The apostle Paul considered this truth and asked, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Don’t answer his question too quickly. The truth is, many people can rise up against us. They can cheat us, harass us, persecute us, insult us, mock us and even physically injure us. But here’s the point: in the end, they cannot win.

That is why Jesus said, “You will be betrayed . . . and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish” (Luke 21:16 – 18). If you belong to God, he gives you the eternal victory. Period. No one can take away what he has so freely provided for you.

When rough times come, immerse yourself in God’s Word. Read his promises to you, his beloved child. Read about his power, his strength, his wisdom and his love. Read how he has helped countless men and women through the ages as they trusted in him. Read about his saving, delivering and restoring power.

The more you read and study God’s Word, the stronger your faith will grow.

The more you trust God, the more you will grow in your understanding that he is trustworthy in all things, at all times.

The more you take courage in the Lord’s presence with you, the more secure you will feel — even in the most troubling of times and the most trying of circumstances. The Lord alone is your security, every moment of your life.

Taken from the NIV Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible.