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Posted: 7/12/2021

Hi LNI family,

Major challenges are continuing around the world. From India to Africa and every other country there are floods, tornados and storms occurring. Chaos, riots, lawlessness, people living in fear and confusion. Covid issues, health issues, lack of provision. The list seems to be endless.

I’ve been hearing stories from LNI leaders in several countries who are contending with various challenges. So many are facing storms in their lives, but I want to remind you today that as followers of Jesus Christ, as children of the Living God, we are in HIS GRIP. This word ‘Grip’ means to have a firm hold, a tight grasp. God has a firm hold on us. He’s never going to forsake us.

Isa.41:10 tells us, “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. I like how the Message Bible paraphrases this, “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, I’ll keep a firm grip on you.”

This a time to press into deeper intimacy with Father God. A time to keep our focus on him with a greater determination. We need to be the lights that shine in the darkness. We serve the God of all hope, and we can shine that hope in Jesus Christ into the dark areas and situations.

We need to pray for our nations. Pray for one another. Contact each other. Stay connected. Be reminded that God is still on His Throne. He will fulfill his plans and purposes.

We are praying often for you all. We do not know what lies ahead but we do know that God has our future in his hands. We can trust in him.

Love and blessings,

John

 


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