Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 28, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 57

We have made it to the last chapter of the book of Isaiah, today we are reading Isaiah 66. I will be concentrating on verse 2 as I go through my day.

 “All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
    he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word.”

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We recently lost, on this earth, a man who exemplified the spirit of this verse…the Reverend Billy Graham. Billy Graham was a Bible believing teacher and I read something this morning that I believe speaks to who he was. And it inspires me to seek the attributes found in this verse and in the life of Reverend Graham.

Billy Graham — Character Matters

This will be said many times in the days to come: few Christians have had a larger impact on the world than evangelist Billy Graham—in all of history. He will be remembered for his character, his accomplishments, and his amazing connections with global leaders over many decades. We will also remember him for his words—and perhaps one phrase that he never tired of repeating: “The Bible says…”

In an age when people were suspicious of “Bible-thumpers,” most people never thought of Billy Graham in that way because Billy Graham did not use the Bible as a weapon or a tool of domination. He did not proffer an exotic personal interpretation. His explanations of the Bible were not cliche or elitist.

When Billy Graham said “The Bible says” it was like watching an eagle catching an updraft with outstretched wings. He invited us to be borne up and carried along by the truth of Scripture. He also brought the truth of Scripture to us as a healing ointment and as a stinging antiseptic.

Most important, when Billy Graham said “The Bible says” he was letting the world know: This is not about me. I am nothing but a desperate sinner like everyone else. I would have no hope without God’s promises.

This, of course, was what gave Billy Graham that rarest of qualities these days for leaders: trustworthiness. He was voted “most admired” man by many polls for many years because we are all looking so desperately for that person who really is without guile—who is genuinely humble, grateful, and reverent.

Though Billy Graham repeated “the Bible says” over and over, we always knew he did not worship the Book. People did not accuse him of “bibliolatry.” What came through was his reverence for God the Father, submission to Jesus, and a wide-eyed expectancy of what the Holy Spirit would do next in a stadium, or through television waves, or within a youth movement.

“The Bible says” means “God says.” Billy Graham knew there was nothing more important.

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Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 26, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 55

64 Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
    How the mountains would quake in your presence!

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As fire causes wood to burn
    and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations tremble.
    Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!
When you came down long ago,
    you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations.
    And oh, how the mountains quaked!

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For since the world began,
    no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
    who works for those who wait for him!

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You welcome those who gladly do good,
    who follow godly ways.
But you have been very angry with us,
    for we are not godly.
We are constant sinners;
    how can people like us be saved?

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We are all infected and impure with sin.
    When we display our righteous deeds,
    they are nothing but filthy rags.

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Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall,
    and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
Yet no one calls on your name
    or pleads with you for mercy.
Therefore, you have turned away from us
    and turned us over to our sins.

And yet, O Lord, you are our Father.
    We are the clay, and you are the potter.
    We all are formed by your hand.

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Don’t be so angry with us, Lord.
    Please don’t remember our sins forever.
Look at us, we pray,
    and see that we are all your people.
10 Your holy cities are destroyed.
    Zion is a wilderness;
    yes, Jerusalem is a desolate ruin.
11 The holy and beautiful Temple
    where our ancestors praised you
has been burned down,
    and all the things of beauty are destroyed.
12 After all this, Lord, must you still refuse to help us?
    Will you continue to be silent and punish us?

Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 23, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 52

The chapter in Isaiah that we are reading today has many titles…the NLT version of the Bible is “Good News for the Oppressed”; the ESV version is titled The Year of the Lord‘s Favor”; the Good News Bible says The Good News of Deliverance”; the NJKV title to Isaiah 61 looks like this The Good News of Salvation”. No matter how the title is worded each is proclaiming that Isaiah 61 contains good news that will set us free from what is holding us back.

I know what is standing between me and complete freedom in God is mostly about fear. My fear of what other people think when they look at my life. My fear in the comparison game, when I see how “together” other families are compared to the “hot mess” my own family can be. My fear in handing complete control of every thought, every word spoken, every decision made, and every action taken over to someone other than me. I can go on listing my many fears, but I believe you get the picture.

But here is what I know to be true and what Isaiah 61 is confirming to me, when I allow the spirit of the Lord to be my guide none of the fears will matter. I will do what is required of me through the power of God.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
    for the Lord has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
    and to proclaim that captives will be released
    and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
    that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
    and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
    he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
    festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
    that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

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Instead of shame and dishonor,
    you will enjoy a double share of honor.
You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land,
    and everlasting joy will be yours.

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“For I, the Lord, love justice.
    I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering
    and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be recognized
    and honored among the nations.
Everyone will realize that they are a people
    the Lord has blessed.”

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I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!
    For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation
    and draped me in a robe of righteousness.
I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding
    or a bride with her jewels.

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The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world.
    Everyone will praise him!
His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring,
    with plants springing up everywhere.

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Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 22, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 51

“Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see.
    For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.
Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth,
    but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you.

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Yesterday morning the Reverend Billy Graham left his earthly home and is now in the presence of His Lord and Savior. You do not have to look far to find tributes to this man of God, who arose and shined a light that could have only come God.

He has left quite a legacy behind him and I know that Reverend Graham heard these words when he met Jesus, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

I believe it is quite fitting that we are reading Isaiah 60 today on my 60th birthday. I promise that this was not planned…the thought actually just occurred to me as I was typing these words! Definitely, a God wink moment! I need to focus on displaying the characteristics of a woman  of God, and be a reflection of Jesus light to those around me through following the wisdom found in Colossians 3.

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

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 I do not aspire to be an evangelist to millions, nor has God equipped me to be that person. I do want to be a light that shines the light of Jesus to those in my little world. I do not wish for Presidents, or dignitaries or celebrities or religious leaders to share how they were changed or came to the Lord because of words I spoke. I do want my husband, my children, my grandchildren, my family and my friends to share that I was a woman who did, “Arise and shine for Jesus!”

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Posted by: heisourstrongtower | February 20, 2018

Reading Through the Book of Isaiah – Day 49

“Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
    and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
    and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
 Then when you call, the Lord will answer.
    ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. Isaiah 58:8-9

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This past week the Vice-President was accused by one of the women on The View, she whom shall not be named, of having a mental illness. This accusation came because a third party from the White House was gossiping on reality TV about Mike Pence, stating that he claimed to hear from God.

I guess I have a mental illness also because I believe that I hear from God too. Just like this verse in Isaiah 58 says, God has let me know that He heard me and He is near. I usually find His wisdom for me in the Bible, through answered prayer, through words I need to hear coming out of the mouths of other people or in the message on Sunday mornings, and in the quiet of my devotion time. I also must confess to hearing an audible reply to my cries…once, for sure!

I have shared this previously, but it has had a profound and lasting impact on my life and I will never be the same because of these four words.

“YOU ARE NOT ALONE!”

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I was in my car, driving down the road and crying. I felt totally alone and cut off from my husband and children. I was actually saying, “I have no one, I am all alone!” Those words were spilling out of me over and over again.

I. Was. A. Mess!

And into that mess stepped God, and He gave me a message. He let me know that I was not alone. Those four words let me know that I was putting my hope in people, and they will let me down. I needed to put my hope in Him and hand over all of my life to Him!

It has been 9 years since that moment with God, and my life looks much different than it did back then. I have grown in my faith, I have learned so much about the character of God, and I have been intentional in my walk. I don’t always get it right and I mess up more times than I like, but I am much quicker about handing it over to God, than I used to be.

So here is my message to Mike Pence…it does not matter what anyone says about you or your faith in God. Let them spread their vitriol all over the place and don’t give it a second thought. God has removed the yoke of oppression from off of our shoulders. We don’t have to wear it anymore!!! And remember these words from Isaiah 58:11…

The Lord will guide you continually,
    giving you water when you are dry
    and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like an ever-flowing spring.

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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.”

 

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.”

Isaiah-49.23

 

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!

 

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