Shielded From Harm
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee
Exodus 13:21 gives an interesting account of how God cared for the children of Israel in the wilderness shortly after they came out of Egypt: “And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.”If you’re familiar with the desert or wilderness you’d know it’s such a terrible place, not conducive for human habitation. At night, it’s extremely cold, and in the day it’s extremely hot. This was the kind of weather situation the children of Israel found themselves.
To be under such a harsh weather condition for the number of years they wandered through the wilderness could have meant death for them all. But the Lord was with them, and gave them His own atmosphere. He shielded them as a cloud in the day time, overshadowing them from the scorching heat. Then at night, He was to them a pillar of fire, protecting them against the extreme cold. So the children of Israel travelled with their “own atmosphere”; it was the presence of the Holy Spirit!
If you’re born again, you carry this glorious presence of the Spirit in and around you (John 14:17); it’s the blessing of the new creation. You carry your own atmosphere of the miraculous! It therefore doesn’t matter where you might find yourself or what happens around you, that ‘divine’ atmosphere shields and protects you against the harsh conditions and negative circumstances of life. No wonder Jesus described us—believers—as indestructible when He said in Luke 10:19 “…and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
You’re divinely shielded and immune from everything that hurts, binds or destroys. Everyone around you may have an infection due to the outbreak of an epidemic, but not you. There’s something about you, in you, and around you that makes you more than a conqueror! There’s something that creates an atmosphere of health and victory around you; it’s the indwelling and abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. So refuse to fear. You’re shielded from harm, evil and destruction. The Bible says “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Psalms 91:7).
I thank you for the glorious presence of your Spirit in and around me, and the heavenly atmosphere of bliss and victory that surrounds me. Thank you for your divine presence that shields me from harm and protects me against evil and violence
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 Year Bible reading plan: Act 23:12-35; Job 40-42
2 Year Bible reading plan: Luke 9:10-17; Joshua 11