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Walking in God’s Protection in troubled Times Pt. 3
We live in times that demand supernatural solutions. As God’s people, we need supernatural discernment. More than ever, we need to draw near to God to receive His wisdom and His discernment. There are so many voices in the world today, but above them all, we need to hear God’s voice and be led by the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 2:6–8 (NKJV) For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; 8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.
Proverbs 2:3 (NKJV) … cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding.
God tells us to cry out to Him for discernment so that we know which voice to listen to in these turbulent times.
- Looking to Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour
In today’s life-stream we will focus on the Person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but He is also God Himself.
He carries multiple names & titles, all of which reveal yet another function or position in His life and ministry.
- He is called Immanuel – God with us Matthew 1:23
- He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith Hebrews 12:2
- He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End Revelation 1:8
- He is called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God … Isaiah 9:6
- But most importantly, He is our personal Lord and Saviour Luke 2:11
Acts 4:12 (NIV) Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said … “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
That means that anybody in the whole wide world who wants to get to heaven has to go through Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:13 (NKJV) For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Acts 3:19 (NLT) Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.
Romans 10:9–10 (LB) For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.
Anybody who repents of their sins, turns to God and declares Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour will be saved from eternal damnation.
Hebrews 6:18–20 (LB) 19 This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven, 20 where Christ has gone ahead to plead for us from his position as our High Priest, with the honor and rank of Melchizedek.
This hope of our eternal salvation through Jesus Christ provides us with tremendous stability in our lives, especially in uncertain times. It is like an anchor to our soul to hold us steady.
- Looking to Jesus Christ our Healer
John 3:14–15 (NLT) And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
Jesus referred to an instance in the Old Testament journey of the Israelites as they came out of Egypt enroute to the Promised Land.
Numbers 21:4–6 (NLT) Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey, 5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!” 6 So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died.
Because of their complaints and unbelief, poisonous snakes came into the camp and bit many of the people.
Numbers 21:7–9 (NLT) Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 Then the Lord told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!” 9 So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed!
The bronze snake held up on a pole by Moses was a type of Jesus Christ who would be crucified and held up on the cross some 1400 years later.
All the people who repented of their sins and looked at the bronze snake were healed and saved from certain death.
Today, anyone who repents and looks to Jesus Christ with faith in their heart can receive eternal life for their soul, and healing for their body.
- Looking to Jesus Christ our Passover Lamb
1 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT) … Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.
Just before the Exodus from Egypt began, God instructed the Israelites to choose a lamb for each household and slaughter it the night before they left.
Exodus 12:6–8,11 (NLT) … the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. 7 They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal. 8 That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. … 11 “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover.
God’s instructions to the Jews were very clear:
- Choose a lamb per family & slaughter it the night before your departure
- Apply some blood on the posts of your front door, top and sides
- Roast the lamb in fire, and eat it with urgency while fully dressed
- Stay inside your houses, and do not come out until morning
- This is the Lord’s Passover – judgment will pass over you and not touch you
Exodus 12:12–13 (NLT) On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! 13 But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Ultimately, the only thing that kept the Israelites safe from judgement in their homes was the blood that was visibly applied to the doorpost of their houses.
And friends, ultimately, the only thing that keeps us safe today from God’s judgement that will fall on the world very soon is the blood of Jesus Christ.
There is no question or doubt regarding God’s judgement – it will happen!
But we can escape God’s judgement of we repent and surrender our life to Jesus Christ.
Acts 17:30–31 (NLT) “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”
This Man whom God has appointed to judge the world is Jesus Christ.
At His first coming to earth, Jesus came as a Saviour to save lost people.
At His Second Coming to earth, He will come as a Judge to judge the world.
Heavenly Father, I came to you in Jesus’ Name. I repent of my sins and I humbly turn to you. Please forgive me and cleanse me. I surrender my life to Jesus Christ and declare Him as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for forgiving me, thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.