Seven Action Steps–Wall of ProtectionOctober 6, 2020
Greetings in Jesus’ precious name!
I am so excited to share my letter with you this month! But before I start, thank you for praying for us and being a partner with our ministry. Denise and I are willing to do all the work assigned to us, along with our team members, but our partners literally put fuel into the tank so we can take the teaching of the Bible to people who are in desperate need of it. With your partnership — and the empowering of the Holy Spirit — we are getting the life-giving water of God’s Word to many who are thirsting for it!
In my letter to you this month, I want to suggest action steps you can take to help build a wall of protection around your life so you are protected in this last-days environment. You can begin to implement these simple steps immediately to help you stay spiritually garrisoned even in the most troublesome of times.
These action steps are simple, but if acted upon, power will be exerted through them that will build a wall of protection around you and will spare you from all types of troubles that otherwise would try to invade your life. Especially in these last days when evil abounds, it is necessary that we do what is necessary to build a wall of protection around our lives.
Of course, there are many other things you can do to help guard your heart and soul, but these easy steps are a good place to start. We must reinforce our spiritual lives and protect ourselves in these last of the last days.
Pray every morning. Start your day every morning with prayer as part of a plan to build a wall of protection around your life. In Psalm 5:3, David wrote of his commitment to spend time with God every morning. He said, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
Notice the last part of that verse says “and will look up.” David knew he needed to “look up” every morning — and so do you. David was surrounded by enemies, both inside and outside his home, and he was tempted to struggle in his emotions as a result. He knew he needed to start every day by “looking up” or things would escalate to a point that could take him down.
Likewise, you need to start every day with the Lord by “looking up” — or life will quickly take you down. If you neglect “looking up,” you’ll end up troubled, nervous, worried, and you will lack spiritual power in your life. But if you practice “looking up,” you’ll be at peace. You will feel confident that you’ve done what is right, and you’ll experience power to overcome the daily problems you face in life.
Ephesians 6:18 says, “Praying always….” You may ask, “Is that really possible?” Yes, it is. You can actually learn to live in a continual state of fellowshipping with the Lord in prayer. Becoming intentional about beginning each day with prayer confirms your commitment to God that you are serious. It opens your heart to receive from Him, and it sets the tone for your day as you expect God’s guiding presence and His goodness to manifest in your life.
As you set your heart to begin each day in prayer — and to stay in a prayerful mindset the whole day — you’ll find yourself becoming more spiritually attuned to the things around you. Prayer will heighten your spiritual sensitivity — and you need that in these last days!
Read the Bible every day. Make a commitment to read the Bible every day as part of a plan to build a wall of protection around your life. In Psalm 119:105, David said: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” You must make the commitment that the Word of God will be the guiding light that leads you down every path and in every decision you make in life.
God told Joshua, “…Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:7). According to this verse, a great part of your daily victory depends on your faithfully sticking with the Word of God and not allowing other voices or other ideas to sidetrack you along the way.
By taking time to read the Bible and allowing its words to enter into your heart and mind, you will give God the ability to do a supernatural work in your heart and to keep your soul free from the enemy’s entrapments.
If you don’t know where to start reading, find a Bible-reading plan to help keep you on track as a system of personal accountability. The Bible will feed you, help you, keep you on track in life, and keep your heart soft before the Lord.
I exhort you to make God’s Word the highest priority of your life — to put it into your eyes every morning. Let it fill your eyes, flood your mind, touch your heart, and become your guide. Your life will be strengthened and changed if you will do this.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” In these last days, it is vital for you to have the Bible in your heart and at your disposal to successfully defeat the spiritual enemies that try to accost your mind.
Quickly confess sin and receive the cleansing of Jesus’ blood. Be quick to confess sin and receive the cleansing blood of Jesus as part of a plan to build a wall of protection around your life. We all make mistakes, some unintentional and some intentional. Regardless of why, as soon as you awaken to the fact that you’ve done or thought something that is inappropriate, learn to quickly act on First John 1:9. It says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Proverbs 28:13 says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” When we ignore or try to hide sin, it negatively clogs our spiritual lives and makes us susceptible to attacks of the enemy. But quickly confessing sin and submitting to the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood keeps us free of self-condemnation and keeps our hearts pliable.
Don’t let your heart become hardened by allowing unconfessed sin to build in your soul. By quickly confessing sin and submitting to the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood, you’ll receive forgiveness and mercy, and it will help your soul stay free in these last days. You will quickly receive cleansing for those things that are inappropriate. Doing this will keep you spiritually free.
Put on the whole armor of God. Put on the whole armor of God as part of a plan to build a wall of protection around your life. The devil will try to wage an attack against you, but God has provided spiritual weapons for you to use. Especially in these last days when spiritual conflicts are more intense, you need this God-given weaponry to enable you to withstand attacks and to drive the enemy out of your territory!
Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” God has provided weapons for you, and each element of spiritual armor — the loinbelt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and the lance of prayer and supplication — are vital, effective, and powerful weapons for you to use every day to withstand the devil’s assaults against you.
With these “weapons of our warfare,” you are more than able to defeat any foe or demonic stronghold that would challenge your faith! To know more about spiritual weapons, I advise you to read my book Dressed To Kill — an entire book on the subject of spiritual weaponry and how to use it to stay free from the many types of attacks that the devil will try to wage against your life.
Make a covenant with your eyes. Make a covenant with your eyes as part of a plan to build a wall of protection around your life. Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes….” Evil often finds access into your mind and imagination through your eyes.
Matthew 6:22 says, “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light” (NLT). If your eyes are focused on what is healthy, it will bring good things into your mind. But if your eyes are focused on what is unhealthy or foul, those vile things will enter your mind and affect you negatively. An ancient saying tells us “the eye is the window to the soul.” Though this saying is not found in the Bible, it is true that your eyes are the gateway to your mind, imagination, and to what positively or negatively affects your thinking.
We are living in the last days, and that means we are living in an environment where wicked things — especially sexually lewd images — are constantly being put on display before our eyes. To stop those images from entering your mind and thus allowing the devil to have a tool to use against you, it is essential that you make a covenant with your eyes — a covenant that you will not give permission for any wicked thing to be displayed before your eyes.
Maintain a relationship with those to whom you are spiritually accountable. You need a relationship with those to whom you are spiritually accountable as part of a plan to build a wall of protection around your life. Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” And Proverbs 24:6 reiterates, “…In multitude of counsellors there is safety.” According to these verses, a person who has godly counselors in his or her life is a wise person.
The fact is that everyone needs someone to whom he or she is spiritually accountable and to whom he or she can turn for counsel in time of need. That person could be your pastor or it could be someone whose spiritual maturity is ahead of yours, whose counsel you respect — someone who is trusted, confidential, and mature.
In Psalm 54:4, David said, “Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.” Who do you have in your life that strengthens you and your soul? You need people in your life to give you strength, who will speak into your life, and who will watch out for your soul. You need them to be honest with you, pray with you, speak the truth of the Word to you, and hold you accountable. This is healthy for you, especially in these last days when the enemy is waging extensive warfare against our souls.
By having such a person (or persons) in your life — one with whom you can talk and confide — a safety net is provided to help you in times of need and to keep you strong. As David said, you need those who “strengthen your soul” especially during these last days when many will be tempted to fall into various temptations.
Regularly attend a church that teaches from the Bible. You need to attend a church where you will be encouraged from the Bible as part of a plan to build a wall of protection around your life. Psalm 119:28 marvelously depicts the powerful effect of God’s Word to divinely energize a person who otherwise would feel physically or emotionally weak. In fact, when the psalmist was confronted with his own humanity, he knew that the Word would strengthen him to rise above it. That’s why he said, “…Strengthen thou me according unto thy word.”
The role of the Bible cannot be underestimated in your life. In fact, the amount of spiritual fire you have burning at your core is directly related to how much of God’s Word is planted in your heart. Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for every problem you will ever face. The Bible can bring new life to your heart, establish order in your mind, and refresh your soul when it is being rocked by emotions.
When you hear the Scriptures expounded by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, or when you read the Bible to take it by faith into your heart, its supernatural power is unleashed. And when that happens, your heart, will, thoughts, emotions, and memories are all touched by God’s power. Satan knows the life-transforming power that is locked inside the Bible. That’s why he fights so hard to get believers and churches to back away from it. He lures them to water it down, modify it, or even eliminate it.
So I want to ask — are you attending a church where the emphasis is on a solid foundation of biblical truth? We are living in the last of the last days, and you need the spiritual strength and the camaraderie of a church that is committed to His Word!
This letter was long but I pray that these simple action steps are helpful to you! You can do all of these with relative ease — so put your heart into it and build a wall of protection around yourself and those you love! And if this was a help to you, consider sharing these simple steps with someone else!
As I close, I want to say if you need prayer, we want to pray for you! Either call or write us to tell us how you need prayer, and Denise and I and our prayer team will add our faith to yours immediately. We know how it feels when we need prayer, so our hearts are united with anyone who tells us that he or she need prayer. I promise — we’ll pray and pray fervently!
Thank you for your amazing gifts to empower our ministry to take the truths of God’s Word to people who are famishing for it. Right from where you are, you are making a giant difference in someone else’s life. I could never exaggerate the impact you are having, and Denise and I are so thankful to God for you and your role in what we are doing!
We love you and thank God for you!
We are your brother and sister, friends, and partners in Jesus,
Rick and Denise Renner
along with Paul, Philip, and Joel and their families