Isaiah 41:8-13 “But you, [Israel,my servant, Jacob,whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham,my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and calledfrom its farthest corners, saying to you, “You aremy servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”]; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you withmy righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” ESV

I am not sure who submitted this text for our series, or if they are here today – BUT THANK YOU – this text spoke to me in a dark time

  1. There will be times when we:

    1. Are afraid – feeling fear or anxiety; frightened.

      1. You may be afraid of bats, clowns, dark, etc

    2. Are dismayed struck with fear, dread, or consternation

      1. Beat with the fear bat

      2. It is one thing to be afraid of clowns

        1. It is quite another to be surrounded by 1,000 clowns–evil clowns…Zombie clowns

      3. It is one thing to be afraid of drowning – it is another to be lost at sea in a small raft

    3. Are weak – not strength, no power, no energy

    4. Need lifted up – can’t stand on our own

    5. Need help – render aid or assistance; to change for the better

      1. Intervention is required

  2. These are the times we need God in an emergency kind of way

    1. We all need Doctors from time to time

      1. Some of us take the meds they prescribe on a daily basis

      2. BUT, there are times we need an EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN

      3. These are crisis events

    2. We need God everyday

      1. We need His love, His Grace, His presence

      2. We need the prescription of faith, hope and love He has given us

      3. BUT there are times when we need a HEAVENLY EMERGENCY INTERVENTION

      4. These are crisis events

  3. God is Who we need in our most disastrous moments

    1. He will be there

      1. He will remove our fear

      2. He will strengthen us

      3. He will HELP us

        1. Render aid or assistance – yes

        2. Change things for the better

    2. He will Hold Our Hand

      1. Lift us up

      2. Lead us through the darkest of valleys

        1. Help keep us from running away – AMUK

        2. Help keep us pointed in the right direction – no matter how hard we may fight against Him

      3. Launch us once again – walk with us

        1. But He will never be far away

          1. He is with you

            1. As close as your next breath

          2. He will NEVER leave one of His Children behind

          3. He will never give up on you

            1. There are no “LOST CAUSE” Christians

              1. Accountability stinks sometimes

              2. Sin separates

              3. He is still our God

          4. God will never STOP LOVING YOU

    3. He is the One who helps us

 

 

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