1Now it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah,that Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to make war against it, but could not prevail against it. 2And it was told to the house of David, saying, “Syria’s forces are deployed in Ephraim.” So his heart and the heart of his people were moved as the trees of the woods are moved with the wind. | Isaiah 7:1-2
Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-Jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field, 4and say to him: ‘Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear or be fainthearted for these two stubs of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and the son of Remaliah. | Isaiah 7:3-4
King Ahaz was facing imminent attack by the kingdoms of Israel and Syria. Ahaz’s reaction was that of sorrow, fear and timidity, and his reaction imparted down to his people. Not only was his faith in God not evident in his life, it also negatively impacted the faith of his people.
As leaders, we are always subject to an agenda of the devil against our lives. After all, the devil is only troubled by those that actually threaten his plans for humanity. Despite his agenda, we know that we are more than conquerors through Christ, and that there really isn’t any battle, since the battle was already won on the cross at Calvary…AMEN! Although we know this in our spirit, we sometimes fall victim to the weakness of our soul, and the threat of natural attacks begin to permeate into our thoughts, feelings and emotions. In this passage, God highlights through the prophet Isaiah three key things to be mindful of as leaders when the threat of an attack arises:
1.) Take heed and be careful. As leaders, we need to mindful and aware that the devil has an agenda against you. But take refuge in the fact that no matter the agenda, the plan and purpose God has for your life triumphs over all! As you continue to understand and receive God’s plans for you, there will be less room for the devil’s agenda to manifest itself in your life.
2.) BE QUITE & STOP COMPLAINING! We need to stop claiming things that were never intended for our lives! The power of life and death are in the tongue, and as a leader, we cannot afford to be operating in the lies that the devil tries to impart into our lives. Not only should you stop complaining ABOUT the problem, but also stop complaining TO people! Find encouragement and direction in the Word of God, and pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance through your situation.
3.) DO. NOT. FEAR. Our victory is rooted in our praise and our faith, not fear. This implies an on-going reliance and trust in God, not in the temporary circumstances that make present themselves in our lives. God is not moved by our problems; He is moved to action by your unshakable faith and unstoppable praise.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for calling and choosing us as leaders for Your kingdom. We understand that the threats of attacks in our lives are nothing but aggravation against the devil’s agenda, but we take great joy in knowing that there is no battle, no struggle, and no problem. We operate and walk in faith, and we thank You for Your faithfulness to us. In the name of Jesus, we declare that our mind, thoughts and actions will transform to that of champions that will triumph over every single situation. By the authority of name of Jesus, we cancel every attack spoken against our lives, our families, our families, our circles of influence, and our respective ministries. We declare the blood of Jesus to cover and protect us, and for the Holy Spirit to continually guide us as we continue to conquer hell. We thank You for broken chains and restored faith through this prayer, and we seal the fruit of this prayer in the name of Jesus…AMEN!