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Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

Strength belongs to us through the prayers in Ephesians chapter 3 and Colossians 1, we're told in Hebrews 13:5-6 that He'll never leave us and that we will not fear. Seems these days that a lot of preachers are looking to nullify what God said through St. Paul about every promise to Israel belonging equally to the Church in Ephesians 3, Galatians chapters 3 and 4, and elsewhere, so thought I'd start by giving the New Testament support for claiming Isaiah 41:10 as a promise for Christians irrespective of their nationality and their family's religious family line going genetically to Abraham or not. Christ's Blood is stronger than Abraham's, yet to hear many a Dispensationalist, it's not, at least not to them. Though more likely they've simply not thought through the implications of what they've taught. As Mike Murdock's said, and I believe it's applicable here to Dispensationalists "if you'll think 'twice,' you'll be the genius of your family!" So absolute are God's New Covenant promises, such as the one in Isaiah 54, that it becomes increasingly clear that the Book of Revelation had to have had fulfillment by 70AD, without requiring that that means that every other prophecy in the Bible has 100% been fulfilled. To believe the one doesn't require the other of Full-Preterism. Not by a long shot! Wrath in the Book of Revelation doesn't keep good Scriptural company with the following, as an ongoing threat, unless the threats of such were almost immediately carried out and not continually looming over the heads of everyone in the world:

9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. 10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:9-10

I've heard some say, repeatedly, that God sends you through bad times so you'll be able to minister to others. Does the above say that? Does Jeremiah 31:27-28 say that? Or do these and a million other Scriptural references say that God sent you Christ Jesus so that you'd be able to minister to others; sent Him to the Cross for your sins, rather than sending you into sin so that you'd be able to minister to others; took out of His backside your healing so that you'd be able to minister to others, RATHER THAN sending you cancer so that you'd be able to minister to others in that difficulty; made Him Covenantally poor so that you'd Covenantally be richer than Solomon to minister to others, RATHER THAN sending you poverty so that you'd be able to minister to the poor. Ecclesiastes 9:16 is God's eternal Covenant that absolutely nobody will EVER listen to poor people. So it couldn't be that God would send you through poverty so that you'd be able to minister to the poor. The Sovereign Word of the living, Almighty God says that nobody listens to poor people. It's as impossible for a poor person to be heard, per Holy Writ, as it is for you to be able to minister to anyone because you've gone through anything that Jesus Himself was the sacrificial Lamb of God for.

No, I'm not denying that difficult circumstances often present themselves, particularly when one or more people involved aren't listening to the cries of the Blood about every line upon line and precept upon precept that He died and rose again to enforce of Holy Writ. Difficult circumstances aren't sent by God in any context where Jesus is Lord Melchizedek and the Holy Spirit is the teacher of the Church. They're sent to choke the Word and keep it from baring fruit. They don't prune a Word so it'll bring forth more fruit. They DESTROY the Word and keep it unfulfilled for as long as God exists in individual lives where the circumstances of this world are concerned. I'm not speaking to matters of eternal destiny, but every other right, privilege, and endowment that was each man's in this world from the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Am I denying that God EVER may have sent anything of that nature in response to great wickedness that wasn't YET submerged beneath the Blood of Christ? Scripture does lean in that direction, though there's many mistranslated Old Testament verbs and plenty of actual accusations of God by people who didn't understand the world they were living in and who 2Corinthians 4 called the god of their age in this world that wasn't our God but was Satan himself.

The High Priestly ministry of Christ Jesus and the Present Day ministry of the Holy Spirit within the believer are why God doesn't need temptations, testings, and trials to develop believers, even if one were to fuss night and day that at any point of Old Testament or Pre- Old Testament history that it was ever needed. Satan got to play chess with most pieces on the world's board prior to the Cross of Christ and the Bible refers to him and his hoards as dethroned principalities and powers that have been spoiled of all that they had and that have been made a public spectacle of by the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Jesus. That's what's so different about our world to where suffering isn't a part of the New Testament equation IN THE WAY THAT most Christians assume believers are to suffer. Our suffering that the New Testament talks about isn't so that we'll be able to minister to others in the way that MOST CHRISTIANS ASSUME they're to from a soulish perspective of having been through stuff and being able to relate or being thought relevant, but we're Scripturally obligated to resist from our lives all that Lord Jesus bore in Himself leading up to the Cross and in the Cross and Grave that Christ Jesus went to. He bore our sin, we're obligated to resist it, and that does bring about the type of suffering that the New Testament speaks of that brings the glory into manifestation with our deliverance. He bore our sickness, we're obligated to resist it, and that does bring about the type of suffering with not being moved by what one sees or feels, but only by what one believes of what Christ has done for us! That's the New Testament kind of suffering that brings the glory into manifestation with our deliverance from every affliction! The religious nonsense of going through hard times or putting others through hard times to try to teach them something or so they will be able to teach others is 100% pagan and is not to be any part of a believer's life and walk of faith, it's false humility and has no benefit where restraining the flesh is concerned! Isaiah 41:10 looking forward to this day, along with all of Isaiah 54 says what it says based upon the finished work of Christ that it was speaking about and to the generations that would follow it. Otherwise every one of those Scriptures would have been worded like this:

“Fear, for I am with you; be dismayed, for I am your God. I will weaken you, yes, I will thwart you, I will push you down and bury you with My righteous right hand.”

That's not what Isaiah 41:10 actually says, though that's how many Churches [indirectly] preach it, including those who glory in tribulations that the Bible never told them to glory in, but to resist and cast out and glory in the tribulations that come with having chosen the straight and narrow Covenantal way that leads to life and the manifestations of the glory of God.

Father, I pray for those struggling with what it means to be made conformable to Christ's death so that by New Testament means they would attain to the resurrection of the dead being ministered through them to others that they would carefully re-examine Isaiah 53 and every related passage regarding what Christ Jesus did and what the Scriptures (rather than their religion) say that that means to us, today. Open their eyes, make Christ wisdom within them that'll change their ideas about You based upon Ephesians chapter 1:16-23, 1Corinthians 1:30, James chapter 1, and elsewhere where we're told to glory in the Lord Who tribulated for us and to walk in Him through our thanksgiving and Your promises so that we would participate in the divine nature ESCAPING THE CORRUPTION that's in the world. Father, may they come to this more accurate understanding of the Covenants of Promise so that they would be able to bare this Covenantal Good News to every Creature upon beautiful feet rather than dirty, tribulating feet, falling short of the grace of life by not walking in their own deliverance through wrong ideas about what abundant life in the Son is supposed to be. It's in Jesus' Name we've sought You for this in the behalf of all of the people reading this! Amen.

 

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