Isaiah 62:4 “Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”
The name Hephzibah means the Lord delighteth in thee. Beulah means married.
We all seek to be accepted, loved, and secure. To read that God already loves us, accepts us and has made provision to protect us is comforting. So, when the trials come, or the oppression is weighty, we must find our way to employ our faith to combat the enemy’s lies.
When we fail, the devil wants us to think that our relationship with God is conditional on our performance for Him. God’s love is unconditional and independent of any behavior of ours.
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We have many weapons to use against our adversary. We have thee armor of Ephesians 6. We have a multitude of promises of victory.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Far too often, we fail at meditating on those things that already exist in God’s Word. The memorization of these verses would not only hide them in our hearts but also be able to call up to combat the ‘stinkin thinkin’ of the enemy’s lies.
Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
As we head into the weekend, prepare for what may come. Let’s steady our heart on His Word and purpose to take the time needed to meditate on what we read.
If you find your life too busy to include God this way – you are genuinely too busy.
Make Him a priority, and you will find the rest will fall into place.