Summary: 1. REJOICING 2. RENOWN 3. RICHES 4. ROLE 5. REBUILDING 6. RESTORATION 7. REST
BLESSINGS AFTER BATTLES : A PROPHETIC MESSAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR 2018
Make us glad according to the days wherein thou has afflicted us ,and the years we have seen evil.
BLESSINGS AFTER BATTLES
The Lord will turn our sorrows into joy. He will make us glad for all the years we have seen affliction and pain. He will bring our mourning to an end. He will fill us with the oil of joy. Those who have sown in tears will reap with joy. He will satisfy us with His mercy so that we can rejoice and be glad all the days of our lives.
SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION
Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, Lord,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
The Lord will bless with honour and renown for all the shame and humiliation we have faced in our lives. He will lift us up from the depths of the earth. We will no longer be called Forsaken or Desolate. We will be known as the people in whom the Lord delights.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went through a fiery trial. They refused to worship the image set up by the King and were willing to be thrown into fiery furnace.The Lord delivered them from being burnt by the fire to the astonishment of the King. After this trial by fire , they were greatly exalted and promoted by the king.
Daniel was thrown into the lion's den for praying to the God of Israel instead of praying to the king. But the Lord sent His angel and shut the mouth of the lions. The King was overjoyed to see Daniel safe and exalted him in his kingdom.
The Lord Jesus was tested for forty days in the wilderness by the devil. He overcame every temptation victoriously and returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee and his fame and renown spread throughout the region.
The Lord Jesus , even though He was equal with God, humbled Himself and took the form of a slave and became obedient even to the death on the cross. Therefore God highly exalted Him and gave Him a name above every name that every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.