Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. Isaiah 62:10
Raising a banner is a sign of victory. The one who raises the banner is the one who has conquered and is in control.
Over the centuries of time nations have raised banners against other nations to gain control. Even in modern times, groups will raise banners of victory or to gain control. Many different groups and organizations have made their own banners to let the rest of the world know who they are. They are not ashamed of who they are and want the world to know it.
In this passage, Isaiah is giving a prophecy about the city of Jerusalem. The people are to go through the gates and build up the highway to the city. They are to raise a banner to the world, letting the world know Jerusalem will stand strong.
Although this passage is about Jerusalem, believers can also raise a banner. The banner that they are raising is one of Jesus. It is a sign showing who Jesus is and the victory over sin and death that He has brought about.
The goal of Jesus when He walked on the earth was to reach the lost. As He left, He passed that goal on to His disciples,. who passed it on down through the generations of all believers.
Nations and people are dying in sin because they do not know about Jesus and the salvation He provides. The path to God has been laid out by Jesus. The believers must show the world that path. Believers can walk into the enemies territory and raise His banner up in victory, taking back lost souls to God.
Every where that you go, there will be some who do not know Jesus. Most often the places that you will go will be in the enemies territory–this dark and dying world. You have a banner to raise up. You have the information that the world needs to know.
The banner you raise up is Jesus. The world needs to know Jesus and the salvation He provides. Doing this can take back nations and the territories that Satan has taken. Jesus has already provided the victory over sin and death.
Now it is your turn to raise up the banner and claim that victory!
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will let the world know about Jesus; that you will walk in the victory Jesus has given; and that you will raise the banner of Jesus for the world to see.
For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Psalm 149:4
People love to have victory. They want to win and be the winner. No one goes into something hoping to lose or even take second place, they strive for first place.
The desire to be number one is a selfish desire. It is all about self and how one looks. Being number one and having victory makes a person look great, the best. It becomes pride that drives the person for victory.
In the process of striving to be number one, many will do whatever it takes to get that position. Often it is stepping on others or cutting others down to make one’s self look better or to gain the victory.
God is excited about His people and looks forward to being with them. He wants to give victory, but He gives it to the humble, not just to everyone.
Being humble is realizing one’s position in this life and before God. It is realizing that one is not God and cannot do everything on his own. It is letting go of self and allowing God to lead, guide and help out. It is putting everything into God’s hands.
When a believer is ready to put self to the side and allow God to be the head, God is ready to give victory. The reason God is pleased to give victory is because it is no longer about self, but about Him. It is allowing God to be God.
Victory is not always being lifted up and looking great, but it is doing the right thing at the right time. It is overcoming a sinful temptation. It is being a witness of Jesus. It is showing love to those who are hard to love.
When a person lets go and allows God to work in and through him, God will give victory.
Each day there will be new struggles in your life and battles to fight and overcome. In your own strength you will fail and fall short of winning those battles.
Remember that it is not about you, but about God. Remove self out of the way, being humble and allow God to guide you. Let God give the victory.
Seek God’s help and guidance in every situation in your life. Do not think that you know what is best, you will fail. God loves you and wants to give you victory, let Him.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will allow God to rule in your life; that you will be humble before God; and that you will see the victory God is giving you over every situation in your life.