How to protect ourselves from a dangerous world.
How can we protect ourselves and our families from an increasingly dangerous and corrupt world? Much of the food we eat is contaminated in one way or another. New antibiotic resistant diseases are being discovered. Bird flu, Asian flu, swine flu, are constantly in and out of the news. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other illnesses are on the rise. The economy is weak and unstable. All this coupled with a government and news media that is constantly hyping war, and the threat of terrorist attacks. These, and many other conditions we find the world in, can seem overwhelming, and at times quite scarey. Jesus saw the generation we now live in, along with every preceding generation. Nothing the world is going through is surprising to him, or has caught him off guard. He wants us to be at peace and trust in him.
I hear quite often on the news, the latest food scare. Some item or another is being pulled off the shelf, do to one form of contamination or another. Paul wrote this to Timothy,
1 Timothy 4:4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. Sanctify means to set apart, make holy or purify. Lets return to the old fashion practice of thanking God for our food, and asking him to bless it. Jesus spoke this concerning his followers.
Mark 16:17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
I am not advocating tempting God by handling deadly snakes or drinking poison. But if such things were to occur, we can as Christian’s expect supernatural intervention.
When it comes to disease or sickness we read this.
Psalm 91:5-7 5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
When we come in contact with disease, or sickness, we should not fear catching, or being contaminated by it. As the preceding verse stated, ” they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Jesus never came down with a case of leprosy. We have the power of God living inside of us, the power to cast out devils, heal the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead.
Concerning the economy Paul writes,
1 Timothy6:17Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
We need to put our trust in God and not in uncertain riches. God became angry at David for numbering the troops of Israel. If we trust in the numbers in our bank accounts, or the numbers in the stock market, we are putting our trust in them, and not in God.
Romans 8:31-32 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
God’s will is to freely give us all things, not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us. Deut.9: 6Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.
God will not give us the promised land due to OUR righteousness, but through the righteousness that comes from believing in him, and in his Son Jesus.
Romans 4:3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Lets trust in the righteousness that comes from faith in Jesus, and believe in his word, and not put our trust in things of this world.