Protected From All Directions But One
Believers are protected by God Himself, His armour and His angels. They are protected from the devil*s unseen assaults from the front, above, below and behind. What a wonderful truth that they don*t have to be afraid of unseen enemies from without.
Psalms 89:18a: For the LORD is our defence; . . .
Ephesians 6:11-17: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Exodus 14:19: And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
J. R. Miller:
It is not always guidance that we most need. Many of our dangers come upon us from behind. They are stealthy, insidious, assaulting us when we are unaware of their nearness. The tempter is cunning and shrewd. He does not meet us full front. It is a comfort to know that Christ comes behind us when it is there we need the protection.
Our greatest danger comes from within. God purifies our hearts and is willing to cleanse them again and again but we believers are to guard them.
Acts 15:8-9: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 4:23: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
God never lets His guard down but we too often do. The Apostle Paul had the same responsibility to keep his heart and wrote about what a struggle that was for him in Romans chapter 7.
Romans 7:22-25: For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Ultimately the purity He has put in our hearts will prevail. But here and now He somehow permits us to decide whether our purified hearts or the sin that resides in us will prevail in each decision we make.
Care to discuss Protected From All Directions But One with Ron?