We may face difficult times ahead. We may face real persecutions and serious tribulations. Where do we find an anchor? Where do we find something to hang onto? Where do we find our protection? We find it in the Word Christ has given us. We have certainty in the fact that the Father will answer the prayers of His Son. And today we have a Bodyguard. The Father is surrounding us as a barrier and a wall because Christ asked Him to keep us from the evil one.
Yeshua (Jesus) gave us the Word of the Father. And in these days when He has ascended to the right hand of the Father and we no longer see Him, we have His Word contained in the Scriptures. They are our commandments. They are the guideposts of how we live, how we walk, what we think, and what we do. And it becomes of primary importance in our lives that we read them, that we understand them, that we believe them, and that they become our strength.
In John 17 we have Christ’s prayer to the Father, and I think we can put tremendous weight and confidence in those verses because the Father will answer the prayers of His Son. We will go through many things, but we have confidence that we have the Father’s protection and His immunity because Christ asked the Father to keep us from the evil one. Christ did not ask the Father to take us out of the world but to leave us in the world as His testimony, just as He lived in the world as the testimony of the Father. And He intended that we would have the same protection from the Father that He had.
The Father protected the Son and covered Him while He was in the flesh, making sure that He was not killed or destroyed before He could fulfill the will of God. Therefore, by His prayer, Christ established a protection for us so that we too can accomplish the will of the Father in our lives without being touched by that which would seek to destroy us. Do you ask, “What do we have in this generation?” We have everything that Christ asked the Father to give us so that we may be empowered, individually and collectively, to manifest Christ in His many-membered Body and do His will in the earth.
- John 17:10-15. “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”
- John 20:21. “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
- Zechariah 2:5. “‘For I,’ declares the LORD, ‘will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’”
- Luke 4:29-30. “But passing through their midst, He went His way.”
- John 17:16-26. “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them.”
- Ephesians 2:6. “Seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
- Matthew 6:6. “Go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret.”
- Psalm 40:7-8. “Behold, I come; … it is written of me. I delight to do Your will.”
- “We have sanctification by the Word of truth that He’s given us. These Scriptures are going to have the power to bring us into the sanctification that Christ has won for us.”
- “You have a bodyguard. You have one who is protecting you and keeping you in the name of Christ.”
- “For His namesake, because He asked the Father, we will be one. And as we become one, what is going to happen? The world will believe that the Father sent Christ as Messiah into the world, and that is going to trigger some of the greatest salvation experiences and times of revival that the world has ever seen.”
- As we enter troubled days, the Scriptures must become an anchor to us. Yeshua said, “I gave them Thy Word,” and in that Word we will find the answers we need. The Scriptures do not just point to the things that God did in the past or the things that will happen of the future. They talk about today and the promises and provisions that we in this generation have from God to walk in and become.
- We must learn to walk experientially in all that the Lord has provided for today. Don’t make them doctrinal concepts or things that we are reading in a Book. Let the Word of God live for you. Let it live in you and let it become your reality. The power of that Word should manifest in and through our lives as we walk with Him.
- There are many promises and prophecies about the future, but we will not reach the future if we do not understand what the Lord has provided for us to live in today in order to walk in all of His will. As the Father sent Christ into the world, so Christ has sent us into the world. Because of that, we should come to Him and the Father and say, “It is written of us—we come to do Your will.”