Focus Verse: But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (1)
As His chosen children, God made special promises to Israel. Now as His adopted sons and daughters, some of those same special promises apply to us today. He who created you (insert your name here), He who formed you (insert your name here), has also redeemed you. He calls you by name. There is no need for you to fear because you are His. Through water and fire and flame, God will be with you. He will do a new thing in your life! He will make a way for you in the wilderness and rivers in your wasteland. If we are genuinely repentant, God will be faithful to blot out our faults and completely forget our sins.
Focus Verse: “This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. (6)
God makes it clear that there is only one God and He is it. We are witnesses of this and should help those who do not yet believe to understand that there is only one Way to one God. Apart from Him, there is no other.
Focus Verse: Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (5)
We and others can know that the Holy Spirit of God is inside of us by how we live. Are our minds focused on Godly things? Do we desire what God desires? Of course, we aren’t talking about perfection, but our lives ought to be different from those who do not know God. We aren’t focused on what we want. We do not live according to our fleshly desires. Instead, our minds are upward aimed and Heavenly focused.