Tag: Isaiah 63:1

Learning to rely on God

Scripture reading for September 16th: Isaiah 60-63, 2nd Corinthians 1

2nd Corinthians 1:8-11 “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves, but on God Who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

As Paul begins this second letter to the church at Corinth, he informs them of the difficult trial that he and his ministry team had in Asia. They were under such an attack, that they felt they might die. It was not pleasant, but it also worked in their lives for their good and increased their faith. It taught them to press deeper into trusting God for Whom raising the dead is not a problem! Paul was confident that God would deliver them yet again, but asked the church to pray for them. Prayers of others in agreement have great power and bring answers and thanksgiving to God, the Deliverer!

2nd Corinthians 1:18-20 “As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been yes and no. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not yes and no, but in Him it is always yes. For all the promises of God find their yes in Him.”

Prayer: Father God, You are so amazing! How you work everything out for our good and blessing and draw us closer to You is something to thank You for each day. You have delivered me from perils many times and often I didn’t even realize it. I trust that You will deliver me yet again this day! Lead me to pray for those under sentence of death and in hopeless situations that many will rejoice and give thanks.

Isaiah 63:1 “Who is this Who comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah, He Who is splendid in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength? “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save!”

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Stand Strong in the Lord!

Scripture reading for August 31st:  Ephesians 6

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Ephesians 6:10-13  “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.   For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”  

Believers are in a cosmic battle with forces of evil and darkness in the spiritual realm.  These forces are out to steal our faith and blessings, kill our bodies, and ultimately want to destroy our souls in the Lake of Fire with the devil and his dark angels.  God has equipped His children with a full set of armor that they might stand up against this host of evil.  This armor is not physical, but spiritual and is able to protect us and enable us to stand and over-come this wicked host of evil!  We are more than conquerors through Him (Jesus)!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers stand daily in the full armor of God through faith in Jesus Christ!  They stand in victory giving glory to Christ Jesus their Lord and armor!  “Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with His garments stained crimson?  Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of His strength?  It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.”  (Isaiah 63:1)


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