Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you are all having a blessed day today! I wanted to share a little bit about the idea of the Lord raising up a standard when we are experiencing adversity in our spiritual walk, and how the Lord might do that. In my last podcast I talked about possible ways to hopefully keep the higher ground of victory after you have been brought to a new place of victory with God in any area of your life! I believe that our ability to trust and have faith in God’s faithfulness to us and His goodness are key to this, but in the podcast I did not go into too much depth about how God might actually raise up a standard against the opposition and enemy attacks we might be experiencing as we either are moving into places of higher spiritual ground with the Lord, or if we are currently occupying those places and need to hold the new ground. So I wanted to post here on the blog some additional thoughts about how God raises up a standard on our behalf when we come under enemy fire. My first thought is that if you are being led by the Holy Spirit as you are advancing with the Lord, then there will surely be times in your walk where you sense the Lord leading you into battle, I am especially basing this on my own journey and experiences as I have been going through my own transition out of the wilderness and into a new Promise Land. Even though my discernment is not where I would like it to be, I have definitely sensed many times that the Lord was leading me straight into battle! I think maybe the most important key here is that when the Lord is raising up a standard on our behalf these strategic maneuvers are offensive rather than defensive, and this is good news! This running toward the battle instead of away from it by the power of the Holy Spirit, and at the Lord’s leading, can be a powerful and liberating experience for us as we face the giants in our lives that previously held us captive in fear and bondage! As we have repeated experiences of the Lord being there for us in this way, I believe our faith and trust in Him cannot help but grow and develop more fully, until we are finally able to really process and believe from the depths of our being whole-heartedly Romans 8 verse 31 (NIV) which says, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us”?
So I pray you will be encouraged as you are moving forward through adversity into your new beginnings with the Lord! As you progress, opposition is inevitable, but the Lord has your back, and we can take comfort in the truth that He is stronger, wiser, and more brilliant than we could ever conceive! Before I close, I just want to pray that you will be encouraged and strengthened and that your faith in God’s goodness, His faithfulness to you, and His deep and abiding love for you, will be firmly established within your innermost being! Be blessed and strengthened in Jesus’ name!
Isaiah 59 verse 19 (NKJV) – “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”
Psalm 60 verse 4 (New Living Translation) – “But you have raised a banner for those who fear you – a rallying point in the face of attack.”