Stop Fighting and Start Praising

After listening to a sermon a few weeks ago, I realized there is an improper operation of God’s Word. Let me explain. I have heard people say they’ve been fighting the Devil, the Devil is busy, and the Devil is on me to name a few. Now granted this can be true, however, these things should not be our focus.

First the Bible says, “Exodus 14:14 (KJV)  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” This right here informs me that when trying times come our way, we are not to run our mouth regularly about what the enemy is doing, we are to stand still and know that He is God. We stand still by seeking His face, and standing on his word.

In 2 Chronicles 20 three enemies came against Jehoshaphat and he sought the Lord and proclaimed a fast. In the last part of verse 15 the Lord spoke and said, “the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

The Lord defends those who seek Him, and walk upright before Him. Many afflictions are of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver us out of them all. This lets me know that within ourselves we do not have the capacity to defeat a spritual enemy, but through Christ we can do ALL things, and we are more than conquerers through HIM!

This brings me to my closing point. In the 21st to the 24th verse of 2 Chronicles 20 we see that Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise the beauty of holiness and to go before the army and to Praise the Lord for his mercy endureth forever. In verse 22 the scripture says that as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set up ambushments, and in the end of verse 23 the scripture says that they (their enemies) destroyed one another.

There are many places in the Bible that speaks of us Praising God will destroy your enemy (Jericho). We are not to fight the enemy, the only fight we are to have is the good fight of faith. We do this by standing on God’s Word, declaring it in our situation, and waiting for it to be manifested in our lives.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (KJV)  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Stop fighting and start praising. Praise should always be our weapon of choice because praise destroys our enemy. Praise the Lord in the midst of your testing time and allow the Lord to give you the victory and the spoils of your enemy. Until next time, Be Blessed!

From Mourning to Dancing

July 14, 2016

From Mourning to Dancing

Amy Boucher Pye

Isaiah 61:1–4

He has sent me . . . to bestow on [those who grieve] a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning.Isaiah 61:1, 3

“We’re cutting your job.” A decade ago those words sent me reeling when the company I worked for eliminated my position. At the time, I felt shattered, partly because my identity was so intertwined with my role as editor. Recently I felt a similar sadness when I heard that my freelance job was ending. But this time I didn’t feel rocked at my foundation, because over the years I have seen God’s faithfulness and how He can turn my mourning to joy.Though we live in a fallen world where we experience pain and disappointment, the Lord can move us from despair to rejoicing, as we see in Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming of Jesus (Isa. 61:1–3). The Lord gives us hope when we feel hopeless; He helps us to forgive when we think we can’t; He teaches us that our identity is in Him and not in what we do. He gives us courage to face an unknown future. When we wear the rags of “ashes,” He gently gives us a coat of praise.

When we face loss, we shouldn’t run from the sadness, but neither do we want to become bitter or hardened. When we think about God’s faithfulness over the years, we know that He’s willing and able to turn our grief to dancing once again—to give us sufficient grace in this life and full joy in heaven.

Father God, You turned Jesus’s pain on the cross into our best gift ever. Deepen my faith that I may welcome Your life-changing love into my life.

God can bring times of growth out of our times of heartache.

 

Having warned the Israelites of exile in Babylon (Isa. 39:6–7), Isaiah now offers comforts that God will restore them (chapters 40–66). Isaiah 61 speaks of God’s grace as He delivers His people from bondage (vv. 1–3) and of God’s glory as He blesses them (vv. 4–11). In today’s passage, Isaiah writes about the identity and ministry of the Deliverer (vv. 1–3). At the start of His public ministry, Jesus read from this passage (Luke 4:18–19) and publicly affirmed that He is the Messiah Isaiah spoke of (v. 21). Already anointed by the Spirit (3:21–22; 4:1), Jesus came to preach the good news, to heal, to deliver, to restore, and to bless (Isa. 61:1–3) so that we can live holy lives that display “his splendor” (v. 3).

Psalms 10–12; Acts 19:1–20