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The Blessing of our Arms Isa. 49:1-2...

The Blessing of our Arms Isa. 49:1-2
Intro.  Our Lord was the “polished shaft” and the “sharp sword.”  Our heavenly Father wielded Him to destroy Satan, sin and death and to bring salvation.  Likewise, God’s people are to be His battle axe: Jer 51:20: Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms.  He took 12 committed men and turned the world upside down.  When we ask the Lord to bless our arms, we are also asking Him to bless us in the right and holy use of them.  His blessings are not simply to make our arms effectual, but to make us effectual in the proper and right use of them.  If we ask for His blessings, we must understand that our arms are to be used righteously and in accordance to His Law.  God will not bless sin, wickedness or rebellion.  He blesses only obedience and those instruments that are used in obedience to Him. His blessings include protection. If we desire His protection, we must cling to Him in faith no matter the circumstances or the situations.  He has promised in Isa. 54:17: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. It will do us no good to use our arms and fail to trust in the Lord.  He must keep us.  He must protect us. Ps. 127:1: Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Obedience not only brings protection; it also brings prosperity.  David admonished Solomon in 1Kings 2:3: And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself. Let us dedicate ourselves first and foremost to the Lord and as we do so, we also dedicate our arms to the proper and holy use for which they have been ordained. Prayer: Lord, we...