Wednesday, September 2, 2009

God's word is truth & nothing else matters

Ask yourself this question & give an honest answer:

What are one or two scripture verses that have helped you face issues in your own life?

Many scripture verses have helped me face issues in life, but the two that stand out the most are Isaiah 43:1-4 and Deuteronomy 31:6.

Isaiah 43:1-4 
 But now, this is what the LORD says- he who formed you, O jacob, he who formed you or Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  For I am the LORD your God the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you. NIV

This scripture passage (Is.43:1-4) has given me countless strength, hope and endurance to face challenges in my life.  It has been a strong reminder to me that God has redeemed me no matter what my circumstances are. This passage has taught me that God is honest and life isn't always going to be easy. The scripture here says, "when" you pass through rivers, not "if" you pass through rivers, it gives me a sense that God knows that I'm going to face difficult obstacles in life, but at the same time He will not let them consume me. I am also very encouraged that God says, "I love you" in this passage.  This speaks volumes to me, because there isn't any "fluff" around it, but instead God say's it like it is; "I love you", sometimes this is all I need to hear in order to be OK with life. 

Deuteronomy 31:6 
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you. KJV

This passage (Deut. 31:6) holds dear to my heart daily.  I have experienced a lot of loss in my life and it has not made for an easy road. I have to battle the fear of people leaving me or wondering when will I lose someone again.  This passage reminds me that God will NEVER leave me, He will NEVER forsake me even if everyone around me does.  This scripture helps me to put my trust in Him and not in people.  People are always going to come and go, but the LORD will not, He will be there always.  I am so thankful for this reminder; I would be lost without it.  God is faithful to keep to his word, so when I feel alone or abandoned I know I can rely on this truth that God will never leave me nor forsake me.

What scripture{s} speak to you? I am interested, do tell please.