If you’re in a storm right now, don’t lose heart. God still calms storms!
Isaiah 25 & 26:
An umbrella of protection
Chapter 26.1-4 is a picture of the church and its blessings. Verse 1 says we have “salvation for walls and bulwarks” and verse 3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
There is great protection in being a part of a biblical New Testament church. In 1 Corinthians 5.4-5 Paul told the believers concerning a man involved in sexual sin, “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
And Matthew 18.15-17 says, “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”
These two passages talk about putting someone outside the fellowship or membership of the church, sometimes called “church discipline.” As you can see from the 1 Corinthians passage, Satan has much more freedom to attack someone when that happens. But the reverse is also true; when you become a member of a biblical church, you have the protection of that body like an umbrella over you. Continue reading