… no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me, declares the LORD.
I’m not a Pentecostal, but I appreciate their wide-open faith. We Baptists are sometimes guilty of driving with the brake on. I have never been one to believe that any denomination is doctrinally infallible. We’re all doing our best to interpret the mind of the God whose ways are not our ways and thoughts not our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) We can all benefit by loving one another and celebrating the Christ we have in common.
That said, I want to share a passage of scripture (Isaiah 54:17) that first made an impression on me through the ministry of a Pentecostal TV preacher.
This happened long before the sound Biblical training I gained at Southeastern Bible College and Samford University. Southeastern taught me what to believe, and Samford challenged me to think about it.
As I have often said, experience helps us confirm the reality of God’s word. When we believe His promises and see positive results, then we can be assured we have interpreted the meaning correctly. In Romans 12:2, Paul puts it this way: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We renew our minds by believing and applying the truth in God’s word to our behavior and through acts of faith. As a consequence we discern His will which is “good, pleasing and perfect…”
It’s during the crisis situations of our lives we learn the most about God. In those times we are like little birds forced out of the nest by their mothers. “You’re ready to fly. Now get out there and do it.”
We should definitely approach the Bible studiously and academically, but at some point the Word must be internalized experientially. That’s when we learn what we really believe. There’s nothing like on-the-job training for refining and growing our faith.
A common Christian prayer is for maturity in the faith. And then when trouble blindsides us, we wonder why.
Just as we grow stronger physically through exercise, so it is with spiritual development. Heavier weights, more repetition, longer workouts, and better nutrition build us up. Of course, spiritual nutrition is time spent in the Word and on your knees before God.
Now, back to our focus text, Isaiah 54:17. Like I said, it took a Pentecostal preacher to get me to sit up and take notice of this powerful scripture. And, yes, I’ve had plentiful opportunities to take God’s promise for test runs.
This passage in Isaiah is prophetic and follows the Second Coming when God protects and vindicates believers. But what about now, can Isaiah 54:17 be taken as a promise for today? That’s brings us back to testing God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will. When my back has been against the wall, when I have found myself in a situation where I need God to protect me and vindicate my cause, I have turned to this passage. And God has always delivered me. Always.
When you are under attack from the enemy or falsely accused – remember this Bible verse. God protects. He is the great vindicator.
There are many scriptures that were intended for specific people in different times and places. Case in point. I have yet to hold out a staff and demand the waters to part.
But there are times of crisis when you desperately need God to intervene. You comb the scriptures and find examples of God helping others in similar situations. Why not you?
“Lord, is this word also for me? I know it was your will in the past. Please make it your will for me now.”
And then you put it to the integrity test. Would doing this cause God to act contrary to His will? Well, certainly not, because He did it before.
Next step, jump out of the nest and fly on faith.
These words have never let me down when challenged by an enemy. The Lord has always protected me, vindicated my cause, and delivered me from those who sought to harm me. Years ago, I memorized the King James version: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…” Worked for me. Don’t be afraid to take your foot off the brake pedal and trust God to vindicate your cause.
For more on this topic, check out this article: What You Can Do to Guard Against Satanic Attack
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.