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Let God Meet All Your Needs - Isaiah 43:1-4

Divine Note #30 - July 26, 2009
Isaiah 43:1-4 (New Living Translation)

The Savior of Israel
1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia[
a] and Seba in your place. 4 Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.The Gospel of John (12:41) in the New Testament says that the prophet Isaiah saw the glory of Christ back in Old Testament days, and spoke of Him but the people didn’t believe. Nothing changed when Jesus lived as a human being on Earth. Many people didn’t believe and he was crucified. Today it’s pretty much the same way. People either believe or they don’t. I am here to tell you that a life lived without the power of the Living God is a desperate and hard life. This message is meant to encourage believers, non-believers, those who attend church and those who don’t worship with other believers. In the Scripture above, God told His people to not be afraid! He’s telling you the same thing today!
Think you don’t have to go to church? Think again.As usual, I’m blown away but not surprised by the way God speaks to us when we assemble in church to learn his Word, to pray and to worship Him. If you think that you don’t have to go to church, check this out:
Hebrews 10:24-25 (New Living Translation) 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.This morning we prayed for several ladies and laid hands on one of our WOW sisters who is dealing with health issues. Prayer is powerful. After Sunday school, it was as if God gave her a direct message through the words of Pastor Paul’s sermon. He talked about how many of us at some point will receive bad news about our health (or fill in the blank) and asked if we are prepared?
Pastor Paul’s Prayer Principles that Pack a PunchI’m going to share Pastor Paul’s Prayer Principles that Pack a Punch from today's sermon because the message spoke to my heart and we can all benefit. When you are under stress go to God in prayer!

Prayer is essential in our lives! Remember these things:
1. Anyone can pray.
You don’t have to use special words, have a theology degree or a special level of spiritual maturity. Also, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Christian for 40 years or 4 months! The only prerequisite is that you have a genuine desire to have the full attention of the Living God!
2. You must have daily intimate time with God. Make prayer an essential and non-negotiable part of your life. I can’t tell you how this has made a big difference in my relationship with Jesus Christ! I schedule God and Blanca time each morning at 6 a.m. I put myself in His hands and ask Him to show me who I need to touch or encourage that day. This time spent with God also gives me focus. It’s not the only time I spend with Him, but it’s during this time in the morning that I fully understand what He wants me to know. So regardless of how busy or boring your life is - making time for God changes everything.
3. When you pray, you experience God’s presence! I cannot tell you how special it is when I experience the love and power of my Living God! There’s nothing like it! He becomes real and He impacts your life in a very direct way. Since I’ve been asked about my experience, I can tell you that I can feel His power like electricity going through my back, my arms and especially my hands. At other times it’s a feeling of complete love and peace – love like I have never experienced with another human being! I wish this experience for everyone I know and everyone I love!
Get connected to believers and make God your priority

Whether you go to church or not, the key messages for you this week are: 1) You need to find a church where you can worship and be encouraged through the good and bad times of your life and 2) Consider it a priority to establish an intimate relationship with our Great God! It’s not enough to go to church. It’s not religion but that relationship with Him that will see you through life’s darkest hours when you face a medical diagnosis, when your spouse decides to leave, when you face a job loss or financial difficulties or you can fill in the blank. As Pastor Paul said, “He has the power to cure you or walk through it with you.”
Need to find a place in God’s community?

I want to thank my church community for the love and encouragement that they provide to me and my family. I’m going to count on them as I find myself with an empty nest in August when my child goes to college. My Sunday school class girlfriends know my heart and they care. Our wonderful teacher is an anointed teacher and she has a heart of gold. I can be real with her and I love all her family. Plus, she’s a blast to hang out with and she makes me laugh out loud! If she hadn’t stepped out to use her spiritual gifts, I would have missed my blessing! Our pastor preaches an amazing sermon each Sunday that touches our hearts. Plus, he’s a nice guy and he taught me the importance of getting together as a church to pray for everyone.
We’re a bunch of people with a heart for connecting our community to Christ! We’re not perfect but we love the Lord and we have a blast!

I’ll end this note with this amazing message from your God. Isaiah 43:4 … you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.This week remember that you are precious and that you are honored and loved by a powerful God! Go out and be His heart, hands and ears! Freely give out big God Hugs!
Love you,
BlancaFollow me on Twitter - http://twitter.com/BlancaV - as I share my love for Christ in 140 characters or less! It’s a great way to share your faith with the world!

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