A Garland of Grace and a Crown of Beauty. Proverbs 4:9
While reading last week, I heard so strongly that the Lord said to write this down for our nation. Speak it over my people, my word carries my own faith and ability in it. So to the United States of America: From Isaiah 41
“Listen in silence before me, you lands beyond the sea (enemy’s camps). Bring your strongest arguments. Come now and speak. The court is ready for your case.
Who has stirred up this king from the east (our leadership), rightly calling him to God’s service? Who gives this man (our leadership) VICTORY OVER MANY nations and permits him to TRAMPLE those nations’ kings underfoot?
With his sword (God’s word spoken like spears out of our mouths), he reduces enemy armies to dust. With his bow, he scatters them like chaff before the wind. He chases them away and goes on safely, EVEN THOUGH HE IS WALKING OVER UNFAMILIAR GROUND (uncharted territory- never been through this before).
It is I, The Lord, the first and the last. I alone am He.
Who has done such mighty deeds, choosing and appointing EACH new generation from the beginning of time (what an honor that is us!)
Your enemy watches in fear, they tremble and mobilize for war. The idol makers encourage each other to be strong and carefully join together to TRY to destroy my people.”
We know from other scriptures all throughout the Bible- there is a war going on spiritually day and night.. Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
“BUT AS FOR YOU, my chosen ones, I have called you back from the ends of the earth telling you that YOU are my servant. (prodigal sons and daughter and all kinds of rescue stories are coming in left and right)
I have CHOSEN YOU and I will not throw you away. DO NOT BE AFRAID, for I AM WITH YOU. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED for I AM YOUR GOD.
I WILL strengthen you and help you. I WILL hold you up with my victorious right hand.
See all your angry enemies lie there CONFUSED and HUMILIATED! Anyone who opposes you WILL DIE and anything that attacks you will come to NOTHING! For I hold you by your RIGHT hand, I the Lord, your God!
Can we pause for a moment and envision this. His word tells us that He holds my right hand here, right! So to really grasp this, stick your right hand out in front of you like He is reaching for your hand.
Now, we also know in His word that He has told us our position in Christ is at His right side and…… Psalm 63:8 tells us His right hand upholds us! So how exactly can that be, right? If He is on my left and his right hand holds my left hand but yet he holds my right hand too. What does that look like?!
Well if you have your right hand out still and now you stick your left hand out… He is holding both hands; therefore, who is in front of me? HE IS!! He positions Himself in front of us so that we can just look up and turn our eyes on Him alone! Wow!!!
So to finish vs 13, “God says again, don’t be afraid. I am here to help you… I am the Lord YOUR REDEEMER, the Holy one. You will be a NEW threshing instrument with many sharp teeth…”
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a NEW person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Many sharp teeth to me references new power! A greater grace and anointing.
Vs 18 picks up with, “I will open up rivers on the high plateaus, I will give them fountains of water in the valleys. I will fill the dessert with pools if water. Rivers fed by springs (Jesus) will flow across the parched ground. I will plant trees (us) in the barren desert (determination)… i am doing this so that all who see this miracle will understand what it means—-that it is the Lord who has done this, the Holy One who created it.”
“Present the case of your idols”, says the Lord. (Anything that has taken the place of God in your lives) “Let them show what they can do,” says the King of Israel (to anyone that is in opposition to the truth).
“Let them try to tell us what happened long ago so that we may consider the evidence. Or let them tell us what the future holds, so we can know whats going to happen (fake news and biased predictions). Yes, tell us what will occur in the days ahead. Then we will know that you are gods.” I can’t not laugh here at the losing enemy!!
“In fact, do anything—good or bad! Do something that will amaze and frighten us. But no! You are less than nothing and can do nothing at all (to the enemy and his army and followers). THOSE WHO CHOOSE YOU POLLUTE THEMSELVES.
But I have stirred up a leader (president, leaders, you). I have called him by name. I WILL GIVE HIM VICTORY over kings and princes (upper, powerful class, and even spiritually speaking who is against you.) He will trample them as a potter treads on clay!
Who told you from the beginning this would happen? Who predicted this, making you admit that He (God himself) was right? No one said a word.
I was the first to tell Zion (God’s church), ‘LOOK! HELP IS ON THE WAY! I will send a messenger with good news (Jesus, the Holy Spirit, His body).
Not one of your idols told you this. Not one gave you any answer when I asked. See, they are all foolish, worthless things. All of those idols are as empty as the wind itself.”
Wow! Every time I read this scripture now, I just know God is showing us something here to come! This was a prophecy for God’s people. Prophecies are continuous and never ending! That means we get to grab ahold of this for our present time! Why? Because He said so! We are believers, so we believe The Word of God!
This scripture shouldn’t be taken hard. God knows all of us struggle at times with placing our trust and attention on worldly things: idols instead of Him. But God pours out His unconditional love, mercy, and grace daily for us to make the right decision and walk with Him. Partnering with Him in Christ to bring Heaven and His kingdom here on earth!
We don’t give up after days, weeks, months, or even years of hardships. We keep coming to Him with expectation and we keep saying WHAT HE SAYS, not what the world says. That means at home, at work, with family, with friends, anywhere.
We don’t join in with talk of complaining and predicting that the days ahead will be horrible like the news and worldly culture says. We smile with joy on the inside knowing that we will taste and see the goodness of God in the land of the living just as He told us to in scripture! Our days will grow brighter because He loves His church!
Be considered foolish in other’s eyes because in God’s eyes you are the ones who are wise. You are the ones who bring Heaven on earth, not them. They get to enjoy and see the miraculous unfolding because of your “foolishness”.
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
The bolded parts are the last parts added in 1954. Capital “N” and “under God” speaks volumes for what our country is destined to be! The enemy hates that we use our word to remind him of who we are as a country. This is why the enemy has been workin so hard to divide this nation from the beginning. But we know we can have the victory! Let’s say what God says and agree with what His word says in all things- especially this year!
Sending my love, Sara