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December 29, 2017

Daily Devotion – December 29

Day 363 – December 29

God with us

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”
Isaiah 43:2

Isaiah 43 is a passage that shows us one thing in particular: There is only one Savior, and He came to redeem us. God chooses throughout the Bible to identify Himself with us, and in doing so He identifies His presence in our lives. Through “fire and the rivers” we will not be burned or overwhelmed. In other words, we will not drown even though we feel ourselves sinking, and we will not be consumed in the fire even though we may feel the burn. When God reveals our destinies to us, He opens a window into what His purpose for our lives truly is. But we don’t get to see all the fire and rivers. We must pass through to arrive at our destination in Christ. God could remove all difficulties from our midst, but if He did, how often would we forget God and be too stubborn to realize it’s been Him the whole time? If you’re facing fires or deep waters, don’t panic – PRAISE! God is waiting for us to enter His gates with thanksgiving and courts with praise in the middle of deep waters and fires. Our Savior will not leave us to be consumed. He is with us and the world will see Him clearly when they see us walk through the fire with the grace of God. We don’t have to run to the fire or the flood; they will find us! We must run to our Savior and know He will walk with us through them.

We’re more than conquerors in Christ.

-Pastor Mark