Memory Verse #17

It’s the first of the month and it’s time to pick another Scripture to memorize. This time I’ve chosen to memorize God’s promise from Isaiah 41:10:

“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.”

Aren’t these words beautiful? Right now, the things I’ve been going through and dealing with, I am in need of this promise more than ever. If you’ve been in church this past Sunday, you’ve heard our pastor preach from Isaiah 40:28-31. And if you haven’t heard his message, go to Pastor Vic’s sermon and listen to it. I was greatly encouraged by this sermon, especially by the words in verse 28, at the end: “No one can measure the depths of his understanding.” I was comforted by the thought that I don’t need to know why things are happening in my life right now. I don’t need to know the why. I can rest in God’s assurance that He is with me every step of the way. And He always has my best in mind.

And thinking about the battles I’m fighting right now, I was also encouraged by the words of a Bible study I’m doing right now. Here are some words by Beth Moore from today’s lesson:

“When was the last time you wanted to run and hide? Few things make us want to flee more than the prospekt of fighting an old battle. The moment that old enemy reappears, we want to run into the nearest forest and never come out. Have you noticed that Satan always chooses just the right time to haunt you through an old enemy? When you haven’t had enough rest, when things have been emotional and turbulent, when you’re completely vulnerable – that’s when the enemy strikes…

He is watching for just the right moment to pull the rug out from under us, but even that rug is under God’s feet. And He always has victory in mind. He will never allow Satan to discourage you without a plan to lead you to victory. Consider this carefully: We may not always follow Christ to victory, but He is always leading.” (“David – Seeking a Heart like His” by Beth Moore, page 203)

If you are – like me – fighting some old and new battles, and than both at the same time, be encouraged by this promise from Isaiah 41:10.

“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.”
(New Living Translation)

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