This blog is in response to week one of the Stressed - Less Living Bible study through Proverbs 31 Ministry, led by
The Great I Am. “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.” Isaiah 41:10 NLT
Here are some thoughts on what this Scripture means to me...
"Don't be afraid, for I am with you."
If God is for me, I needn't worry about who is against me. Who can harm me? What can they do to me?
I have the great I AM by my side; watching over me 24/7. He never sleeps; He never slumbers.
"Don't be discouraged, for I am your God."
I needn't ever feel disheartened: for God is mine. "I am your God." He is my God. Hallelujah....how could I ever feel discouraged while knowing that truth?
"I will strengthen you and help you."
I am not alone. I do nothing on my own strength, for God is always with me. He knows when I need His help. He enables me to call on Him, and, when I do, He is there immediately, responding with the strength I can obtain only from Him. And this is how I can accomplish His will and my goals for my life; through Him.
"I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.”
He promises to hold me up; not to let me fall...ever. And, His hand is at all times victorious! Praise the Lord! What does this mean for me?? I can be victorious at all times providing I turn to Him to glean from His power.
When I completed the above, I thought I would open my Bible and read verses 9, and 11; the verses just before and after the above Scripture. I was hungry to hear more of what the Lord had to say....
When I read the verse prior in Isaiah, (9) I read where the Lord says, He has chosen me and He will not throw me away.
What a promise! First of all, He chose me! He chose ME. What a powerful statement. What an act of Love. AND He will not throw me away. No matter how much I mess up, He loves me and He will never toss me aside.
He won't give up on me...so why would I ever even think of giving up on myself?
I have the God of the Universe on my side; working with me; cheering for me! The Creator of ALL.....Wow!! And He loves me so much, He would never throw me away. Praise the Lord!
I want to give Him my best!
In the verse following, (11) the Lord says that all my angry enemies lie there...confused and humiliated. He says that anyone who opposes me will die and come to nothing.
"All my angry enemies....will die and come to nothing."
Unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, slander....it is all in opposition to God.