Monday, August 15, 2005

An inheritance of victory: Is 54:17

" 'No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,' declares the LORD." (Isaiah 54:17)
There are few things more glorious than victory. As sons and daughters of the King of Kings, we have an inheritance of victory. We are destined to overcome, to stand sure in the face of battle and judgment. Victory is our calling and our destiny.

While victories are won on the battlefield, it is the Lord that fights for us. He is our defense and our offence in the battles of life. When the Egyptians pursued the Israelites into the dried up Red sea, Moses encouraged the people saying, "Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent." (Exodus 14:13-14) The Egyptians fought with the Israelites and were soundly defeated without any Israelite having to lift a sword. They merely stood still and watched God defeat their enemy.

Paul also reminds us that much of our warfare is learning to stand in faith against the schemes of the enemy. "Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm." (Ephesians 6:11-13) God has promised to fight for us, He just asks us to be ready to stand. We need to cloth ourselves with Jesus, to put on His armor, and to learn to stand in faith. If the Devil can shake us from our peace and confidence in Jesus, then he can get us on the run. But if we learn to stand in faith, then there is nothing he can do to harm us. A lot of the scheming of the Devil is to try and get us to believe a lie; God does not like me; there is no way out of this. These are lies and, if we refuse to believe them, they will have no power over us. "Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents -- which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God." (Philippians 1:27-28)

Fear not! God is on your side! You are more than a conqueror! You are destined for victory!

David Robison

1 comment:

  1. Oh Amen that is soooo true!

    Thank you Lord!