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04/10/2008

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The Promise Of "I Will"


"I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isa.41:10).

If the scripture looks familiar, it is the second part of yesterday's verse. In the devo yesterday we considered how we can have freedom from fear because God said, "I am with you." I am with you now and I am your own personal God. God has a real and personal interest in us. This freedom of fear is made possible through His next promise. It is the promise of "I will." He says, "I will strengthen you." Here's the big secret. In our weakness, we are strong through Him. Paraphrasing 2 Cor. 12:9-10, Paul writes, "For my power is made perfect in weakness.....For when I am weak, then I am strong."

The promise made to us is God's "I will." I will help you. When we get to the edge of our own abilities, we enter God's territory. The next promise He makes in this verse is, "I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." As we go on our daily Christian walk, it is hand and hand with Him. He provides the strength and guidance when we are weak.

Do you remember teaching you child to ride a bicycle? Or maybe your mom or dad teaching you? There you were, handlebars wobbling all over the place, ready to fall over, when a strong hand righted you. Perhaps it took many tries before the balance came to you. With each wobble and stumble, there was the security of a helping hand. Even if we fell, there was someone to help us up to try again. Our Heavenly Father helps us through the rough spots of life, and as we stumble He lifts us to our feet and says, "I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you."

The "I am" of who He is and the "I will of what He can do for us, dispels our fears. Verse 13 amplifies the promise. "For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." As we allow God to remove fear from our lives, and give us His peace in the midst of our problems, people around us will recognize what God can do to a life. Verse 20 says, "So that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this."

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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