Tag: Be Strong And of Good Courage

Empowered by God’s Presence

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Scripture provides endless examples of how the presence of the Lord empowers his people to live for him. Take Moses, for example. He was convinced that without God’s presence in his life, it was useless for him to attempt anything. When he spoke face to face with the Lord, he stated boldly, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15). He was saying, “Lord, if you’re not with us, we are not going to make it. We will not go a single step without the assurance of your presence.

God’s presence is what sets us apart from nonbelievers. The Old Testament is filled with accounts of great blessings that came to those who had God’s presence with them. For instance, God’s presence was so evident in Abraham’s life that even the heathen around him recognized the difference between their lives and his. The heathen king Abimelech said, “God is with you in all that you do” (Genesis 21:22).

God promised Joshua that no enemy could stand against him when his presence was with him: “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage” (Joshua 1:5-6). When God’s Spirit is present in your life, you can be a conqueror because you trust his promise to be with you in everything you do.

God shared with Isaiah a special promise he makes to those he loves: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine … I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior … Fear not, for I am with you” (Isaiah 43:1, 3, 5).

With God’s presence abiding in you, you can go through any fire and not just survive, but be kept safe and protected through it all. Just as it was with Moses, Abraham and others, you have a powerful testimony of God’s presence in your life today.

by David Wilkerson

I Will Never Leave You Nor Forsake You!

James Smith Imageby James Smith

“The Pastor’s Morning Visit” 1840

“God Himself has said: I will never leave you nor forsake you!” Hebrews 13:5

The Lord’s redeemed people are never alone!

God is with them as an Observer. He notices their . . . every thought, every word, every action, every trial, every foe, every danger.

He is with His people . . . as a Father–loving and holding communion with them; as the Lord Almighty–having all power to help them; as a Guide–to wisely lead them; as an Advocate–to plead their cause; as a Friend–to supply and comfort them; as a Savior–to deliver and protect them; as a holy, sin-hating God–to purify them!

He is present with them . . . to try them, to reprove them, to humble them, to preserve them, to comfort them, and to save them with an everlasting salvation!

Beloved, let us remember that God is with us–everywhere and always! This precious truth will . . . check levity, prevent impatience, make us people of integrity, encourage prayerfulness, inspire us with fortitude, and produce diligence.

If God is with us thus–then He is for us! And if God is for us–then who can effectually be against us?

“So be strong and courageous! For the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you!” Deuteronomy 31:6

by James Smith