“Are you under God’s umbrella of protection?” October 28


Are you under God's umbrella of protection? - What is God’s "umbrella of protection" and how do we stay under it? How, also, do we put ourselves outside His protective authority? And how does the Church itself act as an umbrella of protection for its members?What is God’s “umbrella of protection” and how do we stay under it? How, also, do we put ourselves outside His protective authority? And how does the Church itself act as an umbrella of protection for its members?

How does this apply:

  • Within the Family
  • In the Church
  • In Our Nation


Today’s Readings:
Jeremiah 41 & 42
Psalm 119.89-96
Proverbs 28.2
2 Timothy 1.1-18


Are you under God’s umbrella of protection?


Jeremiah 41 & 42 & Proverbs 28.2:

Umbrella of Protection for a Nation

Interestingly our verse in Proverbs today is 28.2:

“Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged.”

John MacArthur says, “Unrighteousness in a nation produces political instability with many vying for power …,” on the other hand, “Wisdom promotes social order and long rule.”

We see that truth in operation here in Jeremiah 41 and 42, and in the following chapter. Ishmael sees an opportunity to seize control and is shortly overturned himself by Johanan. But, because he lacked righteousness and trust in God, Johanan soon leads the people to ruin.

There is also a beautiful picture of God’s willingness to protect His people in chapter 42. When the people were in a desperate situation, they turned to God, asking Jeremiah to intercede for them and seek His wisdom. But when He provided it, they were unwilling to listen.

The place of protection was where God had placed them and commanded them to stay. But since it didn’t make sense to them, they left and went their own way, only to be destroyed as we’ll see in the next chapter.

Remember 9-11? After that horrible tragedy people flocked to churches, but few actually made the life changes they needed so they could truly live under God’s protective authority. And as a nation, we have totally rejected the spiritual lessons we should have learned.

What can we do today? If you remember much of our reading in the historical Bible books, God would often show mercy on the whole nation because of a godly leader or one who turned to Him in times of trouble. In a democratic republic like ours, let’s pray He gives us the wisdom to make the wisest choice possible and that we listen.

But what about on a personal level, how do we either stay under God’s protective authority or leave and go to Egypt? Continue reading

“God Still Calms Storms” September 17


God still calms stormsIf you’re in a storm right now, don’t lose heart. God still calms storms! But what should we do in the midst of them?

Also read about true friendship, the value of church membership, the church discipline process, and more.


Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 25 & 26
Psalm 107.23-32
Proverbs 25.18-19
2 Corinthians 9.1-15


God Still Calms Storms


Psalm 107.23-32:

He Calms the Storm 


Verses 28- 29 “Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.”

God has complete and sovereign control of His world, including the elements. And He has the same control over the events of our lives. If you are in a storm today, first and foremost, decide to put your complete faith and trust in Him. If you are truly one of His children and you keep your eyes on Him, He has promised that he will never allow that storm to be greater than you can handle without sinning (1 Cor. 10.13).

prayerBut He also wants you to ask for His help. Verse 28 in our reading says “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble …” James said we have not because we ask not (Jas. 4.1), and Jesus said in Luke 18.1, “…that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Call out to Him.

That 1 Corinthians 10 passage tells us that “… God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able …” That means if we choose to sin in response to our trial or storm, it’s just that—a choice to sin! Nothing—no one, no circumstance can force us to sin! We choose!

We choose by: refusing to forgive (Matt. 6.15; Eph. 4.32), remaining sinfully angry (Eph. 4.26-32), lashing out with ugly words (Eph. 4.29), giving the silent treatment (Eph. 4.26), seeking an unbiblical divorce (Matt. 5.32; 1 Cor. 7.10-15) and many other ways.

God Still Calms Storms - If you’re in a storm right now, don’t lose heart. God still calms storms! But what should we do in the midst of them? Also read about true friendship, the value of church membership, the church discipline process, and more.

Today’s Other Readings:


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 good biblical church. The flip side of that is illustrated in a couple of New Testament passages.

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.”

In other words, let him be considered as an unbeliever.

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.”

These two passages talk about putting someone outside the fellowship or membership of the church. This is sometimes called “church discipline” or excommunication. As you can see from the 1 Corinthians passage, Satan has much more freedom to attack someone when he or she is outside the fellowship. But the reverse is also true; when you become a member of a biblical church and submit yourself to its authority, you have the protection of that body like an umbrella over you. Continue reading