Standing Firm by Faith
thanks for joining us for another daily encouragement from our daily bread I'm Tom Felton and I titled our reading standing firm by faith
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 in the book of Isaiah king ahaz of Judah and his people were fearful shaking as the Trees of the forest are shaken by the wind they knew that the Kings of Israel and a Ram or Syria had Allied and their combined armies were marching to Judah to take it over
 although God use Isaiah to encourage a has by telling him his enemies hostile plans would not happen the foolish leader fearfully chose to Ally with the Syria and submit to the superpowers King didn't trust in God who declared if you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all
 the writer of Hebrews helps is consider what it looks like to stand firm in faith today let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful may we press on and not shrink back as the Holy Spirit empowers us to trust in Jesus
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Isaiah chapter 7 verses 1 to 9
 when he has son of Gotham the son of Isaiah was king of Judah King resin of Aram and Pica son of Ramallah king of Israel March up to fight against Jerusalem but they could not overpower it now the House of David was told Aram has Allied itself with Ephraim so the hearts of ahaz and his people were shaking as the Trees of the forest are shaken by the wind then the Lord said to Isaiah go out you and your son she are Joshua up to meet a has at the end of the aqueduct of the upper pool on the road to the laundress field say to him be careful keep calm and don't be afraid do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood because of the fierce anger of resin and a ram and of the son of Ramallah
 Aram Ephraim andromalius son have plotted to ruin saying let us invade Judah let us tear it apart and divided among ourselves and make the son of tibial King over yet this is what the Sovereign Lord says it will not take place it will not happen for the head of a ram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is only resin within 65 years Ephraim will be to shatter to be a people
 head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is only remilia son if you do not stand firm in your faith you will not stand at all
 let's pray
 father help us stand firm as you provide the faith we need thank you it's in Jesus name we pray amen
 today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries