Sunday, June 17, 2012

How to Enjoy His Hedge Around Us

Satan challenged God concerning Job saying, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” (Job 1:10). We can and must build a protection around us, our families, our possessions, etc. James 4:7-8 say’s "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." Peter reminds us that Satan is after Christians, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour" (I Peter 5:8). 

So how do we build a Hedge around us? I would suggest six ways:

I. Realize God Has Given Us Angels For Protection
Read Daniel 10, Acts 12, Acts 27. The Psalmist said, "The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them" (Psalm 34:7). "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways" (Psalms 91:11)."But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:13-14)? "Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared"  (Exodus 23:20). Both Old Testament and New Testament declare that there is such a thing as "guarding angels."

II. Fervent, Earnest, Intercessory Prayer 
"And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually" (Job 1:5)" "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way" (I Samuel 12:23). 

III. The Word of God
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11). "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). "And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when you sit in thine house, and when thou walks by the way, and when thou lie down, and when thou rises up. And you shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shalt write them upon the posts of your house, and on your gates" (Deuteronomy 6:5-9).

When weak (1 Corinthians 10:13; Phil. 4:13). 
When afraid (II Tim. 1:7; Psalm 56:3; Psalm 50:15; Proverbs 3:24-26). 
Battling with Satan (James 4:7-8; I John 4:4). 
Needs (Phil. 4:19; Psalm 37:23-28). 
When worry strikes (Matt. 11:28-30; I Peter 5:7; Phil. 4:6-7). 
Enemies (Romans 8:31). 
Problems (Romans 8:28; II Corinthians 2:14).

IV. Build a Hedge Between You and All Evil
"Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thes 5:22). "Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper" (Psalms 1:1-3).

V. Stay Under Your God-given Earthly Authority.
"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you" (Hebrews 13:17). "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God" (1 Corinthians 11:3). "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou may live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:1-3).

VI. The Name and Work of Jesus Christ
"And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:17,19). "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 12:11). "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe (Proverbs 18:10). "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive" (Mat. 21:22). 

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