YOUR SITUATION WILL NOT OVERCOME YOU!
�But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed
you, O Israel: �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....�� (Isaiah 43:1-3a NKJV).
There have been controversies among Bible scholars about the date and
authorship of the later part of the Book of Isaiah especially Chapters
40-66. However, whether this part was written as a futuristic prophecy or
immediate one, it is a fact that the prophecy is applicable to us today.
Let me focus my devotional message this week on the first verses of Isaiah
43. From history as confirmed by many Bible passages, the people of Judah
were taken to captivity in Babylon. It seemed that all hope was lost for
them. They were indeed depressed and downcast. However, in this hopeless
situation, God reminded them that He was their Creator who have redeemed
them and summoned them by name, therefore, they needed not be afraid. God
promised to be with them in their miserable situation and that the
situation would not overcome them. He reminded them that they were precious
to Him and that He would rescue them out of their disheartened situation
and bring them back to their home land. God did fulfil these promises for
the people of Judah.
The Lord has been faithful in fulfilling these promises for His people,
especially those that diligently put their trust in Him. They may pass
through many waters and rivers of life, but they will not be drowned in
them. They may walk through the fire of life, it will not burn them nor
shall it scorch them. They need not fear all these adversities of life
because the Lord will be with them (compare Psalm 23:4).
What are you passing through now? Do not lose heart! No matter the seeming
hopeless situation, the Lord is with you. The situation will not overcome
you. You will indeed overcome the situation for the Lord is with you.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: According to Your word, oh Lord, save and deliver me from all
my adversities and do not let my situation overcome me in Jesus Christ�s
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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