Raising A Standard

We all know the saying, “When it rains it pours.” Somehow when bad things happen, the sky seems to let loose and we struggle to find a ray of sunshine. There are times when those days of rain turn into weeks, months and sometimes years. We can get caught up in a cycle of bad things happening to the point that we forget what it’s like to experience God’s goodness. During those times it’s easy to want to give up or even to quit hoping for the sun to shine again. In those times, it’s important to submerse yourself in God’s Word to help you pray and to find hope again.

One of the scriptures I stand on and pray when bad things continuously happen is Isaiah 59:19. It says, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. (AMP)” When bad things keep happening and I’m beginning to feel like I’m going to drown because there is so much bad news, I ask God to raise up a standard against the enemy who is coming to attack me. I pray that God would deflect the attack and help me to get my head above water again. 

I also like to turn to the Psalms. David was a man who was constantly under attack and he recorded some great prayers asking God to help him. One of my favorites is found in Psalm 54:1. David’s prayed, “Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might.” David understood what we need to understand. The battle is not ours, but the Lord’s. Pray that He would come defend you against the attacks of the enemy and rescue you. God is our rock and our fortress in times of need. Run to Him and allow Him to defend you.

Another one I pray is from Isaiah 54:17. God said, “But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement you shall show to be in the wrong. This peace, righteousness, security and triumph over the opposition is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. (AMP)” That word “prosper” simply means to succeed. No matter what the enemy brings against you, he will not succeed because you are a servant of God and it is your heritage to have peace and security in the bad times. 

As a Christian, you are going to face hard times. You are going to see some dark days. That doesn’t mean that you are out of God’s will or not His servant. Jesus said the rain falls on the good and the bad. The biggest difference is that you and I have a God who will rise to the challenge on our behalf. We serve the One who is made strong in our weakness. Quit trying to fight the battles in your own strength and rely on His. Pray His Word over your life and your situation and rest in the peace that God will work out whatever is going on to your benefit.


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4 responses to “Raising A Standard

  1. Aunt Sarah

    Proud of you Christopher

  2. Cheryl Robinson-Stewart

    This morning as I was about to start my morning Bible Study I wanted to cross reference The Message with the NIV so I Googled but spelled bible wrong and saw the blog May 19, 2015. This date us special to me because in 2009 my father went home to be with the Lord on this day. So I read the blog and it spoke to me and my problem. Over two and a half years ago I was wrongfully terminated from my job at Redstone Arsenal’s Fox Army Health Clinic. My signature was forged by my supervisor to indicate that she had given me the two mandatory evaluations. So two weeks before the one year probationary period was to end for me to be permanant, I was fired. It was painful then and still is now. I find comfort though today because I was just whining to God about how much longer do i have to endure this and when will the truth come out. Then i read the two reminders in the blog. While you may not get many bloggers or much feedback know you have a ministry and where two or more are gathered….


    Cheryl Robinson-Stewart

    • I’m so sorry to hear that happened to you. I know how hard it is to be wrongfully accused of something. I’m praying that our God will defend you and that the truth will set you free.
      Thank you for the reminder at the bottom. That’s very timely. I have been a little down with the lack of traffic, followers, and engagement. Ultimately, I pray with each post that God would give me the right words to write so He can bring the right person to read them at the right time. It sounds like that’s what happened here.

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