Grace and peace be unto you.
Word of Encouragement…
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).
The story is told that a man of God was prophesying at the altar while King Jeroboam was standing there to make an offering. Jeroboam did not like the prophecy and so he stretched forth his hand and commanded his men to seize the man of God, however, his hand shriveled up and he could not pull it back. He begged the man of God to intercede on his behalf so that his hand would be restored. The man of God prayed and God healed King Jeroboam’s hand (1 Kings 13:1-6).
Do our enemies know that God is protecting us?
The man of God was on God’s assignment and King Jeroboam tried to harm him and God intervened. The intervention opened the King’s eyes to God’s power and the reality that He protects his servants. Jesus wants us to be so close to Him that when people try to harm us, they experience His power. He is encouraging us to spend quality time praying, fasting, reading His Word, and praising Him.
We are on assignment for our Lord.
The Bible says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17). As such, Jesus expects us to be on assignment for Him, whether it be a casual conversation with a stranger or having a meal with friends. He is obligated to protect us during our assignments. Therefore, the Holy Spirit, our defender lives in us. Notwithstanding, unhealthy desires and actions which include disobedience, lying, and hypocrisy can inhibit His protection. Hence, we are encouraged to confess our sins so that God can forgive us and cleanse us from our all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
The Power of God
I am studying the Major Prophets and recently completed Jeremiah. I am currently reading Ezekiel. The experience is a reminder of the power of God. For example, He empowered the King of Babylon to conquer Judah and Jerusalem, and then allowed Cyrus the Great to defeat the King of Babylon. God is all powerful and is in control of the universe. He sees and knows everything (Jeremiah 23:23). If God has so much power, and lives in us through His Holy Spirit, why then are we afraid of humans? Is it that we do not really believe that God is the most powerful being? The Bible says, “Greater is He who lives in me than he that lives in the world,” (1 John 4:4). The psalmist says, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).
Heavenly Father, I pray that we understand your greatness as much as possible, and believe in your power, in Jesus’s name, Amen.