GOD’S PROTECTION OF FAMILIES

God loves and protects His own.  Look at Noah.  He, his wife, his sons and daughters-in-laws were all saved from the flood. that would cover the whole earth.  He cared so much for Noah and his family that He instructed Noah just exactly how…to build the safety device (the Ark) that would save them in the midst of the storm.

Sometimes we have to go through storms.  We are not immune in that way, but the Lord has promised that He will always be with us in the midst of the storm and always take care of us.  “I will never leave you nor forsake you” Jesus said.  “Nothing can separate us from the love of God”, not storm or trial or calamity.  Sometimes these are the things that are used to build our character and bring out the refined gold that is in us.  Sometimes we have to be refined by the fires of trials in our lives, so that the sludge can come to the surface and be skimmed off.  But!  God is always there, always watching over us, and always loves us no matter what!  “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose.”  Right?  Right!

During the Passover, God told the people of Israel to put the lamb’s blood on the door posts of their homes, so that they would be PROTECTED from the death angel.  “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”  Remember that old song!  What a great song it was.

Rahab believed in the God of the Israelites enough to put the cord out the window so that she and those in her home would be PROTECTED from the coming invading army of Israelites who would come to wipe out her town.  Thus she was spared, and she also became the line through which our dear Lord was descended from in the natural.

Jesus, Himself, was protected from Harod who wanted kill all the babies under two years of age in Bethlehem.  The angel came and told Joseph to take the mother and the young Child to Egypt and leave Bethlehem.  Then the soldiers came and killed all the young babies two years and younger.

God can protect your family too!  I am sure if you think back you can remember instances where God’s hand of protection was upon your family in some way.

My family vividly remembers the trip we took as a family to the east coast.  We were in a rental car and at a stop light.  My husband looked back in his rear view mirror and saw a car racing towards the back of us unable to stop.  I pulled down my visor and my children, Jedidiah and John, looked out the rear window at this car.  Then all of a sudden, the car stood straight up on it’s front two wheels (straight up in the air) and the car behind him came up and his hood went underneath this car not expecting it to be straight up in the air.  Then the car that was straight up in the air came back down on its rear two wheels onto the top of the hood of the car that was behind it, and then rolled off gently onto the ground.  That was God dear ones!  This miracle increased my children’s faith a hundred fold as they saw a miracle actually happen before their very own eyes, and saw the hand of God protecting them from getting killed.  We still share this story with everyone today, it was so amazing.  When we see God’s protection in one way or another, our children’s faith can grow like crazy.

We have been sealed!  GOD shut the door of the ark after the animals and people were all inside.  Noah’s family was saved (by their faith) and the people in the world SAW IT!

We too have been SEALED by believing in Jesus as our Savior and believing that the fact that He died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day.  We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of our redemption (and reclamation).  My husband calls it GRADUATION DAY when we die and go to heaven.  Christ Jesus is our ARK of safety now!  Praise the Lord!

Our flood comes from the attacks of Satan and the trials of life.

Our battle is against principalities and powers in high places, not against flesh and blood.

But we are more than CONQUERORS through Christ Jesus against all oppression.  With our lives in accord with His will, we are prepared for the battle and able to put on the full armor of God spoken of in (Ephesians 6).

The CALL:

Abraham was called to go to a city made without hands.  To forsake all that he knew.  All his livelihood, relatives, present home and friends.  He took his wife and his nephew, Lot, and ventured off in faith, following this new found God in obedience to His call.

WE have been called to a heavenly city (home).  We have been called to come out from amongst the world and be a separated people unto God.  Read John 17:13-16, II Cor 6:14-18 and Heb 7:26.

THE PROMISE:

to Israel was fulfilled after 400 years in Egypt and wandering in the desert for 40 years.

I Peter 2:9-10 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.  A people for God’s own possession that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  This means that He wants us to live joyful lives in the midst of our trials.  He desires that we shine forth in the darkness so that we can influence other who are in the world, as they see His magnificent grace towards us, His children.

Psalms 37:23-25 says, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord; and He delights in his ways.  When He falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.”  WOW!  Isn’t this a wonderful Scripture for us to hold onto for ourselves and our families?  And so is Psalm 91.

We will be rewarded for our faith!

OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE WORLD:

We come from God, are a light to the world, we put off the old nature and become part of one Body.  To live in righteousness, holiness, love, joy, peace and unity with one another.  In the midst of a world that is full of hate, division, anger, unrest, selfishness, greed and fear.

These things are the greatest gifts we can give our children.  The heritage of becoming children of the living God, and knowing Him as He is.

The world will see the difference and it can all begin with us!

THE CONDITION TO ALL OF THE ABOVE:

 The condition to all of the promises of God in the Bible is of course OBEDIENCE to the Word of God.  We cannot expect Him to protect, heal, answer our prayers, provide for us or anything else that we desire and need so desperately from Him, if we do not live a holy life, and our hearts separated unto Him, and Him alone in love and thanksgiving for all He has already done for us.  We want to honor Him with our lives and be a light to this very dark and dying world, and the only way we can do this is to draw close to Him, get into His Word and see what is required of us and how He expects us to live as Christians.  If we find there is any sin in our life and not living in accordance with the Word, confess our sin.  He will then be faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (But we have to be sure then to turn away from that sin and not go back to it again).

God is utterly, marvelously wonderful and magnificent and awesome, but there are things that He expects from us as His children, because “He has given us the power to become the sons (and daughters) of God.”  Wow this verse alone has brought so many tears to my eyes, as I ponder who we really are in Christ, and that is so incredible.  The Bible says things like, “examine yourselves to see if you be in the faith”, “come out from among them (the world and it’s thought patterns etc) and be ye holy for I am Holy”, we are to live holy, pure, undefiled lives that honor and please God and not live to please ourselves and the desires of our flesh in our thoughts, words and deeds.

If we will set our hearts and minds to truly love and live for God in obedience, THEN He will be able to open up His hand of blessing and bless you far more than you could ever imagine, because He delights in you and wants to give you the answers to your prayers.  You will then experience His miracles, see changes in your family, have your finances provided in such a wonderful way that you will fall in love with Him even more and more, as you see Him active in your lives.  Oh what wonderful things can lie ahead for us if we will only TRUST & OBEY, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.  Hard word I know, but ever so true!  This is true Christianity.

Love you all!