Psalms 91 is a beautiful psalm of trust in God. More importantly, it is God – the Father’s promises to His people, that’s you, of His divine protection. It goes into so much details, amazing covering ever protection, transcending time and space, applicable even in our post-modern era. It is also one of just a few places in Scripture that describe The Lord commanding of His army or legions of  “angels” to spare no effort in your protection. God, the Father will jealously guard His people throughout their lives and protect them—sometimes from dangers they are not even aware of.

God's Promises For Your Protection

He who takes refuge in the shelter of the Most High will be safe in the shadow of the Almighty. He will say to the Eternal, “My shelter, my mighty fortress, my God, I place all my trust in You.” For He will rescue you from the snares set by your enemies who entrap you and from deadly plagues. Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers, will protect you under His great wings; His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you.

You will not dread the terrors that haunt the night or enemy arrows that fly in the day; Or the plagues that lurk in darkness or the disasters that wreak havoc at noon.

A thousand may fall on your left, ten thousand may die on your right, but these horrors won’t come near you. Only your eyes will witness the punishment that awaits the evil, but you will not suffer because of it.

God's Promises For Your Protection - Psalms 91

For you made the Eternal [your] refuge, the Most High your only home. No evil will come to you; plagues will be turned away at your door.

He will command His heavenly messengers to guard you, to keep you safe in every way. They will hold you up in their hands so that you will not crash, or fall, or even graze your foot on a stone. You will walk on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the lion and the serpent underfoot.

“Because he clings to Me in love, I will rescue him from harm; I will set him above danger. Because he has known Me by name, He will call on Me, and I will answer. I’ll be with him through hard times; I’ll rescue him and grant him honor. I’ll reward him with many good years on this earth and let him witness My salvation.”

Psalm 91 (VOICE)

 

Perfect Peace and Comfort in Evil Times - MH17

I have told you these things so that you will be whole and at peace. In this world, you will be plagued with times of trouble, but you need not fear; I have triumphed over this corrupt world order.   John 16:33 (VOICE)

People all over the world have probably already heard and being shocked by the blatant inhumanity of the Russian-backed rebel militants in Ukraine. The sad and unfortunate Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 carrying 298 people, that has crashed in eastern Ukraine, after being allegedly shot down by the militants with a surface-to-air missile.

Politically, it was no surprise that Russia is trying to claw back the currently independent Ukraine. What we are seeing is the end time prophecy slowly taking form again after the breakup of Soviet Union. This prophecy points to Russia as the northern aggressor against Israel in Ezekiel 38, the prince of Rosh.  If you draw a straight line up from Israel, you will reach the now hotly contested Crimea, eastern Ukraine and then the Russian capital, Moscow.

Perfect Peace and Comfort in Evil Times - EZEKIEL 38-39: ANCIENT PROPHET GLIMPSES MODERN WORLD!

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]   John 16:33 (AMP).

We know there are sorrows and troubles in this fallen world. You see, many people will ask where is God in all this? Why is God not doing anything? However, we know from the Bible that when God made humans, God has lovingly given the authority of the earth to Adam and Eve. However, they had gravely given their divine authority away to the devil at the fall when they disobeyed God’s instructions. This gave the devil authority to reign chaos and death on this earth; the evil times. Times now, as such.

This is not God’s doing.

But… we are not hopeless and helpless because Jesus Christ came and redeemed us; for those who believed in Him (its a jolly good time, if you are still undecided). The time will come when He will come again for us at the rapture, when He will call up His loved ones. Looking at things, its going to be soon. In the meantime, we don’t have to be fearful or anxious like the world does. In fact, all these are already being foretold in the Bible. Just be calm and courageous, better yet - be of good cheer; having faith (and good expectation) in The Lord, His goodness and covering protection.

Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Ephesians 5:16-20 (NLT)

This is how we overcome. Turn the evil days into days worship and thanksgiving. And there is a good reason for it.    For I have overcome the world. – Jesus Christ

 

Just gotten the album by Hillsong Worship – No Other Name. And wow, I am blown away; Praise The Lord! I am still stuck on repeat on song #1, This I Believe (The Creed). It’s a new album literally in form and in spirit…

Anyway, good things must share… and here it is… better still, just go get the album.

Hope and Joy in My Heart

Dear Lord, I thank You for Your favour and protection surrounding me. I thank You for Your constant rescues from the powers of the wicked. Help me to see You (The Light of the world) that shines on me, the godly – righteous by Your blood; above everything else. Your light shines on my path and lead me. I will not be overcome by fear because You are with me even in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted. Have my heart at the right place, and the wonderful gladness and joy that overflows from my spirit. And that I can praise and worship You all my life.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.   Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right. May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord and praise his holy name!   Psalm 97:10-12

In the midst of the escalating conflict between Israel and the Gaza strip; with rockets launching, people living in fear and lives lost. This video gives you a good “non-candy-coated” background. The excerpt: The Middle East conflict, the most complex problems in the world. But, in reality, it’s very simple. Israelis want to live in peace and are willing to accept a neighboring Palestinian state. And most Palestinians do not want Israel to exist. As Dennis Prager explains, this is really all you need to know. In 5 minutes, understand how Israel was founded, and how, since that auspicious day in 1948, its neighbors have tried to destroy it, again and again.

We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12 (VOICE)

Since the beginning in Genesis, the devil has been trying to wreak God’s every plan. From the fall of Adam and Eve, to the corruption of the seed of man by mating demons with humans, thus causing the flood in Noah’s time, to the slavery of the Israelites, to the attempted murder of Christ since His birth, to the martyrdom of the disciples, down to the current day conflicts and persecutions. If the devil has its way, then God’s sovereignty, His grand plan for salvation, His promise to Abraham, His assurances to the people of Israel, and the end-time prophecy will all be a joke.

True world peace will never be brokered by man, whether it’s from the UN, the US, or the EU. In fact, they are the ones pressurizing Israel to give land away in exchange for peace. The Gaza strip was pushed to be given away for self-governing. And this ushered in terrorism and extreme violent we have today. You see, they are trying to cut up and divide God’s Promised Land to Israel to resolve the problem that will not be resolved. True peace will only come when the Prince of Peace comes again; right in Jerusalem!

Christians, Messianic Jews and believers need to understand this and stand in sodality, in support and in spirit with Israel. We need to pray for God’s grace and mercy into the situation. We need to bring the gospel – the Good News of Jesus Christ, Yeshua Hamashiach back to the Middle East; which is the only way to have true and lasting peace. To bring the gospel back to the land of Abraham and to the descendants of Issac and the descendents of Ishmael.

I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this, for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them. For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead! And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too. Romans 11:13-16 (NLT)

 

Remember Who I Am in Christ

Lord Jesus, thank you for Your sacrifice that I stand righteous in God’s sight and everywhere else; now and forever. Help me to understand all the things that are true about You and always remember that You are a good God. No matter what is happening in my life, I know You will use it for good because I am Your child and nothing can change that! Teach me Your way and enable me to live the way I should, for I know that I can only find the wholeness and victory You have for me if I follow Your leading. Help me to always remember that You paid a price for me and I owe my life to You and all the undeserved privileged I enjoy as Your child. Help me live a life that is glorifying to You always.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.   Romans 5:1-2

David vs Goliath : A Modern View

I came across this fantasy themed graphical image of David and I love it. It is a modern digital rendition of David verses Goliath titled Goliath. It is probably overly dramatic but we just love being theatrical, don’t we. Instead of hero-worship of fictitious characters from comics or Hollywood, why not turn to the Bible and see some accounts of real heroes; and be as dramatic as you can imagine.

And no, I have not turned into a Cosplay fanatic.

Unfortunately, in most modern day interpretation of David vs Goliath, the world has reduced it to a story or a lesson; to mere ways the of underdogs, or about facing giants; simply a battling between the big and tiny; the art of war – stacking the odds and tactics on how to overcome a much bigger opponent. Some even ridiculously claimed such (the small defeating the larger), should be the default outcome.

Let’s get back to reality.

In the biblical account, God sent the Israelites out to conquer the Promised Land, clearing out the giants starting from Canaan (Joshua 11). And in 1 Samuel 17, the Israelites were battling the Philistines in the valley of Elah. And there was a Philistine champion warrior, a “super” giant that stands at about 9 feet 9 inches; probably a descendants of the Nephilim – when demons mated with women; even after the flood in Noah’s time (Genesis 6). He wore a bronze helmet, bronze amour and a killer weapon of a bronze javelin; The metal bronze speaks of judgment and ultimately death. Goliath is like a shadow of the modern-day Satan; the evil one who looms largely and intimidatingly around like a roaring lion, shooting unjustified judgements and looking for someone to devour.

But David’s response was great, not filled with anxiety facing the giant but focused on the Lord. The secret to David’s boldness was that he was only conscious of victory and not defeat, because he knew a God who had rescued him time and again, from the lions and the bears when he was tending his sheep on the fields. David was only aware of the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord and nothing else! This should be our stance and response to our opposition as well.

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1Samuel 17:45-46

David vs Goliath : A Modern View

From a prophetic perspective, David was also a foreshadow of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. You see, Jesus came and represented all of humanity; to go against the gigantic judgement singlehandedly. He did not take up the bronze amour of judgments but took His grace of 5 stones and took out the devil, once and for all. With the same sword of death that threatened us, He used it to cut off Goliath’s head. And by His victory, we are all victorious.

Also David took Gol-iath’s head, and brought it back to Jerusalem (v54). So it is a coincident that when Christ was crucified, it was on Gol-gotha! At the cross, Jesus Christ crushed the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15).

Now, that’s a real Hero for you.