Isaiah 54:17 a promise
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
It may seem like an overstated fact, but it really cannot be overexpressed, as Christians, we have a real enemy.
The enemy we fight against is not an enemy that we can identify in a physical sense.
He is an invisible enemy but he is not fictional or mythological. In fact one of, if not the biggest lie our enemy can sell the church is that he doesn’t exist and he is some fabricated entity arrived at because ancient individuals found themselves in an existential crisis.
There are some Christians who believe this. The enemy that we have is an enemy of the soul. He will do everything in his power to destroy our souls.
The Bible has many names for the enemy that we face. The most popular is Satan. The term satan has its root in Hebrew and means accuser or adversary.
Although throughout the Bible it has also been used to refer to human adversaries in the mind of most Christians it is only used to speak about a specific enemy.
The devil is set in our way to obstruct and oppose those of us who are walking towards the New Jerusalem.
He has set himself up to accuser all who have come under the banner of Jesus Christ.
Here are a few of the names that the devil has been given in the New Covenant writings; He is referred to as a “tempter” (Matthew 4:3), “the ruler of the demons” (Matthew 12:24), “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4), “the evil one” (1 John 5:18), and “a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8). Ephesians 2:2 also refers to him as the prince of the power of the air.
Make no mistake my brothers and sisters, Satan is real and he is out to destroy us. His missional mandate is to the accuser, destroy, kill, devour, rob, and steal.
He does want to steal everything from us that pertains to eternal life. We must do all that we can do to resist the devil and keep moving forward.
Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war is the old refrain that parallels the faith that we are called to live with fighting the enemy.
Our fight is not against flesh and blood, we are fighting against principalities and powers, and rulers of wickedness in high places.
The fact that we have an enemy must never drive a Christian to fear. Jesus already may a spectacle of the principalities and powers that are fighting against us. God told Israel, “…do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We should not fear the enemy, but we shouldn’t think the enemy will surrender and let us go to the New Jerusalem singing lullabies. He will do all that he can do to oppose us.
The devil has formed weapons against us in his quest to destroy us. He will use all kinds of troubles and trials to invade our minds and get us unsettled.
He tries all he can do to disturb our peace and get us perturbed.
But when he comes at us with all sorts of frustrating circumstances we have to stand on the promise of God. “No weapon formed against us will prosper.”
God didn’t was weapons will not be formed. They will be formed, but God has assured us that these weapons will not prosper.
In other words, every weapon that Satan launches against us will become poor. Poverty is the end of all that the devil will do to oppose us. They will not be victorious.
The devil is always hurling accusations against the saints. He does this to cause Christians to feel condemned.
Sometimes he will cause thoughts of our past to flood our minds so that we will be weighed down by feelings of condemnation. In times like these, we need to hold on to the promise that the weapons of the accuser will come to naught.
God will not allow anything that the devil says to alter His love for us. When our past is brought to memory we must remember the final state of our enemy.
John the revelator testified that he “…heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” (Revelation 12:10)
In the end, God is going to bring our enemy to naught the same way he is bringing his weapons to poverty.
Listen, my friends, Satan is going to come at us with everything that he can. He will tempt us in a myriad of ways. He knows the weakness in our flesh and he will try to entice us. He knows that sin comes when we are tempted according to our desires.
We must continue to resist. God is always watching over us even when we are being tempted. Rest assured, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
This is one way that God ensures that the weapons of Satan will not work with strength against us, he weakens the devil’s weapons of temptation by providing ways of escape.
We are not exempt from trouble, temptations, or trials. They will come, as long as we are alive these things will come our way, but we must not become disheartened.
God is for us.
The promise of deliverance from the weapons of the devil is for the servants of the Lord. Are you a servant of the Lord? These things that the devil has designed to tear you don’t will not prosper, this is your heritage.
We must always ensure that we keep the faith and not give up. God has made promises to us that are trustworthy. He is a faithful God and if He promised deliverance, deliverance is sure. If God promised to heal, healing is sure.
If God promised help, help is sure. We need not faint and draw back from the enemy. In a similar manner to the promise of God in Isaiah Jesus tells us, “…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18)
God is our protector and the enemy will never breach His eternal covering that He puts on His servants.