Wars and rumors of wars. Child abductions. Planes falling from the sky. When you view news headlines there is a single overriding emotion: fear.

I believe fear is the number one weapon in the enemy's arsenal. It begins with a suggestion. 

What if there is war?
What if I get on a plane and it is gunned down?
What if my neighbour is a suicide bomber?
What if I lose my job?
What if I am diagnosed with cancer?

Satan builds on such insinuations with guilt, gossip, depression, I'll-health, and more. Fear is his foot in the door to a destructive pathway.

You have a different spirit (2 Timothy 1:7). When a suggestion of fear enters your mind, counteract it with statements of faith. Regardless of what is happening in the world: choose faith, reject fear.

Fighting fear takes faith. And faith comes by hearing the Word. What better place to start than Psalm 91?

I have rest.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1).

"Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow."- Mary Manin Morrissey

When fear enters your heart, sleep is lost. The soul is not at rest. Seek solace in the Most High. Discover peace in his shelter. Receive his rest.

I am safe.

This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him (Psalm 91:2).

Am I safe? Where are my children safe from predators?

Jesus provides a place of safety. Wherever you are, you can feel safe. Trust him. It's what the Word says.

He rescues me.

For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease (Psalm 91:3).

God is so gracious. Even when we mess up, He has a back-up plan. He will come to the rescue if you get trapped. Jonah heard God, ignored his voice, and was rescued. Don't worry. Christ is your deliverer.

His promises protect me.

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection (Psalm 91:4).

You don't need a gun. You don't need a security guard. You don't need bubble wrap. Promises from Scripture are protection. There are hundreds of promises found in the Bible. Here are two:

I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the Lord has done (Psalm 118:17).

But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken! (Isaiah 54:17)

Declare them. They are your protection.

Evil will not touch me.

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished (Psalm 91:5-8).