In Part I, I said that unless you have committed your ways to the Lord, He’s under no obligation to protect you.
2 Timothy 1:12b (KJV) 12 … I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Even so, God does provide for the heathen, otherwise, they would all perish without getting saved. That’s all part of His grace in the earth.
Matthew 5:45b (KJV) 45 … for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Getting back to our topic of why bad things happen, let me reiterate that God gave Adam and Eve dominion over this earth and they were supposed to subdue it the same way God does things—with their words. They were made in the image of God, Who brought all things into existence with His Words. And that’s what they were supposed to do.
Fast forward and we see that according to Jesus, we are supposed to take dominion over the circumstances of life with our words. In fact, you are, today, the product of the words you have spoken throughout your life: fear, doubt, anxiety, unbelief or faith, hope, love, joy, truth, etc.
Romans 10:9-10 is not only true for salvation, but your very life. What you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth is what you get.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Ephesians 3:20 (KJV) 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
In Ephesians 3:20, we see that God works according to the power that works in us. No power in us, no working of God’s power. So, how do we get the power in us? By getting born-again and filled with His Holy Spirit and getting the Word in you. There’s power in God’s Word because God’s faith is in His Word. He and His Word are One. The more Word, the more faith, the more power! Yes, many are compliant in that area but the power is still not working—why?
Let’s look at Philemon 6:
Philemon 1:6 (KJV) 6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
God’s power doesn’t work automatically but according to what we believe. We have to acknowledge that His power is in us and able to cause manifestation in our lives. Many people won’t believe that, let alone confess that the power of God is in them to enable them to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out evil spirits.
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Now let’s look at another scripture:
1 Peter 1:5a (KJV) 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith …
Everything goes back to faith—do you believe or not? And just for the record, believing is not with your head, it’s with your heart. You don’t have faith in your head, you have faith in your heart. It’s always a heart issue with God. Believing in your head is mental assent. Believing in your heart is where the power is.
So, tying it altogether, we see that since God has already done His part by giving us His promises, it remains for us to do our part and that is to walk by faith and not by sight and trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not lean to our own understanding. But above all, to commit ourselves to Him in everything. That way we stay under the umbrella of His protection.
There’s one more thing I want to mention: the blessing of the tither. In Malachi 3:10-11, we see that God rebukes the devourer—the devil—for the tither. It’s called Tither’s Rights. But, you have to believe it in order to partake of the promise. This will keep you in good stead.
We have to fully commit to following the Lord: studying His Word, walking in His Word, and doing His word. We can’t be hearers only and expect the blessings to fall on us like ripe cherries off a tree. Surely we’re smarter than that!
Christianity is not a religion—it’s a relationship with Almighty God through His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. And if your commitment is anything less than wholehearted, you’re in for torment and heartache.
The devil is out to rob, kill, and destroy and he doesn’t care whether you’re saved or not. He’s out to rob your faith so that you have no protection from God. His protection is like an umbrella. If you stay under the umbrella of His Word, you’ll be protected. But outside the umbrella is the curse and the curse respects no one! The only protection is faith in God and His word which puts an invisible shield of protection around you.
Remember the Israelites in the land of Goshen? The plagues stopped at God’s invisible shield, thus protecting the Israelites. The Egyptians were not so fortunate. The plagues attacked and devastated them.
God’s heart is to protect us but if we get out from under His umbrella, His hands are tied. The curse is running rampant and will continue ‘til Jesus comes back.
So, what do we do? Commit your all in all to God. Actually make Jesus the Lord of your life, not just your Savior. Grow in faith in God’s Word and watch great things happen in your life!
2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Malachi 3:10-11 (KJV) 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
John 10:10 (KJV) 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.