We are secure in God’s mighty hand!

Isaiah 41:8-20  New International Version (NIV)

“But you, Israel, my servant,
    Jacob, whom I have chosen,
    you descendants of Abraham my friend,
I took you from the ends of the earth,
    from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
    I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

11 “All who rage against you
    will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
    will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
    you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
    will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.
14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,
    little Israel, do not fear,
for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord,
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge,
    new and sharp, with many teeth.
You will thresh the mountains and crush them,
    and reduce the hills to chaff.
16 You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up,
    and a gale will blow them away.
But you will rejoice in the Lord
    and glory in the Holy One of Israel.

17 “The poor and needy search for water,
    but there is none;
    their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the Lord will answer them;
    I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
    and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
    and the parched ground into springs.
19 I will put in the desert
    the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
    the fir and the cypress together,
20 so that people may see and know,
    may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
    that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

How beautiful when we accept Christ into our lives, that our Father’s word from Isaiah is over us.  Often circumstances of life can overwhelm and discourage.  Sometimes even our own actions can cause this.  Remember what the Apostle Paul said, “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:14-15).  Paul had the same battles that we have every day.  He even struggled with his own thoughts and actions.  But how does Paul finish this chapter.  It is the same thought that we need to focus on when we get discouraged, when we fear the future or are troubled.  “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25).  Focus today on the finished work of Jesus over your life, believe that your sins and shortcomings are remembered no more!  Do not be paralyzed with fear and condemnation, but focus on Christ and His beautiful future for you.  Remember that the promises of God cover you today and everyday and that God has you in the palm of His hand.

Psalm 1

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so,But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

May you increase a thousand times! (Deuteronomy 1:11)

11 May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!

Precious the Promise, I will guide thee with Mine eye

Verse 1
Precious the promise that God has given cheering the pilgrims while they pass by on the journey traveling homeward I will guide thee with mine eye.
Chorus
I will guide thee, I will guide thee, I will guide thee with Mine eye.  On the journey traveling homeward, I will guide thee with Mine eye.
Verse 2
Fear not the surging waters of babel, neither the tempter should he draw nigh, but remember , God gave the promise, I will guide thee with mine eye.
Chorus
I will guide thee, I will guide thee, I will guide thee with Mine eye.  On the journey traveling homeward, I will guide thee with Mine eye.

Powerful Promises of God, God is faithful to us! Hebrews 13:5-6

I will not worry or doubt, only trust.  God will not fail me.
Hebrews 13:5-6
“…and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]. So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ!

Philippians 4:13, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].”

He that is With You is Greater than what is Against You!

Deuteronomy 5:33

33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

He that is With You is Greater than what is Against You!

How beautiful it is that God is greater than any obstacle, or situation that we face.  We never want to forget this, and the many times He has been with us and with all who turn to Him and seek Him with all their heart, and that walk in love (1 Corinthians 13). When we do this, God has promised to be with us.  Let us never loose confidence and become downcast over situations or circumstances that we face.  Rather, let us continue to turn to God and cast every problem or worry to Him (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Job 22:21-28

21 “Submit to God and be at peace with him;
in this way prosperity will come to you.
22 Accept instruction from his mouth
and lay up his words in your heart.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored:
If you remove wickedness far from your tent
24 and assign your nuggets to the dust,
your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,
25 then the Almighty will be your gold,
the choicest silver for you.
26 Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty
and will lift up your face to God.
27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
and you will fulfill your vows.
28 What you decide on will be done,
and light will shine on your ways.

Romans 8:31-36

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]

2 Chronicles provides an account when God was with someone.  His name was Hezekiah, the King of Judah.  Sennacherib, the King of Assyria came and invaded Judah, his intent was to wage war against Jerusalem and Hezekiah.  Hezekiah prepared for the siege, and encouraged the people:

 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

Sennacherib sent his officials to Jerusalem with his message to King Hezekiah and the people.

2 Chronicles 32:10

10 “This is what Sennacherib king of Assyria says: On what are you basing your confidence, that you remain in Jerusalem under siege?

Sennacherib went on to ridicule God and to try and destroy Hezekiah’s and the people’s confidence.  Hezekiah did not loose heart, but turned to God.

2 Chronicles 32:20-22

20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.

22 So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them[a] on every side.

2 Kings 6 provides another account when the Lord was with one of his servants.  This time it was Elisha, who was surrounded by the King of Aram’s forces.  Elisha’s servant was alarmed.

2 Kings 6:15-18

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.

Elisha too was ultimately preserved.

The last account out of scriptures to relay is from Acts Chapter 28.  Here Paul is on his way to Rome to have his audience with Caesar.  He tells his captors not to sail, due to the danger to them and the ship.  As Paul predicts, he, the crew and passengers are shipwrecked on Malta.  However through the storm Paul has confidence, and even a word from the angel of the Lord that everyone would be preserved.  Paul even bolsters everyone’s confidence by telling everyone on board that the ship would be lost, but they all would survive.  As Paul told them, everyone gets to the shore.  Then Paul is faced with another life threatening danger that God preserves him from.

Acts 28:3-6

Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead; but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

God preserved Paul from this bite and many other hardships and difficulties throughout his life.

Let us not loose confidence, but trust, and turn to our God in faith.  Let’s declare the promises of God over our life, and maintain a connection in prayer to our God who will answer us and provide for all who turn to him.