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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 1, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Going through rivers of difficulty will either cause you to drown or force you to grow stronger. If you go in your own strength, you are more likely to drown. If you invite the Lord to go with you, he will protect you. (NLT)
Isaiah 43:1-7 – But not, O Israel, the Lord who created you says: “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, 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. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba as a ransom for your freedom. Others died that you might live. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from east and west and from north and south. I will bring my sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth. All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.”
Here is a portion of David McCain’s (Louisiana) story:
“. . . The experience reminded me that God sees the uniqueness of all creatures and finds great joy in them, even when they may not be readily understood and accepted by others.
“We are all special creations of God whose love fore each of us is unconditional. . . .”
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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