christine's bible study

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

God will never leave me or forsake me

God will never leave me or forsake me.

My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you; He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for Himself. And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O YHVH, have not forsaken those who seek You. For the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. "And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth. whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him, nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.

The truth is, God will never leave me or forsake me. He will not renounce me or withdraw from me under any condition. That is the definition of “never forsake” from Webster’s. This is because of the greatness of His love, grace, and mercy, and not because I merited His presence with me by works. This is the truth that the Bible teaches – He has not deserted me. Thoughts and feelings of abandonment are lies which the enemy lies to us. We do not have to accept those lies. We can reject the lies and believe the truth instead.

This is how I trained my heart and mind to receive and believe the truth: “I am feeling abandoned, but it is only a feeling brought about by my past experiences. It is not a true reflection of my relationship with God or what He is doing in my life. Those things are determined by the word of God. I know God has not forsaken me because this is what it says: ___ repeat Scripture ___.”

The word of God is powerful, living and active, the weapon of our warfare which is effective against all the lies of the enemy and mighty to tear down strongholds (2 Cor 10:4).

(Our daughter is visiting us this week and next from out of state. We don’t get to see her very often, so I will resume the chapter study through the New Testament when she goes home. In the mean time, please enjoy and share these Scripture pictures as you tear down strongholds of the enemy’s lies in your heart and mind, and replace them with strongholds of truth.)

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