No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper

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 L
ORD,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the L
ORD.

Say It Again

I know you’ve heard someone spouting off the infamous verse from Isaiah when things weren’t quite going their way.  I know I’ve shouted it from time to time.  But here are my thoughts as of late (Natasha I love you, lol):

We candy-coat, butter-up, down-play, cover with euphemisms all the reality of the scriptures.  We keep trying to make God some kind of genie, expecting Him to grant wishes or fulfill His scriptural promises with minimum to no pain on our end.  Why do we do that?

That’s what I really like about the explanation of Isaiah that you are about to read below.  Whoever this is really wants us to understand “no pain, no gain.”  Take a look…

The Servant Writes:

There are so many times in our lives where we feel as if there are enemies around every corner. We feel as if there are people out there seeking to harm us – mentally, physically and most importantly, spiritually. I hate to confirm this, but there are. There are people out there who wish harm on you; say awful things about your character; will gossip; will lie; will cheat and steal from you, or on you.  Their actions (these weapons) will hurt, will discourage and cause discomfort…

…BUT they will not prosper.

He [God] isn’t just speaking about guns and knives. He is speaking of any tool used to inflict emotional, physical or spiritual harm upon you.  He didn’t promise they wouldn’t hurt you. Nowhere in here [Isaiah 54:17] does it say they [the weapons] won’t affect you.  No.  He says they will not prosper.  They will not find success in truly harming or destroying you. You will come out with a few scars; but, stronger, wiser and more connected with the Lord. Look for that connection now; tap into that strength to get you through the battle, because you know through God you have already won the war.

Well…

Wasn’t it God that said He would be your Sword and Shield? Let’s get ready for battle…

Deuteronomy 33:29

Blessed are you, O Israel!

Who is like you,
a people saved by the LORD ?
He is your shield and helper
and your glorious sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will trample down their high places.

and don’t forget

Ephesians 6:16

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

You haven’t thrown in the towel yet, have you?  I haven’t either.

 And here’s just a small piece of advice my Aunt Jasmene left for me on facebook earlier today:

What helps me is when i realize that except for His Grace, i’d be just like them…(actually probably worse) continue to pray for them, that His love will shine through you to them, in spite of what they may “think” they are doing…though i must confess, it can sometimes get on ones last nerve, but when i turn to prayer, my troubles are soothed, so that i can go on living for Him!

Thanks, Auntie!


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  • http://twitter.com/EmpressViaa empressViaa

    this message touched my heart – its was so informative and direct and well written and just blessed – thank u so much – because of it i feel stronger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/calebjameswalker Caleb James Walker

    Amen. I wish I would have read this a long time ago.

  • Lisa wood

    I thank you so much for this page, I gave my life to christ over4 years ago and some of my uglyness has come to remind me and scare me. One of our womans rereats our  message was we are going into battle , and some times i forget that ous savior is bigger than any ugliness then i could produce. Thanks again!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t pray and worry.  Yes, cherturn, our faith is tested every moment, even against ourselves. While we’re being reminded about God’s love we also need to be reminded to count the cost of following Him. stay encouraged!

  • Anonymous

    You’re welcome, guch. We all need it.  Even today, rereading it firmed up my resolve to stick to it.  Jesus said that anyone that puts their hands to the plow and then turns back isn’t fit for the Kingdom.  So, let’s tighten up our boot straps and STAND.

  • Cherturn2

    Please remember do not say the you believe and feel that you will not be tried and tested.  Our Faith is tested every minute of everyday this is why we Pray.

  • S Guch 3

    I needed this. Thank you

  • Anonymous

    Parker: I will indeed join with you in prayer. number 1, to be asked to break the word off and educate people on the goodness/greatness of God, is such an awful honor.  Secondly, the fact that you feel impressed to deal with this subject is wonderful.  It’s far beyond time for people to understand that we are going to have to go through things.  God will be with us through it, not necessarily always rescuing us from it.  He will be edified and glorified because you are willing to allow Him to work on those issues.  come on, GBT crew, let’s pray for our girl this week!  

  • Anonymous

    aaaawwww Candy,
    you’re right.  forgiveness is the key, but often such a hard one to obtain. The more we pray for the spirit of forgiveness, the more situations we seem to be in that require it.  Hmm, is God up to something? ;0)

  • Sgparker

    This truly blessed me My husband/Pastor aske that I speak this coming Sunday, and i have been asking God if that’s His will first of all and if so I know He would give me a Word.  I have been lead to Speak from Isaiah 54:17 “No Weapon;” you know the rest and this will be very helpful to me.  Please pray with me that only What God want’s me to say will go fourth and it will go fourth in His Power and Might that the body of Christ will be edified and God will be Glorified.   I have been going through dealng with Unforgiveness, REsentment and Fear.  Thank you in advance for your prayers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002551746337 Candyhair Kati

    Wow. That is so true and it is our main purpose to forgive all who hurt us because the Lord forgave us!

  • Anonymous

    exactly Richard! God hasn’t promised us “peaches and cream” on this journey of life.  Thanks for reminding us that He will vindicate us if we continue to obediently stand for right.  by the way: Welcome to GBT! 

  • Richard

    God never said the weapons wouldn’t be formed and that they wouldn’t be launched, he said they would not prosper.  He also said we would be vindicated by Him.  This means that there will be pain, suffering, heartache and some misery.  We must stand strong on the promise that WE WILL BE VINDICATED and wait on the Lord to fulfill that promise.

  • Anonymous

    Kiki
    I love your comments! Question: would you mind sharing a weapon, or a situation that was rough and you had to put on a good face, a good attitude and fight the good fight of faith? What did you do exactly?

  • Kiki

    Amen! While I don’ t believe it’s God’s desire for us to hurt in any way shape or form, that’s the cost of sin… so we are inevitably going to deal with hardships, believers or not. Thankfully for those who have believed, the blood covers all the pain, iniquities, suffering and we have victory! One thing I’ve been realizing lately is that no matter what we go through, we’ll get on the other side of it eventually. However, it’s our attitudes while going through these types of difficult situations which shape just how well we prosper on the other side of the trials. And what’s most awesome is that we can choose to praise God in it anyways and the situations that Satan would wish to use for harm, God can turn around and use for our benefit and we’ve grown stronger in Him and through Him.

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