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Lift Up A Standard
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There are three ways of believing: InspirationReasonHabit. [Blaise Pascal] 


"From the west they shall fear the NAME of the LORD, and from the east HIS glorious presence; for when the enemy comes in like a flood, the SPIRIT OF THE LORD will lift up a standard against him." [Isaiah (Yeshayah) 59. 19 Tanakh, Nevi'im] 


The Hebrew word for standard is "nuwc (pronounced noos)" meaning "abate, a way of escape, drive forth, chase, impel, deliver, put to flight, hide."  So when the MIGHTY INTERCESSOR fights for us, we can be certain that the confrontation is already won. 


We are warned to be sober and vigilant because the notorious enemy of our soul, "your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." [1 Peter 5. 8] This notorious master of deception also "transforms himself into an angel of light" as well as "his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness." [2 Corinthians 11. 14 - 15]  Satan and his ministering hordes are most dangerously deceptive when they twist, alter and distort HOLY SCRIPTURE to and through untaught and unstable people who twist the WORD OF GOD "to their own destruction." [2 Peter 3. 16]  We must use the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT against them! 


Then when they fail to win a convert to their schemes they become anguished in their deception, they resort to great persecution, pressure and blatant opposition seeking to silence the testimony of true people of GOD.  Those who were once your friends "think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you." [1 Peter 4. 4]  "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of CHRIST'S sufferings, that when HIS glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy." [1 Peter 4. 12 - 13]  


Another event in time is coming when the woman (Israel) escapes from the anti-Christ, the serpent again tries to destroy her when he "spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood." [Revelation 12. 13 - 15] Again, the HOLY & FAITHFUL ONE OF OLD will do great wonders, "the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth." [Revelation 12. 16] 


When the enemy comes in like a great flood and the waves seem about to engulf us, we have our blessed SHIELD & DELIVERER we can turn to and be blessed, for HE is ever near.  "Were it not for the LORD WHO was on our side when men assailed us, they would have swallowed us alive in their burning rage against us; the waters would have overwhelmed us, the torrent would have swept over us; then the seething waters would have gone over our soul. Blessed is the LORD, WHO has not given us as prey to their teeth." [Psalms (Tehillym) 124. 2 – 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  


But, GOD is on our side, and as long as we stay on HIS side, sheltered under HIS wing holding fast to HIS clearly revealed WORD OF TRUTH & LIFE.  Before the demonic flood can overwhelm us, the SPRIT OF THE LORD will lift up HIS STANDARD against the enemy and overcome victoriously.  We are assured that "the solid foundation of GOD stands" [2 Timothy 2. 19], for the "LORD WHO is in you is greater than he who is in the world." [1 John 4. 4]  


"For YOU are great, and do wondrous things; YOU alone are GOD." [Psalms (Tehillym) 86. 10 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  There is nothing too wondrous for HIM. 


Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Welcome Sabbath – Queen of the week! Sabbath of Shemot“Names” [Reading: Exodus 1:1-6:1; Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23; Matthew 2:1-12]
Praised are YOU, YEHOWAH, our GOD, SOVEREIGN of the Universe, WHO makes us holy with YOUR mitzvoth and favors us with the Holy Shabbat, lovingly and graciously given to us, a memorial of the act of creation, first of the holy assemblies. Let us adore the EVER-LIVING GOD, and render praise to HIM WHO spread out the heavens and established the earth, WHOSE glory is reveled in the heavens above and WHO'S greatness is manifest throughout the world. HE is our GOD; there is none else.  With bowed heads and humble hearts and abiding faith in His justice and lovingkindness, we magnify the KING of kings, the HOLY ONE, praised be HE.  Enjoy the peace and harmony of Shabbat!  


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 



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