Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 10 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 43-45
Food for Thought: Is. 43:1-3
When reading through the messages to Israel that came forth by way of the prophets, it is important to remember the context. And, yes, often times the word is specifically for Israel’s situation either to be applied at the time or for some time in the future. However, as believers in Jesus Christ, there are certain concepts that we can link up to and receive for personal application because we have been grafted into the olive tree, Israel (Rom. 11:11-18), and are by faith recipients of the blessings that were promised to Abraham and his descendants (Gal. 3:7-9).
So when the Lord tells His children, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior,” we can receive the word for our own personal encouragement when we find ourselves in trials. Our Savior does what His name declares: He saves! That is not only referring to the salvation of our souls, but also to our rescue in the difficulties that we find ourselves. He promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5).
Jesus, Himself spoke of the challenges that we would face in this world and encouraged us. He said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” And the apostle James also addressed the issue in James 1:2-4: “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” As we persevere in faith, we can expect a good outcome, and all the stronger for it.
The apostle Paul found that as He drew from the strength of the Lord and not his own during trials, then he would be truly powerful, and power always gets results. He said in II Corinthians 12:10 (AMP), “So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].” In other words, “Bring it on! These challenges only make me stronger in the strength of the Lord and an opportunity for His power to work on my behalf.”
We can draw great strength and encouragement from Isaiah’s words to God’s people. There is nothing that we face today that the Lord cannot handle, so there is nothing that we face today that we cannot handle through Him. He is in us, one with us in our spirit (I Cor. 6:17; John 17:20-23). We are not alone, and His Word is working mightily in us by faith.
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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