January 22nd 2018

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Weekend Sermon: Be calm, God’s protection upon our lives is assured

When we believe in Jesus Christ through salvation, the Holy Spirit immediately enters our lives. We are sealed for eternity and brought under God’s spiritual protection from that moment on.

By David Ndegwa Mwangidmwangi@kimc.ac.keFriday, 07 Apr 2017 11:24 EAT

An overpowering and undeniable wave of rebelliousness is blowing in the society and we all seem clueless how to tackle it. Nowadays, men and women are awash with endless questions about the dynamite issues confronting families, relatives and friends whether in neighbourhoods, churches and even across nations.

The security in our society is deteriorating every day; defilement, rape, murder, robbery, fraud, hacking, and terror attacks - the list is endless. Elderly citizens long for the older days where children were obedient and cared for the frail parents and other deprived members of the society. The capitalist economic system seems to justify the saying “everybody for himself and God for us all.”

Blind materialism has invaded our cities and even villages and human life has lost its sanctity. This has made the society dip into hatred, anarchy and sheer hopelessness. Because of man’s sin and the subsequent curse that poisoned the perfection of God’s creation, the world is increasingly a dangerous place. People suffer every day from natural disasters, crime, car accidents, poor health, and more. It’s natural to seek protection from the pain and sorrow of life

There are many verses in God’s Word that proves His protection to people, e.g. Psalm 121:3 says, “He who watches over you will not slumber.” In verse 7 the psalmist declares, The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over you against physical protection. As Israel entered the Promised Land, God promised them that He would never leave nor forsake them

Many Christians around the world are struggling with persecution, illness, financial losses, accidents, and injuries? We all know Christians whose “feet” have “slipped.” Is God breaking His promise, or are we missing something? When you read Deuteronomy 28, you realize that if we don’t hearken and obey God’s Word, He shall forsake us and curses shall overtake us and even destroy us (vs 45).

In the same book, if we diligently obey God, He will set us high above all nations and many blessings shall come upon us, overtake us and we shall be blessed in the city and in the villages. It is only God who can make us become what we wish to become in accordance to His plans in our lives.

As long as the children of Israel were obedient to God, He promised and provided them various material and physical blessings - abundant crop harvests, livestock, children, and many more.

God does not promise to keep believers in Christ from physical harm, but He is always there with you and shall guide you appropriately. There are certainly times when He does mercifully shield us from situations where we would sustain injury or loss. In Mark 4: 37-41, the disciples truly feared they would perish from a ruthless storm as they crossed the lake to the other side. When Jesus arose from sleep, He rebuked the wind and great calmness set in. We shall face storms but He is ever with us.

Jesus has promised us to give us power to tread over serpents and scorpions and no harm, whatsoever, shall come to us. This is evident when Paul survives shipwreck in Acts 27 and even a snakebite in Acts 28. Therefore, the many present day threats can only be stopped by our faith in Christ and firm believe in God’s assurance of His spiritual protection.

When we believe in Jesus Christ through salvation, the Holy Spirit immediately enters our lives. We are sealed for eternity and brought under God’s spiritual protection from that moment on. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and counselor. He can forewarn us of an impending attack by the enemy. The Bible clearly tells us that, "When the Enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God will raise a standard against him!” Isaiah 59:19.

For God’s power to work in our lives we should never be slaves to sinful thoughts, desires, and actions, but should be born into a new life of holiness. In Exodus 22:31, God has commanded to be holy and separated unto Him.

Throughout our lives, God will continue to “guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” as revealed in Philippians 4: 7, providing the strength, peace, and perseverance we need to make it through any test or trial. His Spirit shall provide us with powerful tools with which we can fend off the enemy’s spiritual attacks.

God knows that we are strengthened by the trials that come our way, and in each physical trial, we are always assured of His spiritual protection. He is always with us like a refiner and purifier of silver, Malachi 3:3. God wants us to reflect His image when he puts us through fire of tests and trials, that we may become better.

Reference has been made to the Bible and http:www.gotquestions.org/new-covenant.html

The writer is a lecturer at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication

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