IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: BEHOLD ALL THEY THAT ARE INCENSED AGAINST YOU SHALL BE PUT TO SHAME
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
“Behold, all they who are enraged and inflamed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; they who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.”
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have put to shame and confusion our enemies, turning them Your enemies, they shall be as nothing and will perish, they only expect terrible things to happen to them because of Your Presence.
But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
“I am over you, I am beside you, I am all around you, I am inside of you, I am under you. You don’t need to fear. You don’t need to be afraid.” Choose your image. Do not be afraid. There is one great ground for fearlessness: God. “I am your God. I will be with you. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you.” I only have one message: if you have God, you don’t need to be afraid.
And I call you this morning to believe that the most crucial factor in the future of your fearlessness is not your family of origin; it is your God. I call you to be free from the limitations that so many put upon yourself in a kind of fatalistic rootedness in where you’ve come from. You have a God who is infinitely more powerful than anything in your past, and he can break whatever bondages you feel to be in because of it.
The Bible holds up a God who is stronger than your personality, who is stronger than your past track record of timidity, who is stronger than your perceived identity as a nobody who could ever accomplish anything with courage for God.
And I plead with you to accept the fact that it is God who makes the difference, and not you or your parents or your friends. It is God who makes the difference.
When things feel out of control and we are afraid, God is with us. Even when we don’t feel God’s presence and it seems like all we have to sustain us is our own tears, God is with us.
I just appeal to the one among you right now who feels absolutely and totally inadequate to do anything of worth this week. I appeal to you to stop thinking about your inadequacy and why you’ve got to be that way. And I plead with you to look at God. He is God. He is God. Do you believe him? Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God” (John 14:1)
“Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish. You shall seek them and not find them—those who contended with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing. For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
Isaiah 41:11–13 is such a powerful passage to meditate on if you are faced with the enemies of sickness and disease today. Doesn’t it remind you of what the Lord did for the children of Israel when He split open the Red Sea for them even though it appeared like all was lost?
The Lord is no respecter of persons. Put your trust in Him. He can make a way when there seems to be no way. If He did it for the children of Israel, and He did it for the brother in my church, He can do it for you too.
Let us learn to forbear rash judgment, and never in any case conclude against the faithfulness of the Lord. There may’ be peculiarities in our case which look as if the Master had treated us with the harshness of a cruel one. There may be thorns of unusual sharpness in our pillow, but we must not dream that anger placed them there. We may be pining under a grief which we could not tell into another’s ear, but which makes our lot appear to be singled out and separated for peculiar misery, and hence it may seem just to conclude, “God hath forsaken me; he hath turned upon me in his fierce anger, and his lovingkindnesses have failed for evermore;” but rest assured, my brethren, that the most plausible is not always the most true, and the most natural is not the most sure. God is and ever must be love to his people; let nothing disturb you in this belief: believe not the clearest inferences from his providence, but believe him, let outward circumstances say what they may. Even if your understanding should lead you to doubt the Lord, remember that God is greater than your understanding, that his ways are past finding out, and in the end his dispensations must prove to be wise, loving, and gracious. Yet I can well imagine that souls in distress feel it almost ungenerous to dispute the verdict at which they have arrived, for the evidence appears to be so multiplied and clear. Sitting alone, silent in your sorrow, crushed out of all hope, you claim the unhappy right to declare, “All these things are against me;” and yet, beloved, it is not so.
Peace, child of God, peace. Thy Father loves thee — love thou him in return, and let thy love assure thee that it is not possible for him to measure out to thee a drachm of sorrow more than is needed, nor a grain of bitterness more than thy soul absolutely requires for its spiritual health.
“Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.”
“Whatsoever the Lord doeth let us accept it at his hands, for he hath not forsaken us in the past, neither will he desert us in days to come.” That would have been faith. But oh! how often you and I forget the steps already trod, and all the mercies which attended them, and fear that God will forsake us and become our enemy. The Ebenezers which we have raised, do they count for nothing? His love in times past, has that no argument in it for the present and for the future? Will we not say with David, “Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice”? He has been with us in ten troubles; can we not trust him for the eleventh? We went through fire and water, men did ride over our heads, yet he brought us out into a wealthy place, and set our feet in a large room, and can we not rely upon him now that new difficulties obstruct our path? Yes, beloved, we will learn from the past, for the lesson of our experience is that the Lord has not forsaken them that trust in him, and they that wait upon him shall never be ashamed or confounded, world without end.
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