No evil

gangster-539993_640Psalm 91:10: no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. (ESV)

This is a blanket cover of protection. But you need to believe and pray

Believe

You are secured on all sides, and we need to walk in that awareness. Jesus said that we have been given power to trample upon snakes and scorpions and over all the powers of the devil (Luke 10:19). We need to hear that because what scares others should not scare us.

Jesus has come that we may have abundant life, and that means cancelling out the influence of death (John 10:10).

“No evil shall befall you” is a statement that is against the grain of life’s general experiences, and the challenge is to shift in our mind while what we see has not changed, to believe the good news of freedom through Jesus, which includes the freedom from what can harm you, freedom from the power of sin and death.

Paul puts it this way: the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1).

How do we get immersed in that truth while you are being bombarded day in day out with negative news? That actually is part of the fight of faith, where we uphold the truth of the word of God regardless of what subsists the world, in the face of an hateful devil, and the memory of unsavoury past experiences. You have to fight.

When Elisha gave the word of the Lord to King Ahab that in a season of famine, (when mothers were eating their children and the king tore his cloth in helplessness) within twenty four hours, the change will come, and the difference will be as it is between night and day. Food will be as free as can be and plenty too (2Kings 6:25-7:20).

Elisha said that the siege will be lifted. It did not happen immediately, but you needed to believe immediately without seeing it so that you can experience it.

Elisha said in essence that death will be swallowed by life, darkness by light. The lot of the people will be changed, there will be mass emancipation from lack, there will be mass exodus of the people from bondage to freedom.

But the access is faith. When the servant of the king refused to believe, he cut himself off from the promise, and did not enter into rest because of unbelief, just as the whole of the nation of Israel in the wilderness did not enter into the Promised Land, the fullness of the will of God for them, because of unbelief (Numbers 13-14).

So answer a question: Whose report will you believe (Isaiah 53:1)? How will you relate to the word of God? Does God have the power to back up his word or is its fulfilment subject to the vagaries of time and outside influences? Choose.

God said that he has exalted his word above his name. The need is for us to see his word as important as it is. When we do that we go on the same wavelength with him who manifests as the Word (John 1:1-3).

When we meditate on the word of God success is guaranteed (Joshua 1:8), because the word comes with, and communicates the energy of heaven, releasing the presence, power and purpose of God on the earth and into our lives.

Fear is the entrapment of the devil, it was by pushing Adam and Eve through the gate of fear that he got them to move away from the cover of God’s provision, protection and promise.

Eve was made to be afraid of God, that he would harm them since he is hiding the truth about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil from them (Genesis 2:15-17; 3).

Embracing lies and the fear are two sides of the same coin, but the truth Jesus brings liberates us from them. He said we should not be afraid of those who can destroy the flesh and not the spirit (Matthew 10:28).

The fear laden decision of Adam and Eve shifted them from their connection with God and they died spiritually, hence evil was introduced to the world. But the end of evil was signalled as Jesus came to realign us back to the love and presence of God. Perfect love the bible says casts out fear (1John 4:18).

God told the Israel that if they will serve him, he will not allow the diseases of Egypt to come upon them (Exodus 15:26, 23:25), the enemy that comes against them in one way will run seven ways (Deuteronomy 28:7). He was going to ensure that no evil befalls them as long as they are true to him.

In Jesus, we are secure in the loving care of God. That is what Jesus taught and that is what we should believe (Matthew 6:25-34).

Pray

David said that he who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91). “Shadow of the almighty” means nearness of God by the Holy Spirit. And that is what we as Christians have access to in the place of prayer, the place of connection with God.

When Herod imprisoned Peter with the intention of killing him, the church activated this dimension of grace for him through prayer (Acts 12:1-19). They provided him with a prayer shield, and were able to thwart the plan of Herod. An angel was sent to the open the gates of the prison to him, so that no evil will befall him.

The church needed to learn aggression in the spirit. Learn that because there is a provision from God (e.g. no evil shall befall you) does not immediately translate to reality and the connection is prayer. Through prayer the church which prayed in the house of Mark’s house caused Peter to abide under the shadow of the Almighty, though captured by the enemy, and no evil befell him.

Paul banked on the prayer shield of the church to save him from imprisonment (Philippians 1:13-20). He had been imprisoned for some time, but he refused to give up trusting that as the people, he will be saved.

Peter experienced the prayer of Jesus, who told him: the enemy has requested to sieve you like wheat but I have prayed for you that you faith fails not (Luke 22:31-32).

It is instructive that Jesus, though God, did not just wish Peter would be okay, he did not just think about it, he prevented evil from affecting Peter by praying for him, giving him intercessory cover. Nothing less is expected from us. Right now, Jesus is not wishing that we are okay but he ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). If it can be an issue, it should be prayed about so that no evil shall befall you.

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