No matter what is happening around me, I can always take refuge in the Lord. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in me and around me so I am engulfed by Him. When something negative happens, all I have to do is rejoice in the good things I know to be true about the Lord and my heart is filled with joy. His protection from terror enables me to live each day, moment by moment, in the awareness of the reality of His Kingdom so that I never have to be afraid. His love is a shield that quenches all of the fiery darts of the wicked and I am confident that He will make everything work together for good. I thank God that every morning when I awake, He is always with me to begin another day.
“Let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.”
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
1 Peter 4:12-13