GOD WILL PROTECT YOU

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5 (NIV)

Historian Stephen Ambrose says that during World War II, “The Allied bombers bristled with machine guns, in the nose, under the belly, on top, in the rear.”

He reports the workhorse of the air war was the B-17 bomber, known as the “Flying Fortress” because it carried thirteen .50 caliber machine guns.

Surprisingly, scientific testing suggested the B-17 would be safer without the guns. Without the weight of the guns and the crew members required to shoot them, the planes could fly faster and higher, increasing the chance of survival during daylight missions.

But the pilots said there was no way they were going on a mission without guns mounted on the plane. They wanted to be able to shoot back.

We make the same choice when it comes to our own battles. God tells us we don’t need the guns; we can soar higher and faster with him. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does” (2 Corinthians 10:3 NIV).

God says the weapons he will give us “have divine power to demolish strongholds,” and we no longer need to use the “weapons of the world” (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV).

But we say, “No thanks. We have to shoot back!” and defend ourselves with an arsenal of angry words, demanding attitudes, manipulative maneuvers, excessive excuses, and bombs of blame.

It takes faith to stop using these weapons of the flesh and instead take up the shield of faith” and arm ourselves with the weapons of God, starting with the bomb of love (Ephesians 6:16 NIV).

It’s the kind of faith David showed when he approached Goliath, saying, 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” (1 Samuel 17:45 NIV).

Could God’s spiritual arsenal defend you as well? “He is a shield to those who take refuge in him” (Proverbs 30:5 NIV).

Proverbs 18:10 (NASB) “The name of the LORD is a strong tower;The righteous runs into it and is safe.”

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2 responses to “GOD WILL PROTECT YOU”

  1. Roger Burns says :

    So true Pastor Anthony. I have noticed that in my life. I am far to easily drawn into waging battle on my own instead giving it over to the only one who can win the fight. I am not sure if it is just reflex or an unwillingness to give up control. Perhaps it is a little of both. Because of this blog and all that the Lord has been showing me through your unstoppable faith series I am going to make that my goal. That and listening to His voice and not quenching the holy spirit. Thanks Anthony.

  2. wattssue says :

    Yes I agree with Roger. I sure have been enjoying UNSTOPPABLE FAITH and wish it wasnt STOPPING !
    I too had come to the belief after teaching through some of Acts that it is one of the most overlooked books in the NT. Most of us get stuck on the “gifts” ( awesome) and the “maps of Pauls journeys” ( if we have had that kind of training OR stare at the maps at the back of our Bibles during the sermon.. opps.. sorry Anthony..grin)
    But every detail of Acts has spoken to me of the overwhelming PLAN God has for the forwarding of His Church in general and in our lives in particular.
    As in last weeks sermon, imagine PLANNING that Paul would not only be a “Hebrew of Hebrews of the tribe of Benjamin” as he admits, but also a ROMAN citizen, whose carefully crafted legal system allowed ONLY CITIZENS to appeal to CAESAR. That CITIZENSHIP allowed Paul to go to Rome and spend time with believers there and, as you mentioned in your sermon, to write letters that have changed the world.
    In terms of your blog, if Paul had simply turned his defenses into the NATURAL he could have done a thousand fleshly things that would have messed things up BUT because he trusted in the Lord and his plans for his life, he was able to throw himself into the hands of a FAITHFUL God and know that everything was under control. That peace allowed him to hear the Lord more clearly and obey Him with more confidence whether facing life of in death..
    Lke you said we are given WINGS to weather the storm but the LORD is to be the gunner… NOT ME.
    When He is, thanks for the reminder, no matter what happens and what his plans are for defense it is always perfectly in His plan and we can be content and safe. What a life long lesson,

    THanks Pastor A for giving us time to reflect on all of this.

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