– by Mary A. LaClair
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17 NKJV.
Concerning this scripture it has been brought to my attention that it might be possible for misconceptions to arise…from the hands of the enemy of course–who just loves to twist Scripture. Therefore I have written a clarification which I think may be necessary for some whom ol’ slewfoot may try to mislead to his advantage. Please take the time to read it below. Hopefully you may never need it, but in today’s world, who knows!
Concerning the Isaiah 54:17 Scripture, notice it says that we shall condemn every tongue raised in judgment against us – not that we ask the Lord to — and it does not say condemn every person who judges us. There is a difference as explained below.
It is easy for a spiritually young person with their natural mind to see people in a battle of words in confrontation with each other; but that is seldom how it should be interpreted. Quoting the Word of God IS warfare in the Spirit.
Once we are able to answer someone kindly who judges us – either by letting them know that THEY are the ones who have judged us by accusing us of judging; or, by letting them know they are in error because they do not know the Scriptures, then is the time to claim the Isaiah 54:17 Scripture for ourselves.
Quoting the Word of God IS warfare in the Spirit.
We are able to use our tongue in speaking this Scripture aloud so it goes out into the heavenly realm—we use our own tongue to – ‘condemn every tongue raised in judgment against us’. Quoting the Word of God IS warfare in the Spirit.
We quote this verbally, and it is not necessarily in the presence of the other person – –which could invite unnecessary confrontation; this is putting our words out there in the atmosphere because the devil needs to hear it. Remember how Jesus did this to the devil in the temptation in the dessert. (Luke chapter 4) Quoting God’s word can act like a stealth missile in the spiritual world even if done quietly in our heart at the time, later speaking it aloud into the heavenly when by ourselves.
- our battle is not of this world, it is in the spiritual,
- – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph 6:12 NIV)
- We use God’s weapons
- “For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” 2 Cor 10:3-4 (RSV)
- the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God –
- “…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph. 6:17 RSV)
When we simply use our tongue to speak this Isaiah 54:17 Scripture aloud into the heavenly realm, we thereby use our own tongue to —‘condemn every tongue raised in judgment against us’.
This process of quoting and speaking the Word of God IS warfare in the Spirit, for we are re-speaking God’s Word.
Joyce Meyer has shared with her listeners that sometimes this Scripture will come to her mind for no apparent reason; she then acts on it by either speaking it out loud or in her mind depending on the current circumstances. When she asked our Lord about this, the impression she received was that someone, somewhere may have been speaking against her – and those words were being combated in the Spiritual realm by claiming the application of God’s Word for herself.
This then effectively becomes the DOUBLE EDGE SWORD as described by Rick Renner:
The Sword is the Word; the first edge is when it comes from God’s mouth; the second edge is when it comes from our mouth – thus the two edged sword. For further reading please see: https://theproverbs120column.wordpress.com/category/judging/warning-is-not-the-same-as-judging/ and:
Thank you for reading! Be blessed in your righteous judgments!