The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the current crisis as a PANDEMIC and the coronavirus has attacked some of the world-renowned leaders all over the globe. This indicates that no one is exempt and that we all need Extreme Protection in such a time as this. In this sermon Pastor Paul Dawson helps you understand that you are the beloved of the Lord and that you dwell in safety by Him even as you live a sanctified and set apart life that pleases God. And how, God will keep you from the hour of temptation which comes upon the entire world, because you have kept the word of his patience!
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come - 2 Timothy 3:1. The current situation is going worse that no one knows what is going to happen the next minute. Safety and preservation in this world are not automatic. You need to prepare well in advance (But they knew not that evil was near them. – Judges 20:34). You need to take the necessary steps that you simply do not waste time without doing anything.
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile - 1 Peter 3:10. The word “let him” clearly indicates that God expects believers to do two things which is to
Understand and Act
Deuteronomy 33:12 - And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.
The above verse indicates the following
We shall dwell by God
God will cover us all the daylong
We shall dwell between his shoulders
No one can offer greater protection than the above-mentioned verse and this is the extreme protection guaranteed by the Lord for his ‘beloved’. The Lord offers this kind of (Z+) high level of security only for his beloved children. The beloved is prone to be attacked very much because the devil hates the beloved of the Lord. But the Lord loves his beloved because He knows how valuable His children are!
2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
The above verse is pivotal because you will find that God has chosen you from the beginning! He has chosen you to salvation! In Ephesians 1:4 – you will find that you were chosen before the foundation of the world. Now you need to meditate the fact that ‘I was in the mind of God even before the foundation of the world’.
Revelation 13:8 says – “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”, which means God finished all the work for you even before you were born in this world! And that is why Paul says ‘we are bound to give thanks to God’. The moment you start to meditate that,
You are Chosen
You are in the mind of God
God is still thinking of you
How can confusion touch me? You will see the Power of God being released!
You have been chosen from the foundation of the world Through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.
The word sanctification means…
Set apart for a scared purpose
To Flee from sin (Purification)
To impart sacredness
The beloved of the Lord does not sin (1 John 5:18) and therefore the wicked one touches him not. As a saint you need to look for sacred things and remain holy as He is holy, which enables you to dwell by him all day long. You cannot sin and expect to dwell by his shoulders all day long. God is holy (Isaiah 6:3) and if you need to dwell by Him, you too must be holy.
Revelations 3:10 - Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Amid the current crisis, you need to understand that you are the beloved of the Lord and that you dwell in safety by him even as you live a sanctified and set apart life that pleases God. And in turn, God will keep you from the hour of temptation which comes upon the entire world, because you have kept the word of his patience!