PSALM 91 :: GOD LOVES US

REACHING HURTING WOMEN MINISTRIES OFFERS FOUR THEMES FOR STUDY AND CONTEMPLATION EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.
EACH OF THE FOUR POWER-PACKED THEMES ARE A 12-MONTH STUDY SERIES ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH. IN MONTHS WITH FIVE FRIDAYS I’LL BE REVIEWING TOUCHING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
On the first Friday of each month in 2021 we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be learning this powerful psalm and applying its phenomenal promises to our life one phrase at a time.  We continue today with verse 14.

For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: “Because you loved me, delighted in me, and have been loyal to my name, I will greatly protect you. ~ Psalm 91:14

Some say that we must qualify for God’s protective love. That couldn’t be further from the truth of what God’s Word tells us. God’s protection isn’t dependent on us loving Him in a perfect way. It is impossible for us to do that. No matter how hard we try, because of our humanity, we will always fall short in our love for the Lord.

This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins. ~ 1 John 4:10

It isn’t because of anything we have done. God loved us long before we were even created. He showed us that pure love in the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. ~ Lamentations 3:22

God’s compassion is unfailing… His mercy is enough… His grace is sufficient… because His love is all infolding and never ending. It is God’s indescribable, immovable, relentless love for me, not my limited human love for Him, that makes me qualified for His love and protection.

In these incredibly uncertain and tumultuous times, it is so comforting to know that in fact we aren’t alone. We have a Father, a Friend and Savior Who is with us in every valley, every fire and storm! Crowder’s song attached below is one I listen to almost daily right now.

I pray you are blessed by this incredibly anointed song by Crowder.

PSALM 91 :: AUTHORITY OVER THE ENEMY

REACHING HURTING WOMEN MINISTRIES OFFERS FOUR THEMES FOR STUDY AND CONTEMPLATION EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.
EACH OF THE FOUR POWER-PACKED THEMES ARE A 12-MONTH STUDY SERIES ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH. IN MONTHS WITH FIVE FRIDAYS I’LL BE REVIEWING TOUCHING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
On the first Friday of each month in 2021 we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be learning this powerful psalm and applying its phenomenal promises to our life one phrase at a time.  We continue today with verse thirteen.

You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! ~ Psalm 91:13

So far in our Psalm 91 study the focus has been on the defensive elements of God’s protection. We’ve learned that we are covered under God’s wings and surrounded by an army of mighty angels. However, a battle isn’t won by only fighting from a position of defense. There comes a time when we must go on the offense and confront our enemy. Today’s verse takes an offensive position of authority over the enemy!

God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:27

In our ordinary day-to-day lives we may not feel like we have any power over the evil forces around us. But we must remember, in Christ we are stronger that we realize. God has chosen what the world may see as weak to confuse and take down the powerful.

Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armor. Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet. Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Let God’s saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God’s message that comes from the Spirit. ~ Ephesians 6:14-17

When you look at all the pieces of the spiritual armor above, all of them are defensive weapons designed for protection: belt, helmet, breastplate, shoes and shield. God has given us everything we need to not only protect ourselves from the enemy. He has also given us the best weapon possible to defeat Satan… the sword of the Spirit: God’s Word.

And the God of peace will swiftly pound Satan to a pulp under your feet! And the wonderful favor of our Lord Jesus will surround you. ~ Romans 16:20

When we  use the authority give to us by Jesus and wield the mighty sword of God’s Word, we have power unlike any other. It gives us the ability to slice the devil down to nothing, to render him powerless in our lives. Scripture us the God of peace will pound Satan under our feet. Then God’s wonderful favor will surround us! What an incredible promise!

Don’t forget or forsake the authoritative promises that are available to you in God’s Word. Use it. It works!

Be strengthens by this powerful song by Crowder! Go crush some snakes!

PSALM 91 :: ACTIVATE GOD’S ANGELS

REACHING HURTING WOMEN MINISTRIES OFFERS FOUR THEMES FOR STUDY AND CONTEMPLATION EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.
EACH OF THE FOUR POWER-PACKED THEMES ARE A 12-MONTH STUDY SERIES ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH. IN MONTHS WITH FIVE FRIDAYS I’LL BE REVIEWING TOUCHING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
On the first Friday of each month in 2021 we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be learning this powerful psalm and applying its phenomenal promises to our life one phrase at a time.  We continue today with verses 11-12.

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.~ Psalm 91:11-12

This must be a very important Scripture because it was quoted by Satan when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. However, because the devil is the father of lies he couldn’t speak the truth of God’s Word and so he left out a pivotal portion: wherever you go. As believers we want the full measure of God’s Word. Today we will learn how to activate God’s angels over our life wherever we go!

  • GOD OUR HABITATION

Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. ~ Proverbs 3:6

As we acknowledge God in everything we do and choose Him as our holy habitation He surrounds us with His divine protection and sends His angels to watch guard over us wherever we go.

  • WORSHIP AND PRAISE

The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe] and each of them He delivers. ~ Psalm 34:7

As we have a reverential fear of our God and sing our praises up to Him we are activating God’s angels around us. This verse tells us that it is our worship that causes the angels to camp around us and keep us safe.

  • SPIRITUAL INSIGHT

Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. ~ 2 Kings 6:16

As we continue in fellowship with God, in His Word and prayer we will have a more sensitive spirit to recognize the things of God in our lives when they show up. However, whether we can see them physically with our eyes or not, we can trust by faith in God’s Word that His angels are here protecting us.

Be blessed by this beautiful worship song by HungryGen Worship.

PSALM 91 :: NO EVIL SHALL COME

REACHING HURTING WOMEN MINISTRIES OFFERS FOUR THEMES FOR STUDY AND CONTEMPLATION EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.
EACH OF THE FOUR POWER-PACKED THEMES ARE A 12-MONTH STUDY SERIES ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH. IN MONTHS WITH FIVE FRIDAYS I’LL BE REVIEWING TOUCHING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
On the first Friday of each month in 2021 we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be learning this powerful psalm and applying its phenomenal promises to our life one phrase at a time.  We continue today with verses nine and ten.

When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? ~ Psalm 91:9-10

In these verses God promises us divinely protected health because we have chosen to dwell in His secret place. We make the Lord our refuge by taking all our cares, fears and needs to Him.

When we spend time with God and trust Him to lead and guide us with His wisdom and good counsel, we’re making Him our primary habitation and safe place. Everyday that we enter that sheltered place we are covered by the promise of good health.

No grave trouble will overtake the righteous. ~ Proverbs 12:21

It’s important that we remember this active abiding defense against inflicted disease is conditioned upon us making keeping the Lord our true refuge and dwelling place. When we step out from that safe shelter, we’re setting ourselves up for an attack from the enemy’s evil plans.

For in him we live and move and have our being. ~ Acts 17:28

When we fully live in God’s presence in the safe shelter of His love, we can know and trust we’re in the best Hands.

We don’t have to fear any evil… We can be sure of victory!

PSALM 91 :: NOT NEAR ME

REACHING HURTING WOMEN MINISTRIES OFFERS FOUR THEMES FOR STUDY AND CONTEMPLATION EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.
EACH OF THE FOUR POWER-PACKED THEMES ARE A 12-MONTH STUDY SERIES ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH. IN MONTHS WITH FIVE FRIDAYS I’LL BE REVIEWING TOUCHING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
On the first Friday of each month in 2021 we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be learning this powerful psalm and applying its phenomenal promises to our life one phrase at a time. We continue with verses seven and eight.

Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed, you will remain unscathed and unharmed. You will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment, for they will be paid back for what they have done! ~ Psalm 91:7-8

This portion of Scripture is often quoted. A favorite for many who are walking through perilous times. Even these last several months with the pandemic outbreak, many believers have stood on this verse, myself included.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. ~ John 16:33

There is much wickedness in the world. And believers are not immune to being attacked. Jesus promised we would have troubles in our world. He also tells us we should take heart because He has overcome the world and the wicked ruler of it.

For I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.  ~ Jeremiah 1:12

God’s Word promises that no matter what calamity, disaster or pandemic may surround us, God is going to bring us through is. It is up to us to believe and stand on God’s promises. And we shouldn’t stop there. We must confess God’s Word in prayer back to HIm. His Words have power. He tells us that He is watching over His Word to bring it to pass.

Thank you Lord, that no matter what may surround me, You will keep me safe. And the wicked will get their just reward! Amen

Enjoy this beautiful song as you contemplate the shelter of God.

PSALM 91 :: FEARLESS LIVING

REACHING HURTING WOMEN MINISTRIES OFFERS FOUR THEMES FOR STUDY AND CONTEMPLATION EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.
EACH OF THE FOUR POWER-PACKED THEMES ARE A 12-MONTH STUDY SERIES ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH. IN MONTHS WITH FIVE FRIDAYS I’LL BE REVIEWING TOUCHING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
On the first Friday of each month in 2021 we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be learning this powerful psalm and applying its phenomenal promises to our life one phrase at a time.  We continue today with verse five and six.

You do not need to fear
terrors of the night,
arrows that fly during the day,
plagues that roam the dark,
epidemics that strike at noon. ~ Psalm 91: 5-6

While the world we live in has many dangers and evils we don’t need to be fearful. God’s Word promises He is protecting us.

We don’t have to fear what is behind us-regret… or fear what lies before us-worry… because we know our God surrounds us on every side.

Living with less fear means we can go about our daily lives not afraid of enemy attacks coming at us. We can go to sleep not imagining something terrible is going to happen in the dark of night.

Thank God His grace and mercy follow me and His shield of favor goes before me every day of my life!

With God I can attack a barrier
and I can leap over a wall. ~ 2 Samuel 22:30

PSALM 91 :: MY DELIVERER

REACHING HURTING WOMEN MINISTRIES OFFERS FOUR THEMES FOR STUDY AND CONTEMPLATION EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR.
EACH OF THE FOUR POWER-PACKED THEMES ARE A 12-MONTH STUDY SERIES ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH. IN MONTHS WITH FIVE FRIDAYS I’LL BE REVIEWING TOUCHING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
On the first Friday of each month in 2021 we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be learning this powerful psalm and applying its phenomenal promises to our life one phrase at a time.  We continue today with verse three.

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the perilous pestilence. ~ Psalm 91:3

In our verse today, we’re reminded that God is our deliverer. Another translation says that He will deliver us not only from every trap our enemy sets for us, but we’re protected from accusatory words as well as any deadly curse.

The devil is depicted here as a fowler, one who lays traps to ambush unsuspecting prey.  Other places is scripture we’re taught that Satan is a murderer and a thief, a roaring lion seeking anyone he can devour. 

While it’s true the devil does have power. The only reason the devil has any power at all is because Adam committed high treason by giving the him the keys to this world. And the devil has been ruling the earth ever since.

Thankfully, the devil’s time is running out! Though things seem to be getting darker and darker, we shouldn’t fear. There will come a day in the not too distant future when the enemy will be destroyed.

Most importantly we can’t forget that even though the devil is alive on this planet today, Jesus is the Lord of all! He’s our Savior.  And He has promised in His Word that He will deliver us and keep us safe.

I hope you are bless by  this great song by Matt Maher.

PSALM 91 :: THE SECRET PLACE

Reaching Hurting Women Ministries OFFERS FOUR THEMES FOR study and CONTEMPLATION EVERY MONTH of THE YEAR.
EACH OF THE FOUR POWER-PACKED THEMES are A 12-MONTH study SERIES ASSIGNED TO A SPECIFIC FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH. IN MONTHS WITH FIVE FRIDAYS I’LL BE REVIEWING TOUCHING INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC.
On the first Friday of each month in 2021 we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be learning this powerful psalm and applying its phenomenal promises to our life  one phrase at a time.  We begin today with verse one.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~ Psalm 91:1

DWELL

When we commit our life to God by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, we become hidden with Christ in the dwelling place with God the Most High. Here we have a special relationship, where we can live safely protected and secure. When we live from a place of rest and peace the blessings will flow.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. ~ Proverbs 18:10

SECRET PLACE

This secret place isn’t actually a secret. Nor is it just for the special few. The secret place is for all who humbly come to Christ… young and old, rich and poor. All are welcome. Dwelling in the secret place allows us to live our life free from fear, in a peaceful rest knowing that God is taking care of everything as we cast our cares on Him.

For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. ~ Psalm 32:7

THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

Being in the shadow of the Almighty shows how close God is to us. We are so close that His shadow covers and protects us. This closeness represents a spiritually intimate relationship with God our Father.

When we make time to be in God’s presence — pray, worship, and grow in our relationship by reading The Word — we will stay close to our Heavenly Father, safe in His protective shadow.

I pray you are blessed by Victory Boyd’s beautiful rendition of Psalm 91.

RHW 2021 PREVIEW

In 2021 Reaching Hurting Women continues our magazine format which offers four different themes for study and contemplation every month for the year. Each of the four power-packed themes will be a 12 month series assigned to a specific Friday of every month. In months with five Fridays we’ll be offering a special column reviewing touching inspirational music.

Happy New Year! I’m so excited to give you an overview of the upcoming weekly Reaching Hurting Women columns for 2021.  We’ll be continuing our magazine format which offers four powerful themes for study each Friday of the month. The schedule will be as follows:

1st Friday of Each Month: Psalm 91 

The first Friday of each month we will be studying Psalm 91. We’ll be breaking down this powerful psalm one phrase at a time and applying its phenomenal protection promises to our life today.

2nd Friday of Each Month: The Holy Spirit

On the second Friday of each month we’ll be going through an in-depth study of The Holy Spirit. We will be learning about who The Holy Spirit is, what are the gifts and fruits of the Spirit and how we can walk them out in our daily life.

3rd Friday of Each Month: Life Recovery Gifts

Continuing our ongoing recovery work, this year we’ll be studying the 12 Gifts of Life Recovery. We will learn about the hidden blessings that come as an added benefit with our journey into wholeness and health.

4th Friday of Each Month: The Do It Afraid Book Study 

Our book study for 2021 is Do It Afraid: Embracing Courage in the Face of Fear by Joyce Meyer. We will learn how to understand fear, recognize how it works in our life, confront the fears that hold us back and achieve lasting freedom from those fears. Join me as we dig into Joyce’s awesome and timely released new book.

5th Friday Months: Music Reviews 

I’m really happy to be continuing the special column that I premiered in 2020. On the last Friday in each of the months that have five Fridays (January, April, July, October and December) I’ll be bringing you reviews of Christian music that has particularly touched my heart and spirit.

I’m so looking forward to a wonderful year of writing and study together in the Lord. I hope you’ll join me and bring along a friend when you can.

I pray God’s many Blessings upon you and your family for this coming year and always… Tamara