December 4, 2020

I will be with you - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of Isaiah 43:2 , “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.”

In this verse, God is telling the people of Israel, that He will be with them in their most troubling times, giving them the strength to move beyond them and delivering them out of danger without harm. The Jewish people were in captivity in Babylon. They faced many afflictions and were persecuted by men, represented by the waters, rivers, and fire. Some of the Jewish people had rejected God and provoked His wrath. For these people, the temptations of satan came upon these people, rapidly and overwhelmed them into a disastrous state of separation from God.

In spite of their disobedience to Him, God tells His people that they should not fear because He has redeemed them. God will continue his love and care for them. His people are God’s workmanship, created by him unto good works and He will not forsake the work of His hands. Similarly God is mindful of you. He loves you. You are precious in His sight. Therefore He always sends his angels to protect you that your foot may not slip. He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. God has put a mark, the seal of God on your forehead.   The Lord says that he will make you like a signet ring God has chosen you to be His own to be his priceless possession. To be His signet ring which means you are in a covenant with God. He says, “I will honour you and will treat you like the signet ring on my finger.”

Since He loves you He says,  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” by saying this God means that He will  do anything for His Children. He  opened the Red Sea for miles to allow the Israelites to walk on dry land through the sea Then God let the walls of the sea close and destroy Israel’s enemies. He did this to encourage the unbelieving Israelites to trust in Him in their difficulties and show them that those who hurt God’s people will be ruined. God suddenly dried up the Jordan river as a band of priests carrying the ark of the covenant stood at the edge of the river. The ark represented the presence of God. God piled up the water to reveal a dry riverbed so that His people could walk into Canaan and end their long, tiring wanderings in the wilderness. 

When God loves you and you love God in return then, He says, Look   “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”Just as He said, He protected those men who stood for God instead of denying him. God protected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Nebuchadnezzar had his soldiers throw them into a furnace after they refused to worship any god but the God the Father. The furnace was so hot that the soldiers who threw them into the furnace were killed from the flames of the fire. Yet they emerged from the furnace completely un singed and because of this miracle they were promoted in the province of Babylon. God exalted them. 

Our Father in heaven desires that we belong to Him forever. He remembers our frame. He calls us by our names and says, “You are mine.”If you belong to Him He will take care of your problems. He will be with you when you pass through the waters. The waters will not over flow you. Which means no problem can exceed you. The spirit of God will help you to overcome any difficult situation that you might go through. Never think that you are finished when you are caught up in the midst of problems. Never think you have come to the end of your life because of your problems. God is able to make a new beginning in your life. Even when you are thrown into the fire you shall not be scorched. The three friends of Daniel  when thrown into the fire were rescued by God.  Yahweh was in the midst of them. They were confident that their God would save them to the uttermost. The fire had no power on their bodies. Their hair of their head was not burnt nor was their garments affected. And the smell of fire was not on them. This is the kind of protection that God provides for His children. So, make this Lord God your Beloved. Have faith like these men of God who were ready to be thrown in to the fire for the sake of God. God bless you. 

Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father,  we  thank  You for this blessed day.  Lord we thank you for your care and concern.  Lord help us to be yours forever.   May we be confident and faithful to you in all our ways.  Help us to be bold like Daniel, who was prepared to be thrown in to the den of Lions.  Give us the strength to overcome our difficulties. when we face challenges in our life.  May You be glorified in our lives as you were glorified through the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 

In Jesus name we pray. 


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