“You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you…” (Isaiah 41:9 AMP, emphasis added)
Every one who is born again has been specially chosen of God. “You are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9 CEV). And because we (born again Christians) are special to God, He takes a keen interest in all that concerns us. We are above our adversaries and greater than the world’s economy and systems.
Dealing with Adversaries, Challenges & Economies
“Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.” (Isaiah 41:11-20 KJV)
- God’s chosen ones do not need to fret for one second about their adversaries. God has so programmed anyone who contends with His chosen ones for shame and confusion. He says, “Everyone who hates you will be terribly disgraced; those who attack will vanish into thin air.” (Isaiah 41:11 CEV¹)
- The good part about this is that we (God’s chosen) don’t need to do a single thing about our enemies. God didn’t ask us to fight our adversaries, to criticize them, curse them or pray about their downfall. He only tells us their end result.
- In the previous article, we talked about how God hardens His chosen ones to difficulties such that they are not moved by challenges. Apart from hardening us to difficulties, He re-constructs us at every stage of our lives to deal with the challenges at that level.
- For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed [remodeled, spruced up, updated, refurbished, revitalized] day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16 KJV)
- In Isaiah 41, God talks about making us like new sharp threshing instruments. This connotes that He adds new “extensions”, “plug-ins”, and “features” to our personalities that we did not previously have.
- Threshing instruments in Isaiah’s day were “made of wood with sharp stones [teeth] placed in the bottom. The sledge was pulled around and around over stalks of wheat or barley to cut the stalks into small pieces.”²
- With our new features, we thresh mountains [challenges]. We have the ability to turn mountains into small pieces of stone. We are world overcomers, mountain crushers. We make hills like chaff.
- Threshing also involved laying down the grain or material to be threshed on a big flat surface and whacking the daylights of out them with a bat or stick.³ This is what we do to the challenges we face. We crush them and take the life out of them. “…thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.” (Isaiah 41:15 KJV)
- When you face a challenge, know that it is an opportunity to: a) Use what God has given you; b) Be promoted to another level.
- Develop a reputation for winning in the spirit. Demons and devils know those who have a reputation for winning and so they approach such people with extreme caution.
- You ought to know who you are as God’s chosen. He says in His Word, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1John 5:4 KJV). We were born to overcome the world. A mountain (challenge you face in this world) is only a small part of the world.
- Besides all this, He causes us to live in an economy that transcends this world. Our economy is different and far above the economy of this world. In our economy, springs and lakes (money and wealth) can emerge from dry and barren lands. All manner of plants (businesses and enterprises) can grow and fill the desert.
- It doesn’t matter what country or region of the world in which we find ourselves. All things are possible to us and whatsoever we are involved in/with has to prosper. This is the heritage of God’s chosen ones.
- This is all because, not only is the hand of the Lord is on His chosen ones, He lives in them and causes them to triumph.
- Whatsoever we do prospers irrespective of the world’s economy and systems.
- We are God’s chosen. A special breed.
- CEV – Contemporary English Version (US Version), 1995.
- Ferell’s Travel Blog, https://ferrelljenkins.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/visualizing-isaiah-28-the-threshing-sledge/, (viewed on 14th September, 2015)
- The Walden Effect, Harvesting, threshing, winnowing, and dehulling backyard grains, http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Harvesting__44___threshing__44___winnowing__44___and_dehulling_backyard_grains/, (viewed on 14th September, 2015)