Real Protection

Whenever the President needs to go anywhere, he always has a detail of men and women around him who are armed with weapons, ready to fight for his safety. Months before his arrival in a foreign country, his people secure the place he will be, making sure that the Presidents is safe. It is because of this layer of protection that there hasn’t been a successful attempt on the President for 37 years.

If you wanted protection from weapons and invaders in your own life, you could hire a bodyguard. He could keep watch over your house and night, and you would sleep well. But could he protect you from every harm? No, you could still have someone set fire to your house, or poison your food. Furthermore, you could contract some disease that the bodyguard would not be able to protect you from. In order to have the best protection, you would need someone who is not only very knowledgeable, but also very powerful. This is why Psalm 127:1 says: “Except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” It is only God that give physical protection.

But furthermore, it is only God who can give spiritual protection. Most people give much thought to physical protection by buying locks for their doors or guns for their houses. They get a dog to warn or defend them. But what of spiritual attacks? 2 Corinthian 10:4 says that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal” (carnal means physical). Ephesians 6:12 tells us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Our most dangerous fight is not against people, but against Satan and his evil spirits. We need to constantly be on guard and vigilant against these attacks.

Thankfully, there is protection for this as well. First, God gives Himself as our protection. The Psalms are full of requests to God to defend him. He says this in Psalm 35:1-3 “Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” David knew that when he was in trouble, there was nothing he could do but go to God and say, “Fight for me!” In other places, he says of God: “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” (Psalm 18:30)

Second, God gives us others who can protect us. Not always physically, but spiritually. We can hold one another up in prayer. Ephesians 6, where it talks about putting on spiritual armor against Satan, says this: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (verse 18) We can also protect one another by confirming our love to them. 1 Corinthians 5 talks about a man involved in some gross sin. However, we find out in 1 Corinthians 2 that the man repented. Paul instructs the church: “I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him… lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” When we love others, we are covering them with protection against Satan.

Third, if you are a part of a church, God has given you the blessing of protection from the preaching of God’s Word. In 2 Timothy 2:24-26, God instructs the pastors: “the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” Your pastor is calling you to grow in holiness and repentance, and if you will listen, you will be helped from the snares of Satan.

Friend, from where does your protection come? How are you safe from the dangers of life? If your safety is not the in Lord, you are not really safe at all. Go to God for real protection from the most treacherous things in life.