I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior, I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am God. Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it? Isaiah 43:11-13 NKJV
In May of 2007 I commuted to Seaside from Salinas, Ca. five days a week.
My wife and I were in a season of great distress. We could not sleep at night. It was very difficult to focus on simple tasks. Two people we love turned their backs on Jesus. They were living on the streets in bondage to drug addiction.
Jesus began to minister to me in a new way. As I drove down the road God spoke to me. Jesus encouraged me with His Word. The Lord strengthened my faith. The Spirit of God was with me in the car.
Jesus reminded me of 2 Chronicles 20:15. This is what it says, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
The words God gave me that day were, “The battle is the Lord’s and He is always victorious.” God led us by the hand through that time of struggle just as He has led us through every other time of hardship we have faced.
God allows hardships and trials into our lives. He brings trials and calamities into our lives. Every act of God is done for one of two reasons. For His glory or for our good!
Jesus wants us to know only He can save us. Jesus wants us to know only He can deliver through seasons of trial and distress!
A witness can only testify of what he or she knows. A faithful witness cannot give second-hand information.
You cannot testify to the mercy and grace of God if you have not personally experienced God’s mercy and grace in your life. You cannot testify of the loving-kindness of God if you have not personally experienced His loving-kindness!
No one can snatch the redeemed of the Lord from His Mighty Hand. No one can reverse the work God is doing in the lives of His faithful witnesses!
When I was young I turned to sin to numb the pain of loneliness and isolation that I carried around like a backpack full of heavy rocks. The pain intensified. I became ever more isolated. The loneliness was more than I could bear.
I have accepted that life is hard. I have discovered that God is good. The winds of adversity come and go. The turmoil of trials cannot scatter the seeds of my faith.
My hope in the goodness and mercy of God is rooted and grounded in the truth that the Battle between good and evils is the Lord’s and He is always victorious!
Life is hard. God is good. Turn to Jesus. Let the Lord fight your battle of faith for you!
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