The Spirit of the Lord Shall Lift Up A Standard

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God has promised us, “In your time of trouble—when you face a persistent, ever-present evil—I will be your ever-present help”

In the world today, we stand witness to the evil it upholds as it flows like a flood that destroys everything in its path, corrupting what is set apart, righteous and good; Yet those who are grounded in the Lord, grounded in the word remain unshakable; not by our own strength but by the power of our King who protects us from harm as we abide in Him alone.

Psalm 46:1“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

The phrase “ever present” means “always here, always available, with unlimited access.” In short, the abiding presence of the Lord is always in us. And if He’s ever present in us, then He desires a continual conversation with us. He wants us to talk with Him no matter where we are: in our schools, on the job, with family, with friends, in the church, even with non-believers. This is the meaning of prayer without ceasing, a continues communion with our King as we meditate on scripture. Many people even scholars of the word of God state that God has stopped speaking with His people, this is a lie from the furnaces of hell itself. The enemy wants us to think God has allowed Satan to grow in power and influence, but that He hasn’t equipped his own people with greater authority. No, never! His power abides in us through the Holy Spirit. Scripture says, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19). It doesn’t matter what the devil brings against us. God’s power in his people will always be greater than Satan’s assaults. We will withstand and we will endure for we stand more than conquerors through God who loves us. Our King has sent forth His Holy Spirit to guide us in our walk and empower us to face the enemy armed with His power.

Imagine a battle, we’ve been fighting for hours on end as the forces of the enemy rise like a angry flood that threatens to wash out all that is good; now imagine as your strength slowly wanes and the sword in your hand slips as the enemy prepares for his final blow; the Spirit of the Lord shines and unfurls a Mighty Standard that smites the enemy and protects you, heals you and empowers you to continue the good fight. Isaiah 59:19 actually refers to the flag-bearer who rode ahead of Israel’s army. The Lord always led his people into battle behind His own mighty standard. Likewise today, God has a glorious army of heavenly hosts who ride forth under His banner, ready to execute his battle plans on our behalf. This is the heritage of the saints, the heritage of the righteous. We are called to stand for peace and be still as we see before our eyes the power of our King and His justice realized.

Isaiah 54:17“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.”

You may ask then, “So how does God bring us help in our troubles?” or “How will He bring vindication, or block the weapons of the enemy?” His help comes in the gift of His Holy Spirit, who dwells in us and works the Father’s will in our lives. Paul tells us again and again that our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. We are the Lord’s dwelling place on earth. Of course, we repeat this truth often, in our worship and testimonies. Yet, many of us still don’t take it seriously. We simply don’t understand the power that resides in this truth. If we did grasp it and trust in it, we would never again be afraid or dismayed. Many times we feel as though we need to arrive in a place of high emotion to feel the power of God; no friends- all we have to do is focus on our King and abide in Him for as we do; He abides in us also. As we dwell in Him, we endure.

Listen to David’s testimony: “I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:7-8). David is declaring, “God is always present before me. And I’m determined to keep him in my thoughts. He faithfully guides me day and night. I don’t ever have to be confused.”

John 14:15-17“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him,because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

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