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Enjoying divine security and protection - Taiwo Akinola

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For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land …. they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee ~ Jeremiah 1:18-19.

Introduction:

Security of lives and properties is very crucial to life itself. Whatever we are or have can only be enjoyed in an atmosphere of security, peace and tranquility. Hence, since prehistoric times, many individuals, organizations as well as nations have continuously committed huge resources and advanced technologies to prevent breaches of security. Getting this right is always seen as an authentic index of our human development. 

However, despite our increasing sophistication, our security issues transcend civilizations, social strata and geographic locations. They are even increasingly accentuated by poor governance, dilapidated value systems, conflicts of perception, weird belief systems and so on, globally. 

Apparently, minding and pre-planning for the above, the Bible is replete with God’s security promises to the believers in Christ regardless of where they are domiciled. We are utterly secured against evils, losses, diseases and incapacitations (Genesis 20:3; Exodus 23:25-26; Deuteronomy 7:15; Psalm 105:14; Malachi 3:10-12).

Divine security is our inheritance as believers in Christ Jesus, whereby we enjoy God’s protection — physically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, psychologically and even financially (Luke 4:28-30; John 8:51-59). God’s preservation when foes rise up in any form is a part of the heritage of all who serve and worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

No one should be able to injure you by words of reproach (Psalms 18:2-6). In every strife of words, truth and victory are always on the side of the Church. God is ever-present and always ready to help us in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). The fundamental characteristic of God’s kingdom is power and security (Psalm 106:8). All power belongs to God (Matthew 6:13). Thus, only He can give the ultimate supernatural security.

Understanding Divine Security

Generally speaking, security is the state of being free from threats, dangers, fear or anxieties. Divine security, therefore, refers to God's way of shielding His people away from troubles and protecting them from losses, injuries or dangers. This constant miracle of divine security doesn’t connote the absence of troubles, but it is a most potent shield even in the midst of them (Jeremiah 1:19).

Divine security is God's presence around us and in us to defend us (Psalm 91:1-7). It has been God’s survival plan for His people over the ages, and it’s a major benefit of being in Christ today (Psalms 27:1-6). In its real sense, divine security is that experience of soul's welfare, wherein nothing brings harm to it or can be an obstacle to its happy growth and divine fulfilment.

We all need divine security at all times, even if we are living in strongholds guarded with security personnel. We must always remember that except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain (Psalms 127:1-2).

Whom Do You Trust Today?

From time immemorial, some classes of men have always boasted of their private security arrangements, and some nations too have prided themselves as “super-powers” with strong and highly weaponized armies. But, this is a big error (Psalms 20:7). True security is God’s prerogative. Full security is never in weapons alone; even the mightiest of men survives and are protected only by the mercy of God.

Sennacherib, the king of Assyria determined to destroy Hezekiah and the people of Judah by all means. But, Hezekiah acknowledged God's power and went to Him for help. Then, the Lord, the God Who is mighty in battles, stood and decisively defended His people (2 Kings 19:32-35)!

He sent only one angel to the camp of the Assyrians who killed 185,000 soldiers overnight. Sennacherib himself was later killed by two of his own sons while worshipping in the house of his poor god. No doubt our God is the Sure Defender of His covenant people.  

If you are a child of God, there is nothing to fear (Psalm 27:1). No matter how many enemies are fighting against you, if you are on the Lord's side, victory is sure (John 10:26-30). Fear not (Psalm 41:10). He will keep your feet from being caught in a trap (Psalm 91:11-12).

Happily, God has effectively put a restraint on all evils, and set boundaries against them on our behalf, so to say (Isaiah 54:16-17). He decreed that no weapon of war or persecution that is formed against us shall have final and complete success, even if it is permitted to appear to prosper for a time. Alleluia!

Conditions For Enjoying Divine Security

Every one of us wants to be secured. This is why people search for security from various sources. Unfortunately, in this bid, many stray into the hands of their enemies. The basic secret for enjoying divine security is abiding in God’s Majestic Presence (Psalm 15:1-5).

Christians who walk daily in the righteousness of God and embrace holy living already have divine protection. God has built a hedge of fire around them and Satan cannot reach them (Zechariah 2:5). Whenever Satan sees a servant of God who is surrounded by fire, he flees (Daniel 6:22). Why? When God builds His fire around you, it will be so hot that the strongest beasts of this world and their fiery countenances cannot stand it (Isaiah 43:2).

The story of the three Hebrew boys in Daniel 3:24-28 confirms this very vividly.However, all the glowing promises of God to His children are only accessible through a lifestyle of holiness (1 John 5:18). It is not proper to cast the children’s bread unto the dogs (Mark 7:27).

More so, as much as God is ready to secure you, engaging in sin can remove this cover, create barriers between you and God, and put out the fire. Samson foolishly quenched the fire of divine protection which God had set around him, and the consequences were terrible (Judges 16:20). If you must live a truly secured life that’s impregnable to evil in this largely evil world, be holy!

Friends, forthwith, whenever you face challenging times in life, remember God. Let Him be your strong tower, and be sure your confidence is in God, who gives everlasting security (Acts 18:10). If you could hold on to God and His promises in Christ Jesus, you would certainly experience the finest wonders of His supernatural security in your life.

As you walk in the knowledge of this divine security agenda,  ensuring you maintain His gladsome presence in your life, God will step into your situations and calm the storms (Psalms 20:1-3)! He never loses any battle; He will speak security to every dangerous situation you are up against, even right now, in Jesus Name. Happy Sunday!

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Bishop Taiwo Akinola,

Rhema Christian Church,

Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

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