Daily Devotion Tuesday June 20, 2017
“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)
While speaking to his disciples after Peter had confessed that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” the Lord Jesus Christ said; “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matt. 16:16-17). By this utterance, Jesus declared a divine protection for the church—the body of Christ, promising that no power will prevail against it. Jesus knew that his church was to be planted amid a hostile environment. That his message and messengers will be hard fought. This promise of protection to the church is familiar with what God declared to his people—the Jews in the Old Covenant through prophet Isaiah. God decreed that;
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, says the LORD (Isaiah 54:17).
There is no foe/enemy that will prevail against the church and God’s people. Hostility against the church and God’s elect will be inevitable, but these hostilities will never prevail against the church. We are noticing a lot of persecution against the church in minority Christian regions. Interestingly, the persecuted church in these places keep rising every single day. Praise be to God. Even the regions with majority Christians, especially in the West is suffering a stiff hostility from secularism. A lot of legislation is seeking to reduce the church to what it is not supposed to be. Christians are ridiculed for their faith and beliefs at school, work places and are made to feel outdated. The pressure is much, but the enemy’s schemes will never prevail.
The state of the Christian church does not exclude enemies either within or without; nay, it is the lot of believers to enter into the kingdom of heaven through much tribulation: and it is a saying of our Lord, In the world ye shall have tribulation;—but, he subjoins, be of good courage, I have overcome the world.
Are you under attack for your faith—for being a Christian, a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do not give up, you are divinely protected, never vulnerable to the enemy “because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (I John 4:4). Our enemy, the accuser of the saints will try to set weapons against you, he will try to speak against you but be of good cheer. God has promised that no weapon formed against you shall prevail, neither shall any word spoken against you prosper. You are a redeemed of the Lord, dearly beloved. Do not be shaken, stand firm in the Lord. Amen! Rev. J.
 Thomas Coke Commentary on the Bible http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/isaiah-54.html
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is a graduate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.