A Reassuring Word…

A reassuring word

Need an assuring word today as you seek to follow the Lord? Here’s one I encountered today in my Bible reading during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…

“But as for you…I have called you…I have chosen you and will not throw you away! Don’t be afraid for I am with you! Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God! I will strengthen you and help you! I will hold you up with my victorious right hand! For I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am here to help you! … I am the Lord, your Redeemer, I am the Holy One of Israel!’” (From Isaiah 41:8-14)

Now you (and I) need to hear that from the Lord! And it needs to be noted that those words were not spoken to perfect people! They were spoken to a wayward, rebellious nation – people who had often gone their own way and failed miserably! They were deserving of judgment but the Lord offered them mercy and love!

Perhaps that describes you! Oh hear his voice through His word! He calls you to Himself – He claims you as His own – a loving Heavenly Father, a gracious Redeemer! His purposes for your life and mine are wonderful!

Fellow Christians Pray for One Another!

Prayer for OthersIt may come in a letter… or perhaps a phone call… it might appear in a Facebook post or on a Twitter feed… a chance encounter… or the report of a friend…

THE URGENT PRAYER REQUEST of a spiritual leader, a missionary, a persecuted Christian, a friend or family member!

What will be our response… Will we faithfully lift their need to the Lord in prayer (or simply have good intentions, but forget)? They’re depending on us – more than that they’re depending on the Lord who answers prayer!

Here’s how Apostle Paul phrased it to fellow Christians in Rome…

“Dear brothers and sisters, I urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… join in my struggle by praying to God for me. Do this because of your love for me, given you by the Holy Spirit!” (Romans 15:30 NLT)

This is what I do on my daily prayer runs – I pray for those in need, those who have requested that I pray, those whose needs I am aware of. My wife, Sharon, keeps a list in her Bible – and every day during her devotions she is praying! Will you pray? “Dear brothers and sister, I urge you…join in my struggle by praying… Do this because of your love given you by the Holy Spirit.” Listen, fellow Christians pray for one another!

The Lord has no equal!!!

The Lord has no equalPerhaps just a lot of things have happened that have left you feeling intimidated, unsure of yourself (or your relationship with a loving God), incapable, or unsure of yourself.  There has been one problem after another, difficulties that have piled up, and more than a few failures… Your faith is faltering, your prayers seem to go nowhere, and you’ve even wondered about the power and faithfulness of God!

What to do?  Well, may I suggest that you read and prayerfully reflect upon Isaiah 40:12-31!  I did this morning – and I’m convinced it is probably just the Spiritual tonic you need!  I can’t post it all (you’ll have to read it for yourself to get that… but here’s just a sample – a taste of its truth…

“To whom can you compare God?

“’To whom will you compare me [God asks] Who is my equal?’ asks the Holy One.

“How can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? How can you say God ignores your rights?  Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding.  He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.  Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.  But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength! They will soar high on wings like eagles! They will run and not grow weary! They will walk and not faint!” (Taken from Isaiah 40:12-31 New Living Translation)

Listen!  The Lord has no equal!  He sees!  He knows!  He is able!  He is faithful!  Take heart!!!  (Com’on – read the whole passage!  You’ll be glad you did!)

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