Lately, God has been heavily impressing upon me to allow Him to be my defender. After all, David did say to God in Psalm 5:11, “Let all those who put their trust in you rejoice. Let them ever shout for joy because you defend them.” I don’t know about you, but for some reason, I tend to want to defend myself. When an “incident” happens, my first inclination is to say to myself, “If I don’t do it, it won’t get done.” But God has convicted me of my self-sufficiency and is now continuously bringing this issue to the forefront of my mind. He keeps hammering me with the thought that I am to allow Him to defend me in situations when I’m falsely accused, verbally attacked, or offended and not take up my own cause. THAT is hard! I must admit I am struggling with this concept. However, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I fully intend to get the victory.
In Bible study we discussed the passage in Daniel 3 about the three Hebrew boys who refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image and, as a result, were thrown into a fiery furnace. My Pastor used this passage to exemplify the principle that it’s important to prepare for situations before they arise. If we want God to be our defense, we must prepare adequately before enemy rears his ugly head and do the following:
- Believe that God is the defender He says He is. The first step in having God come to your defense is to believe God will indeed defend you. In Jeremiah 51:36, God says, “I will defend your cause and avenge you.” In Daniel 3:11, the Hebrew boys replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.” They had confidence in God. They believed that He would defend and deliver them.
- Make a quality decision. The second step to having God come to your defense is to make the quality decision that you will no longer defend yourself. In verse 12 some astrologers told the king, “There are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” You see, those young men had made the decision that they would not bow down to the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had ordered them to worship long before they got to the furnace situation. In the same way you must decide beforehand to let God defend you and believe that He will come through because He is indeed faithful and trustworthy.
- Make a declaration. The third step in this process is to declare that you will not defend yourself. Prophesy out of your mouth what you want to happen. When the Hebrew boys went before the king for their disobedience, they told him, “We do not need to defend ourselves in this matter.” They made a declaration. In the same way, you need to say out loud, “Lord I abandon my own self-sufficiency, and from this point on I will allow you to defend me.” When Satan works through people, it’s time to declare, “I don’t have to defend myself, and I will not be provoked.” Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing, and it shall be established for you.” Therefore, with your words, you set the stage for the miraculous to happen.
Once you have adequately prepared, when you have situations arise where you will be tempted to defend yourself, the only thing left to do is to allow God to defend you. Once Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made their decision and declaration, they didn’t attempt to resist the soldiers that threw them into the flames. The soldiers were burned up when they turned the furnace up seven times hotter (v. 19) and threw the three amigos into the furnace. God was fighting for them in that moment, and self-defense was unnecessary. Finally, once they were in the furnace, Jesus showed up and supernaturally “fireproofed” them. In the same way you have to allow God to defend you when the enemy works through people. If you keep defending yourself, How will you ever know Him as defender? Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord (Exodus 14:13)!
Have you ever had an experience where God Himself defended you? What happened? Please leave a comment below.
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