But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence. (1 Kings 5:4)
Yesterday Mayor Cuomo of New York said “we have done better at handling this virus, it was not God that did it, we did this!”. Now He may be trying to encourage the people to keep doing what they have been doing, however to say none of this had to do with God’s grace or mercy, this is a very scary statement to me. So today I want to point you to the delivering power of God and encourage you to place your trust in Him as you make decisions during this ‘me. The truth is as believers we should claim the promise of God’s peace in this ‘me. You have a right to do so The Book of Judges (translated as “deliverers”) shows us God’s mercy in delivering Israel from her enemies. The result was that the land had rest.
-And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim. And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died. (Judges 3:9–11)
-So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years. (Judges 3:30) – “Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD! But let those who love Him be like the sun when it comes out in full strength.” So the land had rest forty years. (Judges 5:31)
Deliverance is designed to bring you into rest. Rest is peace (shalom) and prosperity. Peace is an all-inclusive word that encompasses prosperity, safety, health, protection, fruitfulness, and abundance. Peace and rest is not only for heaven but also for the here and now on the earth. It is not something coming one day. That doesn’t mean trouble will not come. You do not have to live a life of worry and anxiety. Peace is yours. Prosperity is yours. Even when trouble comes, it should not take away your peace. Peace is what you have as a saint of God. You will have the blessing of God. It’s the guarantee of His covenant of peace. It belongs to the saints of God. So no maer how bad the news gets, don’t let the devil take your peace and your shalom away from you.
You need to be made aware of who you are in Christ, the authority He has given you, and the arsenal of weapons He has equipped you with to fight and win back your peace. Peace is your right as a child of God. Call on Him to grant you and your land rest—then deny Him the praise when you are delivered
In His Service,
Eric Barnes