We are well in to 2018, yet these verses in Isaiah 45:1-3 keep reverberating in my heart as a New Year’s theme.
The Lord will uphold your right hand so that He may
- subdue nations before you
- loose the armor of kings
- open before you the double doors
- open the gates that are shut
- make the crooked places straight before you
- break in pieces the gates of bronze
- and cut the bars of iron
Then He will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches in secret places, so that you may know (in 2018) that the Lord, who has called you by your name, He is the LORD of Israel.
There are treasures in secret places. They are stored up for God’s children—you and me. They will be released. But, they are also hidden. There is actually a seven-fold spiritual warfare to be waged before reaching these treasures.
Breaking through to the “life more abundantly”1 that Jesus came to bring us is not always presented on a silver platter. There are principalities to subdue and doors to open, bars to break and gates to shatter.
It is clear that some battles are just too big for us. This is one of them. Yet the Lord wants you by His side, on your knees as He releases His warriors for the fight.We also have a part in the warfare—through surrender. For sure, He requires a life that is fully submitted to Him for the battles ahead.
I believe that both the warfare and the breakthrough are our portion in 2018. How then do we fight and win? Stay tuned.
- John 10:10