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In Luke, chapter 10, we read that Jesus sent out 70 of His disciples and empowered them to do what He had been doing. When they returned, they received a life-changing revelation:
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
(verses 17-19)
In the Greek, that's stated as a double negative for emphasis. It means much more than just nothing. It means none, not at all, no way at any time can anything hurt you!

I was listening to a CD of the Bible before I went to sleep one night. When it came to this part, "Nothing shall by any means hurt you," I sat straight up in bed. I thought, Glory! Nothing can hurt me!

Then the Lord said to me, "You haven't been taking that seriously. And many, many like you have not been taking that seriously."

Does the Bible mean what it says? Are there exceptions that we should read in between the lines? Or did Jesus really mean that if we would follow and obey Him like the 70 did that we would have power and authority to tread or trample on things that sting and bite and hurt and poison?

Uncertain thoughts might try to creep into your mind: "I'm just not sure. I think we could be hurt."

Well we have to decide: Do we walk by sight and reasoning? Or do we walk by the Word of God that promises, "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling" (Ps. 91:10)?

As long as you're standing, saying and believing what the Word says about protection, you'll be safe. But you have to be bold and declare, "Nothing shall by any means hurt me."

Now when you say that, most of the religious world will jump up and yell, "Who do you think you are? A lot of good Christian people didn't plan on having bad things happen to them. Do you think you're better than they are?"

It has nothing to do with being better. It has to do with being a believer, and not just believing in and experiencing the new birth, but believing in the protection of the Most High and claiming it for yourself.

You can, by believing, by standing in faith, raise up that mighty shield of faith and have a barrier of protection about you.

I'm not saying that you'll never have any trials or attacks. But I'm saying that no matter what is fired at you, it can't hurt you. It can't get to you. The psalmist said "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee" (Ps. 91:7).

Delivered Out of Trouble
Every time you have been hurt or hit, it was because you lowered your shield of faith. The enemy is always ready to fire, so it's never OK to drop your shield and become an open target. Remember, there is no cease-fire in this war.

While we would prefer to be delivered from ever experiencing an attack, that is unlikely. But each time we're delivered out of the midst of one—that's a demonstration of the keeping power of God—a testimony of His faithfulness and miracle-working power. We find examples of this over and over in the Bible.

The three Hebrew children mentioned in the book of Daniel were not delivered from being thrown into the fiery furnace. But they believed God, raised the shield of faith and said, "Our God who we serve is able to deliver us..." (Dan. 3:17). Paul wasn't delivered from the shipwreck; he went through it. Daniel was thrown into the lions' den but came out untouched.

These people didn't gripe, doubt, fear, rationalize or ask, "God, why did You let this happen?" That would have lowered their shield. In the midst of bad situations, God protected those who trusted Him, and He can and will do the same for you.

But you have to understand that everything we receive from God, we receive by faith. The first time you took hold of a promise in His Word and declared, "By His stripes I am healed," you were probably thinking, "Yeah, but I'm not."

Every day you have to decide if you're going to believe what Jesus said. Or are you going to go by experience, sight or feeling?

Moore Life Ministries
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Author Biography

Keith Moore
Web site: Moore Life Ministries
Keith Moore is the founder and president of Moore Life Ministries and Faith Life Church of both Branson, Missouri and Sarasota, Florida. Two of the greatest emphases of Brother Moore's ministry are the importance of the written Word and the necessity of being led by the Spirit.

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