Jul
22

FIVE THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE

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FIVE THINGS YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE 

By Eddie Lawrence

TEXT: Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

INTRODUCTION: This is a powerful verse given to Isaiah during a time of trouble for the nation of Israel. I want to tell you that the same promises are ours today to through our New Covenant. There are five things that you don’t have to be that we see in this verse and let’s anchor these things in our New Covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

1. You Don’t Have to Be Afraid

Why? Because you are not alone.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

-Over 80+ times in the Bible, the Lord tells us not to be afraid.

-Fear is one of the chief weapons of the enemy and causes us torment.

-I love what I heard one minister say about the word FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real

-Faith in God’s presence with us is the antidote to the fear the enemy releases against us.

-A key is remembering what John wrote in his first epistle ( 1 John 4:8) that perfect love casts away all fear. Knowing God loves you helps you to stay grounded that He is with you.

-Jesus says that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

2. You Don’t Have to Be Dismayed

Why? Because THE God is YOUR God

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Here is what the Free Online Dictionary gives as the definition of dismay. This will help us more fully understand what it looks like when it shows up:

dis·may

tr.v. dis·mayeddis·may·ingdis·mays

1. To destroy the courage or resolution of by exciting dread or apprehension.

2. To cause to lose enthusiasm; disillusion: was dismayed to learn that her favorite dancer used drugs.

3. To upset or alarm. n. A sudden or complete loss of courage in the face of trouble or danger.

-We can see that dismay is certain a bedfellow of fear.

-Your courage is targeted, so there is great discouragement that comes.

-Your inspiration and excitement for life is drained.

-You find yourself living life in alarm mode, so your peace is targeted and upset.

-We now have living within us a resident encourager (comforter) called the Holy Spirit.

3. You Don’t Have to Be Weak

Why? Because YOUR all powerful God said He would strengthen you.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

-Remember the strength you have in Christ when you are overcome with tiredness and depletion. You have a source of unending strength in your position in Christ. This is how God strengthens us in our New Covenant. We have within us the same Spirit that filled and energized Jesus and who raised him from the door. We must submit our self-empowered ways of dealing with life and allow the Holy Spirit to release through us divine resources.

-Remember 2 Peter 1: 3 says we have already been given all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him. It is in knowing him and who he is in us that opens the way for his supply to manifest in our lives.

4. You Don’t Have to Be Helpless

Why? Because YOUR all powerful and ever present God said He would help you.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

-As I just shared in the last point, Jesus has taught us that the Holy Spirit is now our helper. He lives in us. He gives us what we need.

-The very One who spoke the universe into existence avails Himself to your need. He invites you into His throne room and receive the grace and mercy you need in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Now that’s some help right there!

-Did I mention all the accounts and times when God also sent Angels to help His people? They strengthened Jesus. They delivered Peter from prison. They appeared to the Shepherds to give them some powerful news. They appeared at the tomb to encourage the women. And we are told they help us at times without us even knowing it. Wow, now that’s some help.

5. You Don’t Have to Be Downfallen

Why? Because YOUR all powerful and ever present God said He would hold you up with His righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

-The righteous will never be moved. We have been made righteous by the Lord Jesus Christ’s redemptive work. It is our gift. It is now our birthright. We are seated with him at Father’s right hand.

-The right hand is the hand of power and authority.

-There is the old television commercial of the dear lady who has fallen and she is saying, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” The child of God never has to say that. You may stumble momentarily and began to fall down but your Father is there to uphold you by His right hand. The sense is what Jude tells us that He is able to keep us from falling.

-Jesus has been raised and continues to be raised and we are in him, so we have a solid foundation that our salvation rests upon. What an awesome God we serve and that we can call our Daddy God!

Conclusion: The next time you are feeling the pinch of circumstances or the hot breath of the Devil breathing down your neck, remember this verse out of the ancient book of Isaiah and that we even have better promises resting on a better covenant.

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