|God's Got Your Back! Isaiah 59:19-21|
|God's Got Your Back! Isaiah 59:19-21|
|Written by Rev Zackary Johnson|
|Monday, 15 June 2009 01:43|
My brothers and sisters, There is a word for those of us who have ever found ourselves in the midst of trouble… There is a word for those of us who have found ourselves in the midst of problems… In the midst of circumstances… And there is a word for those of us who have ever found ourselves all alone with no help (examples)… And that includes just about everybody in here…! Let us not fool ourselves and think that just because we’re Saved, Sanctified, and Filled with the Holy Ghost that we are exempt from being involved in troubled times… Don’t think that it exempts us from difficult dilemmas and messed up moments… Just because we’re moving and operating in His Will doesn’t mean that the enemy will never send some trouble our way…! For even Job declares in Job 14:1 that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble …” But isn’t it good to know that when trouble comes… Isn’t it good to know that when hell and havoc comes your way…? Isn’t it good to know that “When the enemy… Comes in like a flood, the Spirit… of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him…?” Tell somebody, “God’s Got Your Back…!”
I’m reminded of when the Children of Israel had come to what seemed like the end of their journey on the banks of Jordan, Moses told them to go on ahead… They began to wonder what would happen to them next, and the Lord said in Deut. 31:6 tell them… “Be strong and of a good courage do not fear, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you…” In other words God’s saying, “I Got Your Back…!”
When life presents itself with ever-changing issues, we’ve got to realize that we serve a God who is stationary in His Godness… He is the unmoved Mover…! For I heard Him tell Jehoshaphat in 2 Chron. 20:17 that “You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD….” In other words, the Lord was saying, “I Got Your Back…!”
I’ve discovered that family and friends will forsake you when times get hard…. I’ve discovered that (POOKEY THEM) will fade away when the fire gets too hot… But I heard the Lord say in Hebrews 13:5; “I will never leave you, nor forsake you…”
Yes my brothers and sisters, “It’s good to know that “GOD’S GOT YOUR BACK…!”
It is here in our text that we find three things that assure us the security of knowing that God’s Got Our Back…!
Now if you know anything about floods… When they come, no matter how many sandbags you put up, or how big of a dam you have…Water has a way of getting over, through, or around it… And when the water does make its way past the sandbags… Over the walls of the dam…It has a way of engulfing any and anything in its path… It has a way of overtaking and overwhelming everything within its reach…!
And such is the case with the enemy in our lives today… For I’ve come to the startling and stunning realization that no matter how many sandbags you put up… No matter how big of a dam you have… The enemy (just like flood waters) has a way of getting over, through, or around them… He has a way of infiltrating and penetrating right through to the very fabric of our lives and reeking havoc… But our text here says… “The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard…”
And every time the enemy comes our way in an effort to overthrow us… The Lord, by way of the Spirit jumps up and says, “I Got Your Back…!” Every time the enemy tries to remind us of past failures … The Lord says, “I Got Your Back…!” Every time the enemy tries to remind us of past hurts … The Lord says, “I Got Your Back…!”
The second reason we know that GOD’S GOT YOUR BACK, is because He’s…!
Not only has God Sanctioned the Spirit to Lift Up a Standard… But likewise He has added to our strength by Reinforcing us with the Redeemer…!
The word redeemer comes from the Greek word ga’al (gaw-al’)… It is the primitive root of redeem (according to the law of kinship – a kinsman who buys back a family member who has fallen into slavery). Used in the context of an avenger, deliverer, purchaser, revenger, or one who ransoms… Therefore that fact is evident that God’s got our back because He has allowed Jesus, The Redeemer… To pay the price at Calvary in order that we might be redeemed…!
2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
He’s coming for His people… And “Who are His people?”
So my brothers and sisters, let’s not expect God to have our back, and we’re not doing His Will… Don’t expect God to bail us out and we’re doing our own thing…! For I’ve learn that if we’re standing on God’s Word and standing in God’s Will…We won’t have to worry about the enemy… If we’re in His Word and His Will, every time Satan tries to come our way, we’ll see that God’s Got Our Back…!
And the good thing about it is that He won’t call up the Armed Forces… He won’t activate the National Guard… For He’ll just simply allow the Redeemer… His Son Jesus Christ… To step in right on time… And as we stand on His Word and His Will… He’ll reinforce us…!
He’s Sanctioned The Spirit To Lift up A Standard... He’s Reinforced you with the Redeemer…! But most of all, and lastly, He’s...
The final point of our text assures us to the fact that indeed God’s got our back because He has covered us… sheltered us… And secured us in His Covenant…!
In looking further into what the Lord was saying, I discovered that this verse was the preamble… the preface… the forerunner of what was to come… It was the initial indication and assurance of the fact that indeed God’s got our back…! Verse 21 is the reaffirming of the covenant that was given to the forefathers before the coming of the Redeemer…! But now that the Redeemer has come…! (Now that Jesus Christ has come…!) Now that He has already come into a sin-sick world…. And redeemed us…
Hebrews 8:10 is the confirmation that lets us know that now we are covered under a New Covenant…! (He makes it personal…) “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days… I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts… And I will be their God, and they shall be My people…”
(Let’s see if I got this straight…) If He is my God… And I am His child… Then I know that He’s got my back…! I know that He’s got me Covered…!
He shall cover me with His feathers, and under His wings I shall take refuge; His truth shall be my shield and buckler…” Tell somebody, “God’s Got Your Back…!”
How do you know…? Because He’s Covered You In His Covenant…! (Title) What do you mean…? God’s got you wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in Jesus…!
But if the storms don’t cease…
Than Jesus Blood And Righteousness
I Dare Not Trust In The Sweetest Frame
But Holy Leaning On Jesus’ Name
On Christ The Solid Rock I stand
All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand