NKJV Genesis 15.1 The Lord came to Abraham saying “I am your Shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Throughout history Abraham is referred to as the father of faith. Abraham passes on to us the Promises given to him by the Lord.
When God gave promise to Abraham saying, “I am your Shield your exceedingly great reward,” those who believe in like manner have this promise as well.
What makes His Shield exceedingly great is that it is far superior to all the shields of this world. If God made a shield, or a force field, what could get past Him as though you could sneak up behind Him? What could penetrate or void His terms and conditions? What could negate God’s obligation to perform His word over and above Him? As if there is something or someone more powerful than God? Our faith is our only obstacle to implementing His words. You doubt His Word and seek protection elsewhere.
The term “Shield” was used because that was the common vernacular of the day. When a soldier went out to battle, it was his Shield that would protect him and ward off all the fiery darts. Even as Paul said in Ephesians 6. 16 to “put on the shield of Faith which is able to ward off all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Other Shields are not able to do this. This is what Paul was referring to. The shield of faith. This is what Abraham received when God explained it to him.
This Shield of faith is an invisible force field, able to throw off all the fiery darts of the wicked. It is able to also put us outside of harm’s reach of many other things. It is equal to our participation in our personal sanctification. Which is? To abstain and purify ourselves from the counterfiet provisions of today.
When Christ prayed to the Father in John 17.16 to keep His people from evil, the Father answered that prayer then because He always heard the Only Begotten. John 11.42
Christ defined those who were recipients of this sanctification saying, “Father these whom you have given Me are not of this world just as I am not of this world.” (John 17.14) We are distinguished from those of this world because we are cloaked with Gods word, which is eternally greater than the protectors and providers the world has. All of Gods promises are summed up in this one saying, “I will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 11.42) What better protection can you get? God wants us to have full assurance and reliance in Him and on Him. He doesn’t need any help. What ever we face, God has it covered. He has it covered for the whole world. 1 John 2.1
Our Shield is our dependency in God to make good on His Word of shielding and protecting us from the evils of this world and fulfilling His word, which He does. God is faithful to His faithful to the uttermost. We are those “who follow the lamb where ever He goes”. (Revelation 14.4)
What does this all mean? Simply this, if you put on the force fields and shields of this age to provide and protect yourself, instead of Gods, you are committing spiritual adultery.
Spiritual adultery sets you outside of the safety net of God’s promises and His Shield of faith. Sounds crazy, but the choice is yours.You can be in God’s good hands, or in the not so good hands of a counterfeit coverage provider.
Like Christ spoke to the church of Laodicea, Revelation 3.17 “Because you say, ‘I am rich, I have become wealthy, and I have need of nothing (because you cover yourself with worldly policies) But you do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked’. You have put yourself outside of the protection agencies of God.
So it is with many professing faith in God today. They don’t have much to offer that differentiates themselves from the world or other religions. Having faith in Christ is not a religion it’s a new creation. So our wares and our solutions are different. As the heavens are higher than the earth so God’s ways are higher than man’s ways. We the elect are in the world but not of the world so our association is not as such. The things God freely gives us do not have maintenance fees or monthly payments.
Revelation, woe to the inhabitants of the Earth for Satan’s coming down having great Wrath”. But it is us who heard the call to “come out of her my people lest you partake in her sins and receive of her judgments”. It is those who cloth themselves with the safety nets of this age who are under judgment, but there are those of us who dwell in the Heavens by clothing ourselves in the invisible things that God has said, which seats us with Him eternal in the Heavens.
We are those who take possession of the things God has given us. “It is the Fathers good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, so we take ownership of “the things God has freely given to us”. “For the Kingdom is preached and the violent take it by force”. Not being forceful to God but taking Him at His word. We press into Him and resist all others. This is what pleases God. Our participation in the invisible is our Stock in the eternal. While we look not to the things that are seen but to those which are invisible.
The god of this age comes and he has no part in us. Whose working is according to satan. We “overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony” of the things God has taught us . How far away is heaven? A twinkling of the eye. We are those who are in heaven and whose names are written in the Book of Life. We have become “pillars in the House of our God”.
We have dual citizenship in that we not only dwell in heaven, but also dwell on Earth. However the events on earth have no hold over us. We were once children of Wrath but now we are no more.That which is flesh is flesh, that which is spirit is spirit. You must be born again. And we were. We are a new composition of spirit and truth.
Scripture says this about Christ, as He is so are we in this world. As He is, not meaning as he was when he was in the flesh, but as He is in Heaven so are we on Earth. He has assumed his role in heaven from where he began. And there He sits and awaited the elects arrival one by one each in their own order. (1 Corinthians 15)
Some of us have clamored up the things of “has God has really said” and sat down with Him. We ceased from our own works as God did from His. His words are true, reliable and trustworthy. This is our testimony. His word did not return to Him void. It accomplished all His desire and brought us with it. We are reconciled to the Father in this way.
This is why Hebrews refers to those who are in Heavenly Jerusalem and Mount Zion called the spirits of just men made perfect. We are just people, but we are perfected in the Spirit of our mind to wholey interact with God in Spirit and truth because the Father seeks such. (John 4)
When scripture says woe to the inhabitants of the Earth for Satan is coming down to you having great Wrath. We are not subject to that. We have passed from Death To Life. Satan is coming down having great wrath to the children of wrath of the Earth because they have rejected this Heavenly calling.
The Old Testament talks of how Moses would go in and out of the Tabernacle speaking to God. But then it makes specific mention of Joshua who never departed from the Tabernacle (Exodus 33.11). It was Joshua who was always in the Tabernacle with God where ever he went because God was always Tabernacling in Him. Even as it says in John one of Christ rendered correctly From from the Greek that “Christ became flesh and tabernacles among us”. He is here even now, inside our very selves. He is the “lo I am with you always, even throughout the ages”. As He said “I will never leave you or forsake you”.
The Book of Revelation refers to those who overcame, that became pillars in the house of our God. Who is he who overcomes the world? He who believes Christ came in the flesh” and need not do so again. And so we are. We are pillars because we uphold the principles and truths and realities that make up the ubiquitous invisible Living God in whom Tabernacles in US.
He who says “I will never leave you or forsake you” need not appear in a way that’s common to human senses for it to be true or not. Romans says “He is the God gives life to the dead and calls the things that are not as though they are, because they are for us. As Christ is so are we in this world? This is our concurring reality. We see Satan’s Works around us, but it is not directed at us nor does it have any effect on us according to what God has promised. Psalm 91
Scripture instructs us the elect to not be concerned about what we shall eat or what we shall wear for even the Lilies of the field are arrayed with much more Glory than Solomon himself and how much more value are We than he. We are instructed not to be concerned about food, for he has given us the bread of eternal life. And he is also promised that not a hair of our head shall be hurt.