This morning I spoke in church about a verse which has captured my attention.
It’s found in Isaiah 59:19 (Amplified Bible):
“So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] 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 will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].”
Two words jump out at me from this – Flood and River.
It says the enemy comes in like a flood. I have a feeling some people have felt that recently. The flood of the enemy’s attacks coming in waves. He says things like ‘it will never work’, ‘she is going to die’, ‘you will lose everything’, ‘they will reject you’, ‘who do you think you are’, ‘your dream will never come true’, and the like…..
Wave after wave of negativity, rejection, fear, and doubt — because that is all he has to give us. Can anyone relate to feeling like that lately? I know I can.
Yet what comes again the flood? A stream.
Yes – a stream.
If I were a betting girl (which by the way, I’m not) I would never bet a stream to beat a flood. Comparatively speaking, a river is relatively wimpy compared to a flood. I mean, I really can’t imagine Noah getting too concerned about …… a stream.
So, what makes this stream any different?
The breath of the Lord is driving this stream.
And when God is involved, there is NO comparison.
A stream is beautiful. Peaceful.
Just like God.
And that is where the battle is won.
As we stand in our stream of PEACE, the flood of the enemy must be diverted. It can wash around us, it can try to overpower us, it can rage against us…..but if our feet are firmly planted in the PEACE of God, then no weapon formed against us will ultimately prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Because God has promised to work all things out for our good (Romans 8:28). It doesn’t mean everything will always look good, but they will be worked out for our good.
So if you find yourself in a flood today, stand in the river.
Hear Him say ‘Peace be Still’.
And let the battle commence, because you are already on the winning side.