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God's Witness Protection Program!

Written by Angela Willingham

2012-07-03

I was talking to a friend Ebone yesterday morning and she told me about a message her father preached regarding God's witness protection program and I was excited.  This weekend the movie industry released Tyler Perry's new movie, Madea's Witness Protection Program.  I have yet to see it, but I know it is going to be really funny.  My conversation with Ebone got me to thinking about what it is like to be in a protection program orchestrated and directed by God.  Knowing that He is our ultimate protector and that no matter what comes at or against us, He has us. 

In Isaiah 59:19, the bible says, So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.  We know the enemy is coming after us.  We know he has a plan for our demise.  He does not want to see us walk in the destiny and purpose that God has for us because he knows that once we do, his time just like that of the drug lord, murderer or mob boss is up.  Once we get to the witness stand to declare what God has told us in our private moments with him, once we get to the stand to tell all that He has done and brought us through the judge and jury will find the enemy guilty.  Guilty of being a liar, murderer and thief.  He will be found guilty of every crime that he is accused of and he will be sentenced to life


without any possibiility of parole.  Maybe you have even heard of the criminals that get more than one life sentence.  Well the enemy knows that is his sentence if we get to the witness stand.

Be assured that he is going to do everything that he can to stop you from testifying.  It seems like every time you are almost there (at your destiny or purpose), there is a delay in the case.  The judge orders an extension or throws out some key piece of evidence.  You have to know who the judge is.  The judge is God.  You have to understand why the delays and why the evidence is being thrown out.  It's for your good and His glory.  Every delay is designed by the judge to  make you stronger and give you more strength and resolve to see the case through to the final end, the conclusion-your destiny.  The judge already knew what He was going to do with the evidence.  He already knew what He was going to do with the delays.  He desires for us to work with Him in the case (aka the process) and not give up.  Remember we have a foe that needs to be sentenced and it is up to each one of us to help put the case together and make sure it is presented in a way that shuts the crime boss down.  But the truth is the case cannot be closed without each one of us standing up and declaring the awesome things that God has done.  There can be no silent witnesses, because silent witnesses do not get heard in the court of law.  Silent and anonymous testimony gets thrown out of court every time.  We have to speak up with our lives and with our voices.  

As we do what God has directed us to do, we will find that He will take care of us.    Psalm 91:1, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  Over and over again God tells us in His word that if we do what He has told us to do, He will take care of us.  When we get into God's Witness Protection Program we don't have to fear, fret, become frustrated or even think about giving up and we definitely don't have to worry about being caught, because God protects His own.  Yes, there may be some scary moments.  Yes, it may seem like the enemy is about to get us.  Yes, there will be times when we do not understand why things are happening the way they are.  The case seemed so, open and shut, but just like in a movie if the case ends to soon, we don't learn what we need to learn, we don't get to see all of the twists and turns and we might even consider it a little boring.  God does it the way He does to ensure that we grow from each experience and that He gets the glory.  At the end of the case you will not be giving credit to the defense or prosecuting attornies.  All of the credit and glory belong to God.  We will all be declaring if it had not been for God, I don't know how I would have got through that situation. 

God's promise to us-Isaiah 54:14-17:

   14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
      Your enemies will stay far away.
   You will live in peace,
      and terror will not come near.
   15 If any nation comes to fight you,
      it is not because I sent them.
      Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.

   16 “I have created the blacksmith
      who fans the coals beneath the forge
   and makes the weapons of destruction.
      And I have created the armies that destroy.
   17 But in that coming day
      no weapon turned against you will succeed.
   You will silence every voice
      raised up to accuse you.
   These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD;
      their vindication will come from me.
      I, the LORD, have spoken!

The word does not say that no weapon will be formed against us, but what is does say is that it will not succeed.  If we are in God's Witness Protection Program we will come out all right.  Ask Job, he had to go through some stuff as a witness for the Lord, but he got back even more than he started with.  Ask Noah, who spent 40 days and 40 nights on a boat.  Ask the children of Israel that wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their own disobedience.

Matthew 28:18-20:

   18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Because you are not just in any witness protection program, but God's Witness Protection Program you can know that half way through the person that is supposed to be protecting you will not get shot and killed, will not lose you and will not give up because the going gets tough.  You can know that in God's Witness Protection Program, He will be with you until the end.  He said it, it's a promise, He will be with you until the end.  You will not have to change your name and relocate to another city, state or nation.  He can take care of you right where you are until the end of the age. 

All you have to do is walk in your authority, be obedient to the assignment and trust that God has you, because you are in the right program.

 
 
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