"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~ John 14:27"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Do not fear

I know it is not Friday but I just had to share this with everyone.  There is so much in here that really moves me.  I won’t be saying much about it just highlighting what was spoke to me.  I hope it will speak to you as well. 
I am so thankful that He blots out our transgressions.  I pray that I can do that for myself as well.  Even when I pray and ask for forgiveness I still remember what I have done.  But only God will blot them out!  For His sake and ours!
 
Isaiah 43
Israel’s Only Savior
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
   He who created you, Jacob,
   He who formed you, Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
   I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
   they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
   you will not be burned;
   the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

I give Egypt for your ransom,
   Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
   and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
   nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
   I will bring your children from the east
   and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
   and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
   and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
   whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and made.”

8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
   who have ears but are deaf.
9 All the nations gather together
   and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this
   and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
   so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD,
   “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
   and understand that I am He.
Before Me no god was formed,
   nor will there be one after Me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD,
   and apart from Me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
   I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.
13 Yes, and from ancient days I am He.
No one can deliver out of My hand.
   When I act, who can reverse it?”

God’s Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness
14 This is what the LORD says—
   your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon
   and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians,[b]
   in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
   Israel’s Creator, your King.”

16 This is what the LORD says—
   He who made a way through the sea,
   a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
   the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
   extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18Forget the former things;
   do not dwell on the past.

19 See, I am doing a new thing!
   Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
   and streams in the wasteland.
20 The wild animals honor me,
   the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
   and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21 the people I formed for myself
   that they may proclaim my praise.

22 “Yet you have not called on Me, Jacob,
   you have not wearied yourselves for[c] Me, Israel.
23 You have not brought Me sheep for burnt offerings,
   nor honored Me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with grain offerings
   nor wearied you with demands for incense.
24 You have not bought any fragrant calamus for Me,
   or lavished on Me the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened Me with your sins
   and wearied Me with your offenses.

25 “I, even I, am He who blots out
   your transgressions, for My own sake,
   and remembers your sins no more.
26 Review the past for Me,
   let us argue the matter together;
   state the case for your innocence.
27 Your first father sinned;
   those I sent to teach you rebelled against Me.
28 So I disgraced the dignitaries of your temple;
   I consigned Jacob to destruction[d]
   and Israel to scorn.

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