Good morning to all, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Many "Christians" think differently about protection, and as God sends me out into the world I notice these differences, and wonder why they have so many different opinions. Today we are going to discuss what God says, and decide for ourselves if we are going to live by His truth or not. When we travel back to the ancient days in the Bible we see God protecting His children that followed Him and trusted in Him all the way up to Jesus and His disciples. Here are some examples.
God protected Noah because He walked with God, and during Noah’s time Noah was the most righteous man. God saved him and his family from the flood so the lineage to Christ could be born, but Noah had to listen to God and His instructions and build an ark that would fit two of each kind of animals, male and female so they could multiply along with Noah his sons and their wives. God made a covenant with Noah between the earth and human kind.
(Genesis chapter 6-9)
God protected Abraham’s nephew Lot by saving Him from the ungodliness of Sodom and Gomorrah respecting Abraham’s kinship. Lot was told by God’s angles that came to save them his family had to leave Sodom, and don't look back. His wife did look back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt. (Genesis chapter 19)
God saved Joseph from the pit his brothers put him in so the line of Jacob could be saved from the famine. This was planned by God and he used their jealousy to make it happen to prove to Joseph God’s power and guidance was in trusting Him no matter what it may look like. Those who live by faith trust God knows what He is doing is best for them and the world. Without the twelve sons (tribes) of Jacob (Israel) Jesus would not have been born. (Genesis chapter 37- 48)
God protected all the Israelites from the plagues of God against the Egyptians because the Pharaoh of Egypt would not let His people the Israelites go, God remembered his promise to Abraham. To be safe the Israelites had to put the blood of a perfect lamb over their door to protect them. “Passover” (Exodus, chapter 7-9)
God protected the Israelites from the Egyptians after they fled from Egypt. The Egyptian army was coming after the Israelites to destroy them because of all the plaques their God enforced on them. If only they would have listened. God saved the Israelites by parting the Sea so they could walk through to safety, and the line of God's lineage to Jesus could continue to fulfill the promise He made to Abraham for the coming of His Son Jesus, and the sea flooded over the Egyptians. They would know from these events He is God Almighty, and no other god is greater. (Exodus 14)
God saved Rehab the prostitute from a wayward life because she believed in the God of the Israelites, and she helped them escape when Joshua sent spies to Jericho. She also was a part of the lineage to Jesus. (Joshua chapter 2)
God saved Ruth and Naomi from poverty and a shunned life, and Ruth was also in the lineage of Jesus. (The Book of Ruth)
God saved David from the giant Goliath, and directed the stone to the exact place that it would kill Goliath, and God gave David the confidence and courage to pull the sling shot back and fire it. (1 Samuel chapter 17)
God saved David in countless battles because the Israelites had to be protected from all who wanted to kill them because David's line had to be protected to fulfill the coming of Jesus. David was seeking God's own heart, David was the apple of God's eye, and was promised a King through His line that would be a King of all Kings. (1 Samuel chapter 19 - 2 Samuel chapter 1-10)
God saved King Hezekiah from a boil that was going to kill him and gave him fifteen more years to live, at the time Hezekiah prayed his heart was fully devoted to God. He prayed and God told him he would give him fifteen more years along with a sign to prove it. Hezekiah prepared a poultice of figs like God said, the sign was shown, and Hezekiah recovered. (2 Kings 20 1:11)
God saved Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego his worshipers from the fire of King Nebuchadnezzar, and then King Nebuchadnezzar decreed that if any people of any nation says anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be cut to pieces and their house be turned into piles of rubble, for no other God can save in this way. (Daniel chapter 3)
God protected Daniel from the lion’s den because He was a prophet of God and an interpreter of dreams and visions with a messages to warn Kings, and all the people. We can learn from God through Him still today what is coming through his dreams and visions. (Daniel chapter 6)
God saved Jesus from sickness, and persecutors, provided all He needed until His purpose of the cross was completed. His home town had no faith in who He was, they wanted to throw Him off a cliff, he was saved because He had to fulfill his calling to be crucified, atone for our sins, and be resurrected from the dead to prove He was God’s Holy Son that came from Him to defeat the power of sin and death for all of mankind that surrendered all of themselves to Him. (Luke 4 14-30)
God delivered his disciples many times from sickness, persecution, and jail until their purpose of being the first fruits of Christ completing His work in and through them by the power of the Holy Spirit. His first fruits, fully surrendered souls that believed by all the grace and power the Spirit gave them. They started His true Kingdom “The Church” the “Bride” and “Body” of Christ to prove there is but One Way Truth and Life to the One God, the Only God, and Father of the Universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. There were many miracles, signs, and wonders through the life of all the disciples that lived fully through the Spirit of God by daily surrendering to Him. (Acts)
These examples are only a few, and I know there are more as we read throughout the Bible. I noticed that those that were saved had a purpose to fulfill in order for His Kingdom to continue the way He planned or predestined it too. All died but not until their purpose was fulfilled, and all of their purposes lead to Jesus and His coming so the Israelite lineage would continue and go out into the world and save many Gentiles, and unbelieving Jews in the world.
Today is a different time but the same God, same Lord, same Spirit and same Purpose. Today I truly believe because of what He has shown me through what is written by His people in History, and through the coming of my Lord Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Prince of Peace, the Redeemer of my Soul the Holy Spirit within me reveals His truth and opens up the understanding of the Scriptures.
Ephesians 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to one hope when you were called, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all and in all.
We have something much greater in us than the first Israelites, we have the power of Jesus and His grace that takes us far above where they were in faith because of the blood of Jesus. The Israelites and prophets that came before us and even the angles longed to know his birth, life, death, and resurrection, the sufferings he had to endure, and the glories that followed. He could only endure them by the power of God that was in Him, He was God. They tried to find out the time through the circumstances that were being revealed much like those who are His today long for His coming for the New Earth, and the New Heavens to be revealed.
1 Peter 1:10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves by you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angles long to look to these things.
Romans 8:27 And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those god foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (And sisters)
We are supposed to be experiencing His protection and the glories that follow his power and grace from receiving Him from the Cross. His presence draws us to know and to believe He is true. I do not see His power protecting, and delivering "Christians” today as I did see His power and guidance through His people in History. Is it because “Christians” are being taught wrong, is it because “Christians” have no faith, is it because “Christians” would rather be a part of this world, or is it because the hearts of “Christians” are not seeking to please Him above themselves, and all others?
God has delivered me from persecution by His Spirit with amazing grace, and peace physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He has healed many sicknesses within me, and taken away severe pain instantly through His Spirit. God has given me dreams and visions, new abilities, and gifts to further His Kingdom. God has saved my soul by the power of the blood of Jesus and sanctified my body, soul and spirit that has taken me above the corruption of the World into His Kingdom, the “Bride” the “Body” of Christ. Whatever happens will be for my good and the good of His Kingdom because I love Him and have been called for His purpose, just like those that have come before me.
This can and will happen to you if you want it to by willingly surrendering all to Him from what you receive from Him from the Cross. You will live by faith from all He gives you. This is not a "easy carefree life", in fact you will be more tempted, and challenged more than ever to put others, and things before Him, but remember, He that is in you is greater than the World, and all the powers of darkness. When you put Him first he fulfills all the needs you have within yourself for others around you to be drawn to Him, and His glories will follow! It is a life worth giving up all for Him because of what He gives you. He gives you your true self free from all fear, all confusion, and all hopelessness. Just like He did through all those that came before us He still does today through His Son!
1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the view point of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. That is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and falsehood.