NO WEAPON

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. Isaiah 54:17 NKJV

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE

Isaiah 3:10
Tell the righteous it will be well for them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Isaiah 26:2
Open the gates that a righteous nation may enter–one that remains faithful.

Isaiah 45:24
Surely they will say of Me, ‘In the LORD alone are righteousness and strength.'” All who rage against Him will come to Him and be put to shame.

Isaiah 46:13
I am bringing My righteousness near; it is not far away, and My salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, My splendor to Israel.

Isaiah 50:8
The One who vindicates Me is near. Who will dare to contend with Me? Let us confront each other! Who has a case against Me? Let him approach Me!

Isaiah 50:9
Surely the Lord GOD helps Me. Who is there to condemn Me? See, they will all wear out like a garment; the moths will devour them.

Isaiah 51:5
My righteousness draws near, My salvation is on the way, and My arms will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look for Me and wait in hope for My arm.

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Isaiah 54:16
Behold, I have created the craftsman who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its task; and I have created the destroyer to wreak havoc.

SELECT COMMENTARY

Matthew Henry Commentary
54:11-17 Let the people of God, when afflicted and tossed, think they hear God speaking comfortably to them by these words, taking notice of their griefs and fears. The church is all glorious when full of the knowledge of God; for none teaches like him. It is a promise of the teaching and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All that are taught of God are taught to love one another. This seems to relate especially to the glorious times to succeed the tribulations of the church. Holiness, more than any thing, is the beauty of the church. God promises protection. There shall be no fears within; there shall be no fightings without. Military men value themselves on their splendid titles, but God calls them, Wasters made to destroy, for they make wasting and destruction their business. He created them, therefore he will serve his own designs by them. The day is coming when God will reckon with wicked men for their hard speeches, Jude 1:15. Security and final victory are the heritage of each faithful servant of the Lord. The righteousness by which they are justified, and the grace by which they are sanctified, are the gift of God, and the effect of his special love. Let us beseech him to sanctify our souls, and to employ us in his service.

KIRK’S COMMENTARY

We run a long marathon into eternity not just this jog of this ‘here and gone’ life. We may lose temporary battles but we shall indeed win the war. We win not because of us but because of Him. We win because as what this glorious passage proclaims in that Christ’s righteousness is ours. Now that is awesome!

Our tasks are simple, to love God and one another, as much as possible, and remain faithful. By doing so, we are imputed with Christ’s power and victory. This is why we are victorious. In the end, we can not hope but to win.

Like Paul said, ‘kill me and I will spend eternity in heaven, let me live and I will glorify God.’ As he also penned Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

PRAYER

Empower me to go confidently into the world to fulfil my purpose knowing and trusting You will see that it all works out just fine.

i am not (___) but…

… i know I AM,

so I am.

__)

i am not (____)
{insert anything great and prideful. Notice the lower case ‘i am’ , which reflects humility and limited power compared to God}

John 8:23 Jesus continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You belong to this world; I do not.

But I know the great I AM
{knowing God by His Word, Spirit, transformational power, experience and creation is the core of life. All capital ‘I AM’ for the King of kings}

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

John 8:58 “Truly, truly, I tell you,” Jesus declared, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

John 9:5 “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

Revelation 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and was and is to come–the Almighty.

so I am
{With God all things are possible. I am better for it. So capital ‘I’ but without Him, i can do nothing eternal and lasting good so lower case ‘am’ }

John 14:20 “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

Two Blind Men Receive Their Sight from Jesus

Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

Matthew 20:29-34

Lesson:

They called loud and pleaded virgoursly for help from God despite the naysayers around them.

They listened intently and were ready to receive help from God due to their plight. Pain can be good.

They received their sight {don’t each of us need to receive our spiritual sight?) as God has compassion for those hurting and seeking Him.

They followed Jesus and didn’t wander off.

How does that apply to you?