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Isaiah 40:8 ‘the grass withers the flowers fall, but the word of our god endures forever’.
After the victory when Elijah killed 450 prophets of Baal, in 1 Kings 18:19-40 he ran away because Jezebel promised to kill him 1 Kings 19:2-3 ‘So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them. Elijah was afraid and ran for his life’. But the Word of God promised in Isaiah 54:17 ‘no weapon forged against us will prevail’.
2 Chronicles 32:7-8 ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles’. Who better to fight for us than the all-powerful Almighty God?.
Psalm 62:1-2 ‘Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Nahum 1:7 ‘The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him’.
Psalm 5:11 ‘But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you’.
1 Peter 3:12 ‘For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer’.
We can also look and see so many times how God answers prayers in ways that we could never have imagined;
James 5:13 ‘Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise’.
James 5:17-18 ‘Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops’.
In our lifetime we will experience all kinds of stress and troubles, but by faith we can take comfort, direction, encouragement and strength in the promises of God, to be overcomers.
Finally, here is something for you to think about; Recently we were at a meeting where a couple from Burundi were speaking. The lady challenged me very much when she spoke. She pointed to three chairs; the first chair represented the kingdom of self, the second chair represented the kingdom of the world and the third chair represented the Kingdom of God. She asked us to think for a while and then to decide which chair we would be sitting on. Let me ask you the same question; which chair are you sitting on? Maybe It is time for us to make a choice for our eternal future, to seek first the Kingdom of God and to try to ensure that we are sitting on the right chair!
God blessings and His Peace to all.
Author: Herbert Jean
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