A Note to Encourage You

By Tom Bollig

 

Isaiah 59:19 NKJV

So shall they fear, The name of the Lord from the west,

And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood,

The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

 

In this passage, the Lord describes a method of attack the enemy will use against His people. “When the enemy comes like a flood.”


If we are walking with Jesus, we are in a battle to take ground.


In this passage, it does not say “if the enemy comes…”


We can expect the enemy to come at us “like a flood.”


Maybe this passage has come to mind with recent weather events? Regardless, the lesson is how the attack will come and how we can respond in faith

 

What happens when flood waters rise? There is darkness and thick clouds, there are loud sounds of thunder, the rains blow, and it becomes difficult to see. It seems like the waters rise around us; hopelessness begins to settle into our hearts - we sense fear rising. Thoughts of gloom and dread press against our faith. Internally we begin to think our only hope is to run and hide. This is just what the enemy wants.


The goal of the enemy is to get our eyes off the Lord and forget about his promises. 


We are always in a spiritual battle for territory.


The first thing we need to do is to immediately recognize the enemy’s scheme. Sometimes, we need to remind one another of this, and we need to remind ourselves of the Lord’s promises. What does the Word of God say? Our duty is to respond in faith. We need to get our eyes off the storm and look to Jesus. We need to pick up our sword and stand our ground. What did Jesus do when He was tested in the desert? Jesus responded with scriptures at every attack. 

It will not make earthly sense for us to hold our ground during a flood but please look at Ephesians 6 to better understand the spiritual battle. As we stand, we will then see the “Holy Spirit lift up a standard against him.”


So, when we see the waters begin to rise and we sense a flood coming let us not be surprised or become fearful but let us simply look to the Lord for strength and take our stand in Him. Let us recognize the attack, remind ourselves of what the Word of God says, and respond in faith!


May God bless your day!


Tom and Joy Bollig