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It’s time to replace anxiety with strength!
In this Spiritual Kick Off we look as a powerful verse in Isaiah that is extremely comforting to every Believer. The world is pulling further and further away from God and as Christian leaders we have to stand firm.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Click To Tweet Isaiah 41:10
We’re gonna be looking in the book of Isaiah. Okay. Isaiah chapter 41 verse 10. Just one verse this week, guys. So do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Boom. Right there, guys. That shit get you going.
All right. So first of all, where is Isaiah? So it’s about midway point of your Bible. Usually if you flip it open about Midway, you’re gonna be really close. Go past Psalms and, and Proverbs. Then you have Ecclesiastes, then you have Song with Solomon. Then right after that, boom, you’re there. You’re at Isaiah.
Okay. Now he’s often thought of the As as the evangelical prophet. Okay? Because he talks often about the the coming Messiah. It’s a fun. Just book of the Bible to read first and foremost. And it’s something that I think we need to spend more time with, definitely in our Old Testament. Just to know some of these things and have to, to understand the references cuz Jesus spent a lot of time talk and I reading Isaiah as well.
So we know this is a very important scroll. We know there’s a lot to learn and let’s see what it looks like, what we can learn from this one verse for us moving forward this week. Alright, now, now if you look at this right here, This was all written about 740 to 680 BC so it’s long time ago, right? Long, long, long time ago.
And how often do you guys feel right now, fear or anxiousness? You know, I know about you, but for, even for yours, Tru, truly, this is a, a consistent theme. It happens all the time. So even that far back, seven 40 to six 80 BC to present. This is still very applicable guys. This is very, this is something that should resonate with all of us, okay?
Because if you look around, it seems like everyone, I don’t know if you’re asking me, it’s just like everyone is losing their minds. It’s just, it’s crazy. Go look at, at Facebook, go look at Instagram or, or TikTok if you dare, and just see what’s being pushed down our throats and the some, the stuff that’s just being pushed towards Christian leaders and against Christian leaders.
This is unreal. And it’s in those moments. Well, when you’re getting that pushback, that, and your back’s against a wall, you’re going need some, some verses some. It is written like this to cl to you’re going to need some. It is written in your life, boys. That’s part of it. Been studying a lot here lately with my discipleship group.
We’ve been going through, uh, pastor Jovi and talking a lot about guys different things in regards to, to, to how Jesus always, always, when he had, when he was up against it, what did he. He went back to scripture. It is written. It is written. Do you have any? It is written in your life because if you don’t, this needs to be one of ’em.
So let’s just break this down piece by piece. I love just doing this, just, just unpacking these scriptures with you guys. Let’s look at the very first part of the scripture here. So do not fear for I am with you. I am with. You guys not talk about it all the time, that you gotta have your own lines then amend, right?
That you can call on any time. I, I totally get that. That’s important. Our community at the line with innocent, that’s what we’re about. And that is important. But how about having someone who’s there? Always, always, that’s who we have with God. So do not miss this guys. Don’t miss this. When you, when you’re in the middle of the battle, okay, and you’re up.
Your hope can rest assured that you are not alone. You are not alone. It may feel that way, but you are not. Now, conversely, let’s say you’re crushing it. I mean, business deals are cracking things with your wife are wonderful. Your kids aren’t killing each other. You’re all getting along. Things are just, just, just going well.
Your finances are great. Well, guess what? He’s with you then too. . He’s with you then too. But I was just gonna tell you one thing. If things are going that well get. Get ready cuz the thing is you got trials, you got three kinds either in one, coming outta one or getting ready to go into one. That’s the three.
So you need to understand, no matter where you’re at in that season of trials and things like that, he is with you. He is with you, okay? So, I mean, we just do not, don’t lose that guys. Don’t lose that. Now the second, this also talks about don’t be dismayed. Dismayed. That could be stressed or anxious. You can think of that.
And why, why should we not be dismayed or dismayed or anxious? Cause he is your God. Don’t miss the, your, okay. He, it’s all about relationship. He wants a relationship with you, right? It’s not some hands off acquaintance like the, you know, your fourth cousin twice removed or something like that. Right? Some, some crazy family story, right?
No, it’s your father, your father. And just think about what is his father that we talk about? God, what does he promise? Well, he promises strength and assistance. Just look at what this verse is telling us. He wants us to do his work and he will provide us the strength and support that we need to do his work.
This mic is hot right now and I’m talking into it cuz the strength he’s given me to do his work and the conviction I have to obey. That’s it. So he’s called you to do something, guys. I guarantee you, you can’t stop the hand of. When it starts to move, you better get out the way and just do whatever he tells you to do, okay?
Because you don’t want to be going against that strength, cuz if you go with it, you’ll have the strength and you’ll have the assistance to get it done. Think about that. Not you, not Chris. Not not who, the guy in the mirror. You have the strength to get it done because of God. He’s going to give you the strength that shit get you so fired up this morning.
Let you, maybe you wanna go hit the gym and just like pound something out, right? Seriously guys? He gives you the. Assistance to get it done. To get it done. Now, his final promise in this verse, we’re gonna unpack it right here, is he’s gonna uphold you. Now again, does he just say uphold them? No. It says, I will uphold you.
I will uphold you. He wants that relationship again, guys, we have to underst. Take God out of the box and realize that he is with us and he’s on our team. Actually, we’re on his team, but either way, we’re all together. He cares about you. He wants the absolute best for you. Right? And, and if, if we can just get that through our heads, guys, and I know it’s so hard sometimes cause we wanna do it on our own, but if we just give him that chance, man, he is going to do so much more for us than we could do on.
Right. And he has to only righteous hand in existence. In existence. And what does he tell us right here? He’s gonna uphold us. Uphold us. With that hand, I mean, where else on the planet Earth can you guys get that type of assurance? Nowhere, because this verse points to the ultimate source of strength that Christians should have and should be excited about right here.
I’m so tired of just hearing and seeing, you know, lukewarm Christians where their spirit animals eor. Right? And they don’t. And, and, and I’m not saying that we all have to be out here TERs and bouncing around, but look man, every now and then, show ’em some emotion. Have pr, praise God of the universe, worship, be brought to emotion.
Understand the reverence of who we’re serving. Think about his sovereignty just for a. Right. Yes. Obviously we wanna talk to him like he’s our friend and, and, and our father. But don’t miss that reverence in the sovereignty. He is the guy at the universe. We better re be respecting him. Cause right here he is with us.
He’s gonna be with us. He’s gonna strengthen us. He’s gonna uphold us by his right hand. That should be held, held high. We were talking about that within our community. One of our brothers, Mitch man, he brought this up and it just drilled it. He was talking about the reverence of God and how we just need to be a little bit more intentional when we go in through that time with him, how important that is to understand who we’re praying to, who, who we’re seeking wisdom from him, from the, this is a God in universe, right?
And while though he is our father, he wants that relationship. Make sure we are treating him with that. And guess what? Once you do, no fear, no anxiousness, strength, help all that you get every day if you surrender and put Jesus as the Lord of our lives. So Mitch, I’m thank thankful for you, brother, for bringing that up.
I think that was so spot on just for that one little point. But guys, this verse right here, this needs to be one of those go-to gotchas. This has gotta be one of your, I uh, it is written that you have in your. Get it there. Write it on a note card, save it to your, to your dashboard or your car or your truck, whatever.
Put it in your bathroom. Whatever you need to do. Get some I It is written. You need some of these guys. Something I’m working on right now, I need to have more. It is written so that I can just naturally pop, pop, pop. Call ’em up, call ’em up, call ’em up. So that’s what I pray these spiritual kickoffs are for you guys.
They’re little pieces of verses. You could take one spiritual kickoff a week cuz usually it’s one verse. Now sometimes we go a couple verse. But you, you think about this, if you hang with the line within us, you go through us, hang with us for a year, and you focus and commit to one scripture a week, committing that you’re going to get this down, you’re going, you going to, you going to get this in your heart.
Maybe you have a little journal, whatever you need to do, but you’re going to get this, this one verse, couple verses memorized. Guess what? Engineer, you just did 52, now you got 52 pieces of battle. Pieces of, of, of, of sword rather ready to go do battle with. Think about that. If you just hang with the line within us for once a week for a spiritual kickoff and you take that one verse and you cement that, you got 52 guys, we’re gonna need ’em.
You’re gonna need a whole lot more. It is written to stand against what is coming at us. You don’t believe me, you just go check out again, check out your social media feeds and all that. It is coming, but you do not have to fear God is with us. You don’t have to be dismayed cuz he’s our God, he’s gonna give us strength, he’s going help us.
He’s gonna uphold us with his righteous right hand. So my question to you guys, where do you find your source of strength? And seriously, where do you find it? Is it self-fulfilling? Is it something that you find with within yourself that you, that you feel like you just, well if I can just, you know, take this pre-workout, that’s my source of strength.
Cause I’m gonna go to the gym, I’m gonna crush it. Or maybe it’s, maybe it’s your wife, right? Maybe she, she strengthens you up. Maybe it’s your kids or your job, or maybe you find a source of strength when you look in that bank account and a certain number’s there. And I feel, you know what, if I got that number there, I got this, I got this.
Be careful. Be careful. Our ultimate source of strength has to come from the Lord. And if you got that, guys, if you got that De Smith, then Isaiah 41. Let that, let that be your social strength. Let that be right there. What you clinging to as you move forward and as you just lead and be out there to be that Christian leader that God intends you to be.
Now we’re talking about all this stuff about, about strength and God, and not fear and, and right hand, and you’re like, what in the world kind of podcast am I listening to? What, what’s going on here? Look, it’s all comes back to Jesus. It’s Jesus. Okay, so first thing you need to understand, if you’ve listened to this and you have never accepted Christ as your savior, today is the day.
Don’t put off tomorrow cuz you’re not guaranteed tomorrow. And I’m not trying to be that guy, but we’re just not. None of us are right. We all we have is the promise of right now. So we better make the most out of it. So if you’ve never accepted Christ as your Savior, you gotta take, take, take action today.
First thing you need to understand that you’re a. You are a sinner and a sin as anything separates us from God, right? So you are a sinner. You fall short of glory of God. When sin entered a world, boom, there’s a, there’s a gap between us and him and there’s nothing we can do to, to fix it. Unfortunately, I would hate to be the bear of bad news, but you can’t nice your way in cause in hell is full of nice guys who never understood salvation and the gospel and put their trust in Christ.
So you need to just first admit, Hey, I’m a sinner. I’m not a mistake and in need of a life coach, I’m a center of need or savior. That is very important, critical piece to understand. Thank you Pastor Jobby for that cuz that really has cemented it in my heart. Now Dan, he, to believe God, believe that Jesus is the son of God.
It’s very simple, very simple to, to, to, for me to say that. But it is hard for a lot of people to get their heads around cuz so many people don’t wanna believe it. They don’t, they don’t wanna believe that he was born or a. The owner believe that he was fully manned, fully God. They don’t wanna believe that he performed all these miracles.
They definitely don’t wanna believe that he died, actually died on a cross, and three days later, rose overcame death, paying the penalty for our sin, and being the ultimate sacrifice that the veil is torn. Now, there is nothing that separates. The only thing that you have to do is believe in him as Lord.
If you do. And you confess him as Lord of your life. And I’m talking about Lord, not teacher, Lord of your life and saying, Lord Jesus, I confess to, I can’t do this. I have, I, I I’ve tried my way. My way is, is not getting it done. I need to go. I’m gonna go your way. I’m choose to follow you. I choose to listen to you.
I choose to be obedient. I choose to the Lord surrender to you and pick up my cross and follow. At that point, the Holy Spirit’s there. You got it. You’re in the club now. I would encourage you to go ahead and you take the next steps and get en engaged with a church, get moved forward with the, the, uh, with baptism and all that stuff.
But at this moment you’re in, you are in. So again, it’s very simple and I pray if you, you, if you just said that prayer, salvation, and you just ask Christ into your. Send me an email support at the lion within us. Again, support at the lion within us. Well, Chris, why should I send an email? Because first of all, I just wanna just give you a fi, a virtual fist bump and say, Hey, welcome to the club.
And then I got a couple things I just wanna send you to help you get started, cuz you are now in the battlefield. You were in it before, you just didn’t know it. Now okay, you, the blinders are off and you gonna be able to see, and Satan is gonna come at. Guess what? You can, you can win, you can overcome, you can be victorious.
Not on your own strength, but the strength through Christ. So we’re gonna give you some resources to help you out, guys. That’s what it’s all about. So I pray, I, I, I so pray for those emails that come in of salvation. Hey, we accepted Christ. Let’s move forward. Let’s do this together. So shoot, shoot me an email.
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He’s telling us, don’t be dismayed, but he is telling us to go. You got to go and you have to understand that he is with. Right. He’s going to uphold us. So I know backs against the wall. It feels tough. Guys, lean in, do the work. That’s what it’s all about. Now, if you want support, if you want help doing the work, if you want help, just with that confidence in growing in your walk of Christ, I highly encourage you to connect with us and our lion within us community Guys, we went outside of Facebook, we went outside of all these, these other platforms, and we’ve built something on our.
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