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Can you believe we are ending another book in our journey? You can check another one off of your list…..WHAT a BLESSING!!! I wish I could understand EVERY WORD of the Scriptures, but remember…..last year was my first year of reading the bible from cover to cover chronologically. I learned so very much and this year I am learning even more. BUT…. I KNOW I am ONLY comprehending a SMALL amount of what God has for us. There are so many treasures buried in HIS Word. In a CRAZY way it reminds me of the movies with Nicolas Cage in “National Treasure.” EACH time they find a treasure….first they can’t believe what they find and second they can’t begin to comprehend it all….the more they dig….the more there is. That is how I see God’s Word….the more we dig…the MORE treasures our God opens our eyes to!! Now I understand why Bible scholars read and study the Bible DAILY….because there is soooooooo much there. I just know what God does reveal to me in my spirit……opens me and changes me in ways I never knew possible. Don’t get me wrong I have always had HOPE in HIM and BELIEVED in HIM and all HE can do……I just didn’t know HE would do it for ME. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to God. I am learning day by day to EXPECT BIG things, lessons, lasting changes in ME because of what HE shows me.
Isaiah is truly a Salvation Prophecy!! Salvation for ALL Nations…..for ALL people…for you and for me!!!
What is the sin at hand that Isaiah is saying to Judah: ”You are not a saved people??” Isaiah spoke of it in chapter ONE and closed with it in Chapter 66: The Ritual Religious. Look at 66 middle of verse 3:
and whoever burns memorial incense,
like one who worships an idol.
They have chosen their own ways,
and their souls delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread.
For when I called, no one answered,
when I spoke, no one listened.
They did evil in my sight
and chose what displeases me.”
Belonging to a church is a RESPONSIBILITY God blesses us with. Once again we have a CHOICE of which church we will belong to. Are you in a church that preaches and teaches the Word of God? Are you attending a church that loves the Lord and follows the teaching of HIS Word? Or are you attending a church that is practicing the teachings of man? Does your pastor, priest, reverend, etc simply express his or her opinion or is their teaching lined up with the BIBLE? Is your church simply a church of man made rituals that are to stand for the religion….or does your church follow, lead, and obey the teachings that are in the Bible. It is a great responsibility God has given to us. God encourages us to be involved in a church, so we may further HIS Kingdom by sharing HIM, encouraging each other, and acting as one body to reach out to the poor, the needy, they hungry THROUGH HIM. We KNOW our deeds, our actions, or simply “being the nicest person anyone could know” will get us into heaven with God. There is ONLY one way to have a relationship with HIM, to live the abundant life here on earth, and spend eternity with HIM….and that is to CHOOSE Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior….learn HIS Word…Act on HIS Word….Obey HIS Word…and be Transformed by HIS love, grace, and mercy. SEEK the LORD with ALL you are. ASK HIM to reveal HIMself to YOU…to show you that HIS death on the CROSS is the ONLY way we can be made righteous. The choice is free. Jesus PAID the price for us…in FULL….all we have to do is to ask HIM into our hearts and believe He is LORD. ANYthing other than Jesus and HIS Word……is not TRUTH….do not be deceived but be TRANSFORMED by the Word as it describes in Romans 12:1-2.
These chapters clearly state that the faithful and the disobedient will be separated with eternal life for the faithful, and eternal punishment for the rest.
In the New Testament we will read about this in many places, one being 2 Peter
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Peter 3:10-14)
Chapter 65 was about Salvation, the New Heaven and New Earth being INTENDED for ALL….IF we CHOOSE HIM. Once again we are given another small glimpse of heaven…..and there simply are no Words to express what eternal life in the presence of the Most HIgh God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with be like….no pain…no problems…ONLY worshiping HIM!! WOW!!
In another 5 short months we will have finished our journey thorough the Bible together. On our last day….we will be reading THIS same topic again. The climax of the Bible will be an awesome vision written by John while he is in exile on a deserted island for the purpose of writing Revelation!! John will record his vision of the New Heaven and Earth. God allowed John to see and experience heaven is a most personal and impressive way for the specific purpose of John documenting it so we could witness exactly what he saw!!! NOW in CHAPTER 66 the last book of Isaiah will match Book 66 (Revelation) the last book of the Bible. AHHHHHmazing
This reading of Isaiah once again leaves me humbled and grateful at how much our Most High God LOVES us. God’s perfect plan of salvation, love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and HIS teachings to show us how to TRANSFORM more into who HE has made us to BE….which is more like HIM. His love is unconditional and more than any of us can totally comprehend.
What do you think? What stood out to you today?
Sharing HIS love
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One of my wonderful mentors pointed out to me that SIN = Self Indulgent Nature and God does NOT like this. A GREAT way to remember what SIN means. HE wants ALL our LOVE, focus, heart ALL on HIM.
Today was a challenging read for me, some of it so very beautiful and some brought deep tears of the heart. I am sure each of you have experienced ONE thing that forever changed your life. This is not the first time a “ONE thing” has forever changed my life (marriage, birth, new pets, death, job losses, health, betrayal, car accidents, doctor reports, and the list could go on and on). My husband’s recent job loss and retirement after 21 years of being a highly esteemed employee is causing drastic changes in our lives. We KNOW our God is BIGGER than our challenges, health, job and financial needs, dreams, desires, hopes, our sins, and ourselves. WE KNOW HE can open doors no one else can open and close doors no one else can close. However, reading today’s reading hit me hard ….. almost as if all the air and words have been sucked right out of my body, and mind. Ever have one of those days? I am so very thankful that the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ intercede on my/our behalf …because there are days when I simply don’t know what to pray.
I am praying for strength to remain faithful and accountable. I deeply apologize that I miss posting some days and ask your forgiveness (again.) I also pray I have not harmed your faithfulness. I may miss more days…but one this is for sure… I will finish the entires for 365 days…even if it means if takes me 400 days to complete it.
CHAPTER 59 — So in this part of Isaiah, the prophet points out to Israel (and to us) that our sin is what is separating us from God. They seek Him but cannot find Him. Why? SIN!! Why can some hear, feel, see God yet some ….. not at all? Yes, we ALL have sinned and will sin. However, the Lord is pointing out that each of us has to make a CHOICE between one of two paths. One is the road you are on, the other is to acknowledge the sin (confession) and REPENT, agree with God that the sin is wrong and CHANGE our lives accordingly. The GOOD NEWS is in verse 20:
“The Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who REPENT of their sins, DECLARES the LORD.”
HALLELUJAH!!!! is all I can say on that one.
CHAPTER 60 gives a picture of a transformed Jerusalem (and us!!!) Verse 5 was awesome: “THEN you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and sell with joy; and the wealth on the seas will be brought to YOU, to YOU the riches of the nations will come…” Beginning in verse 17 I LOVE some of the WORDS: “I will make peace your governor, and righteousness your ruler.” Verse 19: “…for the LORD will be your everlasting light and your God will be your glory.” Verse 20 “…your days of sorrow will END.” And the last verse….can you say REVELATION?? “I am the Lord; and in its time I will do this swiftly!!” All of this is about the NEW JERUSALEM…HEAVEN…NO darkness EVER…NO sun or moon will be needed because the LIGHT will be WITH US ALWAYS….God’s GLORY is the LIGHT!!
CHAPTER 61 — WHAT if I told you that JESUS read THIS very Scripture in the Temple??? Go to Luke 4:
“He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
”The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
He is READING from the book of Isaiah, a PROPHECY of the coming SAVIOR (of HIMSELF!!!) Can you picture it?
Jesus in EVERY verse of this chapter! Can you see it? A Righteous Oak, a Double Portion, a Crown of Beauty, a Robe of Salvation!
Verse 3 — reminded me of a song with the words from THIS verse!! “HE gives beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning, and peace for despair.” WHAT PEACE that brings!!!
Verse 7 spoke so very loudly to me today — “…my people will receive a double portion…” A double portion of ALL GOD has through HIS son Jesus Christ. I pray for a double portion because OUR LIVING GOD is BIGGER than everything we have going on in our lives and I KNOW HE wants to bless us so we may be a blessing to others for HIM!!
CHAPTER 62. Many of you know the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”.. Now read 62:1: “For the Kingdom’s sake (Zion) I will not remain quiet!!” THY WILL BE DONE…powerful words. THY will is God’s will yet HE is such a loving, merciful, gracious God that when we align our desires up with HIS will…..our desires come to pass as well. The great commission… “GO” and tell others about what God/Jesus Christ has done for you….a personal story of truth so others may come to KNOW HIM requires that our actions are to NOT keep silent so others may see HIS GLORY in me and in all I do. God has placed a fire that burns deeply within each of us to do something to further THE KINGDOM here on earth. And, when HE has given you a fire that will not burn out within you….you HAVE to share it….know what I mean?
The remainder of the chapter is filled with HOPE….REDEMPTION…”SEE YOUR SAVIOR COMES….” “HOLY PEOPLE”….!!
CHAPTER 63 — God’s Vengeance and Redemption. Read verses 7-19 over, read them out loud. It reviews our reading for the past 200+ days and it tells us so much about God’s character….how HE LOVED Israel and us even in the rebellion…..HE still planned to send a REDEEMER!!! EVERY ONE of God’s prophecies WILL come to pass…..LOOK at HOW MANY already HAVE!!! There is one BIG one left…..Jesus’ 2nd coming….The NEW Jerusalem….The NEW Eden…HEAVEN…forever and ever……and it too will come to pass….IN HIS TIMING!!!!
Sharing HIS love,
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In our small group bible study that we have in our home on Wednesday evenings, we were discussing this last week. We were talking about all the LOVE we would KNOW, NO FEAR, no pain, no suffering, NOTHING but WORSHIPING GOD for all HE is!! We talked about the song: “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me” (incase you want to hear it click here http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0xwzItqYmII
CHAPTER 54 –Now, here we are in Isaiah. We read about HEAVEN!! Most High God of all the earth…. what an awesome picture you have blessed us with in Isaiah!! Turquoise….sapphires, rubies, crystals, and all precious stones….what a sight it will be to behold!!! Before we got to the heaven description we saw HIS unfailing love for us, HIS covenant of Peace, and HIS compassion…..and you KNOW ALL that is going to be in heaven too right?? HIS presence, HIS peace, HIS love, HIS character is what will make is shinier than a new penny….and then whatever shape our bodies take on….they will be FILLED with HIM for all to see. I know this song I am about to mention is not a “church” song….but I can just IMAGINE…the trees, the grass, the oceans, the winds, the flowers, the animals….all singing “CELLLLLLLEBRATE OUR GOD…COME ON.” The original song (not the same words) was performed by KC and the Sunshine Band back in the 70s……but can’t you just imagine ALLLLLLLL creation SINGING that TO HIM…trees already have their “arms” lifted to HIM and they’d be swaying as they praised HIM as would ALLLLLL creation. OK…enough….but I have to tell you my mind can see it so clearly as such a joyous, Spirit filled, love and joy and peace filled time. All the “free love” in the 60s can’t fill a thimble (and all the earthly “free love” and “free choice” and “sexual freedom” of the 60s to this day was NOT nor will they ever be free) just compare it to GOD’s unconditional FOREVER love. STILL… with my vivid imagination….it is hard to imagine how I will react when I am standing in HIS presence (like the “I Can Only Imagine” song describes).
I loved verse 17 as well: “…no weapon formed against you will prevail. and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.”
In this chapter, Israel is compared to a Baron woman. In these days, this was a disgrace. Children were the only way for a family to continue and survive. He promises to restore them and redeem them, and compares that promise to the promise He made Noah. We know that every promise God makes is bound forever, never to be broken. So we know that everything in Chapter 53 WILL happen.
CHAPTER 55 — We begin this chapter with “Come ALL you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money come, buy, and eat….” Verse 6 says ” ….Seek The Lord while he may be found, call on him while HE is near.” BOTH of those are words for us TODAY. Then we have verse 8 & 9 — “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares The Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” So HOW do we become made more in HIS image, take a look at Romans 12:1-2…. we get rid of “all of our junk” by replacing it with HIS WORD. Romans calls this being TRANSFORMED!! And verse 11–God promises us that HIS Words never return void!! This last verse is yet another reminder to speak, sing, sign, clap or shout HIS Words. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17. HOW do we hear the Word of God, without someone SPEAKING them, or us reading them out loud, or listening to them on a recording, or if you are hearing impaired….through signing them, if you are vocally impaired you can listen and clap to the Words, right? Bottom line…God KNOWS our hearts and our desires and KNOWS what is best for us and WANTS the best for us. Bottom line in being made more in HIS image….we have to CHOSE to let go of the old junk that does not have any place with Christ to die….let it go and FILL the VOID with the Words of God. As we get rid of “each layer of the onion” with the old stuff, the old motives, thoughts, desires, habits, then it leaves room for God to FILL us with HIS good stuff…like joy, peace, comfort, and love.
CHAPTER 56. Salvation is for ALL the nations! See once again we see that the GENTILES were included for salvation from the beginning!! WE are ALL going to be in “HIS HOUSE OF PRAYER.” That just floats my boat!! God addresses the accusations of the wicked. Wicked through the lens of God, in this sense it not like what we tend to think about when we think about Halloween. The wicked God is referring to are the people who plan and scheme to get all they can WITHOUT ANY FOCUS on the ONE TRUE GOD. These people may be known as self reliant, self centered, selfish, self sustaining, “I can do it all….MY WAY,” loving money, loving power, loving things of this world, not caring if the poor get poorer go unfed or need clothing and housing, etc. There is a WHOLE LOT of that going on in our world today, wouldn’t you say? Makes me even more aware of why Jesus tells each of us to “Go” and tell others about HIM. HE IS THE ONLY WAY.
CHAPTER 57 –An awesomely comforting Scripture starts this chapter that will often be needed to answer a HARD WHY question…
Good people pass away;
the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand
that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW GODLY PATHS
WILL REST IN PEACE WHEN THEY DIE.(Verse 1-2, NLT)
This chapter also discusses rebels, idols, idol worship, ….FORSAKING HIM…and the consequences of those sins
CHAPTER 58 — This chapter dealt a LOT with fasting. NOTICE the IF and the THENS. Isaiah talks about what fasting is NOT and what it IS plus content is given on “If you do this”…”Then this will happen”. SO as you read it, if you want to have the “Thens” jot down the “Ifs”. But don’t expect one without the other!
Isaiah 58:6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter —
when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;then your righteousness will go before you, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD WILL BE YOUR REAR GUARD. 9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I…. ‘
We end the chapter with IF you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger, and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed THEN your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD WILL GUIDE YOU ALWAYS…..
Sharing HIS love,