“If anyone attacks you, it is not from me; whoever assails you will fall before you” – Isaiah 54:15
Herein lies a promise for God’s afflicted people who have suffered for the Name of Christ hardships, trials, difficulties, temptation, and so forth. God doesn’t forsake His people and will with their sufferings bless them; for what the enemy intended for evil, God will use for good (Genesis 50:20). What we don’t understand now, we will understand later on (John 13:7).
The 54th chapter of Isaiah encourages God’s people who have been greatly afflicted with a promise of victory. ” [The enemy] will fall before you.” Satan and his followers, the world and its traps will fail, they will not have the victory over you. Though you fell you were not utterly cast down, the Lord upheld you with His hand (Psalm 37:24). Whatever Christ allows in our lives, whether adversity (be it spiritual or physical) temptation or suffering, know that for such things we are called in Jesus Christ, that we may be counted worthy of His Kingdom when we die (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5).
What Christ is doing in our lives is very unique and differs from each one’s experience but in every Christian’s life there will be suffering. As we follow Jesus unto perfection, He will lead us into enemy territory just as the Spirit of God led Jesus into the wilderness where the devil was; or how God led His people into Canaan to fight against giants and nations of people. God makes sure we make it past through every difficulty and makes sure we also receive the reward of the faithful here in earth, after we have resisted the devil in keeping God’s commandments. I once heard “After the pressing comes God’s blessing “. If you want God’s blessing then press your way through the trial and He will bless you. Keep His commandments and you will receive a blessing or an answered prayer (Deuteronomy 11:26-27, John 15:7 , Deuteronomy 7:12-15).
There’s no easy way to heaven. On the contrary, the easy way leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). A self-willed, self-pleasing life will bear no fruit. In other words, a person living in such a state will never show evidence He has believed in Jesus to enter God’s Kingdom.
Allow me to explain, if we believe in Jesus we will follow Him and the thing is He will lead us through Battlefields (Deuteronomy 2:26-33), Tribulations (Acts 14:22), dry places (Matthew 4:1), and dark valleys (Psalm 23:4). By going where He takes us we receive “battle wounds” and battle victories which shows our evidence that we have truly followed Jesus Christ and thus we are true children of God who will enter into His Kingdom (Matthew 7:21). It’s God will to follow Jesus (Matthew 10:38-39). Are we willing to follow Him? if so, our lives will look nothing like what the world portrays a good life to be. Following Christ is a rewarding thing, both here on earth and in heaven.
As we past through sufferings and trials, when we come out of them, if we have faithfully endured, we shall come out shinning as gold! We shall come out stronger in Faith in God, and with a joy that comes with it! And we shall see our enemies stumble and fall before us because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world! (John 5) May we follow Jesus Christ in this new year and receive His blessings as we faithfully obey His voice.
This is Joseph Daniel, I hope you enjoyed reading what God has placed in my heart. Have a great new year and may you ever draw closer to Christ come what may.