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October 23, 2017

God’s Standard for Victory!

“… When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight.”  Isaiah 59:19 (AMP)

The attack in Las Vegas was horrific. Lives were lost, and many who survived will never be the same.  The Bible says we have a real adversary who seeks to steal, kill and destroy our lives.  In fact, Peter warns us in his letter to,

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith….” 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT)

How do we do that?  What do we do when the enemy attacks?  Sometimes, the roar of the lion can be deafening and his pursuit relentless! How are we to stand firm against him and remain strong in our faith?  Isaiah sheds some light on what to do when the enemy attacks, offering us hope and confidence.  The prophet says,

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight.”  Isaiah 59:19 (AMP) 

Not long ago, someone commented on that passage, and their perspective has changed my outlook on the enemy’s attacks in my life.  It has given me greater confidence and transformed my thinking about the nature of spiritual warfare!  For years, I’ve considered this passage when facing attacks from the enemy and claimed its promise that God would lift up His standard against the devil.  However, it seemed that the enemy’s attacks would come like a flood or a tsunami that was overwhelming.  It could be that we accept that idea because of misreading this passage from Isaiah.  Although every word in the Bible is inspired by God, what was not inspired are the chapter divisions, verse numbers and punctuations.  These were inserted later by translators to make the Bible easier to read and locate verses for study.  So, what if you moved the comma in that verse from where it is now and placed it after the word in.  Just simply moving the location of the comma would change the emphasis of the passage.  No longer would it read When the enemy comes in like a flood, … (with the emphasis on the enemy’s attack). Instead it would read like this:

When the enemy shall come in, LIKE A FLOOD THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD WILL LIFT UP A STANDARD AGAINST HIM AND PUT HIM TO FLIGHT.

No longer do we need to feel overwhelmed by the attack of the enemy.  Yes, he may come in, but like a flood the Spirit of God will lift up His standard against him and put him to flight!  What is that standard?  When you read the verse in its context, you discover God’s standard is none other than His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!  In verses 19 and 20, the Prophet promised:

“‘The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,’ declares the LORD.  ‘As for Me, this is my covenant with them,’ says the LORD. ‘My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,’ says the LORD.” Isaiah 59:20-21 (NIV2011)  

How awesome is that?  The emphasis now is on the irresistible power of the Spirit of God to fight on behalf of His people!  Jesus Christ has already won the victory and we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us! (Romans 8:37)  You are no longer a victim!  You are a victor in Christ!

Has the enemy attacked you?  Your family? Your possessions?  Take heart!  Like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight!  Your Redeemer fights for you!  Stand firm against the enemy, and be strong in your faith!  The victory is yours and the battle is the Lord’s!