Do You Know About Your Wall Of Protection?

By: Woody Godbey

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:” Matthew 6:13   I think a better translation is, “And don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”

God is omniscient, which means that He is all-knowing. God is omnipotent, which means that He is all-powerful. And God is omnipresent, which means that He is present everywhere.

But praise God, the devil does not reflect God's divine attributes. He is not omnipotent. Although he has great power, his power is clearly limited, and he is nowhere near to being God's equal. Nor is the devil omniscient. He knows many things, but he doesn't know all things. And, he is not omnipresent. He can only be in one place at one time. Of course, he has an army of demons who help him out.

What the devil doesn't want you to know is that he can do nothing in the life of a Christian without God's permission. The devil complained that God had put a wall of protection around Job (Job 1:10). We see from this that even though Satan has a wicked agenda, he must ask permission to touch the child of God. There is an impenetrable wall that God has placed around you that Satan cannot breach. That doesn't mean you can't be tempted. It doesn't mean you can't be harassed. It doesn't mean you can't be attacked. God allows Satan to do ONLY so much. So, when the devil comes knocking at your door, I would suggest that you say, "Jesus, would You mind getting that?" I am so glad He is there because I am no match for the devil. And neither are you.

The temptation will come into your life. In our text, Jesus taught us to pray, "And don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one" (Matthew 6:13). So, the next time you are facing temptation, remember that God never will give you too much. He will provide a way out. That doesn’t mean as soon as you pray, everything is going to go away.  I find it helpful to pray for strength to endure the temptation until it’s gone. Remember, It’s God’s timing, not ours. God Bless!