Sunday, November 8, 2015

Devotion: Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Believe that no matter what you are going through, the Lord is with you!

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Moses, when he was a hundred and twenty years old and forbidden to go over the Jordan, told the children of Israel to “be strong and of good courage; not to be afraid” as they prepared to go over the Jordan into the Promised Land, led by Joshua.

“And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither
“forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8).  “ I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Joshua 1:5).

Moses then call forth Joshua to tell him in the presence of the children of Israel “be strong and of good courage” as he instructed him and the children of Israel to go into the land which the Lord had promised to give to their fathers.  Moses went on to tell Joshua that the Lord would “be the one to go before them” into the Promised Land and that they should not worry because the Lord would “be with him,” no matter what; he would “never fail him nor would he forsake him.”  After the death of Moses, the Lord came Joshua and told him that he would be with him the very same way he was with Moses and that he would “never to fail him nor forsake him.”

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10).

The Lord also spoke to Israel, during the time of Jacob, saying, “fear not, for I am with you.”  He went on to tell them that he would “strengthen them, help them, and uphold them.”

“And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord” (I Chronicles 28:20).

David would call to Solomon and tell him these same instructions, “be strong and of good courage and fear not nor be dismayed” at the task that was ahead of him.  David would go on to say to his son that the Lord would “be with him” and that the Lord would “never fail him nor would he forsake him.”

“Let your conversation (conduct) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall (can) do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

Throughout scripture, we find the Lord God telling us that he will “be with us” and that he will “never fail us nor will he forsake us,” something that we can be sure of.  We have to believe and never lose sight of the fact that no matter what we are going through, God is with us.  We cannot look at all of the troubles that we see all in front of us, all of those things that we see happening in the world because they will all be over soon.  We need to be “to be strong and of good courage” as we look forward to the joys that we have yet to see, for the joys to come will last forever.  We should fear not or be dismayed and we should not worry because the Lord is truly with us; he will “not fail us nor forsake us,” he will keep us “in perfect peace all those who trust in him and whose mind is stayed on him” (Isaiah 26:3).  All we have to do is just keep our eyes on the prize.

May our inspirational message abundantly bless you and greatly inform you.  We pray that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by today’s message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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