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Divine Protection and Favor in the Midst of Troubled Times!

I believe that God will protect His people in this day and hour just as He protected Joseph's family as a remnant people in Goshen during the famine in Egypt. 

Genesis 45:9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
Genesis 45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
Genesis 45:11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

The Bible clearly states in 2 Timothy 3:1, that perilous times shall come in the last days. The word perilous (chalepos, Gk.) speaks of troublesome, hard to deal with, extremely difficult, fierce and dangerous times. You can be sure that everything that God's Word says will happen will actually occur just like He said it would.  He is not a liar and He will not be mocked.  (Numbers 23:19; Galatians 6:7)

As people of God, we must believe the Word of God is true, and that He'll do just what He said He will do!  I believe that when what the world would know to be catastrophic seasons approach it will be a season of blessings for the uncompromisingly righteous those who love the Lord and adhere to His precepts and commands.  The key is to maintain a humble and contrite heart before our Father God, one that is repentant of sins and honors their relationship with Him through the saving grace and faith in Jesus Christ.

According to Isaiah chapter 9, the prophet in this chapter (according to the directions given in Isaiah 3:10-11) "saith to the righteous, It shall be well with thee, but Woe to the wicked, it shall be ill with him."  Gracious promises are given to those that adhere to the law and to the testimony of the Lord, while those that seek after familiar spirits shall be driven into darkness and dimness.  In other words, those who are godly will be preserved during times of trouble and receive His promised blessings, while God will judge the unrighteous.  Again, I truly believe that the best way to guarantee that we receive the blessings and divine protection of God during troubled times rather than incur His wrath and judgment is to ensure that we are repentant of our sins and maintain a posture of humility before Him.

According to the Word of God, any nation of people can be judged just as Israel was judged for her defiant spirit, and prideful obstinate attitude before the Living God. (Isaiah 9:9-10)  Instead of humility and repentance Israel's leaders vowed to rebuild and come back stronger than before.  They failed to offer any acknowledgement of sin, and penitence in asking God to bestow His mercy and forgiveness upon them.  Instead they maintained the same course that caused God's judgment to come upon the land in the first place.  However, throughout history there has always been a remnant people who refuse to compromise their faith and trust in God no matter how difficult the times were, nor the challenge. Challenging times often prove to be the finest hour for God's glory to be revealed towards His righteous ones who will dare pray and ask God for His mercy, divine protection and to heal the land according to 2 Chronicles 7:13-15.

Right in the midst of troubled times, great distress and judgment the righteous are comforted, and are promised to see a great light and relief in the midst of their distresses, which is representative of God's grace. Three distinct promises are given in Isaiah 9:1-3,4-5,6-7.  In Isaiah 9:1-3, they are promised the Messiah who is the Prince of Peace, representing true peace of God.  Not only will He be your peace and light during times of great darkness and distress, but God will also multiply you and bring you great joy and increase in substance.  Secondly, they are promised His victories over their oppressors in Isaiah 9:4,5, and third, His government, Kingdom reign and dominion as Emmanuel in the lives of His people, Isaiah 9:6,7.

This is very encouraging for us who aspire to honor God and humbly obey His commands during the times in which we live.  There are many uncertainties and many people throughout the world who are extremely disturbed and anxious about the economy, governments, terrorism, problems and turmoil throughout the nations of the earth as well as what the future holds.  But in the midst of it all, God has already provided a way of escape for His people.  There is no doubt that there will be some difficult days ahead, and times will prove to be very challenging, but the following passage of Scripture provides a sense of hope and encouragement for everyone who stands faithfully before God.

Revelation 3:8, I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 

Please share your comments on our community blog.  We look forward to hearing from you. Be sure to share it with your friends as well, and be faithful until the end. Optimum Kingdom Blessings!


16 Comments to Divine Protection and Favor in the Midst of Troubled Times!:

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Pam wright on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 12:33 AM
Words of encouragement !
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Thursday, November 08, 2012 1:35 PM
Thank you for your encouraging words Pam. Kingdom Blessings!


Toiya Moffatt on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:42 AM
Honoring,staying humble and maintaining a heart of repentance before God is key to our preservation. In these times, peace will only be found in God who promises," The peace that surpasses all understanding". Thank you Apostle Beth for yet another insightful blog.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Thursday, November 08, 2012 1:44 PM
Toiya, thank you for sharing your comments on this month's community blog. Everything we need is in God, and we have been given the power of choice and will that allows and enables us to make the correct decisions regarding our relationship with God. It is when we choose to humble ourselves and repent before Him with an obedient heart that God honors and blesses. I believe that there are still people who reverence God in spite of the hour and times in which we live. I believe that there is a remnant people who understand that God is their source, and that you simply can be blessed, protected and obtain favor without Him. Stay faithful, stay humble, and love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind and soul. Optimum Kingdom Blessings!


Nikki Godbolt on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 9:45 AM
This is so very true Apostle, there are truly some troubling days ahead of us but i praise God for his word, because he promised that he would never leave us nor forsake us! Repentance is key, because it is sin that seperates us from the Father, but repentance that brings us back close! Thank your Apostle Beth for all you do for the Kingdom! Love ya! Kingdom Blessings!
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Apostle Dr. Bethtina Williams on Thursday, November 08, 2012 1:48 PM
Nikki, it is true that repentance brings us back to God. It is our doorway of escape from the penalty of sin which is death into life and that more abundantly. Even though we are facing some of the most challenging times known to man, we can still live within the divine protection and favor of God as we yield to Him, and humble ourselves in submission and obedience to His word. God promises to supernaturally protect and keep the righteous in Psalm 91:1, as we make Him our refuge and help in the time of trouble. God bless you Nikki.


TRACIE FIELDS on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 7:41 PM
A repentant spirit and humble heart will keep our relationship with God strong as well as pure. God will keep us in perfect peace as our minds and hearts are on him and not distracted by what is happening in the world. God has already told us that these challenging times would come but he will keep us and bring us through during these times.
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Apostle Dr. Bethtina Williams on Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:08 PM
Tracie, thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog. How we respond to God largely determines our outcome. It doesn't matter what's going on on the outside of you as much as it matters what is going on on the inside of your heart that ultimately determines how your circumstance will end up. So, it is paramount that every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ maintains a heart that is both yielded and submitted wholly unto God, and if you sin you have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. When you sin repent and recover quickly so that you can abide in God's peace, protection and favor all the days of your life. Optimum Kingdom Blessings!


Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Friday, November 09, 2012 11:41 AM
When it comes to the subject of divine protection it is literally up to the individual to determine whether he or she wants God to take care of them. This is true because each individual has been given the power of choice. When the choice is right the protection will be there. You see God is able to make even your enemies be at peace with you according to Proverb 16:7. Proverbs 16:7, "When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." God further goes on to say, If God be with you who can be against you. By using the word "who" He signifies any personal enemy. Romans 8:31, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" Furthermore no thing can destroy you if God is for you. Psalms 91:3, "Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence."Psalms 91:5-16, "Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation." When and individual sets his or her heart to honor and obey the Lord nothing can overtake them because God will be their divine protector.
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Apostle Dr. Bethtina Williams on Friday, November 09, 2012 10:50 PM
Yes and Amen, Chief Apostle Stanley! I love your comments on our community blog this month. They are Scriptural and precisely to the point. I believe the key is to stay in close relationship with God and stand upon the promises of His Word. When tough times come they cannot overtake and destroy the righteous, because the Lord is guiding and protecting them in His favor, sovereign power and love. Optimum Kingdom Blessings my dear!!!


Candice Mimms on Saturday, November 10, 2012 8:57 PM
After reading the blog, I was reminded of Psalm 91 verse 1 which reads “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. The entire chapter of Psalm 91 encompasses the pronounced protection of God for His people. God is loyal and faithful to do what He said concerning the righteous.
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Apostle Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, November 12, 2012 10:34 PM
Amen Candice, thank you for contributing to our community blog. Your comments are appreciated and are on target. Optimum Kingdom Blessings!


Marsha Wilson on Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:44 PM
I would like to echo 2 things that stood out to me, having a repentant heart, remaining humble in the sight of God and the mention of Ps. 91 vs. 1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty". I view those as (must haves) in these last days. For the times are truly uncertain, to the natural eye, but in God there's certainty, and that we can take comfort in. Bless you!
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Apostle Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, November 12, 2012 10:39 PM
Absolutely Marsha, God is the only certainty in troubled times, and humility and repentance are a very important aspect and ingredient in our relationship with Him. He love us and wants the best for us, but we must appreciate who He is and understand that a dear price was paid for our protection and prosperity during troubled times by the shed blood of our Lord and King Jesus Christ. Amen.


Allen Wilson on Monday, November 12, 2012 12:15 AM
In Acts 2, there seems to be an example of Favor in the Mist of Troubled Times. Peter preached a message, they that received his word were baptized, 3000 souls added, continued stedfastly in the apostles'doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayers, fear came upon every soul, many signs & wonders were done by the apostles, and all that believed were together & had all things common, sold their possessions & goods and give them to all men as needed, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, breaking bread from house to house, eating with gladness & singleness of heart, praising God, having favor with all people, and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Wow! There is much we can pull out of this, but there are somethings we can pull out that relate to the title of this blog. They sold their possession & goods and parted them to every man as needed. In addition, they had favor with all the people. It was not easy for the Jewish people to live under Roman occupation or rule socially, economically, and politically. But in the mist of Roman rule, the Kingdom of God was advancing. Some of the outcomes of the advancement of the Kingdom of God was every man's need was met and favor with all people. In some ways living in Rome in the 1st century is like living in the USA in the beginning the 21st century. The church in the USA in the 21st century may be operating somewhat behind. But God is raising up men & women who are and will advance the Kingdom of God in such a way that we will see the 21st century Church (in all nations) operating like the 1st century Church.
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Apostle Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, November 12, 2012 10:47 PM
Allen, I love it! Your comments and contribution to this month's blog are extraordinarily insightful, and provides a more in depth view of God's favor in troubled times or even during periods of persecution. The spirit which the people of God had towards their relationship with Him, fellowship with other saints or believers in Jesus Christ, and the world around them is something that every Christian should take note of and emulate today. I believe the image of the Church would be much better, stronger, and even more effective as a witness to the world about who Jesus is if we embrace and live by the standards which they lived by in the first century. I'm looking forward to hearing from you again. Optimum Kingdom Blessings!!!

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