Walking in God’s Protection in Troubled Times Series: How to activate God's Protection as Promised in Ps 91
Sun, 2020-03-22 12:04
Walking in God’s Protection in troubled Times Pt. 1
Subtitle: How to activate God’s Protection as promised in Psalm 91
2 Timothy 3:1 (AMP) But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
All the prophetic signs spoken about in God’s Word point to the fact that we are in the last days before the Return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 24, Jesus listed some things that would happen before His return.
Matthew 24:7-8 (TPT) Nations will go to war against each other and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be terrible earthquakes—seismic events of epic proportion, horrible epidemics and famines in place after place. 8 This is how the first contractions and birth pains of the new age will begin!
Jesus is prophesying end time events, occurrences and happenings.
To put things in proper perspective, the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is simply another aspect of the fulfilment of Jesus’ prophecy.
Matthew 24:6 (NKJV) And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
We live in troubled times, but Jesus told us not to be troubled.
We live in stressful times, but Jesus told us not to be stressed.
We live in frightening times, but Jesus told us not to be frightened.
What should be our response in troubled times:
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV) For we walk by faith, not by sight.
God has called His people to rise above fear, and walk by faith instead.
Our response in troubled times is a response of faith.
We walk by faith in the good days and in the challenging days.
Walking by faith means we believe in God, in His goodness and in His promises.
Psalm 27:13 (NKJV) I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Those who believe will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
- Stay informed about the current situation
- Limit your intake of media reports (don’t participate in the media frenzy)
- Increase your Word intake
Romans 10:17 (NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
Fear also comes by hearing!
The Promises of Protection in Psalm 91
Psalm 91 is a series of statements and promises of deliverance from, and protection from diseases, plagues, disasters, accidents and calamities.
Psalm 91:1 (NKJV) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High (God) shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Verse 1 of Psalm 91 is neither a promise nor a pledge that automatically applies to all Christians.
It is simply a statement about “he” who chooses to dwell in God’s Secret Place.
- Ps 91 doesn’t start with “God”
- It starts with “he”
Joshua 24:14–15 (NKJV) Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
- “He” is the one who chooses to walk by faith
- “He” is the one who chooses to fear the Lord
- “He” is the one who chooses to serve the Lord in sincerity and truth
- Joshua says: “As as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”
- Let all the men take spiritual headship in their family at this time
Psalm 91:2–3 (NKJV) I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
Pestilence – plague
Ps 91 is like a 3-way conversation, involving 3 persons:
- “I” – this is the writer who is a ‘”faith man”
- “You” – means you and me today, encouraging us to walk by faith too
- “He” – this is reference to God, who will deliver you if you walk by faith
- “I” – in the last 3 verses God weighs in and tells us what He will do for us when we walk by faith
Psalm 91:4 (NKJV) He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
The Truth of God’s Word is a protective shield!
Our faith confession creates an invisible shield around our lives & property to protect us from various attacks of the enemy.
Psalm 91:5–6 (NKJV) You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
Don’t be afraid and do not speak fearful words!.
Instead, speak faith.
Make the promises of Psalm 91 your daily faith confession.
Psalm 91:7–8 (NKJV) A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
Yes, people do (and will) fall around us, but not us.
You will see ( and hear) of death and destruction around you, but it shall not come near you.
Psalm 91:10 (NKJV) No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
“No evil” means “no evil!” No accident, no disaster and no calamity
“No plague” means “no plague!” No sickness, no infectious disease, etc.
Where is the Secret Place of the Most High God?
The secret place of the Most High is not a “physical place” but a “spiritual position” that we find and occupy.
The promises listed in Psalm 91 are conditional on three “becauses”.
Psalm 91:9 (NKJV) Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.
Psalm 91:14 (NKJV) Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
- Because you made the Lord your dwelling place
- Because you have set your love upon Him
- Because you have known His Name
The practical outworking of these three “becauses” is to seek to live:
- In God’s Will (God’s good, acceptable & perfect will. Rom 12:1-2)
- In God’s Presence (Thanksgiving & worship. Psalm 95:2)
- In God’s Word (Truth. Psalm 91:4)
- In God’s House (Your local church. 1 Timothy 3:15)
Do not allow the enemy to separate you from your church at this time!