OceanSide church of Christ
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A. Let us look at some of God’s gifts to His people.
B. Isaiah lived about 750 years before Christ.
1. God tells Israel they are special to Him.
2. God had made a covenant with Abraham and they were His chosen people - His elect.
3. Abraham was recognized as a friend of God.
4. God was their God - and the same God is our God.
A. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee...”
B. Many Christians lack the peace that God wants them to have.
1. God wants His children to be happy - to have a peace that passes all understanding.
a. Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
b. 1 Cor. 14:33 - “ For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
c. Isaiah 9:6 - “ For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
C. We today fail to accept His peace by faith - the assurance of God’s grace and mercy.
D. The assurance of God’s presence brings us peace.
1. He promised to the Israelites - “I am with thee”
2. May we believe it.
3. May we receive it.
A. “Be not dismayed; for I am thy God”
B. Many people seek security by acquiring substantial bank accounts, stocks and bonds, real estate holdings, and cars, but still feel insecure.
1. Too many put their trust in riches.
2. In material possessions.
C. Security however is not found in temporal accumulations, but in God who created the heavens and earth.
1. Notice that God told them, “I am thy God”
2. This is true security - Phil. 4:19 - “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
A. “I will strengthen thee”
B. Many Christians fall short and become discouraged and full of doubt because they lack the strength to perform the task God has given for them to do. (refer to Jer. 10:23)
1. God has never asked us to do more than we are capable of doing.
2. We should all accept with faith the strength God has promised to give us.
a .”I can do all things through Christ...” (Phil. 4:13)
b. John 14:15 - “you cannot do anything without me”
C. Just think what it means to receive strength from God.
1. When we struggle with our faith.
2. When we struggle with our marriages.
3. When we struggle with temptations.
4. When we struggle with finances.
D. How will we ever be able to have the strength to make it through the struggles of life without the strength from God?
A. “Yea I will help thee”
B. Stamina means: “Staying power, endurance” - webster
C. God didn’t promise to do everything for us, but He did promise to help us through the hardships?
D. We must rely on His word and believe that He is helping us now -
1. vs. 13 - “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
E. How was Paul able to make it through all the hardships of preaching a unwanted gospel to a lost world?
1. 2 Tim. 4:6-8 - “For I am ready to be offered...”
2. No doubt he depended on God.
A. “Yea, I will uphold thee with thy right hand of my righteousness”
B. Many Christians are weak and unstable.
1. They rely only own their own strength.
2. We cannot do it by ourselves.
C. Stability comes from God.
1. He has promised to “uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”
2. We need to keep on praying, trusting, and obeying God.
3. God will do the rest.
D. God is our great stabilizing force.
A. God has promised some great gifts to His children:
B. The greatest gift however is His Son.