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The Blessedness of God's Promise (8 of 44)
Series: The Church at Ephusus: God's Calling, Empowering, and Instruction for the Church
As we read earlier this morning, the Lord says to His people in Isaiah 43, ''Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.'' What a promise of God to His people, to assure them of whatever hardship, tribulation, or challenge that they may face He is with them!
You see one of the things we often miss when we study the promises of God, and especially the prophecies of God, is that God gives these things to us for our assurance. I mean, no doubt, who doesn't enjoy a good study and discussion of the End Times, but so often I find that we study such things for the purpose of trying to figure out God's plan and world events. We treat prophecy as little more than a puzzle piece to be sorted through. Whereas prophecy is really given to us for our faith, to strengthen our trust in God so that we may not fear and may persevere. The book of Daniel is a great example of this. Daniel 9 and the famous passage on the seventy weeks is not revealed to us so that we can discern the timing of a so-called Great Tribulation or so-called secret rapture. No, God speaks Daniel 9 to His people so that when they are suffering and it seems as if God's worship is about to be destroyed, they would be reminded that God has sworn the victory to His people and that they need not fear. Simply put, God often in Scripture seeks to assure His people of His, and ...
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