Gotta love the spoiler

I’m really intrigued by this scripture, Isaiah 54:16:

Behold, I have created the blacksmith
Who blows the coals in the fire,
Who brings forth an instrument for his work;
And I have created the spoiler to destroy.

During a prayer time I took at 10 a.m. today, I felt the Lord gave me Isaiah 54 as scripture to prophesy and claim over my family. Over a year ago, but not quite two years ago, I felt he gave me Isaiah 55. This was just before the whole incident with Chase took place. That scripture is still very powerful for our situation.

But as I browsed around at other chapters in Isaiah, I was drawn to 54 and started seeing parallels in what he was saying and what my family has experienced. And the above verse 16 really jumped out to me. What instrument is He crafting to be the destroyer and spoiler of the enemy’s plans?

Situations in my family seem to be coming to a head again. Chase’s behavior has been pretty terrible the last few months and it’s been taking a big toll on Andrea, Grant, Shelby and Celeste. Dad went over there last week to do some home improvement projects after finishing at my house and he’s said he didn’t see how things could continue as they are in their family. Just too much stress looming over them.

Andrea took Chase to a healing service a local church as at 10 a.m. every Tuesday. They anointed him with oil and I’m assuming prayed for the Lord to deliver him from the chemical unbalances that trigger his poor behavior. I talked to her for about an hour last night about all sorts of stuff–healing, generational curses, choosing the right church… everything. I was truly an answer to prayer since I’ve been itching to share what I’m learning with my family in particular. And just as the Lord told me in the car a few weeks ago, I didn’t have to force anything; it would just come out of me as I committed my heart and ways to Him.

So… keep us in your prayers, please. Pray for my sister as she’s carrying an enormous amount of stuff on her shoulders. I think the Lord wants to relieve her of much of that burden and move her into more abundance and freedom. And as my mom said, the Lord didn’t spare Chase’s life only for him to be a burden and point of distress for his family. God’s work in his life isn’t finished and we need to keep tugging his complete healing down from heaven.

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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