Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. How many times has this particular Scripture brought hope and deliverance to Gods people down through the ages? I would imagine that every single person who reads this today has experienced a time or times in their lives when the enemy has come in like a flood, come in such a fashion and in the multitude of circumstances that it just simply threatens to sweep us away and drown us in our fears. A time when there is no natural way, no way in our own strength that we could survive and we cry out to God from the depths of the rolling waves that continually wash over us and sap us of our strength until we are so weak that we begin to slip under the water. No way, outside of God Himself that we can survive. Brothers and sisters, He that has delivered , still delivers. He that has brought joy, still brings joy. He that has brought healing, still brings healing. He that lifts up the hands that hang down, still lifts them up. He that has comforted still comforts. Our God has not changed. The world has changed, the darkness has increased, His name is blasphemed in the land. He is mocked and ridiculed and His children are too but there is a great glory coming. The Lord Himself is coming. The Spirit of the Lord is raising up a standard, raising up a generation of humble and contrite souls who do not presume upon the Lord but fear the Lord their God and come into His presence, trembling at the glory of God. Trembling because they know how priveledged they are to come into that high and lofty place and dwell there with the High and Holy one. And because of this they will shine in the depths of the darkness. Survey the land if you will and see that great darkness has rolled in. Yet look again, there is a standard, there is a great light emerging from the flood of darkness. Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. Isa 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Yes indeed brothers and sisters, arise and shine. Come together and arise together as the gross darkness rolls in, so that His glory shall be seen by the whole world. Humble yourself and take your eyes off the darkness and look unto the heavens and see where your salvation comes from. It comes from the maker of heaven and earth and the all that ever was. The world cannot see what you have not seen. Have you seen the glory of God? Has it arisen in your heart? Are you this light that shines in the darkness? What causes this light of yours from not being seen? Will you lay it down today? Will you cast everything aside that is not of eternal value? God is seeking such a people. Psa 60:4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. Psa 60:11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Psa 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies
The Spirit of the Lord is raising up a standard, raising up a generation of humble and contrite souls who do not presume upon the Lord but fear the Lord their God and come into His presence, trembling at the glory of God. Trembling because they know how priveledged they are to come into that high and lofty place and dwell there with the High and Holy one. And because of this they will shine in the depths of the darkness. Survey the land if you will and see that great darkness has rolled in. Yet look again, there is a standard, there is a great light emerging from the flood of darkness.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
What an hour it is in which we live. The days are dark and getting darker but God is indeed raising a banner under which He has been preparing and gathering a people who have not just an intellectual knowledge of Scripture but who have a personal testimony written against the background of Scripture. The world will see and know that there is a Living God. I think it is particularly important that we be separate from the worlds ways at this time but we must be careful not to separate ourselves from the need and distress in the lives of those around us even though we ourselves are in great need also. As Carter Conlon likes to say, the battle cry of those who are gathered under Christ's banner is, "For the glory of God, and the souls of men!"The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (Matthew 4:16)The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (Romans 13:12)In Christ,Ron
"For the glory of God, and the souls of men!" Amen............... Frank
Good and timely word!