Don't Lose Courage

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

Sunday mornings message was right on time for me yesterday. I took notes on the things that stuck out for me and I am adding a few of those tid bits in todays devotion. I hope it helps you just as much as it helped me.

First I want to ask you if feel like you are losing courage.?

The LORD uses the verse above to comfort and strengthen us. Especially during times when our perceived personal limitations and overwhelming circumstances ambush us with fear. Did you know that to be dismayed means to suddenly lose your courage.

I love the strong words, “I am with you…I am your God,” says the LORD. Regardless of personal circumstances or perceived limitations, remember His own words: “I am with you.” There is no need to be afraid or to suddenly lose your courage.

Have you ever taken a walk through the midst of fog.?  

You can’t see anything but your feet. My family and I take short weekend trips just to get away to a quiet secluded  location that has a beautiful large pond of water. Early in the mornings it is thick with fog, so thick in fact you can’t see the road that runs beside it. I walked that path one morning and will tell you when I was only a few feet in the fog, I turned around. I couldn’t see ahead of me to know if I would fall in the water or fall off the hill to the other side of me. So I retreated. In life it doesn’t matter how thick the fog is even if you can’t see ahead don’t give up. Because you don’t know how close to breakthrough you might be.

The Lord is still your God!

No matter what obstacles you face. If you run into something...deal with the pain! Don’t whine and complain and don’t let the enemy suck the life out of you. Even if you feel like your vision is distorted, know that the Lord is not going to stop being your God! The vision He gave you is still His plan for you. So hold on to it even if you can’t see right now.  Don’t give up! God affirms: I will give you what you need – I will strengthen you from within and I will help you to overcome and to walk through any circumstance you may face. When you feel like you are sinking in the midst of your storm, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Trust His promises to you!

You may be tempted to give up but don’t be overcome by that temptation. Don’t lose sight of the goal.  He is with you – to calm your fears, to give you strength, and to help you – providing everything you need to do His will. He has the wisdom, the strength, the ability, and the sovereignty to uphold you with His perfect right hand. He is able to support you and keep you in the midst of your current life circumstances.God is Faithful! You will get through!

Listen to His assuring whisper: “Don’t be afraid – don’t allow your courage to fail – call upon Me – I AM here. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Change your perception and encourage yourself. Don’t focus on the fog in life, focus on the goal. Your faith in God will get you through, so don’t quit. Keep pressing forward remembering His faithfulness. He will not fail you!  “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them or it a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”- Deuteronomy 31:6  

Father God, thank You that You promise to be with me, to help me, to strengthen and uphold me. I receive this promise to me today and for the days ahead. May my heart be at peace, knowing that You promise to uphold me with Your righteous right hand! In the Name of Jesus I pray, Amen.