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Isaiah 43:10-13 NLT “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD, “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. First I predicted your deliverance; I declared what I would do, and then I did it—I saved you. No foreign god has ever done this before. You are witnesses that I am the only God,” says the LORD. “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.”

 

God says in this portion of scripture that there are three things that we have been chosen in Him to do: 1) we have been chosen to know Him; 2) we have been chosen to believe in Him; 3) we have been chosen to understand that He alone is God.

 

It’s imperative as children of God, those who are called by His name, His people, His own family, that we know Him, believe in Him and understand that He alone is God! There is no way that we can be effective witnesses and serve the One true and living God without these three things being prevalent in our lives.

 

We must know Him! Jesus said in John 17:3: And this is the way to have eternal life—to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. (NLT)

 

What does it mean to “know Him”? The Greek word for “know” in that verse is the word “ginosko” and it means a knowledge obtained not by mere intellectual activity, but by operation of the Holy Spirit upon acceptance of Christ. This knowledge is not marked as finality in the fact that there is an initial meeting and a continuous growth process in knowing Him. This verb is the same word used for a husband knowing his wife sexually. It is a progressive knowledge learned through experiencing life with someone. We come to know God initially through accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord, but then we grow in knowing Him through experiencing Him as we fellowship with Him through prayer, Bible study and fellowship with the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit. There is an intimacy involved in “knowing God” that moves beyond intellect or mental assent into the realm of spiritual intimacy that comes as we grow closer to Him through our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been chosen to know Him!

 

We have been chosen to believe in Him! The Hebrew word for “believe” in Isaiah 43:10 is the word “aman” and it means to be firm, endure, be faithful, be true, stand fast, trust, have belief, believe. In the passive stem, “aman” has several emphases. First, it indicates that a subject is “lasting” or “enduring”. It also signifies the element of “being firm” or “trustworthy”. In one scripture, Isaiah 22:23, aman refers to a “firm” place, a place into which a peg will be driven so that it will be immovable. The peg will remain firmly anchored, even though it is pushed so hard that it breaks off at the point of entry. The word also means “trustworthy”. In all these different meanings we see one common strand of understanding: we have been chosen to believe in Him because He is the One person that we can know will be faithful to us regardless of what we are experiencing in our lives. He is the anchor that we can ground ourselves to knowing that He will never change; He is always enduring and trustworthy! We can be assured that God will not move away from us or change His feelings about us. He is faithful!

 

The first biblical occurrence for “aman” is found in Genesis 15:6: And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith. It was not primarily in God’s words that he believed, but in God Himself. In other words, Abram came to experience a personal relationship with God rather than an impersonal relationship with His promises. We can read God’s word and know that He is faithful to His word and His promises are true, but until we “believe” God, knowing that He will do what He has said in His word and fulfill it to us personally, that we will experience “knowing Him and believing Him. He is a personal God that wants His children to know Him individually and trust Him to do what He has said He will do in each of our lives. We are chosen to “believe in Him” as in “trusting Him”, personally!

 

We have been chosen to understand that He alone is God! When God gives a promise and says He is going to do something, there is no person on earth or demon in hell that can reverse that promise. He is faithful to do what He has said He will do. When we pray and ask God to take care of something for us we can be assured that He will do that. In praying and seeking His will in a situation, when God gives you the scripture that promises His provision for your need ,you can be assured that if you believe, as in “trust” Him by standing on His promise and expectantly waiting for its manifestation, that He will do it. Abram “believed” God; he didn’t just believe “in God”, but he believed that what God said He would do and he waited 25 years for the fulfillment of God’s promise. That doesn’t mean that Abram sat down and didn’t do anything while he waited for God to fulfill His promise. This word “aman” in it’s New Testament counterpart is “pisteuo”. It means to trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, and rely on. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus. We see “pisteuo” as not just a trust in or reliance upon God, but believing Him so much that we act upon that belief through something that we do. We act as if the promise has already been manifested. We see an example of this in Romans 10:9, 10:

 

(NKJV) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

In this scripture we have a perfect example of “believe”. There is two parts to it: believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth. So, we see that to “believe” is more than just waiting for God to do what He has promised. There is an action that goes with what we are believing in our hearts. In this case, we speak out what we are believing in our heart that He is going to do based on His promises. Many times when Jesus healed someone he would ask them to do something to show their belief in what He was doing in their lives.

 

Matthew 12:13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out and it was restored as whole as the other.

 

Jesus often said to those to whom received His healing touch that it was their “faith” that had made them whole. They believed in Him, reached out to him in faith and He proclaimed that it was their action tied to their belief that drew upon His healing power and made them well. We have been chosen to understand that He alone is God and no one can oppose Him or reverse His actions! When we come to Him in faith believing that He will do what He has said we can know that when we act on His promises He is faithful to do them!

 

Do you know God? Are you believing Him for specific promises that He has made to you? Do you understand that He alone is God and what He has said no one can oppose or reverse His actions? God wants you to know these things! He has chosen you to be in Christ Jesus, alive spiritually in Him so you can have a living and vital relationship with Him. These are all promises that are fulfilled as you grown in your relationship with Him. But it begins with an initial introduction to the Lord Jesus Christ. If you haven’t received Him as your own personal Lord and Savior that is where the relationship begins. Ask Him into your heart today and He will come in through the presence of His Spirit to live with you and walk through every day with you.

 

Father, I bring those before You who may not know You personally. I pray that today will be their day of salvation. I ask You to draw them by Your Spirit into a living and vital relationship with Jesus as they pray to ask Him into their hearts. I thank You for touching them, for showing them their need to receive Him as their own personal Lord and Savior. Father, I pray for those who may be struggling with faith issues this morning. I pray that You will show them the promises in Your word that meet the need in their lives and help them to stand firmly as they believe You to bring those promises into manifestation. Father, open blinded eyes this morning to see that You are God and there is nothing too difficult for You. Touch hearts and bring people to salvation, healing, deliverance and freedom through Your Spirit’s power in their lives. Father, move in their lives in ways that they will see and understand that it is You and not any coincidence or chance happening. Bring glory and honor unto Yourself in each person’s life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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