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Justice
Pastor John Doonan

Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold, my servant whom I uphold. Mine elect in whom my soul delighteth.

I have put my Spirit upon Him. He shall bring forth justice to the nations. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall not He break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench. He shall bring forth justice in truth. He shall not fail, nor be discouraged till He has set justice in the earth, and the coasts shall wait for His law.

Justice is something that has to happen for the believer; it is inevitable. You may be looking at your own life and circumstances, wondering why they don’t reflect God’s promises. You may wonder when you see a person that you’ve prayed for not healed, or even wonder where your own healing is In so many different trials you may ask yourself, "Where’s the justice?" God answers this question with His word. This is why Isaiah 42 teaches us how we’re to go about obtaining justice, receiving it, and walking in it.

You see it is God’s plan that you have justice, else He would not have put it in His word. Here in Isaiah, we can see clearly this prophetic word is about Jesus. Nevertheless, anything said about Jesus also applies to all believers, because we are, after all, the body of Christ. Everything that God says will come forth by the power that is Jesus will also come forth by the power that is in us, which is Jesus Christ. As we look at these scriptures prophetically, we can see Jesus. We can see Him coming to the cross, like a lamb to the slaughter, not saying a word in His defense. We must appreciate though, that He spoke not a word, so that we can speak in our own defense. Just as the word says that He became poor so that we may be made rich, (II Corinthians 8: 9) so also Jesus said not one word in His defense, so that we could speak by faith our own defense. Jesus came for the purpose of the redemption of man. Prior to Jesus, man did not have the right to speak in His own defense. Jesus came and shed His blood so that we could have the right to stand up and say, "We have a defense. We have a right to the promises of God, though not by our own merit." That is why it is called a free gift; the good news. God has simply blessed us because He loves us. By reason of His care for us He wanted a way to destroy the works of the devil. He desired a way to bring justice into the earth, so He chose to make a people of His own.

Isaiah 42:5 Thus saith God the Lord; He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath to the people upon it, and Spirit to them that walk therein.

The people that He gave breath to are those who are born again. They breathe the life of God. He puts His Spirit upon those whom He has given breath to. He fills them with the baptism of His Spirit, which gives them power to make progress in the earth. As Isaiah pro-phesies this, he is look-ing centuries ahead to the church, the people God has chosen to put His breath into. He has redeemed them by the blood of the Lamb. He has put His Spirit upon them, so they can operate in the power of His might.

Isaiah 42:6 I have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and will give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles.

In order to obtain justice, God is saying that the first thing you must do is to be a light. He says, you are my covenant people, there for I keep you, I hold you, and I won’t let anything happen to you. I made you righteous so that you can go forth in My name to be a light unto the nations, to show the nations the power of the living God, the power of the Creator of the whole earth. Not for you to be cowardly, or timid, but to understand the power that abides in your heart, the Spirit you’ve been given. The Creator of the whole earth says, I have put my breath into you and my Spirit upon you; so go ye in the light.

You are light, you are righteousness, you are power. He is exhorting each of us to have a change of mind about who we are if we want justice to flow in our lives. Stop running after miracles, but rather look for power that comes through the simplicity of the new birth and the filling of His Spirit. Look for the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no formulas, no difficult deep things of God that you must understand. The simplicity in Christ—Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It will never get any deeper than that. If you are looking for something "deeper" then you are looking for the specta-cular, and you’ll not find God in it. God might have sent it but it in itself is not God.

If you are looking for the power, atonement, redemption and justice that are in the new birth, this is what you’ll do. You will take it out to others, to open up the blind eyes, to set free the enslaved from out of their prison, and you’ll free those who sit in darkness, shattering the prison house. You’ll go forth into the world and you’ll set free those who are in bondage, all those that are imprisoned by the effects of this world.

The Spirit of God is asking, "Do you want something that is so great, that is so full of My life, my compassion, and so powerful that it will totally set you free? Do you want something that will change the essence of your life? Do you want this life to nurture inside of you in that it is so awesome that you can’t even begin to explain it to people, but you can only show it to them? If you have it you’ll say, "Look at what I have. Look at what I am." As you go forth, and go forth with the gospel, people can laugh at you, and curse you, and yet you’ll still be there with a smile. You’ll still be there with the love of God. You’ll be there to help, to lift up, and to set them free from the bondage of this world.

Isaiah 42:8-12 And I am the Lord, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another; neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His name praise from the end of the earth; ye that go down into the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants there of. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare His praise in the islands.

When you have the glory and the new birth, and when you’ve been filled with the Spirit of His power, then there is something natural inside of your heart that wants to come out. There’s something natural in you that wants to shout; that wants to declare the glory of the Lord. The only thing that can stop it is if you are worshipping idols; graven images. In other words, if you are expecting the things in this world to give you justice, that’s worshipping an idol. If you have chosen the things of this world and the methods of this world to get your blessings then you have missed God. You have missed God because He says, "I will not share My glory with that." If you get justice through the world then you can go out as a man and say, "I did this; I worked very hard for this, and I won’t share it with any one because I worked so hard for it." Yet God is clearly saying, "If you are worshipping idols (doing it the world’s way) then you’re not worshipping Me." Do worship God with all of your heart because of the new birth. If the praise and the glory and the power of God starts coming out of your mouth unto God, then you will see something special happen. You will see the rock rally to His word by the power of His praise.

Right now, say out loud, "I will praise the Lord my God. The rock shall sing out with praise to the Lord my God."

Isaiah 42: 13-15 The Lord shall go forth, as a mighty man, He shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: He shall cry, yea, roar, He shall prevail against His enemies. 14 I for a long time have held my peace, I have been still and refrained myself: now will I cry like a traveling woman. I will destroy and devour at once. I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry all their herbs, and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

God says, "When you begin to praise Me from your heart, when you lift up a voice, when the rock comes into unity before the Spirit of God, then I’ll become like a mighty man. You’ll stir Me up to jealousy because you’re no longer depending on the things of this world, but you are worshipping Me; you are praising Me and declaring to the whole world that you have a God that meets your every need."

Then He will be stirred up as a mighty man and He will come forth with a roar. If you think a lion can roar loudly and has a vicious sound, just wait until the Spirit of God roars before you. He will lay flat the mountains of offense. He will lay flat every obstacle that has come into your way because He is the Lord of glory; He is the King of Kings. He is the king that shall destroy and devour before Him.

He says, "I am like a travailing woman, laboring to give birth." Have you ever seen someone giving birth? When you start labor, you can’t stop. God says He will be the same way when you begin to praise Him; when you give all of your heart to Him; when you stop fooling around with the things of the world. Things such as malicious slander, envy, and strife. When you put away all of the garbage of the world and you start with a pure heart, seeking after Him, then like a travailing woman, He can’t do anything except bring forth justice onto the earth.

When you start shouting and praising God before the enemy, God will shake, He’ll roar and justice will spring forth, His new life touching all around you. Everything that you desire, everything that you need will be met in the name of our Lord Jesus.

Isaiah 42;16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths they have not known: I will make darkness light before them and the crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them and not forsake them. 17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images- ye are Gods.

Do you see what happens when justice starts coming forth, when you provoke the Spirit of God to move on your behalf? You’re not just mouthing the words, but praising from your heart; the praise of faith, the praise of the power. You’re not doing it the world’s way. When the travailing woman gives birth, everything in its path is going to have life. The Spirit of God will change everything into a blessing that was in the Spirit of praise and touched by His power.

In creation He said, "Let there be light," and the whole universe exploded with light. He said "Let the earth separate the waters from the lands." The lands emerged at God’s decree. He whispered on the day of Pentecost. He breathed on them. It was like a mighty wind that came forth. If a whisper could turn a whole world inside out, bringing forth the Gospel in power, can you imagine what happens when you get the Spirit of God to shout on your behalf? Things will quake all about you. You will be standing, and everything around you will be blown out of the way. He does it because you stood in there, and you believed God. You knew that you had the new birth; you knew that you were filled with His Spirit. That’s all He requested you to do. After that you just thanked Him, and praised Him. Then He took hold of you and He loved you. He said, "I’ll not forsake you." You must realize that when the Spirit of God comes forth in power, everything around you is going to be touched. It’ll be a new thing! It will be a new kind of praise that you’ll praise God with. This praise comes from the heart of God; it comes right from the throne of God, through us, right back to the throne of God. The world has never seen the complete unity of the circle of praise that happens when you find the new birth and the filling of the Spirit of God. The world has never seen what we have before and so, scripture says, we go out as a light (Isaiah 42:6) and we show it to them. Because we are a light, doing what He told us to do, justice comes forth in our lives.

Perhaps in your life it seems like you were going this way and then that way; you were butting your head up against this wall, then that wall over there. You were saying, "God, I just don’t know what to do anymore. It seems like I just don’t have any direction anymore. I just don’t know where I am going, but, I am trusting you. I know that you are the Lord of my life and that my feet are the feet of the righteous. You say in your Word that those are the ordered feet, ordered by you." At times, you do this by faith, even though you don’t know where you are going or what you are doing. Yet you do know you are going someplace. You just know that by faith. You begin to praise God for the unseen, for the direction that you can’t see, because you know that eventually this crooked place is going to be made straight. You’ll be able to see miles ahead of you when it’s flat and straight. You’ll see the vision that He’s set before you, you’ll see all the things He’s promised. But God says, "Believe Me; just trust in Me, because justice will come forth." It has no choice but to come forth in your life. He says, "I have spoken it, and when I speak it, and then you follow through with your praise and your faith, it will happen."

Isaiah 42:18-20 Hear, Ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see who is blind but my servant? Or deaf, as my messenger that I seat? Who is blind as He that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but He heareth not.

When you are standing, when you are waiting for the promise of God, God asks, "Who is my servant?" The servant is the one who sees many things, but observes none of them. He’s not tossed to and fro by the circumstances that are going on around Him. He’s heard the word of God and He knows the promise of God is coming. He knows that by the promise of that word he doesn’t have to pay attention to any of the circumstances. He knows that the word of God is going to perform itself because it has no choice but to perform itself. He is literally blind to the things of the world. While He is waiting He does everything He must do to stand and to believe God when there is nothing else He can do. There always comes a point when there is nothing more you can do. You’ll put your hands to a lot of things, and people will say that you’re working very hard and doing everything you’re supposed to be doing. However, there will come a time when it will go beyond what you are able to do, and then those same people will stand with their mouths open wide in amazement. They’ll ask themselves, "What was that power that just happened their life?" God is instructing us to be blind and deaf to all that is around you and to focus on only one thing, the word of God, specifically, the cross of Jesus Christ, because in it are all of God’s promises fulfilled. As you look to the cross your heart resides in heaven because your praise is sent there on a daily basis.

Isaiah 42:21 The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness sake, He will magnify the law, and make it honorable.

By the Spirit of God we know that the law is perfected in our hearts. The flesh can never perform it. However when you lift up your heart full of faith to God, knowing that Christ is your life, it will produce righteous works in you. In doing so you have magnified the law of God. In your love for God you have kept the entire law.

If your operate in the Spirit of God continually, not trusting in graven images (the things of this world) but you put your reliance upon faith in God, into what He is, and you magnify Him, your life will have God’s justice in it. It is of absolute importance that your life magnifies God. Faith, not seeing, and faith, not hearing is going to help as you put all of your faith into His Spirit of power that abides in you, not in your ability to please Him. Then by that faith is the love of God manifested through you. So as we reach out in the power of God’s love, as a light into the world, then God is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake. He has declared you righteous. He is well pleased with what He has done.

As you walk this way your life changes from the inside out. You can never change anything to please God from the outside in. It won’t work, and you’ll be fighting it for the rest of your life. There is a power of God in your life that will overcome, that will bring forth justice in your behalf as you release the power of the love of God that’s in your heart. By faith, you’ll begin to overcome.

Again, as a warning, if you put your trust in the things of this world you’ll not get anything from God. If you put a wall between you and God, such as rebellion, you’ll receive nothing. God is a jealous for His name’s sake. He has already set aside the very best for you to be received from Him, His way. He is not asking for you to be perfect. He never has nor will He. He is asking for you to be love. As you go forth by faith, God brings justice, line upon line, precept upon precept, into every area of your life. As you love in His Spirit, you’ll see the things that were once so hard to get through fall down before you. You’ll find God is perfecting your life from the inside out and fulfilling all of His promises to you.

God is no respecter of persons. He won’t do some of His word for one, and then other parts of it for another. He’ll do all He said He’d do for you. All that He is asking is that you come before Him with a pure heart, full of faith praising Him for the work He has done in you. As you praise, the very light and power that is inside of you will defeat all of your enemies: sickness, poverty, and death. . .

Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them shared in hoes, and they are — in prison houses they are for a prey, and none delivereth: for a spoil and — saith, Restore.

This is the problem today with the church. We want the justice. We want God to give us justice. He is saying, "It’s not that hard. It takes a faith, a faith to believe My word. I have already done all that it takes for you to have justice in your life. I have performed it and yet you are robbed and spoiled. You don’t have it! There’s none to deliver, none to say, "Restore."

What is the answer to this dilemma? It is to stick your faith out there, just one more time. It only takes one person to arouse the Spirit of God. It takes only one to begin the Spirit of God moving in the lives of thousands. Just one. It only took one Moody to start a revival, one Spurgeon, one Wesley. It only took one Luther to change the face of religion. Each of these great men of faith looked at the need of the church and said "Oh God, your people have been robbed and spoiled." Each rose up and demanded the restoration of God’s people. They magnified and glorified God’s name above all other names. We too may reach down deep into ourselves, to Christ within, and shout out for restoration of all that’s been stolen. Let all God has promised us in His Word be restored.

Restore Oh God
Thy Promise
to Your People!

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Prophecy By
Bobbie Jean Merck
July 6, 1998

I have set my rainbow in the sky and l have given it to you as a covenant of peace. I said that I would not remove my covenant of peace from you once it is established. I have established it, I have settled it, and I have secured it in your lives. Your ministry is destined and there is nothing that you can do about it if you just decide and choose to follow Me, for I will make a way when there is no way. I will give you the truth and the way and the life and you will intercede and you will put an end to all strife. There will be no conditions, for as you come unto Me, I will remove all the conditions. I will make all the provisions and you will know that you know that you are being guided and you are being led by My Spirit.

I am going to set in place those things that you have decreed, those things that you have ordered, and those things that you have established, and even those things you have been prophesying to the wind. For it is time for Me to do the work in My people. Though they are as dead, the bones will rise up and they will be My united army.

I have chosen you and I have set you as a rainbow in the sky: I have set you as people of peace. I have set you as people that may decree My will and My plan and My purpose that My kingdom may be established and My kingdom may come so that no weapon formed against you and others that concern you and are related to you shall prosper.

I am talking about an international view. I am talking about an overall scope for you are just beginning and that is the way every mighty thing is. It begins with the seed. So you have begun to plant seeds and as you water it with your prayers,. and as you water it with your love, and as you water it with your holy expectation and power of the Holy Spirit, I will see to it that it will multiply and be even as Christ said, it will be as the mustard seed and the tree. It will be exceedingly, abundantly above all you can imagine, ask, or think.

When the clouds come upon the horizon, do not look at the clouds as if they were darkness and bringing that which is not good, but look upon the clouds as a sign of my rainbow and as a sign of the outpouring of My Spirit. They will not be clouds without rain, but they will be clouds that will be full of the rain of My Holy Ghost, for My voice is spreading throughout the earth and it will indeed cover all the earth.

Now, you have been concerning yourself about appointments and the appointed times. I have it all in order. Just follow Me one day, one step at a time and you will see by My Spirit for I have been sharpening your discernment. I have given you wisdom and knowledge and understanding and the application therein and those things that go with it for such a time as this, that you will be able to discern, and together you will not make a mistake. You will lay out before you, which will be before My conference table, the things that you have in your heart to do, and then as you express them you will be able to receive My wisdom, My discerning, My application, and My understanding. You will see and you will know that this is the right way or if this is something that is to be released to release the ultimate way. So do not concern yourselves, for as I have raised you up and I have moved things and, yeah, some of them not pleasant at all, so will I do likewise for the others to bring them in. And indeed, it shall be that one body. It shall be one strong man. It shall be as the body of Christ and as long as He is the Head you will not be defeated.

I will lift you up and I will raise you up and I will cause you to be blessed going out and I will cause you to be blessed coming in. You shall prosper and be blessed in the basket and in the store and in all that you set your hand to do. Your mind, ability, and capacity shall increase. It shall not decrease, but it shall increase. As you apply your mind to the mind of Christ and the things that He desires to do, you will find that there will be an increase of the mentality of Christ to guide and direct you in all that you think and in all that you do. Then you will see that I will multiply unto you and, indeed, you will see the vision fulfilled that you have held in your heart so long and that has been so strong.

My glory shall cover the earth. My glory shall fill the earth. Do not ever think of yourselves as only Elijah thought of himself. I and I alone am the one who loves God and serves God, I alone am the one who worships God in the right and the holy way. But know that I have hidden away even as I said, there are 700 that you do not even know about who have not bowed their knees to Baal. (700 is symbolic here.)

I am going to use you to heal the brokenhearted. I am going to use you to bind up the wounds. I am going to use you to release it in the spirit and then My sheep shall have the holy oil poured into their wounds and they will be healed. Those that are in distress will come back into the fold and I will indeed be their Shepherd and they are going to be raised up as men and women who are bold. So just know that I am going to use you in the good and the right way and I am going to cause My people who have been led astray and who have run here and there and everywhere to be re-united in the fold. I am going to use you even as I have spoken unto you. Since thou art valuable and precious in My sight, I will give many peoples for thy life, and I will cause My glory to be increased, I will cause My glory to be released, and every son and every daughter that I have placed My Name upon shall come into My glory and the battle will be won.

So know that this day is a part of the setting in order and from this day you will see as never before. In the future you will know that the door behind you is closed. I will open and have opened already a new and a double door. You will go through and it will be a quick work and it indeed will not be something that you can do, but it will be a work that I will do within and through you because I want to use you for My glory. So be strengthened with all might by My Spirit in the inner man and know that I have a grace for everything. You have cried out and asked me, "How can I stand as I take the land?" You have entered into another realm and another dimension where you will fight. You will wrestle with dragons and with beasts and principalities as you have never known before.

I am giving to you the international scope, saith God. I am opening that door for the international because I can use you at last because you have been humbled and you will humble yourself under My mighty hand that I might exalt you. But know this, even though the enemy would come against your mind and with mind control, know that I Am the One in control. Learn of Me those things that cause you so much concern. Then I will give you the grace as you cry out and you will be able to turn it over to Me. Then I will do the work and they will stand in the place that I have ordained and appointed for them. So know that the struggle is over and the new day has begun.

As I began to say to you, you will know from this day forward that indeed, others who have tried to put you in prison are themselves prisoners. They are prisoners of their own selves, for is it not written, when one builds a trap or snare for another, they fall into the same trap or snare? Do not gloat over it, do not be happy about it. Just know that I know that I am what I am by the grace of God. Then I will do what I need to do to bring My perfect will about in their life too, for it is not My will that any should perish, but that all should have everlasting life and come into the fullness of My provision as they run with the vision.

So know this, you are outside of the prison. You are released and the prison doors are closed behind you. Give it no more thought, but rise up with a happy shout! I tell you, you have not heard the beginning yet, but it is beginning to take root and it will sprout. So shout! The victory has come. You will see what you have only dreamed about. Now you will see it in the ultimate reality.

 

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