Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda: Calling God’s 911
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
When there’s an emergency, who do you call? In America, you simply dial 911 and emergency services will be dispatched to your aid. But what do you do about the dangers that calling 911 can’t help? We’ve experienced several in just the beginning of this year – from earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear disasters to economic and political shaking across the globe. The whole earth is groaning, many different voices are predicting disasters, and the atmosphere of panic and fear is trying to settle as we watch the world around us seem to melt like wax.
But did you know that God has His own 911?
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because he holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My name. When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.” Psalm 91
There’s no fear, no danger, no situation that is not covered when you call God’s 911. From physical danger, emotional trauma, personal crisis to global events of war, natural disasters and plagues…God’s 911 has got you covered. So when you begin to feel danger, fear, or wonder how to respond to the emergency unfolding around you, you can call God’s 911 and know God’s angels are being dispatched to your aid.
Making the Call
1. Don’t panic. The first thing any 911 dispatcher is trained to do is to calm the caller down in order to assess the situation and determine the best response to help. It’s no different when we call God’s 911. Hebrews 12 describes the very shaking that we are experiencing today. One thing is sure – not one thing in this temporary world is going to be left untouched by God’s shaking. But God also tells us what to do when the shaking comes:
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28). Don’t panic. Instead, take the opportunity to increase in your thankfulness and awe of God. Turn your attention from the danger or threat to the One who is your refuge, strength and salvation. Grow in your worship and praise of Him. Magnify the Lord, make His throne big in your praises.
2. Make God Your Dwelling Place. God is merciful and gracious and helps us more than we will ever truly be aware of in this lifetime. So, no matter what your current relationship with Him today, know that He hears when you call. But there is a condition to fully experience the benefits of Psalm 91. It is, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” When you cultivate your relationship with God, crave and seek His presence, then all these other things will come to pass:
• Rest in God’s shadow
• Refuge in God’s fortress
• Redemption in His power
• Reliance on His promises
• Retribution upon your enemies
• Resort from terror and destruction
• Reinforcement from angels for you and your children
• Rescue from danger
• Requests answered
• Resilience to bounce back
3. Develop Friendship with God. Making God your dwelling can sound like a very religious thing, but it is really all about cultivating relationship. Friendship goes two ways. How would you feel if you were always there for a person, helping them, calling them, inviting them to your home, giving them gifts and listening to them. But then when you needed them, they never returned the favor? You probably wouldn’t call them friend. One of the greatest privileges we have as Christians is the Person of the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us and with us. He helps us, comforts us, instructs us, directs us, gives us supernatural wisdom, knowledge, discernment and power. He anoints us and gives us everything we need to fulfill our destiny. He is God, and His desire is to be our Friend.
So how do you nurture this relationship?
• Pray in Tongues – make a spiritual discipline of praying in tongues every day. As you worship and commune with the Lord in your spiritual language, you will find that He will begin to drop His secrets, directions and thoughts into your heart.
• Read the Bible – the Bible is God-breathed and alive. As you spend time in God’s Word you will learn His voice, His demeanor, what pleases Him, and the Author will begin to read you. Spending time in His Word is a conversation of His heart to yours.
• Tithe – honoring the Lord in your finances is one of the basic responses that He asks of His friends. It is one of the requirements to living under an open Heaven and God’s manifold blessings in your life (see Malachi 3:10).
• Setting Priorities – walking with God daily, seeking His presence first and foremost. This does not mean shirking our other responsibilities to our family or our jobs, but it means keeping our ear open as we go through the day, being sensitive to His voice and actively making room in our schedule to spend time with our best Friend, the Holy Spirit.
4. Be Full of Faith God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). God has not left us orphans. From Calvary to the end of this age, He is marching forward in victory, bringing many sons to Glory. Even as we see the events Jesus described as coming before His return, it does not mean that we slip into fatalism. He instructed His followers to do two things:
First, to look up. Our redemption is drawing near. Second, He tells us to Watch and Pray. Both of these activities are full of faith, hope and expectation of God’s intervention and victory. We are the company that God has appointed to live in such a time as this. Like Esther of old, we will stand out even in the darkest days because of God’s favor, anointing and grace. We have the authority to stand in the gap for our families, our church, peoples and nations and turn the decrees of death and destruction into victory through our prophetic watching and praying. We are God’s emissaries on earth to call 911 not only on our own behalf, but to call and see God dispatch His angels to deliver and rescue others. Be proactive in your faith – pray, release God’s kindness and mercy, celebrate His awesomeness.
There are storms coming, but you can find shelter, strength, deliverance and triumph in the midst. You don’t have to be afraid, begin to call God’s 911. Begin to declare Psalm 91 over your children. Declare it over your family. Declare it over your nation. Declare it over Israel. Begin to plead the Blood and thank the Lord for His shelter and provision. Cultivate the fear of the Lord and make God your dwelling place more and more.
Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda
Chavda Ministries International
Taken from The Elijah LIst