I have a list of my passwords for all my different accounts. If one were to obtain this list, they would see that my longest and strongest password is for this blog. Everything I create is precious to me, and I take good care of it. I protect it.
God too puts a password on His most precious creations—His children. He nurtures, provides for, takes good care of, and protects those who seek Him.
Not just anyone can access a true follower. You can see them, you can know them, you can even befriend them, but you’ll never be able to walk closely with these people without the password, without agreement on which path to walk together. —How can two walk together unless they are in agreement? (Amos 3:3)
In romantic relationships as well, we are covered with a layer of protection when we follow Scripture. —Do not be unequally yoked with nonbelievers. (2 Corinthians 6:14)
Do you ever wonder why conventionally unattractive people often have the most beautiful souls? God hides precious things, and there are many different ways He does this. One of the ways is by making them invisible to a lot of the world. Sometimes it’s by making someone introverted. Sometimes it’s by unfortunate circumstances. Sometimes it’s by their physical appearance. The next time you find yourself in an unfavorable situation, and you don’t understand why, consider asking yourself if God could be hiding you, protecting you from something.
The world tells the conventionally unattractive person they are less than. Satan tries to make sure that person never unlocks his or her potential. God makes no mistakes. Your appearance, your unique gifts, your personality, your circumstances, are all made with a purpose.
I don’t know anyone who has ever heard me sing as an adult. I’m terrible, and I’m not just saying that. We all have our gifts. Beauty too is a gift, but it’s a tool Satan likes to use. Remember that.
Some people who lack conventional beauty have the potential to have one of the most beautiful spirits. Sometimes, though, they rebel. They become angry with God because they don’t look a certain way, and their potential is never unlocked.
God never promises us an easy life or even a happy life. What He does promise is peace. Peace is one of His most powerful forms of protection. When you have peace, nothing can really get to you, harm you.
The joy of the Lord is another powerful form of His protection. Those who know the Lord have joy in their hearts. The thing about joy—it’s not an emotion; it’s a state of being. It’s not fleeting nor dependent on circumstance the way happiness is. You cannot be robbed of true joy.
The Lord’s wisdom is a wonderful form of protection. The Bible tells us all we have to do is ask God for wisdom, and He will give it to us!
Wisdom fills the pages of Scripture. I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at your Bible as a shield, but it’s a very powerful form of God’s protection. It’s basically a how-to manual on how to protect yourself from the works of the enemy!
Give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)— Gratitude protects us from bitterness, envy, insecurity, worry and so many other things. Did you know it’s been found to be physiologically impossible for someone to be grateful and worry at the same time? The brain cannot comprehend how to process both thought processes simultaneously. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 protects us from fear when we are obedient.
The most powerful shield God gives to us is His love. It’s in His love we are taught how to love others as well as ourselves. It’s in love, we are able to see people differently. We are able to see the world differently. We are able to have compassion and empathy, realizing our war is not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities of the unseen world. (Ephesians 6:12)
Love is not a feeling but a choice we make. When we choose to live in love, we are protected from the works of the enemy. Love conquers all.
To love someone is to forgive them for everything they have ever done and everything they will ever do. It’s to accept them as they are. (though not necessarily agree with) Forgiveness is yet another form of protection.
With love and forgiveness comes your own freedom. This freedom protects us from hatred, wrath, anger, bitterness, and the desire to control others.
God’s protection takes many forms and each of them invite us to live our lives in the present moment, free from fear, giving thanks in all circumstances. It’s through His protection, we are reminded just how precious we really are.