He is Our Protector
"Are you ever worried about your safety?” is a question we hear a lot and one that we love to answer. All throughout the Bible we see the Lord telling His children not to fear and to trust in His power and protection. In this message we are going to look at some of those scriptures and see why fear is used as a scheme of the enemy to keep us from living a confident and abundant life in Him and for Him. We will also look at ways in which we as children of God can fight fear with faith.
Fear is what the enemy uses to keep one stagnant and paralyzed. For example, if you were to let the fear of getting in a car accident rule your life then you would probably never drive a car and therefore have to stay home a lot or avoid driving altogether. That fear has affected your life tremendously because you now can only do things inside your home or within walking distance. Same goes with missions. If we let fear keep us from going to a remote jungle tribe or to a dangerous war zone, then we are letting the enemy win because if we do not go, then who will hear the Word of God and believe in their hearts? In Ephesians 6: 16, 17 it says,
"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
The only offensive part of the armor of God is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We must know what God says in scripture about victory, triumph, and protection for a child of God. With those scriptures available to us, we take them in, declare them, and hold them up as a shield of faith to extinguish all the shots fired from the enemy. We must use His Word as a weapon against the enemy and let truth sink into our hearts and reign in our minds. With the Word of God and Faith we can truly walk in boldness, victory, and complete confidence in God's protection. Think about it simply. If Father God sent His one and only Son to this earth to bear the weight of all your sin not only to give you eternal life but also so He can have you reconciled back to Him in a face-to-face relationship, do you think He would let you perish? Do you think He would want you to stay stagnant and never go out and tell people about His Son's death and the life that is available in Him? This scripture from John 10:29 says it perfectly,
"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand."
This is directly from Jesus' mouth. He is your Shepherd and looks after you; He will protect you and guide you. He loves faith. He loves it when we depend on Him and trust His Word. He has equipped us with so many gifts and tools such as His Holy Spirit, Prayer, and the Word of God. In 1 John 4:18 it says, "Perfect love casts out fear..." Let us look to the perfect love that is in Christ Jesus and let it mold our minds and hearts on "fear". The same love that rescued the earth and the same power that conquered the grave lives in you! How can we hold that in? How can we let the enemy keep us from giving that love and power away? How can we fear? The Almighty God of the universe is constantly watching and caring for us, His sheep. We must believe that and walk in these truths that are found in the Bible.
Throughout the past 15 years of ministry we have seen the Lord’s mighty hand protect and save us from many dangerous events. From being stalked by lions in Africa to being stuck in a blizzard in the Gobi desert, the Lord has always protected and delivered us from harm so that His message may go forth. We still walk in that confidence and security today as we take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Listed below are just some of the many scriptures found in the Bible about the Lord's protection, deliverance, and power. We pray that His Word would transform your mind and heart to form a radical trust and unwavering faith in Him. For what can we say if we did not go? Who will tell them about the grace and life in Him? May we always trust Him and go forth with confidence and power.
"Since we have such great hope, we speak boldly." (2 Corinthians 12:3)
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2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
No weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Romans 8:31, 32
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
He is my God, and I trust Him.
For He will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
1 John 4:4
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
2 Timothy 4:18
The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 John 5:18
...the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.
Matthew 10:29, 30
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
Cast your cares on the Lord
and He will sustain you;
He will never let
the righteous be shaken.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him,
for He shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
and He delivers them.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
2 Samuel 22:3, 4
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.
He is my refuge, my Savior,
the One who saves me from violence.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and He saved me from my enemies
As for God, His way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”