Protection in Christ

Psalms 91 is the psalm of protection.  Let’s take a look at the first few verses…

Psalms 91:1-4 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”  For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

 

I want to focus on the word “dwell” in the 1st verse…

Dwells (yashab) – to sit / sit down

*So he who sits in the heavens will be covered…

*Notice in the second verse he says, “My God in whom I trust!”

 

Now let’s go to the new testament…

Ephesians 2:4-7 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Have you been born again?  If so, you are in Christ Jesus!  So lets’s go back to Psalms 91….Knowing that you are seated with Christ in heavenly places, rest your heart, you are protected!  The work has been finished at the cross, and you are hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3).  You are still in this crazy world but you are not of it (John 17:16).

 

So what does that look like to be seated with Christ?

Ephesians 1:20-23He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Wow, your problem is beneath you!

Our position in Christ is to rest (seated at the right hand of God).  What does this mean?…Trust God just as David did (“My God in whom I trust!”).  When you are conscious of your position in Christ, your heart will be at rest (trust).  You will see the devil below you and protective Father beside you!  But he wants to get you out of this high position saying, “What are you going to do about this situation?!?!”  (the snare of the trapper – Psalms 91:3).  If you focus too long on your problem, he’s got ya.  Giving too much attention to your circumstace brings unrest to your heart (fear).  Here is the key to remember…when you rest (sitting in your heart), God works…but when you work (standing in your heart), God rests.

So when the devil comes knocking, just keep on rockin!

 

Check out this illustration from Joseph Prince…

 

Now read the remainder of Psalms 91, notice the connection with Ephesians 2 and 3, and see how protected you are in Christ!

Psalms 91 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!”  For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.  You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day; Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.  A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you.  You will only look on with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.  For you have made the Lord, my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.  No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent.  For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.  They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread upon the lion and cobra, the young lion and the serpent you will trample down (*beneath your feet).  “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.  He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.  With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.”

Thank you Jesus!

 

I heard Joseph Prince reference this in an interview with Joni Lamb about the prayer of protection.  Check out the interview below…

Who am I “in Christ”?

Check out all these verses on who we are “In Christ!”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ.

Ephesians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him in love.

Ephesians 2:6-7 – God raised us up with Christ, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 2:9-10 – For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.  And in Christ you have been brought to fullness.  He is the head over every power and authority.

Ephesians 4:19 – And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1 – Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 1:20 – For all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him, our “Amen” is spoken to the glory of God.

And a few more!…

Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

1 John 4:17 – By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

2 Peter 1:3 – His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

1 John 4:4 – You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

Colossians 1:22 – Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.


“Is this from God?”

Ever question if the thoughts going through your head, or the word someone gave you is from God???  I heard Joseph Prince say this on Joni Table Talk this morning

 

Anything that points you back to yourself is not from God.  For instance, “you should have done this…you need to change that…this happened because you did that…if you do this, God will do that”  The Holy Spirit always points you to Jesus.

 

John 16:8/10 – The Holy Spirit convicts of our righteousness from God!

We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:21)!

It’s not about what we have or haven’t done, but everything he has done!

There is no condemnation in Christ (Rom 8:1) / We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3).

 

Check out the full interview below…

 

2 Corinthians 11:3

“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

 

Led Astray (phtheiro) – to destroy / to perish / deprave / when anything is damaged in the temple

Simplicity (haplotes) – singleness / not self seeking / free from pretense and hypocrisy

 

*Note the battle is in the mind

*Anything outside of reliance on Jesus Christ…you are being led astray by the enemy.

*The Christian life is not complicated.  It is simply focusing on what Jesus has done for us on the cross (Rom 8:2), and who we are in Him!

Romans 8:11

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

 

Dwell (oikeo) – to occupy / reside (present, active, indicative)

Give Life (zoopoieo) – quicken / produce or bear life / make alive / cause to live / arouse and invigorate / increased life / restore life / new and greater powers of life / seed – germinate or growing (future, active, indicative)

 

*The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus

 

Colossians 2:6

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”

 

Just as we have accepted Christ as our savior, we must accept Him as our true self!  Soon as we said yes to Jesus, there was a change.  Our struggling self was crucified, and we were raised in Christ.  In Christ…all God’s promises are Yes and Amen (2 Cor 1:20), we are seated at the right hand of God in eternal rest (Eph 2:6), and we are blessed with every spiritual blessing from above (Eph 1:3).   It is no longer our nature to be sinful, it is our nature to be holy.  In this verse, Paul is telling us to live day by day conscious of what Jesus has done for us on the cross, knowing who we are in Christ.  As He is so are we in this world (1 John 4:17).  We are in eternal right standing with God, in Christ (2 Cor 5:21).  There is no condemnation for us, in Christ (Rom 8:1).  In Christ, the law of the Spirit of Life has set us free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2)!

 

Joseph Prince says it best in the video below!

 

Lead on the Lake

This past weekend Morgan, Melanie, Brandon, and I went to High Rock lake to meet up with some friends.  We got a late start that afternoon, so when we made it to the lake we headed straight for the island they were all hanging out at.  We found them and there was only one spot left to pull the boat up to.  Our boat has a fiberglass hull, so sandy areas are the only safe place to pull up on.  There was a few boulders around the island, but not too close to where this spot was.  As we started to pull up I had a feeling something wasn’t right.  For some reason I just thought that we were going to damage the boat if we drove all the way up shore.  Keep in mind that I have never been to this island before.  I stopped and told Brandon that I thought we should anchor up the boat about 25 feet out.  He was thinking that we would probably be fine shoring the boat.  The girls weren’t too crazy about getting wet to make it over to the island.  Our friends were telling us to come on up and not park so far out.  However, I just couldn’t let it go.  I really didn’t want to take the boat to the shore.  So we threw the anchor out away from the island, and I jumped in to tie the boat from the other end too a tree.  Soon as I got in and started walking I hit my toe on a hug rock under water, not even 10 feet from where we anchored.  It had to be just as big as I am.  I felt around the rock to see how far it stuck out of the ground, and It was less than two feet from the top of the water.  If we would have gone any further, It would have done major damage to the boat.  The more I thought about it that night, I was so amazed and thankful that the Holy Spirit protected us in this way.   This cautious feeling I had was similar to the prompting to give someone a word of encouragement, or having compassion to pray for someone; so I know it was the Spirit leading me.  How awesome is that!  Our God loves us so much, that He even wants to protect us from danger when we are out just having fun!

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“If it is true that where sin abounded grace has much more abounded, well then, ‘shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound yet further’?

First of all let me make a comment, to me a very important and vital comment. The true preaching of the gospel of salvation by grace alone always leads to the possibility of this charge being brought against it. There is no better test as to whether a man is really preaching the New Testament gospel of salvation than this, that some people might misunderstand it and misinterpret it to mean that it really amounts to this, that because you are saved by grace alone it does not matter at all what you do; you can go on sinning as much as you like because it will redound all the more to the glory of grace.

That is a very good test of gospel preaching. If my preaching and presentation of the gospel of salvation does not expose it to that misunderstanding, then it is not the gospel. Let me show you what I mean. If a man preaches justification by works, no one would ever raise this question. If a man’s preaching is, “If you want to be Christians, and if you want to go to heaven, you must stop committing sins, you must take up good works, and if you do so regularly and constantly, and do not fail to keep on at it, you will make yourselves Christians, you will reconcile yourselves to God, and you will go to heaven’. Obviously a man who preaches in that strain would never be liable to this misunderstanding. Nobody would say to such a man, “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?”, because the man’s whole emphasis is just this, that if you go on sinning, you are certain to be damned, and only if you stop sinning can you save yourselves. So that misunderstanding could never arise…

…Nobody has ever brought this charge against the Church of Rome [The Roman Catholic Chruch], but it was brought frequently against Martin Luther; indeed that was precisely what the Church of Rome said about the preaching of Martin Luther. They said, “This man who was a priest has changed the doctrine in order to justify his own marriage and his own lust”, and so on. ‘This man.’ they said, ‘Is an antinomian; and that is heresy.’ [Antinomianism is the heretical doctrine that Christians are exempt from the obligations of moral law] That is the very charge they brought against him. It was also brought against George Whitefield two hundred years ago. It is the charge that formal dead Chrsitianity–if there is such a thing–has always brought against this startling, staggering message, that God ‘justifies the ungodly’… (Rom. 4:5)

That is my comment; and it is a very important comment for preachers. I would say to all preachers: If your preaching of salvation has not been misunderstood in that way, then you had better examine your sermons again, and you had better make sure that you really are preaching the salvation that is offered in the New Testament to the ungodly, to the sinner, to those who are dead in trespasses and sins, to those who are enemies of God.There is this kind of dangerous element about the true presentation of the doctrine of salvation.”

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Prosper in Everything

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2

I have had this verse on my mind for a few months now…Notice that health and prosperity come after your soul prospers?

So how does our souls prosper?…Joseph Prince puts it best…Right thinking produces right believing. Right believing produces right living.  Right living produces right results.  Christianity is not about behavior modification but heart transformation.

We process thoughts in our minds, and once we trust those thoughts they become beliefs in our hearts. Our thoughts can be carnally influenced by our circumstances and the world around us or spiritually influenced by the Holy Spirit’s witness in and to us. The product of our day to day lives is a direct reflection of who we believe we are in our hearts.  If I believe I am an alcoholic, I will continue to drink.  Its who I am and what I do.  This is the revelation behind Proverbs 4:23.

Your heart is part spirit and part soul. God has finished his part (spirit), our part is to renew our mind (soul)…Labor to enter the rest of Jesus’s finished works.  Be Christ occupied instead of self-occupied.  Put off the old man and put on the new.  Bring your thoughts captive to Christ’s obedience.

A perfect example of this is a child and their super hero.  Their thoughts are consumed with that hero, so they start to act like that hero.  They start to dress like that hero.  They even believe they are unstoppable as they imagine themselves as that hero.  Jesus is our one and only true hero.  He will not fail you.  He has no rival.  He has no equal.  Everything you need is in Jesus.  He is enough.  Now know that you are In Him.  You were baptized into His death to be resurrected into His Life.  And Christ in you is the hope of glory!

Remind yourself of these truths every day…
“All God’s wrath towards my sins (past, present, and future) was exhausted in the body of Jesus.  Now nothing can separate me from my Father.  The Holy Spirit has baptized me into Christ.  Jesus fulfilled the impossible demand of the law on my behalf.  I am the righteousness of God in Christ.  Therefore, there is no condemnation in Christ.  I am hidden with Christ in God.  As Jesus is so am I in this world.  I am in the world but not of it.  I am highly favored, greatly blessed, and deeply loved.  There is no striving because I am complete in Him.  My soul can be at rest because of His finished work.  My only work is faith in Jesus.”

Those that receive the abundance of grace and gift of righteousness will reign in life.  As you begin to behold Jesus as your true self, the Holy Spirit will transform you into His image from glory to glory (completely healthy and whole, prospering in everything you do).  If I believe, in my heart, I am righteous, holy, and blameless (in nature – through Christ), my actions will soon follow.  If I believe I am blessed with every spiritual blessing from God (in Christ), I will prosper in all things including my health.

Trust Without Borders

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”

I am only going to fully trust and open up my heart to someone I know loves me unconditionaly…that there is no condition for seperation.  If I have any doubt in that, i will put up borders to avoid the pain of a broken heart.  But thanks be to God that perfect love casts out all fear.  The power of the gospel is in “Your sins and your lawless deeds i will remember no more.”  It is the gateway to victory.  The final sacrifice for sin through Jesus on the cross has reconciled man to God.  All God’s wrath towards man was exhausted in the body of Jesus.  We are now the righteousness of God in Christ.  Draw near (trust without borders)!  Let your soul rest in His embrace.  There is now nothing that can seperate us from the love of our Father.  Our lives are with Christ hidden in God.

Hebrews 10: 22 ” Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Holy Spirit convict me of righteousness.  Not of my own works but through faith in Jesus.  Help me to establish full trust in my heart with a conscience of Jesus and the perfect love through the forgiveness of my sins!

 

*Inspired by Oceans – Hillsong