Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues…
You are protected by God’s angels and He blesses everything that you do in His name. Many centuries ago, God boasted about His faithful servant Job to Satan and he replied, “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land” (Job 1:10). Satan admitted that he could not penetrate God’s protection around Job, neither could he hinder his blessings. God is all powerful and does whatever He pleases. He loves when you spend time in prayer and study of His Word in order to understand His power and authority.
God’s Power and Authority
Some examples of God’s power and authority are evident in his relationship with the Israelites and through His Son, Jesus Christ when He walked among men.
According to Moses’s account, God told Pharaoh to let the Israelites go and he did. However, after a while Pharaoh changed his mind, gathered his army and pursued the Israelites. God would not allow Pharaoh’s plan to succeed and so He parted the Red Sea and the Israelites crossed on dry ground. Pharaoh’s army misjudged God’s power and started crossing the dry ground but God rolled back the water and they drowned (Exodus 14:1-28). It is dangerous to underestimate God’s power.
Despite God’s goodness towards the Israelites, they chose the path of idol worship and adultery. Furthermore, they refused to repent and persist in sin even after God sent warnings through His prophets. Hence, God empowered the Kings of Assyria and Babylon to conquer Jerusalem and carried most of the Israelites into exile (Jeremiah 20:4-5; Jeremiah 25:4-11). Decades later, the Babylonians did not fear God and He motivated Cyrus the Great to defeat Babylon. God declared that Babylon would be inhabited after its destruction (Jeremiah 25:12-14). Today, Babylon no longer exists, in accordance with the Word of the Lord.
Jesus demonstrated the power of God through the spoken Word and miracles. He cursed the fig tree, “Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May you never bear fruit again!’ Immediately the tree withered” (Matthew 21:18-19). He turned water into wine (John 2:11), healed the man who was blind from birth (John 9:1-7) and raised the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17). God’s power is not a myth, if you are skeptical, ask Him to reveal His power to you. He loves a challenge and will show you His power in a way that you will never forget.
Satan needs God’s permission to touch you or your possession.
“The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger” (Job 1:12). Everything in heaven and on earth is subjected to the authority of God. Hence, Satan cannot touch you or your possession without God’s permission. If you are facing a problem whether it be marital, financial, or job related, be assured that God has allowed it to happen and is watching to see how you respond. The apostle Paul says, “Join me in suffering like a good soldier of Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3). God desires that you remain joyful in hope, faithful in prayer, and patient while you face life’s challenges (Romans 12:12).
You might ask the questions, “How is this possible, my mind is confused and my life is going in a different direction than I had anticipated? How can I keep my joy, patience, and continue praying? The answer is found in John 14:16-17, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” My friend, you have the Holy Spirit to empower you. He comforts, reminds you of God’s promises, encourages you to pray, intercedes for you when you are too weak to pray, helps you to identify God’s daily blessings, teaches you to be grateful, and shows you how much God loves you.
The story is told that Horatio Spafford, the lyricist of “It is Well With My Soul” had a few difficulties during his lifetime. He lost most of his real estate investments in the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871, two years later his four daughters died when the ship they were on was struck by another vessel and sank, and in 1880, his young son, Horatio died of scarlet fever at age three. Yet still, he never lost his faith because the Holy Spirit inspired him to continue living and accomplish his purpose. The Bible says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).