Thursday, March 1, 2007

Our Shield and Hedge... Divine Protection for us.

Hi all,

Dearly beloved of our Lord Jesus...

I was inspired to write this post by a recent encounter i had this past week.

How many times have we as believers been discouraged by negative words by people around us? How many times have we been told by some of our own Christian believer friends that what we are doing is not Spirit led and we are using our own self effort or that the outcome of the things we do will lead us into trouble and danger for ourselves and our families?

With Pastor's teaching, i have learnt that, we as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, have all the authority in the world to reject any negative thoughts that's being put into our head, reject all evil that will come against us and our loved ones.

I believe many of us have not come to the point of realising that God's love for us is perfect. Abba's love is eternal and perfection to the very end. A dear beloved brother was sharing with me his personal encounter with God, where God asked him whether he knew that God's love for him is perfect. This was such a revelation for me. Many of us limit His love according to our knowledge and experiences. Instead of rejecting all that is bad and evil for us, we start to except it as part of the toil of our Christian walk. Many believe that when they start to serve God, they will be challenged by the devil through the authorities that be. What we have known becomes unknown again, that the truth is, satan has been defeated at the cross of Calvary.

It is a state of knowing, that our Abba Father loves us so much that He does not want us to suffer in any way. THIS has to become our daily reality. Then whatever we may do; evangelizing, preaching the Word, sharing our testimonies with people around us, will always be done from Victory ground well knowing that satan has been defeated. And the negativities we experience and see around us are just lying symptoms to get us out of God's perfect love for us.

Let's look at scripture, Job 1:10
Have You not made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock have increased in the land.

So, let's look in context who was speaking to God right now... Job 1:9
Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught?

It was satan who spoke to God and satan knew that Job is protected by God. If Job had the Lord's hedge around him, the works of his hands are blessed and his livestock increased... What more us?! Aren't we the righteousness of God now? So, why do some of us still allow fear of this world to creep into our lives?

Deuteronomy 33:29
Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.

Isn't He our sword and our shield? His Word is our Sword, Faith is our Shield and we put on the rest of the armour of God in Ephesians 6:11-17. The beauty about this is the consistency of God's Word.

Words in the OT are consistent with the NT. God wants us to know that HE is true to His word and His Word will cut through any enemies that come against us and our Faith shields us from all the lies in this world.

I reject and refuse any words of condemnation that come against me. We become the partakers of the feeding that He gives us and therefore we give back to His service from Victory ground and from abundance. That we have freely received, therefore we freely give back a portion of our lives to Him from the overflow we have received from Him. Anything we do and say that exalts Jesus is service to Him. Such Glory, Such Victory, why should there be any condemnation? God's hedge is around us, God has formed a protection of restraint around us and we have the shield of Faith to repel any evil that is stupid enough to come near the believers of Christ!

Thank you Lord Jesus for you have ensured us eternal protection through your mighty work at the cross of Calvary.

Blessings Brothers & Sisters,

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