A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee – Psalm 91:7

As a child of God, there’s a hedge of protection over your life; it’s placed there by God. Sadly, many breach that hedge without realizing it, through perverse or unwholesome communication. Proverbs 15:4 says, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.” 1Peter 3:10 (Good News Bible) says, “…If you want to enjoy life and wish to see good times, you must keep from speaking evil and stop telling lies.” Speaking evil means saying things that contradict God’s Word. The cardinal lie is the contradiction of the Word of God.

There’s a lesson in the story of Job in the Old Testament. Job, through his negative talking, gave Satan the inroad to his life, to wallop him. Job was a righteous man, who feared the Lord, and did what was right in His sight, and God blessed, fortified and protected him on every side. The devil couldn’t afflict Job, despite trying several times. In Job1:10, Satan, admitted this much: “…hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”

Yet, with all the spiritual walls of protection built around Job, he overthrew himself through the perverseness of his lips. He dug holes in the hedge God had built around him through his confessions of fear, discouragement and danger. Read part of his negative confessions in Job 3:25-26: “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.” This is completely at variance with the reality of his life, and what God did for him, which even Satan acknowledged in Job 1:10.

Ecclesiastes 10:8 says, “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” You break the hedge by your negative, fearful words.

Don’t speak words of fear, or admit that you’re not in safety, irrespective of the perceived danger. Rather, affirm always that no evil shall befall you, because your life is hidden with Christ, in God (Colossians 3:1). Declare that God’s angels are watching over you everywhere you go, to keep you in all your ways.

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Confession (Faith’s Proclamation)

I dwell in the secret place of the most high, and abide in His holy presence; therefore, no evil shall befall me, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling. Blessed be God.

Further Study: Proverbs 18:21; Psalm 91:2-6