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Divine Protection

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2016

 

The Lord has provided His divine protection for us from every attack of the devil spirits. The Scripture says:

 

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked

Ephesians 6:16

 

The quenching of all the fiery darts of the wicked includes our protection from attacks against: our life, accidents, murder, kidnapping, theft, our finances, our health, and our saving faith.

 

The wicked (Greek: ‘poneros’), in the above verse, includes the meaning of: hurtful, evil, diseased, malice, the devil, and harm (Strong’s Dictionary). In the context of Ephesians 6, the wicked is referring to: the devil… principalities… powers… the rulers of the darkness of this world… and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:11-12). These are the unseen spiritual forces attempting to destroy our lives. It is also referring to their wicked influences against us, which can include direct spiritual attacks against our health, our minds, and our finances, including through manipulating people, who are open to the devil spirits, to plot and work against us to hinder or steal the blessing and prosperity which the Lord has already commanded us to receive (Deuteronomy 28:8).

 

There are millions of unseen fallen angels, or devil spirits, who move back and forth from hell to the earth who target human beings, who are made in the likeness of God (2 Peter 2:4, 1 Peter 5:8, Revelation 12:4, 7-9, 12). The objective of the devil spirits is to oppress, depress and ultimately possess human beings. By influencing humans, the devil spirits have a physical body through which to expand their influence on earth. There are many examples of how the devil spirits influence people to kill, steal, destroy, and try and stop humans reflecting the glorious holiness of God. At all levels of society, the devil spirits are working to assert their will upon ignorant and unsuspecting humans.

 

Influence of devil spirits in society

Examples of the expression of devil spirits through humans include:

  • the devilish theory of evolution – which theorizes, contrary to biblical Scripture, that humans were not originally created as a unique species in the likeness of God (Genesis 1:27, 2:7, 21-23, Luke 3:38). Accepting the theory of evolution corrupts the perception of our identity, reducing us to open our minds to immoral and animalistic behaviour without regard to our true, holy origins as the offspring of a morally pure, holy, and loving God (Acts 17:29)
  • the devilish practice of idol worship, where humans bow before man-made images (Exodus 20:3-5, Romans 2:22, 1 Corinthians 12:2, 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 1 John 5:21, Revelation 9:20). Bowing before idols is evil because there is a devil spirit behind the image which receives the worship from the human, and only the Creator God should be worshipped.
  • the devilish idea of “pro-choice” where a woman is given the legal ‘right’ by government to abort, or kill, the living human within her womb. The living human growing and maturing in the woman’s womb is a result of the fertilization of the woman’s egg with the man’s sperm. God has entrusted the woman with the responsibility to carry the living human in her womb. It is a destructive and devilish idea that this responsibility, given to the woman, gives her the ‘right’ to kill the living human within her womb. On the contrary, with increased responsibility comes increased accountability to not kill the living human in her womb. If you think about it, part of the human in the woman’s womb did not originate from the woman but originated from the man. The woman does not have the right to kill the human, she is entrusted with to bear in her womb, which belongs equally to her male partner. “Pro-choice” is an example of devilish influence upon society to kill the defenceless (John 10:10).
  • we could list hundreds of examples of where devil spirits influence the thoughts of humans and cause evil manifestations to occur upon the earth such as: murder, homosexuality, bestiality, religions and theories which are anti-Christ, unjust political systems, fear, greed, lying, and any other action which is unloving or not led by God’s Holy Spirit.

 

Influence of devil spirits upon our personal lives

Whether we are aware of devil spirits or not, devil spirits attack us in multitudes of ways including our health, finances, imaginations and thoughts.

 

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him

Acts 10:38

 

The above verse makes it clear that the devil spirits sometimes oppress people with sickness and disease. The Lord views sickness and disease as an evil oppression of humans, which He desires to heal. In Scripture, not every sickness or disease is attributed to devil spirits, but following is an example where a woman’s infirmity is directly caused by a devil.

 

And behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself

Luke 13:11

 

Here we see that a devil spirit, a spirit of infirmity, attacked this woman’s body for 18 years where she was unable to stand up straight. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God (Luke 13:12-13). Jesus went on to say ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond (Luke 13:16). Jesus attributed her disease, or infirmity, directly to Satan the devil spirit.

 

The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news in that it includes divine power from God to protect and liberate us from devilish attacks, including sickness and disease.

 

Divine safety – the shield of faith

The New Testament Scriptures describe the Christian life as a battle, or spiritual war, against devil spirits. We are instructed to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-11). This is not a passive reliance upon the grace of God to protect us, wishing and hoping that all will be well. No, we need to put on the whole armour of God!

 

The implication from these verses is if we do not diligently put on the Lord’s armour we will not be protected from the attacks of the devil spirits. In other words, we may suffer a hit! Whether it be sickness, disease, worry, fear, an accident, or financial loss the devil might successfully gain advantage over us if we are not properly protected with the Lord’s armour.

 

The onus is upon us, therefore, to learn about each piece of the Lord’s armour and to put it on. Like a military soldier studies and trains with his weapons so he can be protected and effectively advance on the battle field, so we need to study each piece of the armour which the Lord has graciously given us, and master the skill of putting it on.

 

As I visit the body of Christ, in many countries, I observe that many of the Lord’s people are not well trained in how to put on God’s armour. Subsequently, many of the Lord’s people are vulnerable to attacks from the devil spirits and are suffering the devilish effects of sickness, disease, poverty, fear, worry, and anxiety. When members of the Lord’s body are unsuccessful in being protected from these devilish attacks it adversely effects the advancement of the Lord’s kingdom, which ultimately results in more people going to hell.

 

How to ‘put on’ the Lord’s faith shield

To be protected from the devil’s fiery darts every Christian needs to be skilled in ‘putting on’ the Lord’s faith shield. We know that:

  • faith originates from God’s Word. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17)
  • Jesus taught us that His kingdom works when we plant the seed of His Word into our hearts. So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground (Mark 4:26)
  • The method of planting and cultivating spiritual seed in our hearts is biblical meditation, which includes repeatedly speaking God’s promises out loud until we can imagine ourselves in possession of God’s promises (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

The three concepts above need to be understood and implemented to successfully develop the Lord’s faith shield, which will result in our being divinely protected from the attacks of the devil spirits.

 

Conclusion

To experience divine protection, Christians need to dwell in the secret place of the most High (Psalm 91:1). This includes learning how to put on the Lord’s armour, which includes putting on the Lord’s shield of faith.

 

We put on the Lord’s shield of faith through planting and cultivating the Lord’s faith Scriptures, which are His covenant promises, in our hearts. The process of planting and cultivating spiritual seed is meditation of God’s promises.

 

When we successfully grow the seeds of the Lord’s promises in our hearts we will experience the fruit of the Lord’s promises which will include: a multiplication of grace and peace and, everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:2-4). This will include receiving the power of God’s divine protection, which will shield us from all the attacks of the devil spirits.

(Please note: another important aspect concerning dwelling in the secret place of the most High is to walk in love and following the leadings of the Holy Spirit. You can find teaching about this at www.andrewshreeve.org / teaching – written).

 

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for this teaching regarding divine protection. Thank you for enlightening us to the reality of the attacks of the devil spirits and how we need to put on your shield of faith to be safe from these attacks. Please strengthen us to put on your shield of faith through diligently cultivating the spiritual seeds of your covenant promises in our hearts. Strengthen us to meditate your precious promises every day, indeed, day and night. Thank you that the fruit of your seed will include your divine protection from the devilish attacks of the wicked. Thank you we can enjoy a wonderful life on earth in good health, peace, and prosperity. We love you in Jesus Christ name, amen.

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