No weapon forged against you will prevail

Isaiah 54:10-17

New International Version (NIV)

10 Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

11 “Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,[a]
your foundations with lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
your gates of sparkling jewels,
and all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,
and great will be their peace.
14 In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
it will not come near you.
15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
17     no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.

Psalm 64

Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.  Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words, That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.  They encourage themselves in an evil matter; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who will see them?” They devise iniquities: “We have perfected a shrewd scheme.” Both the inward thought and the heart of man are deep.  But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly they shall be wounded. So He will make them stumble over their own tongue; All who see them shall flee away. All men shall fear, And shall declare the work of God; For they shall wisely consider His doing. 10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him.  And all the upright in heart shall glory.

Satan wants us to fear and worry in times of trouble.  He wants us to fall apart.  However, we should not fear anyone or anything, because by doing so we fall into the hand of the evil one.  Rather, let us do as it says in Psalm 64:10 “The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him.  And all the upright in heart shall glory.”  This is because we are in the hand (John 10:28) of the almighty God who reigns on the throne in heaven.  We do not even need to fear those who do evil against us because God will turn it into good.  Genesis 50:20 says “20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

Let’s focus on the greatness and goodness of God, especially in the most difficult of times.  God will bless this attitude.  Let us also declare God’s promises to us in faith.  For instance let’s call upon the Lord to fulfill Deuteronomy 15:6 over us:

For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.”

Dear Lord, I thank you that right now you are fulfilling your promise over me that you will bless me, that I will lend to many nations and will not borrow.  Please give me the insight and understanding to more and more see your plan and walk in your pathway of blessing.  Amen.

Overcoming Discouragement in Your Job Search

Often during a job search we can become discouraged.  Maybe we came in second for the job we were hoping for after a long interview process.  Maybe we talk to person after person and we get no breaks, it may look like we are just treading water.  Maybe we apply for position after position and get no response.  Of course we have to make sure our resume is in good order and our interview skills are as good as they can be, etc.  But what if we have done all we can and still nothing happens.  At times like these let’s remember that our God, the one who created the heavens, the earth, and the stars in the sky is still reigning on the throne.  He is still leading us to victory.  It says in Philippians 4:19, “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”  Our God will supply the job we need; He will see us through every test.  We just need to remain in joy and faith knowing that our God is with us.

On the people of Israel’s journey to the Promised Land, they also became discouraged.  Numbers 21:4-5 says, “Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”  God was still leading them.  At this point, they had witnessed many of the miracles of God.  They had been sustained to this point, yet they became discouraged because the way was difficult and things were taking longer than expected.

When we feel discouragement coming, let’s not allow it to take hold of us.  Let’s remember that God has not left us, He is with us in this test.  Let us remember what Paul said in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”  Let us remember that on the other side of this discouragement is the Promised Land.  On the other side of this test is our promotion.  Let’s lift up our heads to God as it says in Psalm 24:4-7, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.  This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah Lift up your heads, O you gates!  And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!  And the King of glory shall come in.” This promise is our through Christ!

God has a plan, a vision, and a future for us.  If not, we would not be on the earth still.  It says in Jeremiah 29:11-13, “11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”  Maybe we do not know what the plan or vision is.  Let’s declare to God that we know he has a plan for us, we know he has a future and thank him for this. Let’s thank him that we are the head and not the tail and that He is leading us to the job that is ours! Remember what Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, ““Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”