Sovereignty and Grace

We got a call that our eleven month old granddaughter was unresponsive and they were calling the doctor. We started praying and asking for healing, recovery, protection and mercy for this little one. Then another call, they were headed to the ER. I recalled scripture that angels watch over babies and infants. (Matt. 18:10) Yet, I know the enemy is cruel and a murderer. Favorable reports came from the doctors. It appeared she had found and swallowed a pill dropped on the floor and presumed lost. I recalled my previous night of sleeplessness, twice I had awakened, wide awake, both times I began to pray for God’s blessings, protection, and I recall thanking Him for our grandchildren. 

I believe this was the Spirit and it has happened before, waking fully alert; long ago I assumed these were calls to pray, intercede and worship God. If it was the enemy trying to disrupt my sleep, I generally fell asleep rather quickly, as prayer thwarts his intent. It reminded me of Job who prayed for his children, but they were taken, still. God allowed Satan to take everything away from Job, but God limited Satan from harming Job and later from taking his life. (Job 1:12,2:6) In the end, God restored everything and more to Job. Is Satan obedient to God? Can he thwart God’s will? Satan must obey God, because God can prevent him from disobeying and He can cause blessing and good to result, if Satan did disobey. An example of the later is when Balaam tried to curse Israel, instead he spoke a blessing, this happened twice. (Num. 22:9-35) The entire book of Esther is an example of redemption for God’s people and destruction of His enemies.

Satan is trying to kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10) He is released upon earth as a result of Adam’s sin. The law brought sin into full view, but made nothing perfect or righteous. (Heb. 7:18-19) Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) provided righteousness by grace to God’s Children who believe upon Him. Moreover, the Messiah came to destroy the works of the devil, which are murder, lies, destruction, death and sin. (1 John 3:8) When the Children of God ask for anything in His name, He will do it. (John 14:14) During the night I asked for blessing and protection for my family by the leading of the Holy Spirit, it is granted by grace and destruction the enemy planned is thwarted by Yeshua, Messiah. He said, “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27) God and goodness prevail over evil, like light expelling the darkness. Praise God for His Holy Spirit that restrains evil and leads the people of God in triumph. (Eph. 2:9) You can doubt me, but I encourage you to believe God, His word and exercise the faith you have. 

About Steve2525

Retired Journeyman
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