Protection

  1. Psalm 91 - This whole Psalm is about the protection afforded by God for those who focus on God.
    1. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
    2. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
    3. For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
    4. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
    5. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
    6. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
    7. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
    8. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place — the Most High, who is my refuge — no evil shall be allowed to befall you,  no plague come near your tent.
    9. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
    10. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
    11. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
    12. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
    13.  When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
    14.  With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation
  2. “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (2 Ti. 4:18).
  3. Proverbs 11:8: The righteous is delivered from trouble, and the wicked walks into it instead. - These two classes of people change places in the dispensations of God. The same providence often marks divine faithfulness and retributive justice. The Israelites were delivered out of the trouble of the Red Sea, but the Egyptians were drowned by it (Exodus 14:21- 28). Mordecai was rescued from the gallows, on which Haman was then hanged (Esther 5:14; 7:10). Peter was snatched from death, while his persecutors and jailers were condemned. We do not always see the same outward manifestation of God. But the love is always the same. That should make us fall in the dust and build our confidence on an unshakable foundation. - From Crossway Classics - Proverbs
  4. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” (Ps. 32:7).
  5. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).
  6. Proverbs 13:13-14: He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. - "The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death" (Proverbs 13:14). The "law of the wise" is the Word of God. Obedience to good teaching—to God's Word—saves us from many of life's snares and pitfalls. - From John Phillips Commentary Series.
  7. Psalm 18:30 - This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.Some people think that belief in God is a crutch for weak people who cannot make it on their own. God is indeed a shield to protect us when we are too weak to face certain trials by ourselves, but he does not want us to remain weak. He strengthens, protects, and guides us in order to send us back into an evil world to fight for him. Then he continues to work with us because the strongest person on earth is infinitely weaker than God and needs his help. David was not a coward; he was a mighty warrior who, even with all his armies and weapons, knew that only God could ultimately protect and save him. - From the Life Application Bible Study Notes.  
  8. “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (2 Ti. 4:18).
  9. The Lord is our shelter, our overshadowing protection from the storms of life. When tempted and lured to participate in some sinful behavior, the Lord’s presence will be with us. He will protect and deliver us. If we will flee to Him for shelter and protection, He will deliver us from the temptation. When trials strike us—distressing circumstances, hardships, or misfortunes—the Lord will protect us. If we will flee into His Being, calling out to Him, He will be a refuge for us. He will overshadow us with His presence. No matter the strain, pressure, distress, or grief, the Lord will grant His protective Spirit. - From the reading about Isaiah 4:2-6 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  10. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Ph. 4:19).
  11. “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him” (Ps. 12:5).
  12. “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Ps. 31:19).
  13. “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed” (Ps. 37:3).
  14. “But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God” (Ps. 40:17).
  15. When you feel overwhelmed and frightened by the “enemies” in your life, remember David’s song. God is your rock and your protector. He is able and willing to save you because He delights in you. - From Psalm 18 1-50 from Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible Notes by Max Lucado.
  16. When our hearts are truly steadfast, and when we are trusting in His faithfulness to fulfill His promises, we’ll not be constantly afraid that something bad is going to happen to one of our family members.  “He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord” (Psalm 112:7).  ….. Someone once said, “fear knocked, faith answered, and no one was there.”  When fear knocks let your mouth say out load: “I will not fear evil tidings; my heart is steady, trusting in You!” - From page 67 and 68 of the book "Psalm 91" by Peggy Joyce Ruth
  17. “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress” (Ps. 71:3).
  18. “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word” (Ps. 119:114).
  19. “Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me” (Ps. 143:9).
  20. When we look to God as the source of our protection and provision, the angels are constantly rendering us aid and taking charge of our affairs.  Psalm 103:20 says, “His angels, mighty in strength…. Obeying the voice of His word!”  As we proclaim God;s Word, the angels hasten to carry it out.  - From page 74 of the book "Psalm 91" by Peggy Joyce Ruth
  21. Psalm 43:1-3: God is our refuge and strength,  a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,  though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. - Verse 1 looks to God for two kinds of help, indicating that he is:(1) a stronghold into which we can flee and (2) a source of inner strength by which we can face calamities. Sometimes God shields us from what is going on around us and it can be said of us, quoting the later psalmist, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked” (Ps. 91:7–8). In such times God is our fortress.  At other times we are afflicted and do suffer. Then we find that God is our help. We are able to say, “God is my strength, my ever- present help in trouble.” God is our help even if the worst imaginable calamities should come upon us. This is what verses 2–3 are about, as the psalmist imagines the return of chaos, in which the “earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,” thus reversing the work of God on the third day of creation. Sometimes life is like that. The foundations of our established worlds are shaken, and chaos seems to have come again. - From commentary on Psalm 46:1-3 from Boise Expositional Commentary Series - Psalms.
  22. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Co. 12:9).
  23. The righteous, the person who obeys God’s Holy Word and commandments, is in God’s hands, under His care. The wise stand in contrast to the foolish. The person who pursues folly and madness, who makes poor choices is not in God’s hands or under His care. But the wise, the person who sees life from God’s perspective and walks accordingly, is in God’s hands and under His care.
    To be in God’s hands and under His care simply means that God looks after and takes care of the person who lives righteously and wisely. If any of us place our lives in God’s hands, He will take care of us. This is God’s wonderful promise:

    “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt. 6:33).
    “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Lu. 12:7).
    “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Pe. 5:7).
    “But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God” (Ps. 40:17).
    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Is. 41:10).
    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 9:1a in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  24. Psalm 5:11-12: But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.  For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield. - To trust in God means to trust in the One who is faithful and true. In Him there is no deception, only security and stability. Those who trust in the Lord are to shout for joy because they are defended (literally, “covered”) by the living God. It is He who protects them from their enemies’ deception. ….. True joy comes from God’s faithfulness and God’s protection, all summed up in God’s name. That name reveals the character of God, the nature of God and personhood of God. To call upon His name in prayer is to actualize His presence, and to be in His presence is joy itself. Here love is fulfilled before the beloved. …. Like a “shield” of protection, the “favor” of the Lord will “surround” those who trust in Him. Blessing and “favor” are for those who love the name of the Lord. …. It is only before the one true God, in submission to Him and in worship, that we will find the truth and be defended from the deception of Satan and his apostles of death. It is God who by His Spirit crushes the lies about us, establishing us steadfastly in Himself. Since God is reality, He makes us real. This is the favor which surrounds us “as with a shield.  - Excerpts from “The Preacher’s Commentary Series , Volumes 1-35, Genesis - Revelation by Stuart Briscoe.
  25. “In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge” (Pr. 14:26).
  26. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Pr. 18:10).
  27. “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” (Is. 25:4).
  28. David sought refuge in God (v. 11) because he was confident that the Lord would “cover him with favor as with a shield” (v. 12). This truth of God’s covering those who take refuge in him is ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Through his death and resurrection, those who trust in Christ are covered with the favor and the very righteousness of God. No one can bring any charge against such a one (Rom. 8:33).  - From Gospel Transformational Bible Notes by Crossway Publisheer.
  29. “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of” (Ge. 28:15).
  30. It is worthwhile to notice, in passing, that a single man of God, yielded to God, can become so important in the invisible warfare that the earthly enemy king finds it worthwhile to send an army against him, and that, in the spiritual realm, a great number of fallen angels will be deployed by the prince of this world, in order to frustrate the plan of God. …
    The answer of Elisha is a verse of very great importance to us in our study.  “Fear not,” said Elisha, “for they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (verse 16). “They,” “us,” “they,” and “them,” are the four words that line up all of the forces, earthly and supernatural and calculate the extent of the powers that oppose each other in the field of battle. … 
    Ordinarily the human eye cannot see the spiritual forces that are arrayed in the invisible realm.  the eye of faith can look into the Word of God and know the truth of the power of the Lord we serve, and can be sure that nothing can ever touch us unless it has passed through the will of God.  We can be sure that though there may be wisdom on the other side, omniscience is on our side alone.  We may be sure that though we find the enemy to be potent, we can find that our God alone is omnipotent.  We deal with the only Being in the universe who has never made a mistake, who has never been astonished, who has never been caught at a disadvantage, who has never been surprised at a superior force or stratagem.
    - from page 134 from the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  31. Nothing can overcome the all-surpassing love of our beloved Bridegroom for us. We can rest secure in the assurance of His unconditional and unconquerable love: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ro. 8:31-39). - From Thought 3 (2) from the reading about Song of Solomon 1:8-10 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  32. "fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10
  33. Two of the great promises of God are that of His protection and provision. If we are believers who truly follow the Lord, He promises to protect and deliver us when any enemy attacks or oppresses us. Although God does not always deliver us from difficult circumstances, He will always deliver us through them. No matter what trial, hardship, temptation, or adversary confronts us, the Lord will protect us and give us whatever provision we need to overcome the difficult circumstance.
    If we genuinely trust the Lord, obey His commandments, and live righteously, the Lord promises to deliver us through…
    • financial difficulties
    • unemployment
    • family divisions
    • business problems
    • emotional difficulties
    • sorrow
    • disease
    • hunger
    • thirst
    The Lord will even deliver us from ever having to taste or experience death. When the moment of our departure comes, quicker than the eye can blink, the Lord will transfer us from this world into heaven. One moment we will be in this world, and the next we will be in the very presence of God. 
    - From the Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 41:8 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  34. “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” (Ex. 14:14).
  35. We on this side of the cross have something far greater that Elisha ever had.  Thre is that which transcends sighted vision of invisible things.  The Lord told His own disciples that the Holy Spirit dwelt with them, but that the day would come when He would dwell in them (john14:17).  Having a member of the Godhead come to take up His abode within us puts us on a spiritual plane above which was known to men of the Old Testament….And we have the word of our Lord that the least and lowliest from the time of the coming of the Holy Spirit to dwell within, would be considered in God’s sight, greater than John the Baptist because of the presence of the Holy Spirit within.
    It is in the light of this great fact that the New Testament writer lines up the invisible forces to show us the fullness of the supply that is available to us.  “Ye are of God, little children,” the believers are told, “and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).  Let us remember this when we face difficulty or feel that the forces that are against us are more than we can meet.…

    Still more it is our privilege to fly the flag of joy in or lives every day, as the flag is displayed in a kingdom on whatever castle or alace the king is using at the moment, for we have not merely angels with us, but the King of kings, Himself, is in residence.  from pages 135 & 136 of the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  36. The Lord is our overshadowing protection. He will shelter us in His presence.
    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Mt. 23:37).
    “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast” (Ps. 57:1).
    “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” (Is. 25:4).
    “And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people” (Is. 51:16). 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 4:2-6 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  37. In admitting that there was a hedge about Job, Satan admits that he has tried to reach Job and has failed repeatedly.  He reveals that he hates upright men and that he would strike through to the believer if he could, but that he cannot because of the protective love of God that overshadows all of those who have put their trust in His saving grace…
    His arm is long enough but God intervenes. He would pierce us with his fiery darts, but God is our shield and our buckler, our strong defense and our high tower...
    How safe we are!  It is because of this principal that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).  
    - from page 144 from the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  38. The Lord is our shelter, our hiding place.
    “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (Ps. 17:8).
    “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Ps. 27:5).
    “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Ps. 31:20).
    “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah” (Ps. 32:7).
    “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity” (Ps. 64:2).
    “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word” (Ps. 119:114).
    “Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me” (Ps. 143:9). 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 4:2-6 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  39. What comfort there is for the believer when the attacks that arise against him in his life, his family, his business, and his other associations, to know that God sees the end from the beginning and is allowing it for His own glory and the believer’s good!  Satan can do what he pleases with those who are not of the family of God, but God’s own may not be touched without permission.  Those who are outside the faith are taken by the devil at his will ( II Timothy 2:26).
    There has gone forth from the throne of God a decree which forbids our enemy to move against us in any way that is outside the plan of the Father.  How safe we are! No weapon that is formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). 
    - from page 146 from the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  40. The Lord is our refuge.
    “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them” (De. 33:27).
    “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Ps. 27:5).
    “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Ps. 31:20).
    “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress” (Ps. 71:3).
    “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Pr. 18:10).
    “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” (Is. 25:4). 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 4:2-6 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  41. We must be confident in the glorious promises of Ps. 91:  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation (Ps. 91).
  42. Let us be watchful that when such battles come to those near us that we may be quick to comprehend what is happening in the lives of our loved ones, lest we be like Job;s wife, and when the battle swirls within our own being, let us remember that our Lord will never permit that we may be tested above that we are able but will with the testing make a way of escape that we may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13). - from page 154 from the book Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  43. “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him” (Ps. 12:5).
  44. When enemies threaten God’s people, they we can be delivered by God’s mercy. God is by nature compassionate and caring, so when intimidating or frightening situations confront any of His people, He wants to deliver them. But He cannot act in their behalf unless they trust Him.  - From the reading about Isaiah 7:1-9 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  45. “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (2 Ti. 4:18).
  46. God is merciful. Therefore when enemies attack us, God wants to have mercy upon us and deliver us. When His mercy is showered upon us, we will be delivered from the threat of enemies. But if His mercy is withheld, we are left on our own, without His help. His supernatural power and His deliverance will not be available. His mercy will be withheld.
    What determines whether or not God’s mercy is poured out upon us? What is it that determines whether or not God delivers us? It is our faith, our believing and trusting Him to deliver us. When enemies attack us, if we will call out to the Lord for mercy, He will deliver us. God will pour out His compassion upon us.
      ⇒ If an enemy dislikes, ridicules, mocks, hates, opposes, degrades, or does evil things against us, God will have mercy and deliver us.
      ⇒ If accidents, diseases, financial difficulties, unemployment, divorce, the death of a loved one, or a host of other hardships or misfortunes attack us, God will have mercy and deliver us.
    No matter who or what the enemy is that threatens us, God longs to have mercy upon us. He longs to deliver us. This is the promise of His Holy Word:

    As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life” (Lu. 1:70-75).
    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Tit. 3:5-7). 
    - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 7:1-9 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  47. When enemies attack us, we have the most wonderful promise. The Lord’s presence will deliver us. If we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior and walk in His righteousness, we can call upon Him for deliverance. And He will deliver us. No matter how fierce the enemy attack may be, the Lord Jesus Christ has the power to rescue us. He can empower us to walk through the most terrifying danger, the power to conquer and overcome any enemy. A victorious life—triumphing over all enemies—is the promise given us through Jesus Christ.
    “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:20).
    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Mt. 28:19-20).
    “Let your conversation [behavior, conduct] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (He. 13:5-6).
    “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of” (Ge. 28:15).
    “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (Ex. 33:14).
    “When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (De. 20:1).
    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him” (Ps. 28:7).
    - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 7:10 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  48. “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Is. 43:1-2).
  49. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Is. 41:10).
  50. Isaiah (and true believers) must fear only the Lord of hosts (v. 15). Isaiah was to remember that the Lord is the Holy One, the One who is high and exalted above the universe, including all governments and rulers. Therefore, He was the One to be feared, not the earthly leaders who were secretly laying plots against God’s prophet. The Lord would be a sanctuary, a refuge for believers. For any believer who fled to the Lord in times of trouble, the Lord would provide a protective shelter for him. And He would be a rock, a trap for unbelievers. Upon Him, unbelievers would stumble, fall, and be snared like captured animals.  - From the reading about Isaiah 8:11-22 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  51. “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Ps. 34:7).
  52. “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler” (Ps. 91:4).
  53. “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever” (Ps. 125:2).
  54. The Messiah will deliver all who are under the yoke of bondage or oppression (v. 4). Just as God gave Gideon victory over the Midianites, so He will give victory to any who trust Him. No matter what the bondage is that enslaves a person, the Lord will infuse the person with enough power to overcome it. And if enslavement is being forced upon a believer by others, the Lord will give the power to endure the suffering being inflicted upon him. Even if the believer is being oppressed to the point of death, the believer will be given the power to conquer death. Quicker than the eye can blink, the believer will be escorted into the very presence of the Lord Himself. Isaiah was proclaiming that the Messiah will set the people free from the enslavement being forced upon them by their enemies. The Messiah will have the power to break any oppression or bondage weighing His people down. He will deliver those who put their trust in Him, breaking the yokes, bars, or chains of those who persecute His people.
    “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Co. 10:13).
    “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (2 Ti. 4:18).
    “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Pe. 2:9).
    “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence” (Ps. 91:3).
     - From the reading about Isaiah 9:6-7 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide 
  55. When Christ returns to earth, He will meet every need in the world. No person will lack anything. All needs will be met. But what about today? How about the needs that confront us now? Needs such as…
    • sufficient finances
    • gainful employment
    • training or skills to secure adequate employment
    • food, clothing, and housing
    • adequate heat and shelter during extreme weather
    An endless number of needs exist among people today. What can the Messiah, Christ our Lord, do to help meet these needs now? He gives us the most wonderful promise: if we will seek God and His kingdom first, He will help us meet our needs. If we will believe in Christ, turn our lives over to Him, and obey His Holy Word, He promises to provide us with the basic necessities of life. He will make sure we have food, clothing, and housing. This does not mean that we are to sit around lazily waiting for God to meet these needs. To the contrary, the Lord teaches that we are to work diligently at our jobs and be faithful in all our tasks. When we are faithful, He makes sure that our basic needs are met. If by chance we are unemployed but diligently trying to find jobs to provide for our families, He will provide for us—if we are genuine believers. The Lord must provide if we are faithful, for if He did not, He would be untrue to His Word. But we can rest assured that the Lord is not a deceiver. He never lies. He always fulfills His promises. If we are genuinely trusting Him and doing all we can to meet our needs, He will provide for us. This is the wonderful promise of His Word:
    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt. 6:33).
    “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mk. 9:23).
    “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (Jn. 6:35).
    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Ro. 8:28).
    - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 23:13-18 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  56. Concern for the oppressed has always filled God’s heart. His plan for the world includes the protection of His people and everyone who is poor and needy. Down through history, God has been a refuge and shelter for all who call upon Him for help.
    The powerful of this world have always oppressed God’s people as well as the poor and needy. Isaiah compared their oppressive acts to the pelting rain of a storm driving against a wall and to the burning heat beating down upon the desert. God is planning a final, victorious day of deliverance for all the persecuted of this earth. Before that day comes, however, the Lord will strengthen and empower His people to endure the oppression of the ruthless. Throughout all of history believers have fled to the Lord as a refuge and shelter from such tyranny, and the Lord strengthened them. They were able to walk through the sufferings of the storm and the burning heat of persecution.
    But the day is coming when the Messiah will establish His kingdom on earth. When He does, God will silence the roar of the ruthless forever and punish them for their wicked acts. Once they are removed from the earth, God’s people will experience His perfect protection. In that day, the perfect refuge and shelter of God’s presence will be the continued, unbroken experience of every believer.
    The Lord is our hiding place from the stormy, fiery trials of this world.
    “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them” (De. 33:27).
    “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (Ps. 17:8).
    “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Ps. 27:5).
    “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Ps. 31:20). 
    - From the reading from Isaiah 25:4-5 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  57. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 Jn. 5:4-5).
  58. God promises to strengthen His people in times of oppression.
    “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Co. 9:8).
    “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (Ep. 3:16).
    “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Ph. 2:13).
    “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Ph. 4:13).
    “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Ti. 1:12).
    “For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me” (2 S. 22:40).
    “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Is. 40:31).
    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Is. 41:10). 
    - From the reading from Isaiah 26:12-15 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  59. God looks after and cares for His people. Day by day, He keeps an eye on every person who truly follows Him. As He watches over us, He knows every trial, temptation, and misfortune that confronts us. Like a shepherd, He reaches out to us in care and concern, and He provides whatever we need to live fruitful and victorious lives.
    “(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt. 6:32-33).
    “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Lu. 12:7). 

    “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (2 Ti. 4:18).
    “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Pe. 5:7). 
    “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of” (Ge. 28:15).“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall
    say, Destroy them” (De. 33:27).
    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Is. 41:10).

    “And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar [gray] hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you” (Is. 46:4). - From the reading from Isaiah 27:2-13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  60. The Lord is going to deliver us from all our enemies, from all who oppress and persecute us. Note the word from. The day is coming when all enemies will be removed from the earth, doomed to hell because of their defiance of God and their persecution of believers. Deliverance from all ruthless oppressors and persecutors is coming. This is the wonderful promise of God, the promise of a perfect world in which there will be no oppression, persecution, or ruthless behavior of any kind.
    Yet the Lord gives us an equally wonderful promise of deliverance today. When people become our enemies and assail us because of our faith, the Lord promises to deliver us through the attack. Note the word through. It may be the Lord’s will for us to suffer through ridicule, persecution, hostility, abuse, or assault. But the Lord will be with us and strengthen us through whatever attack the enemy unleashes against us. Even if we are robbed of life by some cruel enemy, quicker than the eye can blink the Lord will snatch us right into His presence. God will always deliver us through the attacks of all ruthless foes. 
    “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Pe. 2:9).
    “And he said, The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer” (2 S. 22:2).
    “He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven [the complete number] there shall no evil touch thee” (Jb. 5:19).
    “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence” (Ps. 91:3).
     - From the “Thought 1” reading from Isaiah 29:5-8 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  61. Peace and protection are two of the great promises the Lord gives to righteous believers.
    “But there shall not an hair of your head perish” (Lu. 21:18)..
    “But there shall not an hair of your head perish” (Lu. 21:18).
    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jn. 14:27).
    “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).
    “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet” (1 Co. 15:24-25).
    “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Ph. 4:6-7).
    “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever” (Ps. 125:2). 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 33:20-21 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide