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Who is your defense? - Pastor Kalu Oji

Who is your defense? - Pastor Kalu Oji

Who do you run to when trouble comes knocking on your door? Who is your source of defense? Watch this:

"Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria, and was injured; so he sent messengers and said to them, “Go, inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury.” 3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ 4 Now therefore, thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’” So Elijah departed" (2 Kings 1:2-4, NKJV).

Whoever is your source of defense and who you run to when crisis arise in your life determines your final outcome. When Hezekiah was confronted by a very bad situation, my Bible records in Isaiah 38:2-8, NKJV that:

"Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, 3 and said, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. 4 And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years. 6 I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.”’ 7 And this is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing which He has spoken: 8 “Behold, I will bring the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down with the sun on the sundial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.” So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down."

In Ahaziah's case unlike that of Hezekiah, Ahaziah went looking for help from Baal-Zebub, a foreign god, who was just an ordinary piece of wood (an idol) made by man and his final outcome was death. How about us? Who is our source of defense in the day of trouble? According to Psalm 46:1-3, NKJV:

"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling."

Again Psalm 91:1-2, NKJV tells us that:

"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

Heavenly Father we give You thanks for Your word. We bless Your name dear Abba for being our refuge, fortress, defense, and protection. We bless Your holy name dear LORD because in You we live, move, and have our being. We present every single situation that is troubling us before You today calling upon You our LORD and God to please arise mightily with healing in Your wings. Arise dear LORD on our behalf right now and take care of these situations to Your own glory in the name of Jesus, Amen. Remember dear LORD that Your word says that we do not have to fight in this battle because the battle belongs to You. We therefore rest our case and commit these battles into Your able and victorious hands forthwith knowing that You will take care of them in the name of Jesus, Amen. Thank You heavenly Father for answering our prayer today in the name of Jesus, Amen.