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‘‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper’’ in Isaiah 54:17, is a verse that expresses the promise of God to protect the Church. This promise is the inheritance of God’s servants against all adversaries vowing that even if weapons are formed (which they will be), that the people of God will be unharmed.

This is the same for the adversaries of law who wish to bring the Church down in the name of ‘justice’. When weapons fail, voices attempt to harm the Church in judgement as the plan of the enemy. Noah had to stand against many voices from the old world in building the ark which saved his house.

Going through a year where difficulty was plenteous, we’ve had to pause and consider what our reaction will be to the circumstances brought about to us.

The reason for this song was for people to have a confession over life’s hardships and the enemy. The song is also a reassurance that in Christ, we overcome. We rise above our circumstances!

Because life is so full of reasons to quit we need to guard our hearts and minds with the Word of God. The Word is the rock upon which we stand firm.

James 16:33 ‘‘Look, an hour is coming and has already come when you will be scattered, each to his own homes, and you will leave Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. I have told you all this that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.’’

Tribulations should not interrupt our peace in Christ. Having peace is something that belongs to every Christian and should not be stolen from us through hardships. The enemies we have in this world have already been conquered by the King of Heaven.

Because we belonging to Him, we share in the victory which He has already won. We fight from a place of victory. We don’t need to fear obstacles or lose our peace in Christ in tough times. In fact, we need to rise up and declare His victory because this is part of us being able to win our battle. Seeing God’s goodness and faithfulness in a bad situation takes using our eyes of faith.

Can we see beyond the natural, the present? Can we begin to imagine the eternal purpose for the reason why we go through what we go through? Without faith, we may struggle, but faith enables us to see clearly and to overcome with Christ.

Sometimes, whilst we suffer we may feel as though believing, singing, declaring God’s Word or praise is so difficult as our fleshly nature will gravitate towards a victim mentality and defeated perspective. We struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel or have hope for a better day. However, it is at those times that we need to get up, dust ourselves off, put on the garment of praise, decide to have an attitude of an overcomer and declare the greatness, power and glory of our God.

His Kingdom is coming and that is where there will be no more tears, sorrow or sickness.

Right now, here where we are, we can connect with Jesus, our victorious King and find the peace and the strength that we need to see us through.

1 John 4:4 ‘’But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world’’.

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