(This teaching appeared on The 700 Club following a story about a woman named Esther Green whose car was hijacked.)
What about anthrax? What about hijackers? What about terrorists with bombs? What about the things that can happen to us? We are all now vulnerable and are targets in a sense. But God puts a shield of protection around us. We dwell in the secret place of the most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "You are my rock and fortress."
I want to show you one of the Psalms of protection, the 91st Psalm.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is one of the great affirmations of faith. No evil will befall you. And remember, that's what God said. He said, "No. N-O. No evil will befall you."
You have made the Lord your refuge.
And I think this is where you start. "Because he has set his love upon me," God says, "therefore I will deliver him." No terror by day nor terror by night, nothing will befall you if you trust the Lord.
When Esther Green's car was hijacked, a calm and a peace came upon her.
And the thing that can hurt you is panic. We begin to panic, and we have fear that can grip us. Jesus appeared constantly over and over to His people. And when he appeared, almost invariably He used the term "fear not, do not fear."
Fear is corrosive, and fear takes away your peace and presence of mind. Esther was calm, but somebody was asking for confusion. Friends and family were praying for her.
So as the enemy is attacking you, you pray to bind the enemy that is coming against you. And so you are binding, in this case, you bind the evil.
And God can do miraculous things as you take positive action. Tell Him you are setting your love upon Him. "Because he set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him."
You talk about pestilence, and arrows that fly by night and terror in the daytime and nighttime and at noon. All around the clock. Whatever it is, whether it is a wasting disease or anthrax or smallpox or terrorism or car jacking or airplane hijacking. Whatever it is! "Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him." No evil will befall you and the Lord will be your refuge.
You need to abide in the shadow of the Almighty. "Because he has
set his love upon me and therefore I will deliver him." We need
to set our love upon the Lord and ask for his deliverance. We need to
prepare for Him to give us presence of mind and wisdom. More than anything,
we should pray to bind the evil that might come upon us. Because He
says, "No evil will befall you because you have set your love on Him."
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.