God’s Might In Man

The world system can be very crushing for some. Yet, God is far greater than the world and those who make Him the very center of their life through Christ will find His inner presence will empower them to persevere.
God’s Might In Man
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Often the world will act like they are a person’s friend but as time goes on quite a few realize it is their foe. Because of this there are a few that will blame God, but in reality God wants to be each person’s friend. God really desires to place His might within each person so they will be able to overcome the world.

One verse that points this out is Isaiah 25:4, and for our purposes I would like to present the three verses before it: “O YHVH, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will praise

Your name; for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. 2 For You have made of a city a heap; of a defensed city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. 3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify You, the city of the terrible nations shall fear You. 4 For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

The city in verse 2 is most likely ancient Tyre (Tyrus), mentioned earlier in Isaiah 23. Tyre means “rock” and devotionally represents the “friendly” atmosphere of the world system that offers security to many who trust in it, albeit such security is a false security. Satan, the anointed cherub, is connected with Tyrus as recorded in Ezekiel 28:11-19. He is currently the king and ruling force of the world, but will soon be removed as such by Christ.

Shortly before that time will be the Great Tribulation period, and rest assured what is recorded in chapters 5 through 19 of The Revelation Of Jesus Christ (The Apocalypse) will come to pass. A really condensed version of that time is recorded in Isaiah 24 which many have termed “Isaiah’s Little Apocalypse.” This supports the point the city of Isaiah 25:2 represents an aspect of the world. Please see the link below for my audio message: “The Snare--An Apocalyptic Warning” based on Isaiah 24:17-18 {1}.

There will soon come the time when the world will experience the wrath of God. God’s wrath of the Great Tribulation period has been likened to a whirlwind (tornado) in various passages of the Word of God. One such passage is Jeremiah 30:23-24 {2}. It is often windy in some other locations when there is a tornado or hurricane approaching. This is precisely what we are now seeing in the spiritual realm on earth with various groups of people being agitated in various parts of the world, such agitation manifesting itself from vehement hatred and lies to outright shameless, brazen genocide. It also explains the increase in persecution toward both Jew and Christian. It is grounded in the spirit realm because instinctively, though mostly unconscious of it, the majority of the human race senses the return of Christ (though many will not admit it) and therefore inwardly detect they have a short time remaining. This is why we live in turbulent times.

Despite the trouble that surrounds us, those who have a relationship with God through Christ can be very strong. Although much of Isaiah’s prophecies were warnings, admonishments, and exhortations to the Jewish people who had repeatedly sinned, by the Holy Spirit he offered them encouragement and hope if they would only fixate themselves in God alone. We see a glimpse of that hope in Isaiah 25:4 where God’s might in man can not only be within but can also be around a person, like a shield.

I. Within  4a-b

God is twice referred to as “a strength” which can mean {3} . . .

1) place or means of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold 
1a) place of safety, fastness, harbor, stronghold 
1b) refuge (of God) (fig.) 
1c) human protection (fig.) 

First, He is noted as being a strength to the poor. William Wilson states the particular Hebrew word here used means, “. . . one that has become exhausted, low, wasted, and weak in substance or natural strength . . .”  As you see, its meaning is a little broad and we can also conclude from it that it can refer to being poor both in the material realm and the spiritual realm. For the material realm, many times in our society the impoverished are easy victims by others and by circumstances. The good thing is that one can be poor in the material realm but rich in the spiritual realm (3 John 2, Revelation 2:9).

More often, though, the case is there is a spiritual deficit which leaves one spiritually impoverished. The core problem is our sin nature and our spiritual poverty can be shown by a number of ways. Outright sin is one example. It also includes when we think contrary to the Holy Scriptures about God and His ability, or about ourselves, some situation we face, etcetera. Placing self first, and not God, will spiritually impoverish us. In addition to these is the fact that we live in a sinful society which can be a spiritual drain upon us. And a foundational one, most likely one that leads to all of the above, is a lack of fellowship with God through Christ.

We are all needy of God. Even those of us who have Christ within have always need of Him just as we are constantly in need of air. We also need His peace, guidance, and more throughout our lives. In this life on earth we will receive persecution, attacks from men and spirits, confusion, and just regular everyday troubles. We must not think ourselves as sufficient for these things, but needy of all that God will graciously grant to us through Christ. While there may be a few very strong-willed people that can handle such distress, only in Christ can one go through these things but be blessed not only now but for eternity.

Our passage states that God will be a strength (as noted above) to the poor. When we, who are definitely spiritually impoverished without God and are most needy of Him, make Christ truly King of our life God’s might comes within us and we live by the


strength of Christ. Thus we are exhorted in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” We are made strong if Christ dwells within, and our union with God through Christ causes us to have His might not just within us, but also around us, just as God told Abraham that He would be a shield about him (Genesis 15:1).

II. Around  4c-e 

We have already mentioned that the world is very turbulent. I lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at the time of this article and was a little amazed in the first few years that many of the residents were very concerned whenever a hurricane threatened the area. But then I realized why I was amazed. In all my years of childhood and adolescence I had always dwelt in brick row houses with no trees around them, but there was a least one utility pole in one location. I lived in a well fortified structure, and a great refuge from the dangers of any hurricane. We now own a house. It is a separate dwelling and definitely not brick. There are trees nearby and a utility pole. I now share many of my fellow residents’ concern.

Indeed, there is plenty of turbulence in the world: wars, terrorist attacks, corruption, and more. But those who truly know God through Christ definitely find He is a refuge. Natural storms can cause much damage due to wind, water, and pressure (either from wind or water or both). As the wind can bring destruction, and water can encourage decay, so it is in the spiritual realm. However, in the spiritual realm we can remain spiritually whole in God no matter what we come across.

The next picture presented is one of heat. Most people know that continued high degree heat day after day without relief from rain or irrigation diminishes the strength of vegetation. Eventually the vegetation withers and dies. And, indeed, the heat is on across the world against anyone who dares to call themselves, or act like, a Christian. Yet, if we permit Him, and remain in Him, and constantly enjoy fellowship with Him, He shades us from the adverse affects of the world. While facing fines, imprisonment, torture, and more is not basically pleasant, those who root themselves in Christ will spiritually be like a flourishing tree.

Satan and his demons, I feel, can be represented by the term “the terrible ones” in the final portion of the verse. The term “blast” is from the Hebrew “ruwach” which, to a degree, is comparable to the Greek word “pneuma.” It can mean wind, but most often it is rendered “spirit.” James Strong gives the breakdown of the 378 times it is used in the Holy Bible: “spirit 232, wind 92, breath 27, side 6, mind 5, blast 4, vain 2, air 1, anger 1, cool 1, courage 1, misc 6.” Although ruwach can mean wind, the context of our passage points out that here it speaks of spiritual entities.

Indeed, the devil and his demons can combine together to make a great blast against anyone, including the redeemed. Such spiritual pressure comes not only in the form of temptation, but with fear, oppression and anything else the enemy of our soul might throw at us. In fact, he will try to use our own soul against us, peaking our sin nature to yield to temptation, and the spirit of the world will add to the pressure. Sometimes it can be unsuspecting and, if we are not careful to solidly walk in the Lord, overwhelming.

Yet God says when this happens, He will be a wall against that great spiritual tempest. But the context shows we need to be on His side. God needs to be king in our life, the very center of our life, and the Way He has ordained to do this is Jesus Christ. If we have made Christ our Savior and Lord then we must endeavor to remain in Him. If we remain in Christ we are unconquerable because of God’s might in man.

Notes:

{1} http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M175

{2} http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M325

{3} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{4} Wilson, William: Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies (MacDonald Publishing Company, McLean, VA) pp317-18

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by March 28, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M394 .

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    To pray is to take the time to listen, to meditate in silence on the work of God, it is to slow our desires, so as to pay attention only to God, secretly present, and slip into his will.
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