God Raises a Standard

“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).

There are days when it feels as if ‘all hell is breaking loose,’ or trials seem to be coming at you from every direction. Sometimes this can be an indication that you are living your life without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If this is the case then it is wise to slow down and seek the Lord and be still before him to find peace. There are other times however, when you are doing your best to walk in the will of God. Although you are doing your best, you cannot understand why it seems like you are facing so much opposition. Most times, the intense opposition is an indication that you are on the cusp of something great.

Intense trials often suggests that your breakthrough is up ahead. Advancing the kingdom of God puts you in direct opposition with the kingdom of darkness. Despite the opposition, continue to pray and stay the course. Continue to do what God has called you to do and complete your assignment. Remember that God will take care of the adversary as long as you are doing what he has assigned you to do. “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak” (Isaiah 59:17).

Bear in mind that it is those who are often doing important things that are likely to experience criticism. It is when you decide that your life has significance and you determine to live in this way, when you are likely to experience opposition. Our God will not allow the trials to overwhelm you continually and he will arise to defend and protect his people. He has given us the weapons of the word to bind anything that is contrary to his will. The weapons of our warfare are not physical, but mighty to pull down spiritual strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). You will overcome and you are guaranteed the victory because God is on your side.

“According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense” (Isaiah 59:18).


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