I saw these words on a newspaper stand as I was walking into a convenient store a few years ago. In bold print the question was asked, “How safe are we?” The first thing that came to my heart was that depends entirely on me. It is not just up to God whether or not I am protected. He always does His part. The question is am I doing my part? Let’s look at what we can do concerning our safety.
First we must renew our minds to what the Word says about our safety and protection. Joshua 1:9 says in the latter part of the verse that “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Deuteronomy 28:9-10 says, “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.”
Proverbs 1:23 says, “but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” Isaiah 54:13-17 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth as instrument for his work; and I have created the destroyer that destroys. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.
Renew your mind to what the Word says concerning your protection. There are more verses than we can cover right here concerning this subject so dig into the Word and find out what it says about protection.
God has given us a commandment to not be afraid. The first part of Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” In Matthew 14:22-33 Peter begins to sinks when he is afraid. It’s what you do with what you see that causes you to walk or sink. Many people say a little fear is ok. Not if God commanded us not to. Many people confuse fear with the wisdom of God. It shouldn’t be fear that tells us not to walk on the edge of a cliff, the wisdom of God should be telling you that.
Over 100 times in the Word God tells us not to fear. If we seek after the wisdom of God He will direct our steps. The safest place you can be is in the will of God. Obtaining His wisdom (renewing our mind) and refusing to fear is critical to your protection.
Being led by the Spirit is critical to your protection. How can you be led by the Spirit on the go? Sooner or later “on the go” has to stop. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Learning how to get still, and learning how to get quiet, and learning how to wait on the Lord is something one develops in. Meditation has to do with setting your thoughts upon the Lord and His things and turning your heart towards Him. Keeping your mind and your heart on Him.
If you do that for any length of time you become more aware of Him. Which makes it easy for Him to communicate with you, whatever He wants to. You may get physically still but be thinking about all kind of things. That’s not what I’m talking about. If you haven’t done it much it is a bit of a challenge to keep your mind on Him. Especially if you haven’t been very disciplined with your mind, your mind will be bouncing off the walls.
One of the toughest things you will ever do is “nothing”. You can get your body still and your mind be racing at 90mph. One characteristic of the enemy is restlessness. God doesn’t get into a rush. His patience is awesome! If you operate in the Spirit of God you operate in peace. Your not restless, your restful.
Do you know what the principle key to this thing is? It’s what you think on! Isaiah 26:3—“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.” Your mind is your mind. You can think on what you want to. If you keep your mind on Him all the time you’re going to walk in peace.
How safe are we? It depends a whole lot on our cooperation with God. You don’t have to fear drive by shootings. You don’t have to fear terrorists. You don’t have to fear biological warfare. Know what the Word says. Believe what the Word says and get as close as you can to the Holy Spirit. This is called the secret place of the Most High.