How many would agree with me that we live in dangerous times?

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2ti 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2ti 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2ti 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away
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We are living in some dismal times. We see a breakdown of morals and law & order: Kids killing kids, mothers killing their children.
​ I don't just mean abortion. We heard of an incident where a woman suffocated her baby and threw it in a trash can because it was a girl. There is a breakdown of natural affection.

But I didn't come to dwell on the trouble. I came to tell you of a place of safety; a place of peace in a troubled world.

Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 24:6, See that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
He was talking about not being afraid in troubled times.

How many want to dwell in safety?
​ There is a place where you can live in safety even in our generation. Turn to Psalm 91.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Notice that He is the Most High and the Almighty. Most High means He has authority over all. Almighty states that He is mightier than any enemy, and has the power to back up that authority. He is greater than any problem that we face.

But verse 1 tells us this safety is for the one who dwells in the secret place. When I place myself in obedience to His authority, then I am covered by the shadow of His protection.

We have a group of people today that have church and being a Christian mixed up with going to Walmart.

Let me tell you what I mean by that. In the natural, I run in to Walmart and grab some things when I need them. But I dwell at Lickskillet. When I am away and get homesick I think of Lickskillet. In the natural home is where your heart is.

Spiritually we have people whose heart is still in the world. They just run in to church now and then to get a band-aid for their conscience.
Safety is for the abider not the visitor.

Now the next thing that is important is WHAT YOU SAY.

The Psalmist in Psalm 91:2 said, I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

We must guard what we say in the dark hour. You can't have victory talking defeat. Your faith won't rise above your confession. You can't have health and always talk sickness. The words of our own mouth can undermine our faith.

The Bible says we are snared (captured) by the words of our mouth. (Proverbs 6:2)

Think about Joseph. In all his trouble, he didn't turn on God. He didn't say, "Well, God doesn't love me anymore." NO! He held on to the promise and he went from the pit to the palace, because God was with him in the pit, in the prison, and brought him to the palace.

Think of Job. The Bible says in: Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. And again in Job 2:10 In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

It is important how we talk. But the part I want to talk about today is in Psalm 91:14-16.
Ps 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Ps 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
Ps 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation
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The place of safety is for the one who loves the Blesser more than the blessing; the one who sets their love on Him, the one who comes to church because they want to not because they have to for duty's sake.

Paul & Silas worshipped in the midst of their prison and God brought them out. It was their worship that opened the prison doors and broke their shackles not their complaining.

2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
2co 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
2co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
2co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

(Paul's light affliction)
2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
2co 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
2co 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
2co 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
2co 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
2co 11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
2co 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not
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If you want to dwell in safety set your affection on things which are above. And set your love on Jesus not on some preacher or some denomination.
Get wrapped up in Jesus. Some people get so wrapped up in a particular denomination they lose track of the Gospel.

A man once told me he was a hard-core Apostolic and had been all his life. But when I asked, "What is the Apostolic doctrine?", he didn't know. He only knew one part.

It is the one who abides in Christ not the one who abides in religion.
​ Jesus said in John 15:7, If ye abide in me and my Words (not the lawyers, doctors, Bishops, or scientists words, but MY WORDS) abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Psalm 91 is a statement of promise for the abider, not the in and outer, but the one who has set their love on Jesus in the good times and the bad.

Verse 4 is maybe my favorite. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust.

I had a little banty hen that weighed maybe 2 pounds. She had 1 chick. We also had a duck that weighed maybe 10-12 pounds. It was a sorry day for that duck when he tried to peck that little hen's chick.

But...we aren't under the feathers of some little hen or even a mighty eagle but we are under the wings of the Most High and the Almighty.

Are you under His wings?

Let's look again at the last 3 verses of Psalm 91. These are full of promises for the Abider.

Psalm 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Ps 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
Ps 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation
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​PLACE
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