Be Strong - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Be Strong

With Tiffany Crawford

June 5, 2020

Do you have a fixer in your life? My husband, because he loves me, he wants to fix my problems. He’s by nature a fixer. When I’m scared about something, he wants to fix it, so I’m not afraid.

However, most times, I don’t need him to fix my problems. I need Him to love me and to point me back to the one who is our ultimate protector.

Isaiah 35:4 says, “Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’”

That verse reminds me of two things: First, sometimes, we don’t need the fix. We just need an encouraging word. What’s that encouraging Word? God’s Word.

The second thing it reminds me of is that God is there for me. He’s there for you. No matter what problem you're facing. No matter what fear you’re experiencing, Be strong and fear not! God is there!

Whatever it is you’re facing today, I’m sorry. I know it is hard and can be overwhelming but be encouraged. God loves you. He cares for you. He is and always will be there for you.

Text in Context: Read Isaiah 35

Reflect: What does this passage teach you about God? What does this passage teach you about God’s people?

Respond: How does this passage strengthen your view of God? How does this passage change how you view your circumstances?

Prayer: Father, you are my deliverer and protector. I do not need to fear. Thank you for watching over me. Amen.

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Nat: I believe it has a lot to do with the Nativity Story: God,Holy Spirit, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. God turned everything around from what everyone was used to at that time; religion, traditional ways, etc. He impregnated Mary, before she became Joseph's wife. Therefore, Mary had Jesus, trusted fully in God, and Joseph carried out his responsibilities as her husband. The Holy Spirit came upon Mary first of all. And Jesus was given to them as a couple. Joseph heard from God, listened, and obeyed His voice, so that he could do his part. They looked to God together as their Source for all things. I believe that's what you said. It sounds the same now. Thanks for your patience
Nat: Thank you for your viewpoint regarding marriage/love/husband/wife; help from God, etc. I will take a bit of time with this until I get a clear answer. Forgive me for not getting the point yet. Thanks for responding to my question.
Hey Marjorie. Thanks for your question. Tiffany's point is that God is the ultimate source of our hope and comfort. Our source of happiness cannot be a spouse, child, etc. It is God. From that love of God flows the ability to love others and receive love freely. So, do I desire to help Tiffany practically? Yes, and I do. Does she value that? Yes, she does. But my goal should not be to fix the least not immediately. Instead, it's to be there, listen, point her to God as the ultimate source of hope and peace. Then am I free to begin to help to find a solution.
Hi Tiffany: I agree that your husband should, according to God's Word, "love you", and yes, I believe that the two of you will always benefit in going to God first, as your Source for all things, but I am a little bit confused. His wanting to "fix" things for you........make you feel better..........isn't that his way of "loving" you? Isn't he "caring" for you? This is a big topic with me and a few friends. How does a husband "love" his wife? If he points you to God for your comfort, etc., isn't that more like separating, instead of coming together before God? I know that each of us needs to go to God individually too. Would you be okay with giving me your perspective on this? thank you. MargeB
Cindy - we are so very glad you were able to join us & hope you will return for more Devotionals!
Praying for you!
Thanks for the Lord, my Lord, will never leave me and He Will Walker with me through my trials. I will not be afraid! Amen
it is so easy to believe we can solve all our problems but then God shows us that we need him thanks for the encouraging word may God continue to bless your marriage and you ministry.
I love teaching.
I thank you for your sharing this is something I need to hear as I struggle with my addiction to many different things
I am praying for you that You will experience God's love, and be filled with unexpressible joy as you journey with Him.
Please pray for me!!
People are on drugs they need a fix. We need Christ we think we need a fix. We need Christ The Holy Spirit to indwell us today forever No more fixes just fill me with love
Thank you for reminding me that there is no fear in God.
God thank 🙏 you to watch over me
Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing, everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Hello! My name is Cindy. Today is my first time being with you all. I love Jesus Christ our Lord & Savior!!! God Bless You All!!! 😊!!!
Seriously, what came to mind is the words of our mouth. vs 8 says a highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. I remember a band who sings about another highway, with a catchy rock beat that everyone sings along with about being on the highway to hell. Think about the power of the words of your mouth - life and death are in the tongue!
Praying God's presence with you today, wisdom for your medical team, successful surgery and a speedy recovery.
Lord, thank You for Your unconditional love, watchful care and protection. "You are my Refuge and Strength, a very present Help in time of trouble".
Yes; our God is with us, always, and He cares for us. "He who have us His Son, why quirks He not freely give us all things". Romans 8:28. Hebrews 13:6, So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper; and, I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
God is with us. We need not to be afraid. He makes those who are weak, strong.
Thank you. Great reminder-I am headed for surgery this morning.
How do you trust God in time of difficulty
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4 Thank you Jesus. Praise the LORD!!!
Pain often fights against faith, so in those times let your heart be know to God and others. God knows what pain can do and invite others to encourage and pray with you during the pain. We are stronger when we are not alone. Amen
God is always with us! He will never leave us,we have nothing to fear, because of his love and mercy!
I needed this to remind me to rely on God. I tend to worry.Thank you.
Thank you for sharing this with me and others. With me I just want to go in and fix people and help them, But I have come to realize that I can't fix anyone but myself and of course I can't even do that without God being in my life. Thank you for the wake up call. Giving God all the Glory and Praise!!!!! :) :)
Amen 🙏. God is our path n our protector
I believe it says that God is good. If we trust in him all our senses will be ooen to experience him in joyful ways. And I believe it means that if we do all that God will show us a path that if we walk it, we will only get closer to God a d his love for us. I Love you God, thank you for being so strong and merciful!!!! 🙏💖🙏💖🙏
Believing and Trusting God leads to faith in God, therefore i will not fear
Thank God for these encouraging words I really need them as I go to see the doctor and also to do my annual blood work
I believe it say to trust God in all I do.