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WOW!!! That seemed like a long read, maybe it was because there was SO much that touched me…..and it was packed full! PLEASE pray that the Lord guide you in today’s reading (actually it is helpful to do it everyday) so you are able to focus on EXACTLY what HE desires you to focus on. My prayer is for HIS Word to help each one of us to become more and more transformed into HIS image through HIS Word ((Romans 12:1-2.) I also pray that each of us KNOW the Lord on a deeper level, know more of HIS character, and KNOW HIS desire for our individual lives. Crawl up into the lap of our Abba Father and ask HIM to lovingly reveal the treasures HE has for you today.
CHAPTER 44 — The first thing we read is a reminder to NOT be afraid. God KNOWS our nature and how easy it is for us to fear (fear/awe of God is good…fear of ANYthing else is NOT because when we fear our focus is OFF of our Lord…and this is what HE begins with!! Ahhhhhhhh!!!
Verse 2 says: “This is what The Lord said HE who made you, who formed you in the womb, and WHO WILL HELP YOU: Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant…”
The verses 3-4 is the Promise of the HOLY SPIRIT!!! WOW!!!!
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.
One will say, ‘I belong to the LORD ‘;
another will call himself by the name of Jacob;
still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’
and will take the name Israel.”
I don’t know why I am continually amazed at the accuracy of Isaiah’s Prophecy…..but I am …each time I read it….I find the Prophecy and detail of the captivity remarkable. BUT God did not stop there!!! He added PROOF to HIS Words through the prophet Isaiah…. God GAVE the name of the GENTILE King that would release HIS people from captivity…..King Cyrus!!!
God through Isaiah reminds us “THERE IS NONE LIKE HIM!!” (Oh so TRUE!!!) Then in verse 9, we are reminded: “All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless.” OUCH!!! So, what is an idol? An idol is ANYthing we worship, put our trust in, other than GOD. What is idolatry? http://www.merriamwebster.com defines it as: “the worship of a physical object as a god; or immoderate attachment or devotion to something.” So, the bottom line is an idol can be ANYTHING we worship, pray to, pray with, keep our focus on in times of stress or joy, allow to comfort us other than GOD. You have seen what God says about people who worship idols just in the Scripture I quoted from Isaiah today (and we have read it all through the Bible.) It could be another person, a place, a “saint”, a wooden carving, a necklace, a statue, a talisman, a job, a career, money, food, alcohol, drugs, things, possessions, horoscope books, books about witchcraft and mediums, the opinions of others, and the list goes on and on. We are to build NO shrine to to them, have no souvenir of them, never bowing down to them, or keeping carved imaged of them. IF WE PUT OUT TRUST IN ANYTHING OR ANYONE OTHER THAN THE ONE TRUE GOD, GOD IS DEEPLY GRIEVED BY OUR ACTIONS. HE IS THE ONLY one who can hear our prayers. HE IS THE ONLY SAVIOR!! A statue of Buddha, a picture of Mohamed, a red bracelet for Kabbala, totems, carvings of gods to bring money, prosperity, luck, and the list goes on and on …are ALL idols. WHY???? Because they take JESUS OFF the cross…and EVERYthing happened ON the cross….Jesus died there and because of HIS death…HE ROSE again. Because of HIS death HE ransomed US. Because of HIS death HE redeemed us and cleansed us by HIS PURE BLOOD. HE is the ONLY God to rise from the dead and offer HOPE to all who believe in HIM. Ask God to show you if you have idols in your heart and life, then ask HIS help in destroying them so He is first and HE is the ONLY ONE on the throne in your life.
Incase you are interested in reading more on idols from a Christian perspective there is a book by Timothy Keller called “Counterfeit Gods” that is a real eye opener.
It REALLY is all about MORE of HIM and LESS of ME. So where is your focus? Idols are not necessarily obvious to anyone else (once our eyes have been opened.) Which again is why HIS Word is SO important to read and know. “TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS….LOOK FULL IN HIS WONDERFUL FACE….”
There is a LOT in today’s reading so if you have any questions….feel free to ask. If I don’t know the answers…I’ll do all I can to find them.
Sharing HIS love,