No weapon formed against you shall prosper…”
What does this mean — “NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU?”
Let’s take a look at various other translations of Isaiah 54:17:
Isaiah 54:17 NIV
…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.
Isaiah 54:17 KJV
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 54:17 NLT
But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Isaiah 54:17 HCSB
No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusation raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants, and their righteousness is from Me.” This is the LORD’s declaration.
These are the promises of God and, as Christians – Covenant children of the Most High – we can take it to the bank and hang our very life on them!
In fact Christians have been doing just that for centuries.
Even though we may find ourselves under attack by the enemy, “El Turkey” himself – AKA Satan.
Our job, as Christians, is to KEEP the FAITH, stand our ground, by standing on the promises of God’s Word, and thereby keeping the “Turkey” under our feet, hanging our Faith on this one promise, that truly NO WEAPON formed against us will prosper!
Even though it could be that Satan today is attacking your health, your finances, or maybe he’s using lies or slander against you; maybe you are facing bankruptcy, a lawsuit, or some other legal issue.
Whatever the problem, God’s promise remains, it WILL NOT destroy you!
We have to learn the Rules of engagement in these situations, meaning we will have to learn endure, trusting GOD every step of the way.
We may suffer temporarily, but it won’t be forever.
The sovereign God who created everything also has the power to protect us.
He has promise that no weapon formed against you shall prosper, and so whatever weapon it is that is being raised against you today, GOD’s promise remains, that it WILL NOT destroy you!
The following chapter of Isaiah is directed at the “barren woman,” an euphemism that is used to describe the “House of Israel” – AKA the lost tribes of Israel.
This is GOD’s commitment to them, that even though they have strayed away and have broken covenant with GOD, nevertheless GOD is faithful and He will restore them.
This is GOD’s message to the “barron sister” of the House of Judah.
The Message (MSG)
Spread Out! Think Big!
54 1-6 “Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby.
Fill the air with song, you who’ve never experienced childbirth!
You’re ending up with far more children
than all those childbearing women.” God says so!
“Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.
You’re going to need lots of elbow room
for your growing family.
You’re going to take over whole nations;
you’re going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.
Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.
You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth,
and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.
For your Maker is your bridegroom,
his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
known as God of the whole earth.
You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,
and God welcomed you back,
Like a woman married young
and then left,” says your God.
7-8 Your Redeemer God says:
“I left you, but only for a moment.
Now, with enormous compassion, I’m bringing you back.
In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you—
but only for a moment.
It’s with lasting love
that I’m tenderly caring for you.
9-10 “This exile is just like the days of Noah for me:
I promised then that the waters of Noah
would never again flood the earth.
I’m promising now no more anger,
no more dressing you down.
For even if the mountains walk away
and the hills fall to pieces,
My love won’t walk away from you,
my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
The God who has compassion on you says so.
11-17 “Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied:
I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
Lay your foundations with sapphires,
construct your towers with rubies,
Your gates with jewels,
and all your walls with precious stones.
All your children will have God for their teacher—
what a mentor for your children!
You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness,
far from any trouble—nothing to fear!
far from terror—it won’t even come close!
If anyone attacks you,
don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them,
And if any should attack,
nothing will come of it.
I create the blacksmith
who fires up his forge
and makes a weapon designed to kill.
I also create the destroyer—
but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged.
Any accuser who takes you to court
will be dismissed as a liar.
This is what God’s servants can expect.
I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.”
Wherever you are and whatever you’re going through, God has you covered; but out of necessity we must learn how to petition Heaven; how to do spiritual warfare – and to stand our ground, in the face of whatever weapon that is being formed against us; always looking to GOD for resolution.
The following devotion kind of speaks to this:
The Spirit-Filled Believer
ENEMIES AND LIARS
Written by Dick Mills
“Thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.”
He was in tears and visibly shaken by his circumstances. He was the proprietor of a local doughnut shop and had been doing well until trouble came his way.
An unscrupulous person came into his store and staged a phony accidental fall. Right behind the “injured party” was a person with a camera to take a picture of the “accident.”
Behind that person was another man ready to take down the names of convenient “witnesses.” A lawsuit for an exorbitant sum of money was then filed by the “victim” who had staged the whole scenario.
This dear brother told me, “Dick, I could lose it all. My insurance policy for this type of accident is minimal at best. If this fellow wins this case, I could lose everything I own.”
I stood in agreement with the shopkeeper, praying with him that the Lord would work a miracle of deliverance.
How I appreciate the faithfulness of the Lord in these situations. I was not familiar with Deuteronomy 33:29, but the Holy Spirit quickened it to me: “All your enemies shall be found as liars unto you.”
The next day, in his private chambers, the judge in charge of the case began to read over the records. The trial was to start in one hour.
Suddenly the magistrate was heard to make this statement in disgust: “This is a travesty of justice. The plaintiff is obviously a pathological liar. I refuse to hear this case. I am throwing it out of court.”
An overnight fulfillment of a word from the Lord! Case dismissed! Another enemy found as a liar!
Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
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