Many of us on a daily basis go about our workday, home duties, even ministry, and never consider asking God for His protection. This is a dangerous practice and needs to be urgently addressed!
With this in mind let’s consider and absorb the following scriptures based on God’s word:
“My prosperity causes me to be like a fountain – an object that cannot be moved.”(Psalm 30:6-7; 112:6-5)
Firstly, this is a strong warning about putting our focus totally on prosperity, not realizing the hidden dangers.
It is a God.
Because of prosperity we believe we can become anything and achieve anything we please, but be warned, this is the way of the world. God’s people must be careful not to fall into this trap which will eventually harden our hearts.
God cannot honor this type of focus. In fact, He turns His back on it because it becomes a god that comes between us and our heavenly Father. This will cause very severe spiritual decline, as the warning from our scripture shows us in regards to David’s love of self sufficiency.
Prosperity is not hated by God, but the love of it is. If we want divine protection on our finances and possessions, we must first understand and acknowledge that prosperity comes from God and not man. For God’s prosperity is lasting and secure.
When we give God the glory, give Him the honor, give Him the praise, and first place concerning His supply of our finances, then and only then will we be able to walk in His protection and financial security.
“The Lord has granted me long life and has preserved my spirit.” (Job 10:12)
This scripture reveals to us the assurance of divine care. It is the natural instinct for man to care for his children, how much more then is God’s divine care for His children.
For this to be effective in our lives, we must be like Job and have the assurance of wisdom, the faith which has the firm foundation to know that He who has brought us into life, will care for us, will sustain us and will defend us. This assurance is sufficient grounds for a confident and calm mind, free from turmoil.
The spirit of faith brings us peace, but the simpler our faith is, the greater the assurance of our peace. Our minds can be greatly troubled, even fearful, but a heart assured of its integrity brings us serenity. Our prayers based upon this faith will find support, love and inspiration.
“I declare that no matter what happens around me, I have a covenant of peace, and wholeness with God. His love, kindness and protection will never depart from me.” (Isaiah 54:10, 14-17; 1 Samuel 26:6)
There are two types of kindness, God’s kindness and man’s kindness and there is a large void between the two. Man’s kindness runs hot and cold, depending on mood, temper or circumstances. The Savior’s kindness is in abundance, never leaves us and is unconditional. His kindness was tested by the treatment He received here on earth, by a nature that suffered, by the sacrifice He offered, and by the performance of His work, as head over all things to the church.
Jesus said that His kindness would not depart from us and it hasn’t. But how much of the world’s kindness departs? Their sorrows depart, their joy departs, their faithfulness departs, their friendship and loyalty departs, even their love if fickle. We have an unchanging Savior, Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
So where does this leave mankind? Let’s face it, we are, fickle, hesitant, ungrateful and unfaithful. Our God knows all this for He sees our hearts. There is no hiding our sins from Him, yet He still loves us.
As it says in the Word, “we are like sheep and have gone astray.” (Isaiah 53:6) Yet it is the stray lamb our Savior seeks and the prodigal our Father loves.
Through our Father’s kindness and protection; homes have been reunited, friendships have been restored, love has been in evidence, accidents have been avoided, health has been invigorated, deliverance has been upheld, affliction has been sanctified and our Christian faith has been renewed and restored. What a blessing it is for us to live in the continuous belief in a personal God and Father – in the hand that rules, the voice that speaks and a heart that loves.
Nowhere in the world with all of man’s intelligence and inventiveness could man ever create a deity like our God, His attributes, love, loyalty and righteousness. That righteousness, my friends, is our security.
“No weapon formed against me prospers, and every tongue that rises up in judgement against me shall be proven wrong.” (Isaiah 54:17)
The Bible from beginning to end shows us that the only wise course for man is to be in service for God. When man takes the wrong and disobedient path; this is called many things, including sin.
However, the heritage for those walking the right path is continual victory regardless of the persecution that comes against them. For we are promised that no weapon formed against the righteous shall prosper and every accusation shall be silenced. Our God will justify the righteous.
Faithful service for Christ is revealed as victory over many areas of our lives, including the following two examples.
Success in our daily affairs:
This is one area of life that if we are not careful, Satan will attack us. Not many weapons are as powerful as those in the hands of our enemy. Many people, much to their regret, have allowed their prosperity and success to destroy them. (Proverbs 1:29-32 NKJ)
Why is this so? It is because the sense of power, the enjoyment of popularity, the pride of their possessions and continued success in their chosen vocation, proves the downfall of many. Under the influence of those entrapments, many stray from the straight line of simplicity of life in the Holy Spirit, purity of heart and integrity of character.
These types of circumstances are found to be victorious over man, halting his faith in God, their gratitude and submission. This leads to a quenching of the Holy Spirit and in some cases causing unbelief and ungodliness.
These are just a few of the weapons and results the enemy brings against us. However, God promised His people that they will triumph over the weapons the enemy uses.
Faithful servants of the Lord who walk in His will must also seek help and guidance daily from the Holy Spirit, who will continually guide us to victory.
God’s sustaining grace will be the sign and seal of His divine favor and protection in our lives.
“In the name of Jesus, I dwell in the secret place of the most high God and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)
When we use this psalm as a foundation for prayer, we need to understand that it is a prayer of trust. It is the basis of our security found in the character of God; the blessing of His security and protection, and His love.
What is the secret place of the Most High God? The first thought that comes to mind is a secret hiding place. But it is much more than that. The protection of God is a shelter; it is a place so deep in God that it is inaccessible to the enemy. It is the security of God in the most Holy place. The scripture alludes to this being the Holy of Holies in the temple of the Old Testament. It was understood by the Israelites of that time to be the earthly dwelling place of God.
Now, that secret place is within His people. It is a place not made with hands, and we have access to Him 24/7 through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
When trouble strikes, God envelopes us in His protection from the inside out, as we call on Him for protection. When we place ourselves under His protection, the laws of condemnation, sin’s power, earthly cares, death and the grave cannot harm us. We are under the blessing of the shelter of God.
The Lord is our refuge. He is our fortress, the place where we fight spiritual warfare successfully. He is the God we trust. He is our confidence. He is the delight and the joy of our souls. We must confess it with our mouths as we did for our salvation. Speak it out and walk in it.
The rest of Psalm 91 is also a prayer of protection and can be used in the following examples:
“The Lord is my refuge and fortress. He delivers me from the enemy; therefore I do not fear terror in the night or the destruction that takes place at noonday.” (verses 2-6)
“When I call on the Lord, He immediately answers me. He is with me in trouble; He always delivers me.” (verses 15-16)
“Because the Lord has given His angels charge over me, my life is redeemed from destruction. No evil comes near me, and neither does any plague come near my home.” (verses10-11)
“I declare that I fear no evil, because the Holy Spirit comforts me.” (Psalm 23) He lives inside of me. Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
The shepherd protects his sheep with his staff against wild beasts. Yet he gently guides the straying sheep with the same staff. We have the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ who also protects us, His sheep. So no matter what comes against us, we like the Psalmist, must confess “You are with me.”
The thing that sets us apart from the people of the world is our attitude toward Jesus through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. For He who is in you (Holy Spirit) is greater than he who is in the world (Satan).
When we are determined to stand in faith, the world loses its controlling influence over us, because the assurance of victory is already ours in Jesus Christ.