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Divine Protection
6/3/2014

And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, “We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul. Acts 23:12-14 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself feeling afraid for your personal safety?  I remember the fear I experienced when I was a young boy. I thought I would surely be a victim of some physical attack from other bigger kids, or those affiliated with gangs.  I remember the effect this fear had on my life—how it changed my attitude, and the way I viewed the world.  Sadly, as a result of this fear I chose to be more aggressive as a way of self-preservation.  I didn’t know God, and I didn’t have a peace of His protection.  Oh how different things could have been. 

We can see an example of what I am speaking about in chapter 23 of the Book of Acts.   It is here where we can see a gang of forty men who made a commitment to kill the Apostle Paul.  These bands of men waited for Paul with the hopes of killing him.  They were so committed they had made a pact with each other not to eat or drink until they had completed their mission to take his life. 

There was only one thing stopping these men from accomplishing their goal, and it was God.  Forty men would have been a formidable force to deal with, but not for God.  He chose to send two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to protect and escort Paul safely away (Acts 23:23-24).  There are many stories such as this throughout the Bible to encourage us of God’s protection upon our lives, and of our importance to Him.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." Luke 12:6-7 (NKJV)

Q:         How should these stories of God’s protection affect us in our Christian walk?

I believe it should give us a greater confidence as we live in this world.  It should cause us to understand how much our Heavenly Father loves us.  It should bring about a peace and confidence within us as we choose to walk in faith rather than fear.  We need to realize and believe this truth, because it will impact our life significantly.

I want to encourage you today to place your trust in God for your safety, and to walk in peace. It isn’t just the fear of physical harm either; it is the temptation to fear anything we may be facing.  Let’s choose to remember God is alive and on the throne—He’s able to protect and save. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 12:6-7 what can we learn about God’s value of us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God for your protection, and safety?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to use good judgment in our actions, but let’s trust God ultimately for our protection.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Thank You Father for Your protection and provision in my life.  Thank You for providing everything needed to keep me safe.  Father I know You are in control, and I choose to walk in faith today.  Help me to remember these truths when the enemy tempts me to doubt.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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