Monday, May 15, 2017

Divine Protection

Satan would like to make the children of God believe that he can do anything he wants to do, causing you to suffer and be afflicted. The Bible teaches us a different fact concerning what Satan is allowed to do against us. It is very important that we have total victory over the fear of death and the fear of Satan. Remember the words of the Apostle John:
1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Do you believe that statement? Satan is in the world. He is the master of all worldly people. Is Satan stronger in your life than God? Have you overcome the world?

John 19:10-11
10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

Do you have the faith to stand on this divinely proclaimed truth? Jesus has said, and I believe it is true for us today, that Satan has no power at all against us, except it were given thee from above. Can you trust God to protect you from all the evil dangers which surround you in this world? Has God quit protecting His people from all evil. I am confident in this bold claim that God is able to keep and protect His children from the destruction of evil doers. I do not need a gun to protect myself or my family. If God chooses to allow Satan to send some man or men to destroy you, you do not have nor could you ever have enough protection to overcome all the power of your enemies. There is always someone who is bigger and stronger than you. But, no one or no people is as strong as my God. He can destroy nations. He can and does defend and protect His children. Let us prove this great claim by the Word of God.

1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Can you believe the statements of Jesus and Paul? Has God changed and now lets Satan do whatever Satan wants to do without any restriction or limitation? NO!!! God has not changed and we can rest assured that God will not allow Satan to tempt us or test us above that we are able to bear. It may not seem evident to you at times, but God still has a hedge about His children. Satan has limited boundaries in which God restricts what Satan is allowed to do. Satan must get permission from God for everything he does. Remember the several recorded events when Jesus encountered men possessed with devils; the devils had to ask Jesus permission to act. Do not doubt the protective hedge which God has around His children.

Mark 12:1
And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.

In this parable we have several symbols which need to be understood. The “certain man” represents Jesus Christ who has gone back to a “far country” to sit at the right hand of His Heavenly Father. The “vineyard” is the church of God. Jesus is the vine and His disciples are the branches. He has provided a “winefat” in His vineyard which is the “threshing floor” or the place of harvesting the grapes where the “wine” of salvation is pressed and given to the “husbandman” Jesus Christ. The “husbandmen” are the ministers of God who tend to the “vineyard.” Now notice this grand expression: He “set an hedge about it.” Praise the Lord, He has put a hedge around His servants. Satan has to obtain permission from Jesus to do any deed concerning the children of God. Satan does not have liberty to penetrate this hedge and harm the servants of God unless God allows Satan a small measure of liberty to test and try the servant of God. This “hedge” is an enclosing barrier which protects the children of God.

Job 1:8-12
8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

Satan acknowledged that he knew that God was protecting Job. Satan asked God to harm Job. God would not harm one of His children; however, He does allow Satan to tempt and test God's children, knowing that He has already provided the strength and faith to withstand whatever He allows Satan to do. God put limitations (a barrier) around Job even during his great trial of affliction. Satan was not allowed to take Job's life. Can we trust God with our life, eventhough we may have severe physical tests?

Isaiah 5:3-6
3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

The people of Israel were disobedient and rebellious against God; therefore, he took “away the hedge” which has surrounded Israel and protected them against their enemies. Many times God fought the battle for His people Israel without any effort on their part. He did it all by Himself. God did not need the help of any man to defeat the enemies of Israel.

Ezra 8:21-23
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

Today, people are not at all ashamed to ask doctors and lawyers and government organizations to help and provide safety and medical treatments, instead of fasting and praying for God to meet their needs. There are many pastors who are teaching the doctrine of divine healing. Like Ezra they are telling people that “The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him.” However, they do not fast and pray and wait on the Lord Jesus Christ for their deliverance from all their enemies, afflictions and sickness. Why would a church of God pastor teach divine healing and then go the the world's physicians and submit to surgery and cancer treatments when they should entrust their life and body into the hands of the God who created all things. Is there anything too hard for God? Why do saints of God hold fast to the testimony that they are trusting God for their healing and refuse man's medical treatments until they come down to death's final hours and then submit to going to the hospital and to the doctors for a hoped for cure of their terminal condition? Are preachers and saints afraid to trust God unto the death? If they have a fear of death, why? The sting of death is sin. If they are holy, death should not be a fearful event.

Genesis 35:1-5
1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.
5 And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, had the approval of God upon his life and his enemies knew that The One True God was on the side of Jacob and his people. The people in the land of Palestine feared God and the terror of God was upon all the cities.

Isaiah 54:13-17
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

It is sad that people have been caused to believe that much of God's goodness and blessings for His people have ceased to exist. I firmly believe that if a nation would turn to God with all their heart, repent of their sins and live in obedience to the commandments of God, then God would fully protect them and that “no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” “This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.”

Exodus14:13-14
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

There is wonderful consequences to trusting God and waiting on the Lord. There is also awful consequences to not trusting God and relying on the help of man. Can you stand still and let the Lord fight for you? Can you hold your peace and let God take care of your enemies?

2 Chronicles 16:7-9
7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into thine hand.
9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

If you exchange violence for violence, then you will continue to have wars.
How can God be glorified by delivering you, if you take matters into your own hands. Are you a peacemaker? Are you depending upon carnal weapons? What would Jesus do? What did Jesus do? They crucified Him and He could have called on 10,000 angels to fight for Him; but instead, He became our example and gave His life for the glory of God and the salvation of our souls.

Psalms 135:5-13
5 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.
8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.
9 Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.
10 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;
11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:
12 And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.
13 Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations.

God can still smite nations and destroy world leaders who would kill the saints. Some saints have been delivered from death; some have been delivered through death. Are you willing to let God choose your future? Whether I live or die, I am the Lord's.

1 John 5:4
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Is your faith in God's ability and power, or is it in man's ability?
Who is protecting you and your loved ones? Are you so foolish as to believe that you are powerful and all knowing enough to protect your family? I challenge you to put your trust in God. He has promised to provide you with His divine protection.

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