IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM.
Summary: We can be assured of God’s provision and of His love because He promised with a five-fold negative that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Four different people in Scripture received this promise from God, so we can see God’s faithfulness to them.
INSTANCES THIS PHRASE WAS USED
FROM GOD TO JACOB
- God’s promise to a man in trials.
- Jacob had just fled from his family home:
a. His father loved his brother more than he;
b. Esau, his brother, hated him & desired to kill him.
c. Jacob had only a stone for a pillow.
d. He was friendless, solitary, alone.
e. To him God said, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” Gen. 28:15.
GOD TO ISRAEL WHEN MOSES WAS DEPARTING.
But God promised not to leave them. It had never been Moses who was delivering them, but God! Since God was going over the Jordan, the war would be won with God at the helm!
God said, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” Deut. 31:6. We don’t have to worry; God’s in charge!
FROM THE LORD TO JOSHUA
“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” Josh. 1:5.
- Joshua was shaking in his boots. Moses was dead! There is no calling the A-Team into the game for a crucial play. “Joshua, you’re going to conquer all the inhabitants of an area 100×200 miles. Any questions?”
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
Will you take a moment and walk through Hebrews 13:5 with me to see its depth and riches? We’ll examine each phrase and what these precious words mean in the original Greek. It will give a better understanding and will no doubt strengthen your heart for the trials of your life.
FOR HE HAS SAID
This is a promise from Jesus Christ Himself! In the Greek, this is intensive. It means it is a personal promise. We would do well to remember the promises of God. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”
Oh, the power that is in this Scripture. It has the power to encourage your heart. It has the power to strengthen your faith. Yes, it has the power to get you through the fiercest trials of your life. God’s promises are Yes and Amen! Why? Because they are “for his glory.”
I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU
The Greek word for leave is beautiful in this text. It is not the typical Greek word for leave. It’s not how we would use the word leave as in walking away. Rather, in this passage, it literally means to “uphold” or “sustain.” What’s even more amazing is that there are two negatives in the original Greek. So what this verse literally says is, “I will not, I will not cease to uphold or sustain you.” How beautiful is that promise?
So whatever you facing know that God is with you! He is not going to walk away as you and I understand the word leave, but it is deeper than that. He is with you and He is going to “uphold” you. Yes, He is going to “sustain” you with strength, peace, and joy. If you feel like giving up or you feel like you’re going to collapse under the weight of the pressure I can promise you that in God’s strength you won’t! If you’ve wondered what has held you up this long, it might be that God is “upholding” and “sustaining” you!
NOR FORSAKE YOU
The word forsake in the Greek is made up of three words…” to leave,” “down,” and “in.” To leave suggests forsaking an individual. Down suggests rejection, defeat or helplessness and in has to do with circumstances. It’s vast and entire meaning is, “To abandon, to desert, to leave in straits, to leave helpless or destitute.” In the Greek, it has three negatives so it literally translates, “I will not, I will not, I will not forsake you.” God’s faithfulness is astounding!
Can you see why you can trust God? His Word, which is a sure Word (2 Peter 1:19), promises us that God will never leave us or forsake us and it does so by giving us a double assurance that He will uphold and strengthen us. Then He gives us a triple assurance that He will not abandon us, leave us in straits or leave us helpless.
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