This is the fourth part of the I Am Series.
“I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace.” —John 14:27 TPT
Why is it important to know that we are secure and can live from a place of peace? Because we instinctively crave and seek these things. Security and peace are two of the main things that both Jesus and the world have to offer us. One version is true, and the other is false.
The world offers us false security, false protection, false peace, and false contentment. This is why it is so important that we know where to find true security and peace.
What does it mean to be secure? The word secure has many definitions, but to sum it up, secure means: “To be fixed or fastened so as not to give way, become loose, or be lost. To remain safe and unharmed. To be protected against attack. Feeling safe, stable, and free from fear or anxiety.”*
Think about it . . . if we believe we are secure, then that means we are:
- Fixed as not to give way or be lost.
- Safe and unharmed.
- Protected against attack.
- Free from fear or anxiety.
In other words, we are at PEACE.
In Psalm 23, David touches on almost all of the definitions of “secure” and reveals how we are able to live in a place of peace because of them. I love that most scholars conclude that this was written by David when he was just a young shepherd boy, probably 16 or 17.
The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.
Lord, even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.
You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!
Something that drives home the truth of this scripture is when I place my name within the passage. This allows me to claim the promises as I speak them out loud. Here are a few examples from the Psalm above:
- The Lord is Brooke’s best friend and her shepherd.
- His tracks take Brooke to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook (lol) of bliss. That’s where He restores and revives her life.
- You remain close to Brooke and lead her through it all the way.
- Your authority is Brooke’s strength and peace.
- The comfort of Your love takes away Brooke’s fear.
- For Your goodness and love pursue Brooke all the days of her life.
I encourage you to take a moment and place your name within Psalm 23, reading it aloud over yourself. This will position you to rest in the security and peace of God. To help, I’ve included a download for you to do this (click here: IAmSecureDeclarations)!
Remember that you are secure, so you live from a place of peace.
Till next time!