Most of us in the United States have become familiar with the political term, “Drain the swamp” that was used as an election slogan by President-Elect Donald Trump. I was surprised when the Spirit spoke these words to me as I was meditating on the verse from Isaiah 59:19 that reads,
“So those that fear the name of the LORD from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.”
As I continually hear this verse in my spirit I would begin to picture how the enemy has truly come in like a flood upon so many lives, families and homes. Then I was pondering what it looks like for the Lord to lift up His standard against him. As I waited I immediately saw a drain plug pulled and heard the words, “Drain the swamp!”
God will raise up His standard or we can say, “God will put the enemy to flight.” As worship is lifted up to the Name above every name, a fortress of praise is raised. His name, righteousness, truth, ways and faithfulness are declared causing God’s children to go to the high places (above the flood) and as He is lifted up it “pulls the plug” and drains the swamp that the enemy has sent.
So, how do we take part in draining the swamp (or flood)? We worship and decree who God is. We lift up the standard by which we live…THE FEAR OF THE LORD. Isaiah 59:11 begin with the words,
“So those that fear the name of the LORD from the west…”
As we live in the faith of His salvation and truth, we live in the fear of the Lord. Whenever I see “from the west” I remember that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and this is what I hear, “So those that fear the name of the Lord at the end of the day (the West).” It has been a long day for many but those that remain in the fear of the Lord, worshiping Him in spirit and truth, have partnered with the Lord to raise up His standard.
Fear has been the consistent theme of this flood that the enemy has sent. In the midst of this flood God has strengthened His children to “stand and see His salvation”. Many have previously had a “fight or flight” mentality but have been strengthened by the Holy Spirit during this flood of fear and have learned not to resort to these old ways but rather have stood and declared God’s faithfulness in the midst of what has caused their flesh to tremble.
This has raised up the “standard of the Lord” against the enemy and put him to flight! God’s people have taken the offense and stopped posturing themselves in defense. As we are making His name renowned, it is draining the swamp of fear and lies.
“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.””
II Chronicles 20:17
Stand still! Do not fight and do not flight! You will see the salvation of the Lord.
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