God’s Protection, Promises, and our Faith

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

May I ask you a few questions this today? Are you safe? Do you feel safe? Are you under attack? Does you life feel under attack in some area? Are you in trouble? Do you believe that God wants to protect you? Should you believe that? Whatever your answers are to any of these questions, know this as a truth: You desire to be safe. You want to be protected. You desire for God to protect you. How can I say that? It’s easy! God has put that desire within each of us. It is a heart instinct. It is a heart instinct of every normal parent to protect their children. And it is also the heart’s desire of every normal person.

Because we instinctively desire to be safe, we make normal instinctive efforts to do so on a regular basis. But, our own ability to protect ourself is like using bullet proof vest—better than nothing but still too much exposure. There are a multitude of scriptures revolving around man’s desire for protection and God’s willingness to be our protection, refuge, and help in times of trouble. God is the only one, and I mean thee only one who can fulfill that desire. And, the desire of God protecting us can only be fulfilled through the realm of faith.

People hear of tragedy of every kind, every day. They are saddened or brokenhearted for those that experience it. They are hurting if it has happened within their sphere of family and friends. They hate it and they don’t want to be a victim of it. If you have experienced it recently, you know what I am talking about.

Seeing tragedy often stirs the embers and stokes the fire of praying for God to protect us. You may have prayed for His protection over you or your children, or perhaps over your travels. In praying for His protection, is it possible that you may have prayed a wishbone prayer? Do you know what a wishbone prayer is? It’s a prayer requesting something but having no real faith that God will do it. It is a prayer that isn’t really rooted in knowing what God wants. It’s a prayer not rooted in faith. It’s rooted in the equivalent of the expectation you would have for a wish to come true when you break a wishbone. It’s really a prayer of unbelief.

Unbelief hinders God answering prayers. Jesus could do few miracles within His own home town because of the unbelief of the people there. We read this in Mark 6:5-6 NLT  “And because of their unbelief, Jesus couldn’t do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their unbelief.”

God’s Word is full of precious promises to those who know and love Him. They are truths and covenant promises that the world thinks are just words, fables, myths, or whatever—anything but truth. The Apostle Paul along with others, were helping those that believed in Jesus understand the promises of God—“So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV)   It isn’t that God wants His ways to be secret. He wants to reveal them! But, He won’t reveal His truths to those that would mock and trample them in unbelief and mockery. As Jesus said, “Don’t give what is holy to unholy people. Don’t give pearls to swine! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” (Matthew 7:6 NLT)

People desiring protection isn’t new. When God’s people cried out to Him for it, God brought help through the person of Moses. God promised to deliver them from trouble, prosper them, and protect them if they’d trust in Him. We read this in Deuteronomy 6:22-25 NLT.  “Before our eyes the Lord sent miraculous signs and wonders… But He brought us out from there (their place of trouble,) to bring us in and give us the land that He promised on oath to our forefathers. The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive (protected,) as is the case today…”

God promises that if we obey Him in our life style and have faith and trust in Him, then our faith in what He promises us, will protect us. We see these promises over and over in God’s Word.  Psalm 9:9-10 NKJV says, “The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, O Lord, have never abandoned anyone who searches for You.” We see this again in Psalm 37:39 NIV “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble.” And again in Psalm 34:7 (TLB) “For the Angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence him.”

To NOT understand these things is to experience troubles from the adversary of your soul that God wants to protect you from.  As Hosea 4:6 says, My people are being destroyed for a lack of knowledge…”  The Bible tells us that God is not a respecter of persons. That means His promises apply to us all. Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). Your confident faith is the bridge to all promise and miracles of God. What a powerful secret to learn! This is what brings God’s life-changing power into our lives. It not only changes our circumstances, it changes us! It changes our way of thinking and our character. It transforms us into people who truly trust God and have sincere faith! He wants us to learn and know His will so that promises of protection and blessing can be ours through faith!

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of Him.” 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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