Summary: No one gets to where God wants them to be without a fight. If you are going to come to the place where God is calling you you’ve got to understand that you are in for a fight but know that with God you can break out of the enemy’s grasp.
Isaiah 54:1-8,17 (3)
I’m Breaking Out
H Lee Clay
I have lived long enough to appreciate the fact that anytime that you are trying to go to a new place or new level in your life and the enemy comes against you, you will tend to exercise a proclivity or instinct to hold on to everything you can. But you cannot fill your hands with the new if your hands are still occupied with the old. There are some things that you just need to let go of.
In chapter 54 of Isaiah the Israelites are being wonderfully persuaded by God after a bitter exile to recover themselves psychologically from the debilitating influence of their experience. I don’t know if you have or have not experienced any real battles. But one thing that I have learned about battles is that one can never go into a battle without coming out with some scars.
And it is here that God is endeavoring to overcome their sense of perception with faith.Because of the tense and alarming battle that they fought while in exile. If you’ll notice in chapter 52:1-2, He
declares, “Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you. 2Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! They have a battle because they were being completely controlled and overrun by nations that did not worship their God. And in chapter 53 the prophet is crying out to them from the question, “Who will believe our report?”
And you sense then that the Lord is doing His best to arouse in them that faith again.Because sometimes when you’re faith or your expectation has been hurt, it is not easy to just wake up and charge forward again. Something has to change within your mind. Something has to change psychologically. But the greatest challenge seems to be in chapter 54. It is here that He wants to revive them and to bring them again to a place of power. If anybody is going to get anywhere in terms of advancing forward toward their God-given destiny and destination, they must understand that they will inevitably encounter some battles.
And it should be because no one gets to where God wants them to be without a fight. Nobody; look at someone and say “nobody”. And coming out of Egypt was the first battle that God‘s people the Israelites encountered. If one is going to come into tomorrow’s blessing, they must first come out of today’s curse.If you are going to walk into the victory that God has already established for those who will walk uprightly before Him, you must walk boldly and be willing to shake off some things and even some people. You must break loose from the fetters of the present.
They started this way. And it is critical to see that they had to battle their way out of Egypt.They had to fight to get to the place of blessing. And it is essential to understand that overcoming obstacles is essential to getting to the place of blessing. There is always something else in the way. And so for those of you that have signed on and you didn’t think that you had to fight I’m giving you notice today that for you to move to that next level, to get to the place of spiritual peace, emotional joy, financial blessings, and even psychological good health, you’re going to have to fight.
And it’s critical because not only do you have to fight but you have to press before your miracle. The woman with the issue of blood, she had to press her way to get her breakthrough. You have to expect to need before your deliverance comes because only “hunger and thirst” shall be filled. You’ve got to want it bad.
And the battles were not always battles that you know are coming. There are some battles that simply ambush you along the way. I remember Israel having to face the Amalekites and the ambush that they threw right at them. And sometimes you have got to fight where you least expect when you think it’s all together and it’s all fixed.
And then they had to battle in Canaan the place of God’s promise. The land that God would hand over to them. The land that they would conquer for themselves. But even in Canaan they had to fight. They had to fight the Hittites, the Jebushites, the Harvidites, they had to fight the Philistines and the Moabites. They were always fighting.
So not only do you have to fight to get to your blessing. You have to fight to keep and maintain your blessing. Because Satan is not sitting around here and desiring you to have anything that God has designed for you to have. And whenever he senses the anointing that God has on your life and that God is getting ready to move and that God is getting ready to lift you to the next level. And that God is getting ready to move some things out of your way. You’ve got to be ready for the fight.