Powerful Statements

“I am against you.”

Nahum 2:1-13

Reference: ““I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard.”” ‭‭Nahum‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: There are some sentences you never want to hear:
“You’re fired.”
“It’s not you, it’s me.”
“There’s nothing more we can do.”

I’m sure you can think of some other phrases that have been sent your way that have caused much pain and grief in your life too.

These comments may come as a surprise or may have been the result of our own behaviour. Either way, it can feel like they change the course of our lives forever.

Application: Surely the worst sentence one could ever hear is God Himself saying to you, “I am against you.” That would certainly change the course of your life and remove any hope for a positive future.

This is what God said to the people of Nineveh through the prophet Nahum and recorded in his  book. And yet it didn’t seem to get their attention.

The destruction to come for them should not have been a surprise and was directly linked to the people’s behaviour. They had the opportunity to change but refused.

While God does not use these types of words lightly it’s a good reminder for us to live in such a way that God does not say “I am against you” but that He actually declares “I am for you.” That statement gives us incredible hope for the future and is a positive statement we would all want to hear.

Prayer: Lord, when life is challenging may I still live in such a way that You can be for me. Amen.

What statement is God speaking over your life at the moment?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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