God's Covering
by George Kirkpatrick 

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The Bible contains a multitude of God's promises to His creation man. But His promises always have a condition. Our God promises if you will do such and such, then He will do this or that. We can claim all God's promises if we meet His conditions.

Many of God's promises are hard to understand, and they must be Spiritually discerned. One such promise was made through the pen of an unknown Psalmist:

"He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler." Psalm 91:4

God promised He would cover us with His feathers, and keep us under His wings. His truth would be our shield and buckler. The condition we must meet is to put our total trust in His protection.

The first word we must consider is cover. Cover means to C - over. God's covering is His seeing or watching over us. As long as we are putting our total trust in His protection He has promised to C - over us. In Psalms 91:4 the Lord uses two birds to describe His protection: first, the earth-bound chicken, and second, the heavenly-bound eagle. God promised Israel in the book of Deuteronomy:

"As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him." Deuteronomy 32:11-12

The eagle is a high flying bird that flies above all storms. God has promised to carry us above all the storms of life. His condition is, we are to have no strange gods in our life. Today many who are called by His name have many strange gods. Anything that takes our time and money is our god. Today there are many gods who steal our money and consume our time. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:

"For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)" I Corinthians 8:5

There are many gods and lords in the world to consume our time and our money. Some of these gods are sports, vcr movies, magazines, drinking, and drug abuse; the list is endless. The church has allowed these strange gods to enter into their midst. The church has many lovers that are strange before their God. They have allowed adultery and fornication to sit in their midst. Adulterers and fornicators can sit in the church because there is no longer any convicting power of God in the church.

The church has become a meeting place where all are welcome. It is no longer a hospital for the sin-sick, nor a clinic for the broken-hearted. It has become a social club, and the only qualification to join is the acceptance of the status quo in everyone's life.

God has turned His back on those whose only determination is to fill pews and have a full collection plate. Their strange gods are an abomination to our God and a stink in His nostrils. Paul continued:

"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him." I Corinthians 8:6

When God's people get all the other gods out of their life, God has promised to carry them upon His wings above the storms and deliver them safely into His presence. If we want God's covering in our life, we must eliminate all strange gods and spend our time seeking the one true God, and make Him the Lord of our life.

The second bird God used to reveal His protection is the common chicken. Jesus stood before Jerusalem and cried before the people:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matthew 23:37

Those who were raised on the farm have witnessed what Jesus was speaking about. The old setting hen would sit on her eggs until they were hatched. Her baby chicks were never out of her sight. When all was safe, she would give a clucking sound, and the chicks would know they were safe. When danger approached she would give a sound, and all her chicks would run to her for safety. The old hen would spread her wings, and all her chicks, no matter how many, would run under her wings, and she would close her wings over them, where they would be safe and warm. When a rain storm would come the chicks would be kept dry. The old hen would take the full fury of the storm. Neither her safety or condition were important. What was important was the safety and protection of her little ones. This is what God wants to do for us.

Jesus stood before Jerusalem and made the accusation that Jerusalem had killed the prophets, and stoned those He had sent to warn them of their wicked ways. His desire for His people was to be their total protection and security, but as He said, "Ye would not". Nothing has changed since Jesus spoke those words of exhortation. Jesus warned all who would read:

"Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord." Matthew 23:38-39

Today the church has become desolate, devoid of any Spiritual understanding. Jesus warned we will not see Him until we shall say, "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord". God is again sending His prophets to speak to His Jerusalem (those in the true place of worship). Some are piling up stones. While others are heeding God's warning, and putting away their strange gods.

When storms come in our life, we have God's promise He will either carry us above the storm on His wings, or cover us through the storm under His feathers. His covering or seeing over us will always be in place as long as there is no strange god before us.

There are three places we can be in our relationship with our God:

     We can be in His perfect will:
         When we are hearing the Father's voice and are doing as He instructs us

     We can be in His permissive will :
         Where we hear His voice, but are not exactly sure what He wants us to do, so we do His will, but not perfectly. Our Father will allow this until we come into more maturity.

     Or, we can be out of God's will:
         When we hear His voice, know what He wants us to do, but refuse to do as His voice directs. God classifies this as rebellion.

We need to know, as long as we stay in God's perfect will, His covering is permanent. When we are in His permissive will His covering is temporary. When we are out of His will His covering is gone, non-existent, and we subject ourselves to every judgment explained in God's Holy Word. The prophet Isaiah wrote:

"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin:" Isaiah 30:1

God deals more with rebellion than with any other sin. The All-wise Solomon warned all those who rebel against God and His Word:

"An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him." Proverbs 17:11

An evil man seeketh only rebellion. Solomon warned when we are in rebellion against God's Word, a cruel messenger will be sent against us. This cruel messenger is of satan. The word messenger is also translated angel. These are the fallen angels who follow satan and hate all righteousness. We wonder why there is so much demonic depression on those who sit in church today. It's because they are out of God's will, and they have opened themselves to demonic depression. The Apostle James wrote:

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17

When we know by God's Word what He wants us to do, and we refuse to be obedient, then it is rebellion, and rebellion is sin. No sin is acceptable in the presence of God. As Isaiah declared:

"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin:" Isaiah 30:1

Those who call themselves by God's name are receiving counsel, but the counsel they are receiving is not from God. Isaiah informs us the people have a covering, but their covering is not the covering of the Holy Spirit. Their covering is religion.

One of the most common asked questions is, "What denomination are you?", or "What faith are you?" God only has one faith, and He recognizes no denomination. He judges the heart, not your affiliation. His only question to us is, "Do we have a close personal relationship with Him, or does He even know who we are?"

The religious spirit is very prevalent in the church today. The religious spirit is not God's Spirit. It is a lying spirit. The religious spirit does not care what de-nomination you belong to. It operates the same in all denominations. The prophet Isaiah continues:

". . . this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord." Isaiah 30:9

God calls those who have fallen into rebellion, lying children. They are called by His name, yet they run their lives by the precepts and doctrines of denominational orders, not by the Word of God. They refuse to hear God's Word or abide in His will. God's Word has taught them to do good, but they have chosen another way.

Rebellion to God's Word will bring us out from under God's covering. When this happens we will begin to hear from the cruel messenger (angel) sent to deceive. This is the lying spirit that has entered into the church system. The Apostle Paul warned of the cruel messenger God would send at the end of the age:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." II Thessalonians 2:3-4

The old man of sin must be revealed in each life. The man of sin is the old, flesh nature who listens to the cruel messenger. This cruel messenger opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God. The spirit of religion has taken pre-eminence in the temple of God. Paul asks:

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" I Corinthians 3:16

When the spirit of religion sits in the temple of God, it exalts itself above all that is called God in the person's life. Paul continued his warning to the church at Thessalonica:

"Even him, whose coming is after the working of satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." II Thessalonians 2:9-10

Many believe because they went to an altar and confessed their sin that they are saved. The word saved is the Greek word SOZO and means "to make whole, keep safe, to rescue from danger". Being saved is when we come under God's covering. It is not a religious act, nor are people saved because they repeat a few words. Many are told they are saved because they have joined this or that denomination. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are saved when we have a change of heart.

Being saved means we have come under God's covering, and our lives have entered into His protection. The church system has polluted God's Word, and have given people a false hope of eternal security in once-saved, always saved. Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica explaining what God will do to those who refuse to live by His Word:

"And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:" II Thessalonians 2:11

The strong delusion is the cruel messenger, the lying, religious spirit who says to all who believe, "You are all right. God accepts you as you are. God understands the weakness of your flesh. You have done all God requires of you." Paul's warning gets even stronger:

"That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." II Thessalonians 2:12

Those who do not believe the truth, and have pleasure in unrighteousness will be damned. The word damned means "to judge or condemn". Paul warned the church at Corinth:

"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." I Corinthians 10:12

This lying spirit of religion in the church is the new age spirit. You can always recognize the new age spirit. When confronted, this spirit becomes very angry. This spirit will assure those in rebellion they are all right and everyone else is wrong. The flesh will believe this lie because the Spirit of God has withdrawn. The convicting power of God is no longer active in their life. The lying spirit will cause them to lie to themselves.

Those who are listening to the cruel messenger will justify every action, and refuse to change. This lying spirit will cause them to defend their actions, even though they know they are wrong. God tries to warn us through His Spirit, through other people speaking to us, and will also warn us in His Word. Those who are in rebellion need to repent and turn totally to God's Word, learn His voice, and become obedient to His will and His way. If they refuse to do this, they will die in their sin. In the words of Isaiah:

"But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit: therefore He was turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them." Isaiah 63:10

When we remain in our rebellion, we vex God's Holy Spirit, and He becomes our enemy. These are harsh words. God's people have been taught we serve a goody, goody God who loves us so much He will never correct us. This is a lie from the lying spirit, believed only by those whose lives are in rebellion to God's Word. The prophet Malachi spoke of those who are in rebellion to God's Word:

"Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied Him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?" Malachi 2:17

Our God is a God of judgment. He is the righteous judge. He only judges by His Word. Those who only believe in His goodness and mercy will learn the judgment of God. The Apostle Paul wrote:

"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." Romans 11:22

Paul spoke, not only of the goodness of the Lord, but also His severity. Paul also informed us, as long as we continue in God's goodness, we will partake of His goodness; or be under His covering. When we rebel we are no longer in His goodness, and we will suffer God's severity, and be cut off.

Stephen spoke to all present just before they stoned him:

"Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." Acts 7:51

Those who refuse to obey God's Word are resisting the Holy Spirit move in their lives. Paul called them stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart. The word circumcision means "the paring away of the flesh to expose the headship of Christ". Those who are still operating in the flesh have resisted the Holy Spirit change and cleansing God desires to make in their lives. Their thinking processes have not been renewed. The Apostle Paul spoke of grieving the Holy Spirit:

"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:30

Paul warned against grieving the Holy Spirit. When we grieve the Holy Spirit, He will depart. When the Holy Spirit departs, then we will be visited by the cruel messenger.

God's covering is for everyone, but there is a condition we must meet. We must walk in God's will and His way. If we are unwilling to do this, we have opened ourselves to God's judgment. God promised another covering to those who are seeking His will and His way:

"And I have put My words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of Mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art My people." Isaiah 51:16

God promised to cover His chosen under the shadow of His hand. God has put His words in our mouth. Again God's promise came with a stipulation. Luke recorded Jesus' words which He spoke to the multitude:

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:45

We may ask the question, "How does God's Word get in our mouth?" Our mouth speaks what we have stored in our heart or memory bank. Whatever we have programmed into our memory bank is what comes out of our mouth. When God's Word comes out of our mouth, it is because we have filled ourselves with His Word. We have programmed our heart (mind) with His Word. Then when God desires us to speak, His Word is in our mouth.

Isaiah recorded the Lord did this so He may plant the heavens. The word plant means "to establish". God is going to establish His heavens. Heaven is the Spiritual realm of God. God is going to establish His Spiritual people, those who are seeking Him with their whole heart, who have dealt with the man of sin.

Isaiah continues, ". . . He will lay the foundation of the earth".

The Apostle Paul informed the church at Corinth:

"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 3:11

To the church at Ephesus, Paul disclosed:

"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;" Ephesians 2:20

The foundation we must lay in our earth is Jesus Christ, not only knowing who He is, but what He is. Paul declared what Jesus is. Jesus is the chief cornerstone of our foundation. Paul declared our foundation is the apostles and prophets. By the inspiration of God, the apostles wrote the New Testament and the prophets wrote the Old Testament. The cornerstone is part of the foundation. We not only need Jesus Christ, the cornerstone, as Saviour, we need to know Him as the creating God and the ruling and reigning King. We can only discover who He is by reading and understanding who He is as disclosed in the New and Old Testament. We need to not only know Him as Saviour, we need to know Him as the Father and as Christ Jesus, the ruler and reigner in our life. Those who know Jesus as King will rule and reign with Him for all eternity. Once God has established who will rule and reign with Him, He will set up His Kingdom on earth. Jesus revealed this day to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15

When the seventh angel sounds there will be total silence, Revelation 8:1. All the voices of opposition will have been silenced. The last vial will have been poured out, and the judgment of God will be complete. This is when the kingdoms of this world (those who are in power today) will become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ (His anointed in the earth), His Spiritual creation. These are those who are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:6. These will be the ruling and reigning force on planet earth. This is when our God will establish the heavens or His Spiritual people because they have laid His foundation in their earth.

Many teach God is going to miraculously remove His people from the earth. God's Word declares:

"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." Matthew 24:13

The phrase those who endure means "to tarry behind, not to recede or flee, to preserve under misfortune and trials, and to hold fast". Only those who endure will be protected through God's wrath. Only those who are under the shadow of God's hand; or under His wings are going to endure until the end. Jesus gave us the same assurance through the pen of John:

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand." John 10:28-29

When we are in the hand of the Father nothing can touch us. We are in His safe keeping and protection. Nothing, nor no one, can pluck us out of His hand. All we must do is meet the conditions of His promises. Those who choose to be under God's covering need to make the desires of their heart known to God. King David constantly informed God of his desires. David's prayer was:

"Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings," Psalm 17:8

The apple of the eye is the pupil. David's prayer needs to be our prayer, that God make us the center of His attention and keep us safe and secure from all harm. If this is our desire then we need to make it our prayer. We know by God's Word, He will never leave us nor forsake us. But there is a condition to meet if we are going to claim this promise. The writer of Hebrews gives us instruction on how to claim this promise in our life:

"Let your conversation be without covetous-ness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake Thee." Hebrews 13:5

To claim this promise our conversation must be without covetousness. The word conversation does not mean what we say, it means "our course of life, or our way of life". If we do not want God to ever leave us or forsake us, then our life must be without covetousness. We must be content with such things as we have.

Today, God's people are constantly wanting more, bigger, and better. Covetousness has become a way of life, desiring not only everything they see, but everything everyone else has. This is especially true in the ministry. Pastors want more people, a bigger building, a better end of town. Many lust for, and covet, the big ministries on TV or radio. God informed us our way of life must be without covetousness. God has promised, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake Thee." But the condition is we must be content with such things as we have.

God's people have been taught to covet God's promises without meeting God's conditions. God knows the thoughts and intents of the heart. We need to ask ourselves, "Do we want to try to defend our thoughts and actions before a righteous and Holy God?" Maybe we need to rethink our motives and set another course of action. Many believe God overlooks their thoughts and actions because of the great work they are doing for the Father. Jesus gave us an example of the unprofitable servant:

"But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do." Luke 17:7-10

When we only do what is commanded for us to do, can we expect God to thank us? Many believe God should bless them because of their witnessing, but Jesus informed us:

". . .Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

So when we are witnessing we are only doing what we are commanded to do. Many believe because they are ministering the gospel, God should recognize them. The Apostle Peter revealed:

"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." I Peter 4:10

When we are ministering, we are ministering by the gift we have received. Again, we are only doing what we are commanded to do. Others believe because of their giving, God should overlook their opulent way of life. Yet by the words of Jesus we learn:

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." Luke 6:38

When we give, we are giving for our good, not for God's good. God does not need our money, but we need to give. Why? We need to give so God may give to us, so we may give to others, and meet the needs of His ministries. If we do not give, we become covetous and we are no longer under the covering of our God. Those who have this motive to give are by Jesus' words, still unprofitable servants because they are only doing what is commanded of them to do. In everything we do God checks the condition of our heart as to why we are doing it. He does not judge our actions, He judges our heart. When we do the extra things God has not commanded us to do, that is when we enter into a place of God's blessing. God rewards a pure heart in whatever we endeavour to accomplish for Him.

Another area we need God's covering is with our children. As long as the child is at home, he is under the parent or parents' covering. In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul explained:

"For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy." I Corinthians 7:14

The believing parent sanctifies the unbelieving parent, and the believing parent is the covering for the children. The word sanctify is the Greek word HAGIAZO and means "to hollow, to consecrate and to dedicate to God". When we sanctify something or someone, we set them apart in the Spiritual realm for God to do a special work. When the believing wife or husband sanctifies the other, they are directing God to their Spiritual need.

Paul informed the Corinthians if there is not a believing parent in the home the children of that home are unclean. The word unclean means "not cleansed in thought or in life". Paul states it is because of the believing parent, the children are holy. The word holy is the Greek word HAGIOX and means "cleansed, pure, and chaste in the sight of God". As long as the child remains in the home and obedient to their believing parent, then they are cleansed, pure, and chaste in the sight of God.

But children grow up and begin to make their own decisions. At this point the child is no longer under the covering of the believing parent. He has come to the age of accountability, and must establish his or her own covering.

At the time of marriage the head of this new home must establish the covering for his home and those who reside under his roof. When children are born to this new home, they must be dedicated to the Lord, and their covering established. Children who are not dedicated to the Lord will generally go their own way and do their own thing, and will bring reproach upon the whole family. It becomes the believing parent or parents great responsibility to teach their teenage children how to establish their covering, so God will see over their entire life.

Many children fall away after leaving home because their new found freedom allows all the things of the world to enter into their life. No longer being under the protection of their Godly parents they feel they must try their wings. Children need to be warned, prepared, and educated about the pitfalls of coming out from under God's covering. Without God's covering, the first few years of marriage can be very difficult. The divorce rate proves this. Most marriages that fail, fail in the first five years. The statistics are no different for those in the church or the worldly children who marry. Many marriages could be saved if the children were trained that God ordains marriage, and His blessing and His covering must be over the marriage if the marriage is going to become a glory to the Father.

There is much God's people must learn if they are to fulfill the words of Paul to the church at Ephesus:

"Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4

We can have godly children if we meet the conditions of God's promises. God's conditions are we must not provoke our children to wrath (anger). Our children must also be raised in the nurture of the Lord. The word nurture means "to chasten and to instruct". This includes the whole training and education of the child in the things of the Lord. Training a child in morality has man facets. It not only includes the abstinence from sex until marriage, it also includes teaching them respect; respect for self, respect for others, and respect for property. Today the teaching of respect is sadly neglected. Children are no longer taught to respect their elders. Rather they are taught to fear them. Morality also includes what comes out of a child's mouth. If they are not corrected when lewd, unsavory language is used, they will think this kind of talk is all right. Of course if this kind of language is used in the home, the child can certainly justify his or her use of the same. Morality encompasses many areas. It also includes the training, and care of the body. Children must learn to cultivate the soul by correcting mistakes and curbing passions.

Raising children is one of the most awesome responsibilities in the Kingdom of God, and yet it is one of the most neglected responsibilities in this modern age. The church has no better record than the world. Their children listen to godless rock and roll music, go to their concerts, and hang pictures of their rock heros in their bedrooms. Rock and roll, with its message of drugs, sex, rebellion, and suicide have perverted the minds of our youth. This damnable heresy has been brought into the church under the label of "Christian Rock". There is no such thing as Christian Rock. God does not take the things of satan to build His Kingdom. Parents have listened to their children instead of getting their instruction in their prayer closet on how to raise God's heritage.

The world and all that goes with it has entered into the church. Then we ask why the church has no power. Why have our children gone by the way of the world? Why do Christian marriages fail? The answer is simple: God's people have come out from under God's covering and are doing their own thing.

The cruel messenger is having a "hay day" in the lives of many Christians, and God's people are wondering why they have so many problems. God's covering is for all who are seeking God's will and are meeting His conditions.

Another area we should be desiring God's covering in is revealed by the prophet Malachi:

"For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." Malachi 4:1-2

God has promised His judgment will come upon the proud, and all who do wickedly. The word wickedly means "to condemn as guilty in ethical and religious relations". Many who are called by God's name will be included among the proud and those who do wickedly. Our God has promised these shall be as stubble in the day of His coming judgment.

Then Malachi makes us a glorious promise. Those who fear God's name are those who have come under His covering and protection and are obedient to His voice. To these He promises, the Sun of righteousness will arise with healing in His wings. The word sun means "as the sunrise, and to be brilliant". There are two aspects of the sun:

1. the sunrise cannot be hid
2. the sunrise is an absolute determination

The time of the sunrise can be determined years in advance. This is because of God's wonderful order in all creation. Everything is in perfect timing and order. The same is true of God's judgment. It will not come a day early or a minute late. God's judgment will come in His predetermined time. The proud and those who do wickedly will be partakers of His wrath.

Those who fear God's name, and have come under His covering will not only be protected, they will be healed. God's healing is in His wings. Those who abide under the shadow of His wings, Psalm 17:8, will be totally healed. There can be no sickness in the presence of God. It is recorded:

"Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them, and healed them." Luke 4:40

The sun is setting. We are at the end of the present age. Today there is much sickness in the earth, not only physical sickness, also mental and spiritual sickness. When these are brought to the Father, there is healing in His wings.

Those who have come to their God, nothing doubting, will be healed. They will go forth in His name and power to grow up as calves in the stall. A calf in the stall is totally cared for and protected. Those who are under His wings can claim total victory in every area of their lives. These are the overcoming saints who will rule and reign with God for all eternity. These have witnessed the words of Jesus:

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in Him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing." John 15:5

Our God is the vine, we are the branches. The branch cannot produce fruit unless it abides in the vine. When we, as branches, are drawing all our life from the vine, we will produce much fruit. The fruit that will come forth in our lives is the fruit of the Spirit. When the body of Christ learns "without Him they can do nothing" they will truly be abiding in the vine, and under His covering. We need to remember Jesus' words:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!" Luke 13:34

Will we be guilty of Jesus' admonition to Jerusalem when He proclaimed, "I would have gathered you under My wings for your total protection, "AND YE WOULD NOT", or will we be the ones described by the prophet Isaiah:

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Are we waiting upon the Lord, or are we running ahead doing our own thing? Are we weary in the race, or are we having our strength renewed? Are we under His protection, or are we depending on government and insurance for our protection? Yes, God's judgment is sure. Are we under His covering, or must we weather the storm by ourselves? Jesus is still crying out to His people:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Related Books by George Kirkpatrick

Come Down and Worship With Us
God's Progressive Gift
The Branch

For Further Discussion

The Earth Bound Chicken
The Heavenly Bound Eagle
Rebellious Children
The Lying Religious Spirit
The Cruel Messenger
The New Age Spirit
The Goodness and Severity of God
A Stiffnecked People
Stubble in the Judgment
Calves in the Stall
The Parental Covering
Christ Jesus, the Ruler and Reigner in our Lives


1. What does the phrase "C - over" mean?

2. When storms come in our lives, what has God promised us?

3. The church is no longer a hospital for the sin-sick, nor a clinic for the broken-hearted. It has become a .

4. When we are in God's perfect will, His covering is .

When we are in God's permissive will, His covering is .

When we are out of God's will His covering is .

5. Can we be saved by repeating a few words? What is required to be saved?

6. The lying spirit in the church today is the spirit.

7. To receive God's covering, we must continue in

8. What does the word circumcision mean?

9. We must not only know Jesus as the cornerstone of our foundation, but we must also know him as , the ruler and reigner in our life.

10. Is it in God's plan to miraculously remove His people before the Wrath of God? Matthew 24:13

11. What does the word conversation mean?

12. What does the word sanctify mean?

13. It is the parents great responsibility to teach their teenage children how to do what?

14. Why have our children gone by the way of the world? Why do Christian marriages fail?

15. Personal Questions: Are you waiting upon the Lord, or are you running ahead doing your own thing? Are you under His protection or are you depending on government and insurance for your protection. Are you under God's covering or will you have to weather the storm by yourself?

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