“Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you” (Isa. 46:4) this great verse delivers four messages, for the new year:
I am He … I will bear …I will carry … and will deliver
First... I am He
The Lord says, “I am He [the same]” I will not change in my love, care, protection, and fulfillment of my promises to you. “I am He” means that the Lord will always love you and will never let you down. He will continue making everything work for your benefit in the future just as he does in the present. The Lord’s names recorded in scriptures further describe this valuable truth. Let us ponder three of these names: Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, and Jehovah Nissi:
“Jehovah” is translated “Lord” in the Arabic version of the Bible. Word study of “Jehovah” in scriptures shows the Lord in a covenant commitment with His people in a special way.
Let us thank the Lord, “Jehovah” for his covenant commitment to us established on the precious blood of Jesus. (Heb. 9: 15-18)
“Jehovah Jireh” means the Lord, who is in covenant relationship with you, sees your need and will provide. The first encounter with this name, in scriptures, is in Genesis 22. The Lord saw Isaac’s need for a substitute in order to survive. He provided for that by sending a ram (sheep) for Abraham to slay “instead of his son (Isaac)” This passage conveys an important truth. The Lord saw our need for a redeemer from the second death (eternal destruction) and provided for that need on the cross.
If you believe that the Lord is your savior who bore the punishment of your sins and that His blood was shed to redeem you and save you from eternal destruction, go ahead and thank Him now.
God’s people walked for three days in the wilderness without water. When they finally found it in Marah it was bitter and they could not drink it. So, the Lord transformed it into fresh water and saved his people from dying of thirst. In this incident, the Lord told his people, “I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exod. 15:26). The original Hebrew text says “I am Jehovah Rapha” meaning I am the Lord your physician, and your healer. Because this is His name, I can be sure that the Lord will not disown it, but will remain my physician today and tomorrow … He is the one who heals me!
Three kinds of healing happened in this passage:
First is the healing of circumstances. The Lord transformed the bitter water into fresh water; thus rescuing His people from dying of thirst. Therefore, proclaim in faith that the Lord will heal your adverse circumstances no matter how difficult they are, turning them around for your good, Hallelujah!
Second is the healing from bitterness. In this incident, the bitter water stands for bitterness inside our hearts. It could be bitterness towards people, places, or even the Lord himself. Just as the Lord, Jehovah Rapha, healed the bitter water of Marah, He is ready to do the same for us on condition. The condition is that we come to Him believing in His healing on account of what He did on the cross, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isa 53:4)
Third is the healing from physical sickness and this is clear in the Lord’s words on this occasion “I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you (Jehovah Rapha)” (Exod.15:26). So, let us declare our faith that any satanic opposition to divine healing will come to an end, and that, “the body is … for the Lord, and the Lord for the body”. (1Cor. 6:13). The body is for the Lord, and His service. The Lord is for the body, its protection and healing. We declare our faith in Jehovah Rapha’s healing from deadly sicknesses that medicine cannot treat. A healing that glorifies the Lord. Let us pray that healing would be the norm, not the exception, for all believers.
Jehovah Rapha … the Lord who heals you is His name. Let us continue nourishing our spirits with the numerous verses in the Bible about healing. Our minds will then be renewed and our faith strengthened in Jehovah Rapha, who cares for our physical and emotional health. We will not succumb to illness; moreover refuse to expect sicknesses as the rest of the world does.
Unto grey hair You are my greatest physician!!
The Israelites were in the wilderness when the Amalekites attacked them. . Moses went to the top of the hill to pray for them, “And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.” (Exod. 17:11). Victory and defeat took turns until Moses finally sat down and had his arms steadily held up. From then on successive victories followed the Israelites until the battle was won. At this point, Moses built an altar and called it “Jehovah Nissi” (Exod. 17:15) which means the Lord is my Banner. Jesus, the one greater than Moses is seated at the right hand of God interceding on my behalf. (Heb. 1:3, 7:25, 10:12). I am fully equipped to be more than a conqueror (Ro. 8:37) over sin and its sources: the old nature, enticements of the world, and satan.
How great is His name, “Jehovah Nissi” The Lord is my banner. He guarantees my victory. I will taste the sweetness and glory of successive victories this year because of my dependence on the Lord Jesus’ unceasing intercession for me. (Heb. 7: 24-25)
Even if I face difficulties and attacks “the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation” (Exod. 17:16), nevertheless, I will proclaim that the battle is the Lord’s. He will fight on my behalf delivering me from my enemies.
Because my God is Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, and Jehovah Nissi, I will go “from strength to strength” (Ps. 84:7) and be changed “from glory to glory” (2Cor. 3:18)
Second … I will bear
The Lord is the guarantor that we will always be above according to His promise, “You shall be above only” (Deut. 28: 13)
Rest assured that the Lord lifts you up in difficult times, as he did to His people in the old days in Egypt, the land of hardship when they were under Pharaoh’s control. “The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Acts 13:17). According to Exodus, “But the more they afflicted them, they more they multiplied and grew.” (Exod. 1:12). Therefore proclaim in faith that you shall always be above and never beneath regardless of circumstances.
Joseph was in a foreign land but the Lord promoted him from prison to the palace. The God of Joseph is my God. The Lord always lifts me up “And lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes” (1 Sam. 2:8) Hallelujah!
Proclaim in faith that your ministry will expand and continue to be lifted up just as David’s kingdom was exalted, “for his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of His people Israel.” (1 Chron. 14:2)
Third … I will carry
Never doubt this very important truth, that He will carry you as He has carried your sins and curses on the cross.
After the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, the Lord brought them to the Mountain of Sinai. They enjoyed God’s presence in their midst at the Tent of Meeting. “I bore you on eagles’ wings.”(Exod. 19:4), said the Lord: I carried you on eagles’ wings to bring you out of Egypt, the land of slavery, and brought you to Mount Sinai to enjoy my glory. Eagles’ wings imply swiftness, strength, and victory over all obstacles. Therefore, rest assured that the Lord will swiftly carry you to a much better place; turning your worry, fatigue, and sorrow into praise, worship, and delight in His presence. If you feel cast down and weak, the Lord will refresh and strengthen you. The Holy Spirit will set you on fire and you will overflow with joy, giving you spiritual gifts in order to serve Him. Do not succumb to weariness, frustration, and a meaningless routine but hold on to the Lord’s love knowing that He will carry you on eagle’s wings that are stronger than satan’s hindrances and impediments.
Fourth … I will deliver
“The Lord shall preserve you from all evil” (Ps. 121:7). Let us proclaim our faith in the Lord’s perfect protection from all evil. “The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night” (Ps. 121:6) . You might be facing danger, but if you trust in the Lord He will surely deliver you. “For I will surely deliver you, …,because you have put your trust in Me” (Jer. 39:18). “Passing over, He will preserve it” (Isa. 31:5). Even if this danger leads to the gates of death, continue your positive confession of faith. Psalm 9 says that the Lord lifts up from the gates of death to those of the daughter of Zion; gates of praise and rejoicing. (Ps. 9: 13-14).
The secret of relief and deliverance is summed up in what Jehoshaphat said to the Israelites, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established” (2 Chron. 20:20). Believe then in divine deliverance to experience it no matter the nature of the danger you face or its power.
Trust that the Lord who rescued you in the past will continue to be your deliverer, “who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us … He will still deliver us.” (2 Cor. 1:10). Confidently and joyfully maintain your confession with Paul “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work” (2 Tim. 4:18)
I thank you my heavenly Father, because You Are:
Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, and Jehovah Nissi
In a covenant relationship with me
Supplying all my needs, healing me, always giving me victory
I confess my faith in the Bible promise … I will leave this world full of days
After finishing the role You appointed for me
You will complete the number of my days, and unto grey hair you will carry me
You will bear … You will carry … You will deliver
You remove and raise up kings for my sake (Dan. 2:21)
You compensate for the past’s failure
You bring me out of dire distress into a broad place where there is no restraint (Job 36:16)
I proclaim that I am under cover of the precious blood of Jesus; no weapon formed against me shall prosper! (Is. 54:17)
Every satanic scheme set up against me “shall not stand, Nor shall it come to pass”. (Is. 7:7)
It “shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing”. (Is. 41:12)
I proclaim, in faith, that You lead me every day.
Keeping me walking in your will
That you will give me more opportunities to serve you
To proclaim your Word and spread the Good News!
To effectively share in the work of Your Holy Spirit through salvation of sinners,
Healing the sick, delivering captives free!
Trusting that “My times are in Your Hand” (Ps. 31:15)
Heavenly Father, I pray that you touch with your spirit my Ministry, work, and family life …
Keeping me in your perfect will!
I pray that you will reign over all my relationships
Guiding me when establishing my friendships
Leading me to bear more fruit for your kingdom
Participating more effectively in the winning of precious souls
Rejoicing with them “You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy” (Is. 9:3)
Thank you Lord that, this year, you will close doors leading to spiritual dryness
And open others leading to personal spiritual revival!
I thank you, that even though I am weak, yet “I am … anointed king” (2 Sam 3:39)
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One” (1 John 2:20)
Thank you that by the Holy Spirit I am an overcomer.
Yes! I will overcome the world according to your promise “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4)
Because of the anointing, I will not remain in defeat or shame.
Instead, I will live as a king with my head lifted up terrifying the kingdom of darkness!