FLOOD, MEET STANDARD
There are countless brothers and sisters throughout Scripture that came face to face with adverse odds. The Hebrews confronted with giants in the Promised Land, Deborah & Barak facing the Canaanites and their chariots, Gideon & his 300 going up against the Midianites, Jesus experiencing the Roman occupation of Israel and the opposition of the Pharisees, you and I resisting the constant assault of a fallen society. Fighting the good fight ain’t easy! But one thing they all have in common with eachother, and what we can access because of King Jesus–victory.
Jesus never promised us an easy go at it, in fact, He promised us the very opposite! “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
You and I will have to face some hard things, but we can take heart in the reality that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead and He is victorious! We’ve entered into that victory, the same victory that causes us to be more than conquerors!
The Father has equipped us through Jesus Christ, Jesus has not left us helpless. The Holy Spirit dwells in us, empowering us to “occupy and do business” until Jesus returns. Well, what is Kingdom business?
The same business King Jesus was concerned with and commanded us to be about, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” It is the Father’s business! When we go about doing this work, we’re bringing in an opposite Kingdom, and opposite Spirit than that of the world. That’s the exact same standard the Father raises in order to defeat the works of the enemy.
“When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.” – Isaiah 59:19
Full of the Holy Spirit, we are the standard that the Father uses to disrupt and overturn the kingdom of darknesss, just like our big Brother, Jesus.
(1 John 3:8) Just as the blessed nation of Israel, we will be able to declare,“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” The kingdom that would come against us with a flood of darkness, will instead be overcome by the Kingdom of Light, and the very chaos and disarray they attempted to flood us with, will be turned back on their own heads!
From my sermon: Blessed and Highly Favored