No Weapon! 

“No weapon formed against me shall prosper, it won’t work.” Those are lyrics to one of my favourite songs, at the moment. As I said in my previous post (To Gain the World or lose your Soul?) I stopped listening to secular music over 3 years ago. Since then my library of gospel music keeps increasing, with a variety of vibrant, God-led and inspired artists, with positive messages. Sometime in the future, I hope to write a post about music and why I think it’s so important to be cautious of what we are listening to. But at this moment, I’m going to give an interpretation of this phrase “No weapon formed against me shall prosper”. 

Life is like a battle field in which we are fighting against the forces of evil however in Isaiah 54:17, the Lord says “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me” While reflecting on this verse I thought, does it mean that we will not die or be injured from guns, bombs and other forms of the enemy’s weaponry? In my mind, an image of a Christian deflecting bullets is created, but we are not superheros or characters like Hancock (who can not be injured in any shape or form), it seems slightly supernatural. But what exactly did the Lord mean when he said this?

I went back to read the whole of Isaiah 54. As you may be aware the book of Isaiah has a collection of prophecies and has a great deal about the theme of salvation. This chapter talks about the future Glory for Jerusalem, he promises that our “enemies will stay far away. We will live in peace, and terror will not come near us”. To me this future day refers to after the second coming of Jesus, when we will receive our heritage; the kingdom of God. But till then, how can we internalize this verse to our lives now. 

A weapon is a thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage, however in 2 Corinthians 10:4, we are told “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.” So, we are not only against physical weapons such as guns but the enemy can use weapons in the form of confusion, hatred, peer pressure, jealousy, envy, anger, discouragement, rejection, depression, financial setbacks, relationship breakdowns, sickness, fears against us. As I said earlier we are in a spiritual warfare and we are likely to have these sort of weapons fashioned, planned, preordained against us, however we should know that these weapons will not succeed, make progress and be completed successfully. They will fail and miss the mark and target they have placed on the children of God.

Make this declaration: “Nothing that has been formed against me will dominate me, or overcome me because I belong to God and that is my heritage from Him as a believer and Child of The Most High God.”

“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him”  (Proverbs 30:5) Do you take refuge in the Lord and put your trust in Him? Do not fear for the Lord is with you! Don’t look around anxiously, because the Lord is your God. He promises to “strengthen you, help you and uphold you with his righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10) God’s right hand signifies strength, whenever we find ourselves in a battle against the opposition God will give us strength. Remember the Battle is not yours, It is the Lord’s. (1 Samuel 17:47)

Please listen and meditate to the song below (No Weapon by Fred Hammond), that I quoted the lyrics for in the intro.

Stay Blessed,

Dara x

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Praise Him in Advance in 2015

Hickory dickory dock, It’s nearly 12 O’clock, The Clock struck midnight, 2015 begins to unlock, Hickory dickory dock.

No matter how terrible 2014 may have been for you, 2015 is a brand new chapter! Expect the unexpected.  No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). The fact that your eyes have witnessed the first day of this year is a sign that you have a purpose, the heart beat you have right now is not a mistake. Mavin Sapp once said “Praise will confuse the enemy” . While reflecting on this phrase, I’d like to share with you 2 Chronicles 20:22-23 where As soon as they began singing, the Lord confused the enemy camp, 23 so that the Ammonite and Moabite troops attacked and completely destroyed those from Edom. Then they turned against each other and fought until the entire camp was wiped out!” The praise that the singers gave to God, sent their enemies into confusion which led to them killing each other instead of the children of God; their opposition. Bearing that in mind, I urge you that in this year do not be a conditional praiser (Praising God only after you’ve been blessed). Be the individual that sees the obstacle right in front of their eyes but doesn’t allow it to hinder their faith in the Lord! This year, Praise The Lord in spite of your problems because He will get you through it all and it will confuse the enemy.

Even if I Fear the things that 2015 holds,

I will praise God in advance because “He has not given me a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline”

Even if I have challenges in 2015,

I will praise God in advance because “All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me”

Even if I become ill in 2015,

I will praise God in advance because “The Lord will restore my health and heal my wounds”

Even if I feel weak and defeated in 2015,

I will praise God in advance because “The Lord will strengthen me, help me and uphold me with his righteous right hand.”

Even if I feel burdened in 2015,

I will praise God in advance because “I can Cast my cares on the LORD and he will sustain me”

Happy New Year! Stay Blessed

Dara x