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Protection - In the Presence of God

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Defence from attack, hurt or exploitation. The ultimate protector is God but he also uses others in defending the weak and needy.

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Protection from oppression

Psalm 72:4 ESV
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
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Protection from exploitation

Job 24:3–4 ESV
They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow’s ox for a pledge. They thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves.
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Means of protection against physical attack

Armour

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Shields

Jeremiah 46:3 ESV
“Prepare buckler and shield, and advance for battle!

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Spiritual protection

John 17:11–12 ESV
And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
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Believers need protection from spiritual dangers

From Satan

1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
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From Satan’s agents in the world

John 15:18–19 ESV
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
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God protects his people

By watching over them and helping them

Psalm 121:5 ESV
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
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By his presence with them

Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
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By sending angels to protect them

Psalm 34:7 ESV
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
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By using people to defend them

Proverbs 31:8–9 ESV
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
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Conditions of God’s protection

Prayer

Psalm 72:12 ESV
For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.
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Right attitudes

Psalm 91:14 ESV
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
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