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Stand On His Promises

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When you pass through the waters, I [will be] with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2 NKJV

Many of the old spirituals that slaves sang before and during the Civil War were about God’s protection and provision and the expectation of heaven. Songs such as “Sing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Wade in the Water,” “Deep River,” “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel,” “A Balm in Gilead,” “Go Down, Moses,” and so many others offered hope in a seemingly hopeless situation.

Passages like the one today are rich and have carried many generations of people through difficult times. God’s promises give life where death looms. You’ll find many of God’s promises in old hymns. Do you have any hymns committed to memory? If not, you might consider picking up a hymnal and adding a few to your arsenal for spiritual warfare or for times when you’re feeling blue.

Start with a few of the classics, like “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “It is Well,” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Then progress from there, finding your own personal favorites that remind you of God’s faithful provision.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the many promises You’ve offered Your people in the scriptures. Keep them fresh in my mind and heart as difficult times come.
I know the feeling:, i think it was about 1980 or 81, I was laying down in my bed reading my Bible and that
Scripture jump out and anointed my soul, covering me in GLORY.
When you pass through the waters, I [will be] with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2 NKJV

I thought in my immaturity, that GOD was going to do Great things with me, and Nothing was going to hurt me. the anointing was so great!
It was a "Preparation" about what was to come.d

All hell broke loose on my life, I thought i was not going to make it out alive, Demonic forces, natural forces, When the floods came I thought i was going to drown, the waters of life cover my head and i could not breath or come up for breath. and the river was long, But HE was there, HE didn't help me, but he was there and i held on. Then the FIRES of life came, I could feel the flames burning in my soul, no ease and my soul was burning with a hot flames and would not cool off, I would scream, LORD please COOL IT OFF, i can't take it. then a poem came to my rescue . "when you go through the fire, He knows the furnace and He alway has his hand on the dial, and HE knows how much we can stand, His eye is on The Thermostat and He keeps it at the right Temperature he knows how much, He has to burn. And then I went through "The Dark Night of The SOUL' this period lasted about 3 years. And then when reading through the scriptures again. I came upon "Isaiah 43:2" again. the i understood what it meant.

And He told me through HIS WORD; This was going to happen afterwards.

"When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy."

Afterwards it seems as if I had only a dream.:pensive:

I suffered, the lawyers told them to take all of the guns out my house, people that goes through the things like he is going through takes their own life. one of my friends said he would have blew his head off. And one Pastor friend who i met in college, afterward I had him laughing and rolling about what i had went through. Many said how did you come out and endurer, It was GOD! I remember Him telling me what i was about to go. through. And I ask HIM why me? And HE reply in a clear voice; "WHY NOT YOU"! I want you to go through this. For you are the one to do it. Then He reminded me of the words that came out of my own mouth. He said: do you remember you told me "LORD" you Can use me anywhere and anytime you please:pensive: And let me remind you, You were bought with a price:pensive: I suffered, and in my suffering i saw what he was doing, using me to encourage people, broken soul, And being an example to many. And you see how bold, i am. it was needed for the environment. All my training "Boy Scout", Explorer" Middle Line Backer a player that never came out of the game that was on all teams. offensive, defense, kickoff receiving. Karate, horseback trail guide, Motorcycle Club, Road Captain. Bible instructor. Police Reservist. All came into play.

King James Bible
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Another reason my understanding in a"Calvinistic way" in "Predestination". Predestinated before the Foundations of The World:pensive: A chosen vessel.

King James Bible
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Let me say this, I FEAR GOD! I am not afraid of GOD, For he is Our FATHER, I fear him! You see His ways in this life, concerning LOVE does not Compute in Humanistic form.. We may use "Jesus as a example" It is not that GOD so love us, It is because GOD ,LOVES, HIs only begotten SON, And we have "Inherit" a share of that LOVE! that cannot be broken!:pensive:

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