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If there was ever a generation where people needed to know how to enter into God's protection and stay there, it's this generation.

We face harm and harassment at every turn. People drive down the street shooting guns through the walls of houses. Wars and rumors of wars are commonplace news. There's the drug war. There's violence in South America and the African nations. Then there's the Middle East. It's literally all over the globe, staring us in the face.

Most people react to the danger in one of two ways. They either get calloused to it and ignore it...or they simply wring their hands and moan, "Dear God, help us." But neither one of those ways will get us through. Ignoring the problems won't make them go away and, frankly, neither will our helpless cries of despair.

We have to deal with the dangers around us. Whether it feels good or not. Whether it looks pretty or not. We have a part to play in them.

Jesus Himself knew we were going to have to face times like these. He warned us about them in Matthew 24. There He said: "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled."

See that ye be not troubled. That's what Jesus said we should do when we go through dangerous times. When we hear of wars and rumors of war, we're not to let it cripple our faith and throw us into anxiety. We're to refuse to let that trouble enter into our hearts.

We're also to guard against deception. "Take heed," Jesus said, "that no man deceive you." You know, these days everyone has something to say about what's happening. The news media. The politicians. Your next-door neighbor. Everybody! Even though those people don't intend to deceive you, they're looking at things through the world's eyes instead of through the eyes of the Word of God.

If you'll let him, Satan will use them to fill your mind with worries. He'll use the media to bring to you all the terrors of war. To show you every kind of horrible thing you can think of. Why? To stir up hate and fear inside you. To deceive you into abandoning your faith and letting fear fill your heart.

But you can guard against that by taking heed! By paying attention to what God is saying instead of what the world is saying. By concentrating on Him, looking at things through His eyes.

That means, whether you're the one who's facing danger or the one at home praying for a loved one who's facing it - you have to lock into God's Word and stay there. It doesn't matter what's on television. It doesn't matter what's in the newspapers. Your future isn't based on that. Your future will be determined by your faith in God's Word.

But I'll tell you right up front, it takes real commitment to keep your attention on that Word when violence is breaking out all around you because that violence is specifically designed by the devil to distract you from it.

Whenever God pours out His best, in a mighty display of power, people get healed and saved and delivered and encouraged and set free from the bondages that have held them. We call that outpouring "revival" and when it comes, Satan tries to counter it by pouring out his "best." His best takes the form of relentless destruction, maiming, crippling disease, and death. In its ultimate manifestation, we call that "war."

All through history, and particularly during this century, the revival of God has paralleled war. We've seen mighty outpourings of God during this twentieth century, and at the same time, we've also seen mankind's most terrible wars.

Those wars have actually been Satan's specific attempt to sidetrack us, to take our attention off the outpouring of God and center us up on war instead. It's a diversionary tactic whose sole purpose is to stop the move of God.

How do we keep from falling prey to it? How do we keep from falling into the fear and deception Jesus warned us about?

Settle the Victory in Your Heart
First of all, we have to come to the complete and absolute decision that we are the victors. The victory is ours and the battle is the Lord's. We must settle that within ourselves.

It's imperative that we do whatever we have to do to get that into our spirits. We must stay in the Word; take communion every thirty minutes if necessary; fellowship with the Lord until confidence in Him rises up within us and chases out every thought of failure and defeat. Not only for us as individuals, but for us as a nation.

Let me tell you something. After Jesus defeated the devil and left the earth, the Bible says He sat down on the right hand of the Father. He sat down expecting all His enemies to be made His footstool (Acts 2:34-35). Do you understand what that means?

It means Jesus is not standing up wringing His hands. He's seated, confident in His victory. So you and I need to start acting that way too. We need to talk and act like Jesus has actually taken authority over the devil and his bunch. We shouldn't go around crying and acting like He never went to the cross. We shouldn't scream and carry on and wait for somebody to come get the devil off us.

No! We need to act as though Jesus has already won. As far as He's concerned, it's done. So we need to learn to act as though it's done as far as we're concerned too.

We need to say, "Thank You, Lord! Praise You, Jesus!" and tell the devil, "You take your dirty hands off me and my loved ones. Don't you realize that Jesus is seated on the right hand of the Father?"

Remember this: You don't look up at the devil, you look down at him. He's under your feet!

Is it possible to have that kind of confidence in the midst of the kinds of threats we're facing right now? Yes! The Word of God says so. In Psalm 112, it says that the man who fears the Lord and delights greatly in His commandments "shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies."

That kind of person is locked in. He's sure that the victory is his. Once you have that kind of assurance, nothing - not even wars and rumors of wars - will be able to move you.

Speak Out Your Deliverance
The second thing we need to do to keep from falling into Satan's trap is to speak out loud about the deliverance of the Lord. Psalm 91 says, "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver me...."

Notice that scripture doesn't say, "He will deliver me and then I'll go everywhere telling about it." No, it says, I'll say it and then, in response to what I've said, He will deliver me.

That's not just some super-spiritual idea either. It works. I know one soldier who, during World War II, survived a bombing raid by huddling underneath a bunk bed shouting out Psalm 91. By the time that raid was over, the bombs had destroyed the building he was in and everything in it, except that one little bed sitting right out in the middle of the room.

I have a close friend who did that same thing all through the time he fought in Vietnam. He was in hard infantry with guys falling around him left and right. But all the time, day and night, he held onto that 91st Psalm, saying right out loud, "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee" (Ps. 91:7).

For two years he fought in the worst places with unbelievable danger all around him. But he was protected. He said of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress. He is my God, in Him will I trust. Surely, He shall deliver me!"

You can do the same thing those soldiers did. Take hold of that 91st Psalm. Say it to yourself so often that you absolutely know it by heart. Just go around muttering it again and again.

Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. When you speak the Word of God to yourself, your spirit hears it, and the more you hear it, the more your faith grows. So, keep on speaking God's Word of protection and eventually your faith in that protection will become so strong nothing will be able to shake it.

God's Word contains the most powerful promises of protection on the face of the earth and it carries within itself the power to fulfill those promises, yet it won't do a thing in your life about protecting you until you make it the foundation of your faith.

Some people are afraid if they turned off the TV and buried their nose in the Bible, they'd be caught off guard by world events and they'd be unequipped to handle them. But the truth is, they'd be more equipped to handle them than ever before.

You see, the primary battles aren't taking place here on the earth where you can see them and hear them. They're taking place in the heavenlies. They're spiritual battles and you can't fight spiritual battles from a natural perspective. You have to get God's perspective. You have to put the spirit realm first.

What's more, the Bible says when you fight in the spirit realm, you don't fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places - and the weapon you use to fight with is the Word. Ephesians 6 calls it the "sword of the Spirit" and it will fight the fight if you'll put it out there.

Follow the Rules of Faith
The third thing that will help you avoid the dangers the devil is trying to lure you into is this: Follow the rules of faith. In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 the Holy Spirit instructs us to offer "first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks...for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority." That means we're to pray not only for the good guys, but for the bad guys too.

If we're going to successfully fight this fight of faith, we're going to have to obey God's guidelines. We can't jump up and start ranting and raving about what a maniac somebody is.

Pay attention now. I don't care what dictator is doing what, keep your mouth shut and quit speaking out against him. Don't sing ugly songs about him or make up stupid jokes.

Do what Proverbs 4 says and protect your heart against foolishness like that "with all diligence." I don't care how you feel about it. I don't care if your flesh rears up and gets mad. Put it back down and fight that battle in the heavenlies. Fight it with prayer and the Word and keep your faith strong by guarding yourself against hate.

Hate will cripple your faith. It will cripple the power of God in you and you'll lose the spiritual ability to do what's necessary to protect the lives of those who depend on your faith.

That same thing holds true when you're actually the one doing the fighting. It doesn't matter whether you're in the cockpit of a fighter plane or in a foxhole, with a rifle in your hand or engaged in hand-to-hand conflict - you have to keep your faith first and stay out of hate.

You can't let hate for the man that's trying to kill you get inside of you. Eve in a combat situation, the devil can't get to you if you're abiding by the rules of faith, covering your mind with the Word and declaring the mercy of God. That was one of the secrets of David's success as a combat soldier. He fought his battles with God's power first and then his weapon - sword or stone and sling - either one, backed by faith, could not be defeated.

Listen, my friend. No matter how much we try to ignore it...or how despairingly we cry about it, trouble is coming. It's constantly out there and it's heading right toward you every day, just like Jesus said it would.

But don't let that trouble trouble you. Instead, chase doubt out and settle the victory in your heart. Speak out the delivering power of the Lord and follow the rules of faith. You will surely see the salvation of God!

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Kenneth Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God’s WORD to their lives.

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