From: Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.
A Word In Due Season
Scripture: Isaiah 41:10 (Amplified) “Fear not; [there is nothing to fear] for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed.”
Webster’s Dictionary defines dismay as “A sudden or compete loss of courage or confidence; sudden disappointment, anxiety, fright, apprehension, or dread.” In this verse God tells us that we must get rid of these kinds of negative emotions. He says, “Don’t be looking around for something to be afraid of and don’t consider the circumstances that surround you, but consider Who I am.” Then He lists who He is in reference to our circumstances.
1) “I am your God.”
2) “I will strengthen you and harden you to difficulties.”
3) “I will help you.”
4) “I will hold you up and retain you with My victorious right
hand of rightness and justice.”
Regardless of how bad things look, your problems and circumstances are not your God. God is your God and Jesus is your Lord. God will not only strengthen you so that you can make it through the trial, but He will cause you to become stronger because of it. God is bigger than any problem, and with Him at your side the enemy does not have a chance. You are more than a conqueror when God is on your team. He is holding you up with His right hand and He will not allow you to fall. The prophet continues to say in verse eleven and twelve that “those who strive and contend against you shall be put to shame, confounded, and brought to nothing.” And “those who war against you shall be as nothing, as nothing at all.” Praise the Name of the Lord.
God is ready to help you in all of the circumstances that are overwhelming to you. But before He can help, you have to change your attitudes and act in faith. You can’t allow fear, sudden disappointment, anxiety, and dread to deplete your courage and confidence. For victory to come in your life, you must not be terrified of the enemy. You must let go of your anxieties and grab hold of faith. You must believe that God is God and when He is with you, you have nothing to fear. +++
Failure That Leads to Godliness
by Os Hillman
All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader…. – 1 Samuel 22:2
God uses broken things to accomplish His greatest work. When David was anointed to be the next king, he was just a boy, the youngest among all his brothers. Little did he know that the next several years would be years of fleeing from Saul whose successes turned into obsessions as a leader who had fallen from God’s anointing. Perhaps David thought, “Why am I living a life as a fugitive?” I am the next king of Israel. Yet, his life was filled with adversity after adversity before he ever fulfilled the ultimate calling God had for him. Others began to hear of David’s successes and identify with his plight. But, it wasn’t the successful and polished who came to join him. It was “those who were in distress or in debt or discontented” who would be part of his army — and an army it was! His army would become known throughout the world as the greatest ever assembled, not because of their skill, but because of the God behind the army. God turned David’s men into “mighty men of valor” (see 1 Chron. 11:10).
God often uses failure to make us useful. When Jesus called the disciples, He did not go out and find the most qualified and successful people. He found the most willing, and He found them in the workplace. He found a fisherman, a tax collector, and a farmer.
The Hebrews knew that failure was a part of maturing in God. The Greeks used failure as a reason for disqualification. Sadly, in the Church, we often treat one another in this way. This is not God’s way. We need to understand that failing does not make us failures. It makes us experienced. It makes us more prepared to be useful in God’s Kingdom — if we have learned from it.