Life will knock you down and laugh at you. Life will hit you when you're trying to live for Jesus. Life is no respecter of persons. But that's when you say, "you know what, I'm getting up, I'm not going to quit. I'm not. I may get knocked down nine times, but I'm going to get up 10 times. I'm not going to quit." In the words of the great theologian Rocky Balboa, - and I quote, "it's not how hard you can hit that makes you a winner, but it's how hard you can get hit and get up and keep going".
The devil will hit You. Life will hit you. I may get knocked down, but bless God, I'm getting up, I'm not going to quit. You fall down. Sometimes you mess up, God picks you up and brushes you off.
If you belong to Jesus, he will never leave you nor forsake you. Even when I mess up whatever comes my way, because I've got a God who's going to pick me up and carry me home. God said in Isaiah, "When you go through the waters, I will be with you. When you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you when you walk through the fire. You will not be burned."
It's interesting that God didn't say i'll. Keep you out of every fire. You won't have to face any floods. No, he said the challenges will come, there will be adversities and things we don't understand, but the whole key to this verse is when he said i will be with you in the fire in the flood in the famine.
Is it a greater testimony that God kept you out of the fire, or that he came with you in the fire and brought you through it? There are over 6 000 promises in the Bible. Let me just show you a few of them. The first one is Isaiah chapter 43, verse, 2
God says this: when you go through deep waters, i will be with you when you pass through rivers of difficulty.
You will not drown when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned up, it will not consume you. God is with us and he loves us. You're not in it by yourself, you're, not alone. I would rather walk with God with none of my questions answered and to walk through life without him and know all the answers. David said, though, I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil. Why? Because you are with me. When you know, God is with you, when you've invited him into your situation, You'll have a smile in the middle of the difficulty. You'll have a song of praise in the prison like Paul and Silas. You won't be complaining about the trouble, worried about when it's going to work out. You'll be at peace in the midst of the storm you have to do like David, father, Thank you that you are with me right here in this valley. I'm not going to live afraid or worried. I may not see a way, but I know you have a way. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, the dark times he says i will fear no evil for without what art with me. It is the fact and the assurance that god is with us that makes all the difference. He says i will never leave you nor forsake you when you and i are walking through dark times.
The first thing to remember is this: God is with us friend. God is always ahead of us: he's got everything under control, he's working everything in his absolute perfect timing. He has a purpose for every single, solitary thing: Hebrew. 13 5. This is God talking.
I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.
He says this over and over and over again from Genesis to the end of the Bible. In all scriptures, God says I will never abandon you and you may have been abandoned in life by a spouse or a parent. You may have been rejected, but God is never going to abandon you. God is never going to reject you.
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