BGEA Interview, Part 3
National security, crime in cities, murders in universities, and violence worldwide are subjects that dominate the daily news. How can we rely on God for both our physical and spiritual security?
Dial 911. That, of course, is the emergency phone number we all call in times of crisis. But it’s also a good place to go in Scripture too.
Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (NKJV).
So this psalm is reminding us to put our trust in God and say under his shadow. Have you ever tried to walk in someone’s shadow? You have to stay very close to them.
Well, God wants us to be as close to Him in prayer, study of Scripture, and fellowship with His people as we possibly can.
This psalm has what we might call “conditional promises.” In other words, if we keep the conditions, we activate the promise. So the condition is to dwell “in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
The promises from this psalm are as follows: “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day, nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you” (Psalm 91:5-7 NLT).
That is not to say the Christian will never die. Everyone will die, but the promise is that you will not die before your time. The Christian is indestructible until God is done with them.
Remember that God is in control of all circumstances surrounding the life of the Christian. It’s helpful to know that the word “oops” is not in God’s vocabulary.
You often speak about knowing God. What are some spiritual disciplines that can help us to know God better?
Yes, we are here on this earth to know and glorify the God who made us. Really, everything else is secondary. The apostle Paul said that his very purpose in life was to “know Him” (see Philippians 3:10).
One of the ways we do this is through the careful and regular study of the Bible. The Bible is inspired, or literally, “breathed” by God. Everything you need to know about God is found in its pages.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT).
A successful Christian will always be a Bible-studying Christian. The psalmist wrote, “See how I love your commandments, Lord. Give back my life because of your unfailing love. All your words are true; all your just laws will stand forever” (Psalm 119:159–160 NLT).
A fruitful believer always will be a lover of God’s Word. There is no getting around this. It’s Spiritual Success 101.
Another way is through prayer. We often over-complicate what prayer really is. It is communication with God.
Take time each and every day to pray. Do it in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Do it while you are working and driving (Keeping your eyes open, of course).
The Bible says, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), or simply, “Keep on Praying.” This means we should pray about big things as well as small things. In fact, we should pray about everything.
Many years ago, when the young Billy Sunday (who later became a well-known evangelist) became a Christian, an older believer gave him some advice that he never forgot. He told him, “William, there are three simple rules I wish you’d practice. If you do, no one will ever write ‘backslider’ after your name. Take fifteen minutes each day to let God talk to you; allow fifteen minutes to talk to Him; and then spend fifteen minutes telling others about the Savior.”
Billy Sunday faithfully followed that advice and ultimately became a powerful evangelist whom God used to bring thousands of people into His kingdom.