Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 16th October 2016
Quarter Theme: Standing On God’s Promises
Topic: I will strengthen you
Texts: Isaiah 41:1-20
Memory Verse: “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. (Isaiah. 41: 10)
A Christian is daily faced with challenges and struggles as he/she journey’s heavenward. These challenges are in the form of temptation, emotional difficulties, material and spiritual needs occasioned by the fact that we are in the world. Jesus warned that in the world, we will have troubles (John 16:33). However, He did not leave us without help as He has made provisions that will ensure we win the many battles that life will throw at us. He knows that our own strength has limitation (1 Sam 2:9). The good news is that we serve a God who has promised to continually provide the strength, through the Holy Spirit for the journey irrespective of the difficulties, uncertainties and trials we face.
Israel had been terrorized, traumatized and were afraid of the future. They were in captivity and it seems their situation was hopeless. But in the mist of these circumstances, we see in our text that God, through prophet Isaiah detailed His intervention. From Verses 1-7, we see God make a case against the nations that troubled Israel. He silenced them and demanded that they listen to Him, who has Lordship and sovereignty over the world and all its affairs. What was the response of the “Islands” (nations) – to get neck deep into idolatry (Verse 5-7) God moved to reassure Israel of his grace and strength in Verses 8-20. These reassurances from God are on the basis of the following:
- Strength in the face of hostility (Verses 8-13)
- Strength in the face of weakness (Verses 14-16)
- Strength in the face of affliction (Verses 17-20)
God remembered the covenant relationship He has with Israel and provided his strength, presence and triumph over their adversaries. David understood what it means to walk in God’s strength and be strengthened by Him. Psalm 46: 1-3. God is also making the same promise to us today, to strengthen us to live a godly life, in a perverse generation through His grace. God’s promises are precious, magnificent, and have extreme value. He asks us not to trust in the strength of “horses”, but His strength which is ever present in time of need.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- From Isaiah 41:10, identify five reasons God is saying to his people not to be afraid of the future.
- Does depending on God’s strength indicate doing nothing and leaving things all up to God? 1 Peter 4:11, Colossians 1:29.
- Read 2 Corinthians 12:10. Explain the paradox of being weak and at the same time strong.
- How do you do a task in the strength of another? What role does the Holy Spirit play in providing this strength? Philippians 2: 12-13; Ephesians 3:16
- What practical ways can a Christian receive and maintain this promised strength? Isaiah 40:28-31, Psalm 138:3