YHWH is Your Shield and Salvation

by Ruth Greene

“The strength of YHWH is His road of integrity. His Word is refined and pure, a shield to all that trust Him.” – Psalm 18:30, direct translation

gunshotOne night many years ago, in the wee hours of the morning, I was awakened by the police at my door. I was informed that one of my sons was injured from a gunshot wound. When I arrived at the hospital, he was in surgery in the battle for his life. His condition was grave and his doctor held out little hope. By faith, I proclaimed that my son would live and not die, even though my son lost the determination to abide with YHWH at that time. I covered him with prayer and friends did the same. People that I didn’t know began to show up to see him. Along with all that came a boisterous party atmosphere and the smell of alcohol and drugs. A couple that I didn’t know pretended to be his parents. Conditions at the hospital were out of control. I decided that I must take a stand as his mother. I banned everyone but family from visiting, which outraged family and friends. I learned that I had courage.

It was not my courage, but courage that was given to me. I had to buck the will of many members of my family in order to keep an atmosphere of peace and healing, despite the heavy odds that were against my son. After a second surgery, my son was in a coma. As I prayed aloud in the Spirit, tears flowed from his eyes. Some of my family demanded that I remove my son from life support. I refused. He could still hear me…and he heard them. I have gratitude for the deliverance of my son. He was and is in YHWH’s hands. Before the second surgery, he visited with my pastor and my son rededicated himself to Messiah. As a friend and I prayed in the chapel, it came to us that my son would not live. Every day was a walk of trust regardless of the outcome. The only way to be delivered from surrounding evil, even from seemingly hopeless situations, is to call upon YHWH for help and strength. That is what my son did. That is what I did. My son was delivered and YHWH walked with me through the ordeal. YHWH’s protection is limitless even when life doesn’t turn out as you would hope. He is your rock of protection, your fortress in times of trouble, a place of safety where the enemy cannot follow, a shield that protects from harm, a horn of salvation, of might and power. (Psalm 18:2) Why did my son die? YHWH revealed: “I took him out of this world. Had I not done so, he would have turned back to the world and I would have lost him forever.” (“Foundation of Salvation“; “Forsaking Bitterness“; “Healing in a World of Rage“)

black-man-praise-in-blueLife is an adventure and the truth is that every sanctified disciple has valuable experience to share with others. If you don’t have a real testimony, then I would boldly say that you don’t know and appreciate the Word of YHWH. When that is the case, you don’t relate to the power of YHWH in your life. (Matthew 4:1-11) You don’t have anything to share. You are spiritually shallow and in great danger. You lack understanding to be certain, as well as relationship with YHWH. This is something that only you can do. Hollering, wailing and cat-calling at the excited tones of a preacher won’t save. You need deeper truth. YHWH’s truth firmly rooted in your life saves. It changes your life. (“YHWH First: Your Life Is Your Testimony“; “Life Healing and Belief“; “Serving for YHWH’s Glory“)

Your Heavenly Father wants you to seek Him in His Word and to minister to others in the power of His Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] YHWH wants to see whether His people will really obey Him. He has done this from the beginning, from Adam through Noah to Abraham and beyond. You will be tested as YHWH examines your trust in Him. You pass the test when you let the Teacher, the Holy Spirit work and ultimately lead in your life through YHWH’s track of righteousness, through the blood of Messiah. This lets the whole world know what you are about. You let others know that Yahshua [Jesus] is your King. (1 Timothy 1:17, 6:15; John 1:49; Revelation 1:5, 15:3, 19:16) The sacrifice of Messiah and the grace of YHWH don’t negate the need to obey, to cultivate a heart that seeks YHWH and His Will longingly. In this way, you overcome the temptations of the world and the machinations of Satan and his army. (“Christians: Focused on the Messiah & His Purpose“; “Your Purpose in the Body of Messiah“)

temptationWhen you give your life to YHWH, you open yourself up to testing. This is the nature of the spiritual battle at hand. This spiritual battle is as old as fall of mankind. You will be tested for obedience to YHWH’s Word through accurate knowledge just as Yahshua [Jesus] was tested. Yahshua [Jesus] proved that He was the Son of YHWH. (John 1:14-18; 1 Corinthians 8:6) Through your active faith, you prove that you are a son of YHWH, an heir to His Throne. You must overcome just as you must have the opportunity to disobey. You must be committed to overcome the pressure of Satan. Only through knowing and seeking the Word of YHWH can you overcome. (“Overcoming Satanic Attack“; “Overcoming Fear during Tough Times“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“; “Moving Mountains in Your Life“)

“You shall be watchful to do every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you may live and may multiply and may go in and possess the land which YAHWEH has sworn to your fathers. And you shall remember all the way which YAHWEH your Elohim has caused you to go these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, to try you, to know that which is in your heart, whether you will keep His commandments or not.” -Deuteronomy 8:1-2, HRB

The nation of Israel overlooked what had been done for them. They overlooked the fact that they would be inconvenienced in their flesh. They failed to appreciate the miracles and turned away. They murmured and complained continually. They were ungrateful and unfaithful. They refused to listen or to be humbled no matter what YHWH did. This sad state of affairs hasn’t changed except that we are no longer dealing with the failure of a nation of dedicated people. (John 1:11-13) Salvation has always been personal and that is what YHWH has carried forward through the deliverance of Messiah. Instead, man continually puts YHWH to the test through his disobedience and lack of appreciation. YHWH has your life, your future in His hands. He has your children in His hands. He has the world in His hands. (“Learning from Snakes in the Wilderness“; “Taking YHWH’s Mountain“)

seasonal-costumeOn the other hand, Satan is not a myth. He isn’t a costume that kids put on once a year or to darken the door of a bad horror picture. (Proverbs 22:6) He is the original tempter, a fallen angel. He is not symbolic. He and a host of demons fight actively against anyone that seeks to obey YHWH, Elohim of Hosts, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Just as Satan is real, so are his temptations. He seeks to lead you astray in any way possible. As long as you aren’t doing any particular thing YHWH’s Way, Satan is happy. In his mind, he has won. Satan has tried to force his reign over all creation. That is about to end. Yahshua [Jesus] will reign soon over all creation. (“Roots of Salvation“; “Spiritual Disease that Eats at Your Salvation“)

When you think you can rationalize giving in to Satan, search out your heart and mind. Can you see how Satan is working to block YHWH’s purpose in your life or the lives of others? If Yahshua [Jesus] had given in during his mission on earth, mankind would have been lost. While on earth, Yahshua [Jesus] was human, tempted by Satan in the desert and throughout His life here on earth. (John 1:1-18) But temptation isn’t sin. In fact, that temptation fortified Him and sanctified Him just as it does for you. After that temptation, He began His earthly ministry in earnest. Don’t give in to the temptation at hand or you will sin, missing the mark of YHWH’s righteousness. (Luke 4:1-13; Mark 1:12-13; “How YHWH Marks His People“; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“; “YHWH’s Revolution“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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