Sunday, October 20, 2013

31 Days - Day 20




For today’s post I decided to "unpack" Isaiah 49:23b This is part of the blog hop in Proverb's 31 "A Confident Heart" Study. See: Verse Mapping. Also. part of my 31 days blogging challenge.

 "Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23b

There are three words in this passage that I want to unpack - Then-Hope-Know.
 
Then is an important word. It implies that something must come before. This confidence (knowing that God is the Lord, hoping in Him, not being disappointed) comes only when we:
  1. turn from our disobedience and follow God
  2. allow Him to rebuild and restore us from the deep, dark, desolate places in our hearts and lives.
Hope = confident assurance that God will do what He says He will do. Believing in Him even through our doubts and disappointments. Heb 6:19 – We are anchored in all upheaval, roped securely to God’s Throne. Nothing can untie us. Hold to Hope rooted in Faith. Heb 11:1

If we put our hope in the Lord he will not disappoint us, it doesn’t mean we will never be disappointed. God’s power will be revealed to do the unimaginable in the lives of His people.

Our "hope" is not always the same as Gods plan for our lives, but His plan is so much greater than anything we could ever "hope" for. We cannot always fathom God's goodness, grace and mercy, his love for us is unfathomable. When we are able to look back one day although we may feel disappointed that life didn't work how we wanted it, we will see how Gods glory is so much greater.

Know as defined in Webster's dictionary states: Know – to  recognize the nature of; discern. The way to know God – recognize who He is, discern His voice – is daily in His Word. We discover His truths, precepts and promises. When we are in His Word, His Word is in us.
 
Here's my personalization of this scripture:
 


Declarations of faith:

1.     I believe God was watching and actively participating in my creation when I was formed in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:14-16)

2.     I believe God has a specific purpose for my life. (Ephesians 2:10)

3.     I believe God is always with me. (Psalm 139:2-12; Matt. 28:20)

4.     I believe God leads and directs in my daily life through His Holy Spirit, His Word, other believers, and circumstances He allows. (Luke 12:11, 12; 2 Tim. 2:15)

5.     I believe God strengthens me and helps me as I rely on Him. (Isaiah 40:31; Isaiah 41:10)

6.     I believe God understands my weaknesses and works through them. (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

7.     I believe God wants me to be holy. (I Peter 1:16)

8.     I believe God forgives my sin when I confess and forsake it. (I John 1:9)
 
Have a blessed Day! Abide in Him and He will abide in you. Seek Him with all your heart and your will find Him.

2 comments:

  1. Love your blog, your verse mapping and your declaration of faith. Enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing. Debbie W. (OBS Facebook Group Leader)

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  2. Thank you for the encouraging words.

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