Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 17, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 46

It has been a pleasure to read through the book of Isaiah over the past two months. And while not every chapter has been overflowing with beautiful prophetic words and images, I found truth that helped me in how I live today. It has been a treasure hunt of hope reading through each chapter and finding so many beautiful verses that point to Jesus, the chain breaker, the way maker and the pain taker!

Only 10 chapters left in Isaiah after today…what jewels of truth will we find in our reading assignment for today; Isaiah 54 and 55????

Future Glory for Jerusalem

54 “Sing, O childless woman,
    you who have never given birth!
Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem,
    you who have never been in labor.
For the desolate woman now has more children
    than the woman who lives with her husband,”
    says the Lord.

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“Enlarge your house; build an addition.
    Spread out your home, and spare no expense!

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For you will soon be bursting at the seams.
    Your descendants will occupy other nations
    and resettle the ruined cities.

“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
    Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
    and the sorrows of widowhood.

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For your Creator will be your husband;
    the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
    the God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you back from your grief—
    as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”
    says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with great compassion I will take you back.

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In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while.
    But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord, your Redeemer.

“Just as I swore in the time of Noah
    that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,
so now I swear
    that I will never again be angry and punish you.
10 For the mountains may move
    and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
    My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
    says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

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11 “O storm-battered city,
    troubled and desolate!
I will rebuild you with precious jewels
    and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your towers of sparkling rubies,
    your gates of shining gems,
    and your walls of precious stones.
13 I will teach all your children,
    and they will enjoy great peace.

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14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
    Your enemies will stay far away.
You will live in peace,
    and terror will not come near.
15 If any nation comes to fight you,
    it is not because I sent them.
    Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.

16 “I have created the blacksmith
    who fans the coals beneath the forge
and makes the weapons of destruction.
    And I have created the armies that destroy.
17 But in that coming day
    no weapon turned against you will succeed.
You will silence every voice
    raised up to accuse you.
These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord;
    their vindication will come from me.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!

 

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Invitation to the Lord’s Salvation

55 “Is anyone thirsty?
    Come and drink—
    even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
    it’s all free!
Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
    Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
    You will enjoy the finest food.

“Come to me with your ears wide open.
    Listen, and you will find life.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you.
    I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.

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See how I used him to display my power among the peoples.
    I made him a leader among the nations.
You also will command nations you do not know,
    and peoples unknown to you will come running to obey,
because I, the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious.”

Seek the Lord while you can find him.
    Call on him now while he is near.

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Let the wicked change their ways
    and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
    Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

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10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
    and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
    producing seed for the farmer
    and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
    I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
    and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

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12 You will live in joy and peace.
    The mountains and hills will burst into song,
    and the trees of the field will clap their hands!

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13 Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
    Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name;
    they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”

 

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Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 16, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 45

Isaiah 52 and 53 are both pointing to the coming Messiah, Jesus! As I read these verses I was struck by how appropriate the timing of this reading is, since we are only a few days into Lent. These verses are speaking to the cross of suffering Jesus bore for us, and the fact that He was sentenced to die in our place…so we can one day stand before God, flawless!

We are all sinners who have been saved by grace! A fact that should make us want to sing praises to God all day long!

Meditate on what Jesus did for you as you read Isaiah 52 and 53 today, and let the truth of these verses pierce your soul, just as Jesus was pierced for our sins!

Deliverance for Jerusalem

52 Wake up, wake up, O Zion!
    Clothe yourself with strength.
Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem,
    for unclean and godless people will enter your gates no longer.

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Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem.
    Sit in a place of honor.
Remove the chains of slavery from your neck,
    O captive daughter of Zion.
For this is what the Lord says:
“When I sold you into exile,
    I received no payment.
Now I can redeem you
    without having to pay for you.”

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. What is this?” asks the Lord. “Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation. My name is blasphemed all day long. But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them.”

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
    the news that the God of Israel reigns!

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The watchmen shout and sing with joy,
    for before their very eyes
    they see the Lord returning to Jerusalem.

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Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
    for the Lord has comforted his people.
    He has redeemed Jerusalem.

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10 The Lord has demonstrated his holy power
    before the eyes of all the nations.
All the ends of the earth will see
    the victory of our God.

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11 Get out! Get out and leave your captivity,
    where everything you touch is unclean.
Get out of there and purify yourselves,
    you who carry home the sacred objects of the Lord.
12 You will not leave in a hurry,
    running for your lives.
For the Lord will go ahead of you;
    yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.

The Lord’s Suffering Servant

13 See, my servant will prosper;
    he will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.
    His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
    and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle many nations.
    Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
    they will understand what they had not heard about.

 

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53 Who has believed our message?
    To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
    like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
    nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
    We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
    yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
    And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
    he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
    he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
    that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
    for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong
    and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
    he was put in a rich man’s grave.

10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him
    and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
    he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
    and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands.
11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,
    he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
    my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
    for he will bear all their sins.
12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier,
    because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
    He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

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Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 15, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 44

There are many verses found in Isaiah 50 and 51 that gave hope to God’s people, and we can find hope in them too! I will be concentrating on these verses from Isaiah 50 today.

4 The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
    so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me
    and opens my understanding to his will.
The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me,
    and I have listened.
    I have not rebelled or turned away.

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I offered my back to those who beat me
    and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard.
I did not hide my face
    from mockery and spitting.

Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore, I have set my face like a stone,
    determined to do his will.
    And I know that I will not be put to shame.

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10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys his servant?
If you are walking in darkness,
    without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord
    and rely on your God.

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And these verses spoke to my heart as I read Isaiah 51…

“Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance—
    all who seek the Lord!
Consider the rock from which you were cut,
    the quarry from which you were mined.

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“Listen to me, my people.
    Hear me, Israel,
for my law will be proclaimed,
    and my justice will become a light to the nations.

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 My mercy and justice are coming soon.
    My salvation is on the way.
    My strong arm will bring justice to the nations.
All distant lands will look to me
    and wait in hope for my powerful arm.

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Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return.
    They will enter Jerusalem singing,
    crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
    and they will be filled with joy and gladness.

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For I am the Lord your God,
    who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar.
    My name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

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And I have put my words in your mouth
    and hidden you safely in my hand.
I stretched out the sky like a canopy
    and laid the foundations of the earth.
I am the one who says to Israel,
    ‘You are my people!’”

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Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 14, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 43

I just want to reflect on the many beautiful verses that I found in Isaiah 49 today. I believe that I need to write them on the tablet of my heart.

1 Listen to me, all you in distant lands!
    Pay attention, you who are far away!
The Lord called me before my birth;
    from within the womb he called me by name.

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He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword.
    He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand.
    I am like a sharp arrow in his quiver.

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5 And now the Lord speaks—
    the one who formed me in my mother’s womb to be his servant,
    who commissioned me to bring Israel back to him.
The Lord has honored me,
    and my God has given me strength.
He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me.
    I will make you a light to the Gentiles,
    and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

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This is what the Lord says:

“At just the right time, I will respond to you.
    On the day of salvation I will help you.
I will protect you and give you to the people
    as my covenant with them.
Through you I will reestablish the land of Israel
    and assign it to its own people again.

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I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’
    and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’
They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures
    and on hills that were previously bare.
10 They will neither hunger nor thirst.
    The searing sun will not reach them anymore.
For the Lord in his mercy will lead them;
    he will lead them beside cool waters.
11 And I will make my mountains into level paths for them.
    The highways will be raised above the valleys.
12 See, my people will return from far away,
    from lands to the north and west,
    and from as far south as Egypt.”

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13 Sing for joy, O heavens!
    Rejoice, O earth!
    Burst into song, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted his people
    and will have compassion on them in their suffering.

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15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
    Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
    I would not forget you!
16 See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
    Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.

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23 Kings and queens will serve you
    and care for all your needs.
They will bow to the earth before you
    and lick the dust from your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.
    Those who trust in me will never be put to shame.”

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Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 14, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 42

Isaiah 47 and 48 discuss the consequences of disobedience to the One True God. In Isaiah 47 the former grand city of Babylon is compared to a slave girl who must sit in the dust, her throne is gone.

“Come down, virgin daughter of Babylon, and sit in the dust.
    For your days of sitting on a throne have ended.
O daughter of Babylonia, never again will you be
    the lovely princess, tender and delicate. Isaiah 47:1

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The people of Babylon worshipped false Gods and allowed witchcraft and astrology lead them astray. They did not go to God for their help or strength. They put evil people and things on the throne in their lives, not the Redeemer!

You felt secure in your wickedness.
    ‘No one sees me,’ you said.
But your ‘wisdom’ and ‘knowledge’ have led you astray,
    and you said, ‘I am the only one, and there is no other.’
So disaster will overtake you,
    and you won’t be able to charm it away.
Calamity will fall upon you,
    and you won’t be able to buy your way out.
A catastrophe will strike you suddenly,
    one for which you are not prepared.” Isaiah 47:10-11

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Our God sees everything! He knows our every thought and action! We cannot hide anything from Him! This is why it is so important to confess our sins and repent to Him, before it is too late.

The Babylonians believed that the wrong things could keep them safe…they believed in a knowledge and wisdom that was separated from God. They believed that astrology and witchcraft could rescue them from themselves. They put their faith in wrong thinking and evil things.

And sadly, I still see too many “Christians” believing it is ok to read the daily horoscope or believe that some man made astrological sign can predict their future. These things are a sin in the eyes of God and Christians should never look for their hope from anything other than God, doing so brings destruction down upon you.

Isaiah 48 begins with an admonition from God to the people of Israel,  (Israel is a spiritual name which covers all believers in Christ the same as the house of Jacob), because they pretend to belong to Him, but in sincerity they are not of God.

God is upset because He had told them everything that was going to happen ahead of time. The people had the predictions of their future straight from God. God hid nothing from them because He wanted them to know where their help came from! He did everything He had promised to do, His people had witnessed many miracles that could only have come from Him! They should know that God is exactly who He has said He is, the One True God…there is no other.

But they are stiffnecked, obstinate and full of themselves…there is no room inside of them for God.

How are we living out lives? Are we like the Babylonians filling our days with false truths from our horoscopes, astrology and fortune tellers? Or are we like the people of Israel too full of ourselves to make any room for God?

These things are foolish and will lead to our demise! We need to be full of the truth that can be found in the Word and not the world. We need to be full of the spirit that comes from God, so we can live our lives for the only One who can save us and keep us safe.

Lord, You are the One True God and You, who in Your infinite wisdom and mercies have calmed the storms, seas, and winds…who can be compared to You our only one true God!

How can we not have faith and trust in You who moves and has Your being within us, who can we turn to, You are the one with the words of Spirit, truth and life…

We may not fully comprehend or understand the completeness of Your will at the moment with everything happening in this world, but one thing is for sure, You encouraged us that there was nothing to be afraid of, for You have “overcome the world” and we have been redeemed because You are who You say You are…there is no other!

In Jesus All Powerful and Almighty name!

 

Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 12, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 41

“Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
    all you who remain in Israel.
I have cared for you since you were born.
    Yes, I carried you before you were born.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime—
    until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
    I will carry you along and save you.” 
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This is the month of my birth, 60 years ago, and as I enter into my “senior” years these verses from Isaiah 46 give me such hope. To have it confirmed in writing that God has known me, even before I was born, and that He will care for me, carry and save me! Wow! I just have to praise the Lord!

As I was writing this another thought came to mind. Right now, in our family, another life is awaiting her birth in four months. God is taking care of my fifth grandchild, a girl, in the womb of her mother.

I know the life that God would like her to live is all about honoring and serving Him. This is my desire for her too! I must be in prayer for her and her parents to know the Lord and the power of His salvation. I need to pray for her health in the womb, as well as, the life she is going to live here on this earth.

I need to mix my faith with God and pray for my newest grandchild, as I pray for the other four grandchildren.

I have a picture with a list of daily prayers to pray and I want to share it with you. (It says children at the top, but I know God will hear these same prayers for my grandchildren).

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These things above I want for my family…everyone in my family, my husband, my children, their significant others, and my grandchildren. My hope is in what God can do through my prayers of faith in His ability to move in the lives of my loved ones.

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Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 9, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 38

The Lord has promised much to us and many of those things He has promised can be found in Isaiah 43.

We belong to Him

 “But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
    O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

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He is always with us

When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

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He is our Savior

For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:3 

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He loves us

Others were given in exchange for you.
    I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
    You are honored, and I love you. Isaiah 43:4

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He created us

Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them. Isaiah 43:7

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He Alone is God 

“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord.
    “You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
    and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God—
    there never has been, and there never will be. Isaiah 43:10

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He makes all things new

For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:19

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He will blot out our sins

“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake
    and will never think of them again. Isaiah 43:25

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These are just some of the promises I saw as I read Isaiah 43, and I know there were more. What promises did you find as you read our assignment for today? And which one spoke to your heart and had singing praises to God? I would love to hear from you…

 

 

 

Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 8, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 37

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.
    He is my chosen one, who pleases me.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
    He will bring justice to the nations.” Isaiah 42:1 (NLT)

The very first verse in Isaiah 42 is pointing us to the coming Messiah, Jesus. The King James version of this scripture speaks of Jesus as “mine-elect”, which means “set apart for a definite purpose”.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:1 (KJV)

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I am not sure which of these versions I like more!

But I do know that I love the meaning behind mine elect! Jesus was set apart for a definite purpose, to bring hope to a dying world.

I just pray that the people who are still living in denial of who He is, gain wisdom before it is too late.

Because of a discussion I had yesterday, I have decided that I would rather be wise than just intelligent. Intelligent people know many things and they can speak to a wide range of topics, but if they don’t know Jesus…what good does all that knowledge do them?!?!?!?!?

I asked the person I was talking to yesterday this question, “If I am wrong about Jesus, how does that harm me?”

His reply, “It won’t, it’s just people think you aren’t smart.”

My answer to that, “I know where my help comes from and in whom I believe. It does not matter what other people think of me and my beliefs!”

I don’t want to be intelligent in the eyes of man, I want to be wise in the ways of my Savior!

God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.
    He created the earth and everything in it.
He gives breath to everyone,
    life to everyone who walks the earth.
And it is he who says,
“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.
    I will take you by the hand and guard you,
and I will give you to my people, Israel,
    as a symbol of my covenant with them.
And you will be a light to guide the nations.
    You will open the eyes of the blind.
You will free the captives from prison,
    releasing those who sit in dark dungeons. “

Those people who do know God, do not understand how blind and bound they are!

Lord, I pray that You open the eyes of the blind. Take their hands and lead them into the light of Your love. Set the captives free, Lord! Save them from the lies of this world. Give them the wisdom that will show them that You are the way, the truth and the light, and the only One who can save them from themselves and this dying world. To You be the honor and the glory for ever and ever, amen.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 7, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 36

But as for you, Israel my servant,
    Jacob my chosen one,
    descended from Abraham my friend,
I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
    saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
    and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 4
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This morning I have been reflecting on the word “wait”. I believe we are always in a season of waiting, on something or someone. Just like the people in Isaiah 41 are waiting on the “righteous man from the east” to conquer Babylon, we are all in a state of wait. I almost wrote “we are all experiencing the waiting game”.

Only this is not a game, this is for our eternal good and God wants us to use these times as moments of rest and refreshment, so we can renew our strength. I also believe He wants us to be quiet in the wait…He is not playing with us!!!

Listen to me in silence, O coastlands;
    let the peoples renew their strength;
let them approach, then let them speak;
    let us together draw near for judgment.” Isaiah 41:1

We need to be quiet, so we can hear what God wants us to do. I am finding His instructions for me in His word. This daily journey through Isaiah has been such a blessing to me. I am learning more about God’s character and He is showing me, through each reading, who He wants me to be.

And, I need to share with you that I have been doing my best to remain quiet. I have a tendency to speak before praying or thinking, and God has been working on me to default to Him. I know that my one word from Him this year, “reconciliation”, is because I don’t pause and ask for His guidance before I speak or take action.

I have gotten so much better in this area in the last several months. And the results from me keeping my mouth closed and giving all my worries and aggravations to Him have been for my good and for the good of my family.

We may have difficulties, but I am taking to heart and God is proving it to me everyday…that I don’t have to be afraid or discouraged. He is my God! He will strengthen and help me! HE WILL hold me up!

I am watching these words come to life through our dog’s cancer. Charlie is home and he is doing so much better than we expected. God is helping Charlie too. He is using my family as a visual for Isaiah 41:10. We are supplying Charlie with some of our strength, we are helping him, and we do need to hold him up and steady him. But it’s amazing what Charlie is able to do through the help he is receiving, and because he knows he can trust where his help comes from.

Let’s follow Charlie’s example and put our full trust in the One who is our helper and our strength!!!

 

 

 

 

Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 6, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 35

I believe that I have read Isaiah 40 three times, in two different versions, in the past two days. I intend to read it a few more times today too. I am going to saturate myself in Isaiah 40. It is beautiful prose with rich meaning. I pray you love reading this chapter in Isaiah too!

So let me update you on our dog, Charlie, and about how Isaiah 40 got me through the waiting period.

My daughter met me at the veterinary hospital yesterday a little before 9. She helped Charlie get out of my van and we took him inside and got him registered. She loved on Charlie, while I took care of the paperwork. Sara had the important job! All too quickly, it was time to leave him…we waited to shed the tears after they took him from us.

We hugged in the parking lot, exchanged “I love you’s”, and went our separate ways. I drove immediately to where I go now to relieve stress and for prayer…the local community center to walk the track! I put my earphones on and walked that track like it has never been walked before. I praised and said many prayers to God during my two mile walk. And it helped to release my fears and share my hopes, for Charlie, with God. I prayed, specifically, for the doctor and the medical personnel that would be taking care of Charlie.

At 12:02 my phone rang, it was the vet hospital. I thought the call was going to be that surgery was over and all went well, but it was surgery was going to start shortly and they would call me after it was over. The call was made by the veterinarian who was doing the surgery and it gave me the opportunity to let him know I had been praying for him. I told him I had asked God to provide him with skill and wisdom and a steady hand. I think he was surprised by my admission, he paused a bit before replying to me. His reply, “I’ll take it.”

I waited for a return phone call back from him for a little over 2 hours. I believe it was a mixed blessing to have received the first phone call. I am so thankful for the opportunity to let the vet know I was praying for him, but the wait was a little stressful. I know what you are thinking, Isaiah 40 has my answer to the wait…my strength will rise as I wait.

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint.”

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Oh, and look at the end of that verse, “they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” 

The vet had good news, Charlie, did very well during surgery and was in recovery. Charlie was beginning to come out of the anesthesia and was responding to his name. We are now back in the stage of waiting…for another phone call, today, on how well Charlie did last night and how soon we can take him home. Please keep Charlie in your prayers as he recovers, and my family as we help Charlie through this cancer!

I know that God cares for Charlie, and that He will even use this cancer in Charlie to fulfill His plan for my loved ones and me. He will make something good from this terrible disease in Charlie!

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
    they shall walk and not faint. “

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Those verses above…all of them are my life verses! I am not even able to describe how just seeing these words helps me.

I would love to know what your life verses are! Please feel free to share them with me! Thanks for being on this journey with me and for your prayers.

 

 

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