The Holy Spirit gave me an unexpected and yet delightful treat this morning when He said, “I want you to pray Isaiah 14 today.” I had no idea what to expect, it was not a chapter I am familiar with, but I grabbed my bible, went out on the patio and began to pray the words of Isaiah. All I can say is that my heart is rejoicing in what God is doing. It is not my opinion, my desire, it is not about me at all, this is what God is doing, this is what God is saying. Oh my friends, He is on our side and He is doing a work we do not even have the capacity to understand in its fullness, but glimpses of it will cause you to weep tears of relief and release shouts of joy.
Here is one of the many things He showed me this morning while praying Isaiah 14. “The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of rulers Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes, Which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution.” (V.5-6)
As I was praying this over the nations this morning, the Lord said to me, “The beatings have ended!” Selah. Tears fell down my face, memories flashed through my mind, and the Lord said again, “The beatings have ended!” Verbal beatings by the voices of the enemy taunting and abusing. Performance beatings, where people have demanded more from you than you could give. Financial beatings where you were made to feel guilty for not giving enough, saving enough, storing enough or having enough. “The beatings have ended!”
God has broken the staff and the scepter of the wicked rulers, the unceasing strokes are ending. The harsh labor, the verbal attacks, the you are not good enough, you will never measure up, this is all ending. Yes there is still residue, but it is ending. The Lord has broke their staff and their scepter. Stand in awe and wonder, I did. I thought about places I used to be in that did this to me and the Lord said, “The beatings have ended.” My friends, the Lord said He broke the staff and the scepter of wicked rulers, now watch for the manifestation of their end. So much good news happening and coming, we are going to smile so much our face will hurt in a good way.