
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Author Biography

Jerry Baysinger
Web site: Life Healing Ministries
Jerry Baysinger was a twenty-one-and-a-half-year civilian employee of Missouri State Highway Patrol and operator of his own successful furniture repair business, when in 1993, he was diagnosed with five melanomas and liver cancer. Given a month to live, he resigned from the Patrol and went home to die.

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