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Fear not, 
    for I have redeemed you; 
    I have summoned you by name; 
    you are mine.

As I read this morning, I came across this verse of REDEMPTION in the Lord's merciful love. I feel like this verse has been sort of a theme in my learning lately. I see that I am nothing without Him. That IN HIM, I am called to LOVE, and I will be LOVED. Maybe you can feel like you are called home today, maybe you can feel like a burden can be taken from your shoulders today, or maybe you can just TRULY feel loved today. I pray that the Lord uses this in your life to call you to Him in a greater, closer sense than you've ever known Him... As He is doing with me. To know him is to want to know Him more.

This is some of what I read today from Isaiah 43:

 1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
       he who created you, O Jacob,
       he who formed you, O Israel:
       "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
       I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
       I will be with you;
       and when you pass through the rivers,
       they will not sweep over you.
       When you walk through the fire,
       you will not be burned;
       the flames will not set you ablaze.
 3 For I am the LORD, your God,
       the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;     

 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
       I will bring your children from the east
       and gather you from the west.
 14 This is what the LORD says—
       your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
       "For your sake I will send to Babylon
       and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians, [b]
       in the ships in which they took pride.
 15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
       Israel's Creator, your King."
 16 This is what the LORD says—
       he who made a way through the sea,
       a path through the mighty waters,
 17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
       the army and reinforcements together,
       and they lay there, never to rise again,
       extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
 18 "Forget the former things;
       do not dwell on the past.


mom-suzy said…
When I was a new believer and listened to a lot of Elisabeth Elliot, she introduced me to this passage, especially focusing on vs. 2 and 3. It is a beautiful passage. Life will have its fires and sweeping waters, and even in Christ's allowing of these, He is with us. These verses do encourage.
Thanks for the reminder!
Love, Suzy

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