God Protects His Own
Christians are protected because God is for us.
Pastor Dan Lupton who was my pastor for a number of years once gave a message based on the truth that the safest place in the world for a believer is in the center of the circle of God*s will for him. A believer would be safer on a battleground in Iraq than in his bed at home in America if that battleground is God*s place for him. A believer would be safer preaching on a street corner in a ghetto than in a church full of like-minded believers if that were God*s place for him. Sometimes parents might be needlessly fearful for their children who go out onto a dangerous mission field if that were God*s place for that child.
Joshua 23:3b: . . . the Lord your God is he that hath fought for you.
Some of you may have had a big brother who would beat up on the bully that beat up on you. Your brother would stop the bully picking on you. We have police protecting us. We have the military defending us. How much greater is it to have the Lord fighting for us.
Joshua 23:10: One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
I tried to share the gospel with a lady at work a couple of years ago. She told me that what church she attended was none of my business. Since that time she has held a grudge. She twice complained about me to her boss for giving spiritual literature to her Christian co-workers. I have been praying for her salvation and continue to do that. Recently she was fired. I feel like the Lord fought for me and got her out my hair. Those of you who read this, please pray for her. I*m not always certain that my prayers for her are sincere.
2 Chronicles 16:9: 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.
A couple of phrases in that passage blow my socks off. Throughout the whole earth . . . show himself strong. There is no place the Lord can*t go to fight for us and no strength that can prevail over His! He made that promise to the people of Israel. We Christians have the same God!
Isaiah 54:17: 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.
Even if some weapon killed us and sent us to glory, it would not be a victory for the weapon, it would be glory for us. And of course, that could only happen if God*s will for us was to come to heaven in that moment. God has a perfect plan for our lives here on earth. And He has a perfect time for each of us to go to glory.
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
God put a hedge around Job so that Satan could not do anything God did not permit.
Job 1:9-12: Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 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. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 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.
Job lost everything and went through great difficulties. But at the end he received at the hand of God more than twice what he had before. What happened to Job is a picture of the fact that we Christians will have great reward some day at the hand of God no matter what we go through here on earth. God most certainly applies His power to protect us as Christians also. Jesus promised Peter protection against Satan in the New Testament.
Luke 22:31-33: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
Psalms 91:1-7: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
If God could protect David on the battlefield why should we doubt He can protect us. The same powerful God who protected His people in Old Testament times protects today from nature as well.
Isaiah 43:2: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Psalms 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Notice the phrases through the waters, through the rivers, through the fire, and through the valley of the shadow of death. It is not that God will keep us from troubles but that he will protect us when we are in them and when we are going through them.
An angel once protected God*s people by killing an army of 185,000 in one night. God has created millions of angels and He could give all of them that much power.
Isaiah 37:36: Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
When we fight for the Lord -- and make no mistake -- it is a fight, we shall prevail.
Leviticus 26:8: And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
Matthew 16:18: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
It*s an incredible thing that God*s protection flows to us and for us out of His desire to have a loving relationship with us! God protects us in spite of ourselves and even from ourselves.
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Psalms 40:17: But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou are my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
Job 23:14: For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
Psalms 47:4: He shall choose our inheritance for us.
When we look at ourselves, at the littleness of our love, the barrenness of our service and the small progress we make toward perfection, how soul-refreshing it is to turn away to Him; to plunge afresh in the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness; to remember that we are accepted in the beloved . . . who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Oh! The fullness of Christ.
Romans 8:37-39: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We have the capability of harming those whom we love. God is simply not capable of that.
God knows Best -- Author unknown:
Enough that God my Father knows:--