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“They that observe lying vanities Forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.” Jonah 2:8-9 KJV

Yesterday we looked at the way a believer should stay committed to their faith and how to effectively do so. Today allow me to engage you in another aspect of faith unfeigned. In the book of Isaiah 52:2, the prophet exhorts the people to shake the dust off their feet and rise. A lot of times when anything attempts to shake our faith or the expected result doesn’t turn out as we desire or it seems to have taken a while, many shrink back and forsake their mercies yet again.

Child of God, courage is defined as the choice and willingness to confront agony, danger, pain, uncertainty or even intimidation. It takes courage therefore to hold fast to hope even in uncertainty for those that suffer well allow their Lord, who is Lord of hosts, to show himself mighty in their circumstances. That is why the Lord himself, assures us that tribulations in the world will come but exhorts us in the same breath to be of good courage because He has overcome the world and all in it (John 16:33).

Do not draw back to perdition, shake the dust off your feet and believe again. Trust again, love again, and live again, forsaking not your mercies —for they are new everyday (Lamentations 3:23).

Prayer: Father I thank you for this truth. As I yield to your spirit, I am granted daily the strength and courage to rise above the systems and circumstances in this world. I know how to access your mercy that is new every morning, through thanksgiving and praise. I am greatly helped by God and arise triumphant because my redeemer lives, to the glory of your name. Amen! 


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