Monday, January 7, 2008

Weapon of the week: Isaiah 64:4

Happy New year! I'm staring a new event on my blog. Every Monday, I'll be posting a verse or verses from the Bible. I'm calling this our weapon of the week. Sounds harsh? Well, the Bible is very clear that the Word of God is our sword. (Ephesians 6:17 . . . take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God)
Now, I don't know about you, but I think that's awesome. If you've read any of my books, you know I love a good sword fight! But we can't use our swords, unless we take them out of their sheaths and point them at the enemy. How do you do that, you might ask? You study the word of God, memorize it, and when the enemy attacks, you pull out the correct sword (or verse) and say it outloud to him. It's exactly the same thing Jesus did to battle Satan when he spent 40 days in the desert fasting and praying before His ministry began. (Read Matthew 4) So, each week, I'll post a verse or verses that I'm memorizing and give some examples of when to use them. Any comments and examples from you are welcome. So with that said, here goes. . .
Isaiah 64:4 Isaiah 40:31Psalm 37:34

1. You've been asking God for something for a long time. Perhaps it's the salvation of a loved one. Perhaps it's for direction in a move or a career. Perhaps it's help for a relationship gone bad, or healing for a sickness. The enemy comes in, like a taunting ruffian, waving his flimsy sword in your face and says. "God doesn't hear you. He doesn't love you. He's not going to answer your prayer." Many times you've given in to his voice, and despair and hopelessness swallow you up whole. But not this time. This time, you remember that you are not unarmed. You have a sword. You grab the hilt, you pull it out and point it at the lying villain and you say the following verses (making them personal):

"Since ancient times, no one has heard, no eye has seen any God besides my God, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him."

and as he slowly begins to cower, you continue with another thrust

"Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; I shall mount up with wings like eagles, I shall run and not be weary, I shall walk and not faint."

Now, the enemy stumbles and shrinks from you and you go in for the final blow

"I will wait on the LORD and keep His way, and He shall exalt me to inherit the land"
With a sneer, the enemy leaves.

Cool, huh? Now don't get me wrong. This doesn't mean God will answer your prayer exactly how you want. It means He will answer your prayer according to His divine will, for His glory, and your good. Just wait and see what He will do.
I hope you'll join me in memorizing these verses and use them whenever you are attacked.

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