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Summary: The Lord’s care is compared to that of mother hen for her young chickens when they are in danger. It is the wonder of wonders that sometimes people choose to abandon the cover of the wings of the Almighty.

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THE SPIRIT OF THE CHICKEN

Dr. D. K. Olukoya

Mathew 23:37-38 says, “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. (They refused to be gathered). 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.”

This was the Lord’s final prophecy on Jerusalem. Those who read news stories and follow world events would discover that there has never been peace in Jerusalem. Jesus said that peace would not come until that day of His appearing and they would say, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Very often in Jerusalem people put bomb in their own bodies, not minding to die. Sometime ago, a man walked into a market place in Jerusalem where there was a large crowd, ignited the bomb in that large crowd, and destroyed himself and many others.

Jesus had already said it, “I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathered her chickens under her wings and ye would not.”

The Lord’s care is compared to that of mother hen for her young chickens when they are in danger. It is the wonder of wonders that sometimes people choose to abandon the cover of the wings of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” It can be a terrible thing when someone now moves out. The Psalmist says, “Be thou my strong habitation where I may resort continually. Thou hast given commandment to save me.”

The Lord cares for us but sometimes, as foolish chickens, some will not hide under the mother’s wings. God’s people are always safe. All His saints are in His mighty hands. The hand of God is a place of safety and nothing can hurt a person who has made God his refuge. Whether it is famine, flood, riot, fire or war, nothing shall hurt the righteous. Psalm 71:3 says, “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort; thou has given commandment to save me: for thou art my rock and my fortress.”

Though this earth may be rocking beneath the feet of man and the heavens are rolling up and the firmament is passing away, God’s people need not fear because they shall be saved. If they cannot be saved under the heavens, they shall be saved in the heavens. If there is no safety for them in time of trouble upon the earth, they shall be caught up in the air. That is why it is said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”

God may tear His enemies like a lion but would protect every one of His children. As long as you hide under the cover of the blood of Jesus, you are saved. The enemies may fire their arrows but God will always spare His people. The reason God spares His people in time of calamity is that He sees the mark of the blood of Jesus upon their foreheads; so nothing can hurt them because the blood is upon them. Every evil thing must of necessity pass them by. The Bible says, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shall thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord which is thy refuge even the most High, thy habitation.”

Please, pray like this: “Anything that will remove me from under divine protection, get out of my life, in the name of Jesus.”

Paul was in a ship, but before he set out for that journey, the most powerful prophet around told him that he was going to suffer on that journey, that he should not go, but Paul said that he was going. When he then got into the ship, he told the people there: “Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage not only of the lading and ship but also of our lives.” But the captain of the ship did not listen to Paul. He must have said in his heart. “An ordinary prisoner cannot tell us what we shall do here.” They felt that they knew better than the Almighty and went into the sea. The Bible says that the storm arose and for weeks, they did not see the sun. They threw their luggage into the water. They could not eat. Later, Brother Paul stood up. The prisoner then became the controller because God had already said that He had given commandment to save him. Paul said to them, “Sirs, did I not tell you not to set sail, but however, since it has become like this and you people are not eating, cheer up, eat food, none of you shall die. The angel of God, whom I serve, stood by me this night and said that none of you shall die, but you have to remain in the ship even if the ship is scattered into pieces.” Everybody in that ship was saved.

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