Thus says the Lord: In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; That You may say to the prisoners, Go forth, To those who are in darkness, Show yourselves. Isaiah 49:8-9 NKJV
In his book the Story of a Kingdom Jonathon Gibson describes the bible as the story of God’s creation. God created the heavens and the earth and all living things. The ruin of God’s creation, sin and death enter the world. The new kingdom, God restores His creation.
At this time in His-story God is restoring His creation. Almighty God is restoring His people and the world He created one heart, one soul, and one life at a time!
These passages speak of Jesus Christ the Savior of the world!
We do not know why God allowed the world to be transformed by the power of sin and death. We do know the Lord will restore all things. One day every knee will bend, and every head will bow at the name of Jesus.
People who live in relationship with Jesus are called to join with Him as He transforms the world. One day we will live in a world with no death, no tears, no pain and no sorrow!
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior God is calling you today. He is calling you to return to the Lover of your Soul. He is calling you to begin a new life. Jesus is calling you because He loves you.
In the quietness of your own heart Surrender to Jesus. Ask Him to come into your life today. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior.
Call out to Jesus today! God will hear you!
If you desire to know God He will reveal Himself to you. If you surrender your heart and life to Jesus Christ He will use you to set prisoners free!
Jesus will use you to bring people out of the darkness of unbelief today. Jesus will use you to bring people back into His blessing and protection!
Do not miss out on being a part of His-story. Trust Jesus with your life. Follow Jesus every day of your life. Serve Jesus by leading people to the giver of life!
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his redeemer, the Lord of Hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6 NKJV
In ancient times God chose Abraham to make him into a great nation. The descendants of Abraham became the nation of Israel. God chose the nation of Israel to be set apart and separate from all the nations of the world!
God chose the nation of Israel to live in a special relationship with Him. God loved the children of Israel. His covenant or promise to them was “You shall be My people and I will be your God”.
God promised to protect the nation of Israel. He promised to provide for all their needs. God’s promise to provide for their needs and protect them from all harm was a conditional promise. God had very specific laws and commands for them to follow.
When Israel obeyed they were blessed and prospered. When they disobeyed His laws and commands the Lord allowed them to suffer the consequences of their disobedience.
God has chosen people to live in a special relationship with Him today. He promises to protect His people and provide for their needs. God wants His people to live separate and set apart from the nations that surround them. Not physically set apart but spiritually set apart.
God wants us to live for Him in a world that does not know Him. What does God require of those who choose to live among His people today? God requires that we place our faith in Jesus Christ! God requires that we accept His death as payment for our sin debt!
God loves us so much He will not allow our sins, failures and mistakes to keep Him from blessing us. He has taken it upon Himself to initiate and maintain a loving relationship with us. Faith in God’s Son breaks down the barrier that separates us from Him!
God declares; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another, by this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”.
Ask the Lord to break down any barriers that prevent you from loving His people!
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior today is the day of your salvation. Do not wait. Call out to Jesus. He is waiting for you!
In the quietness of your own heart ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. Jesus will not reject you. He will love you. Jesus will give you a new life. Jesus will show you how much He loves you!
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I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior, I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am God. Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it? Isaiah 43:11-13 NKJV
In May of 2007 I commuted to Seaside from Salinas, Ca. five days a week.
My wife and I were in a season of great distress. We could not sleep at night. It was very difficult to focus on simple tasks. Two people we love turned their backs on Jesus. They were living on the streets in bondage to drug addiction.
Jesus began to minister to me in a new way. As I drove down the road God spoke to me. Jesus encouraged me with His Word. The Lord strengthened my faith. The Spirit of God was with me in the car.
Jesus reminded me of 2 Chronicles 20:15. This is what it says, “Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
The words God gave me that day were, “The battle is the Lord’s and He is always victorious.” God led us by the hand through that time of struggle just as He has led us through every other time of hardship we have faced.
God allows hardships and trials into our lives. He brings trials and calamities into our lives. Every act of God is done for one of two reasons. For His glory or for our good!
Jesus wants us to know only He can save us. Jesus wants us to know only He can deliver through seasons of trial and distress!
A witness can only testify of what he or she knows. A faithful witness cannot give second-hand information.
You cannot testify to the mercy and grace of God if you have not personally experienced God’s mercy and grace in your life. You cannot testify of the loving-kindness of God if you have not personally experienced His loving-kindness!
No one can snatch the redeemed of the Lord from His Mighty Hand. No one can reverse the work God is doing in the lives of His faithful witnesses!
When I was young I turned to sin to numb the pain of loneliness and isolation that I carried around like a backpack full of heavy rocks. The pain intensified. I became ever more isolated. The loneliness was more than I could bear.
I have accepted that life is hard. I have discovered that God is good. The winds of adversity come and go. The turmoil of trials cannot scatter the seeds of my faith.
My hope in the goodness and mercy of God is rooted and grounded in the truth that the Battle between good and evils is the Lord’s and He is always victorious!
Life is hard. God is good. Turn to Jesus. Let the Lord fight your battle of faith for you!
Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them. Isaiah 42:9 NKJV
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 NKJV
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
Fifty new churches are planted in Africa every day. There is revival taking place in China and India. Muslims all over the world are denouncing Islam and turning to Christ.
Jesus wants to interact with us today. He wants us to call out to Him in our time of need and in our time of plenty. The Lord wants to guide us and direct us. He wants to be our counselor and our comforter today.
Jesus wants to be our friend. That does not detract from His sovereignty or His holiness.
If we listen for His voice Jesus will speak to us in a variety of ways. God did not create us and leave us to ourselves. He is active in the world today!
My earthly father was a very active man. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He spent the last years of his life sitting in a chair. He was unable to eat, speak or even drink water. He was dying and did not know Christ.
I called out to the Lord on behalf of my father. God spoke to me. He said, “Your father is saved”. A short time later my father accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Jesus did a new thing in my father’s life even as he was slipping into eternity.
I think about that day often. To God my father was already saved. God wanted to me know He heard my cries. He wanted me to know He would save my father. Jesus wanted me to know He speaks to us.
The Lord is not just doing a new thing in the world. He is doing new things in the lives of His people. He is bringing salvation to the lost the lonely and the brokenhearted. Jesus is breathing healing and restoration into the lives of people who love Him.
Jesus is pouring out His Spirit and sparking revival in the hearts of His people!
Jesus wants you to know He hears you when you cry out to Him!
Jesus will be with you everywhere you go. He will guide you and direct you as you journey through life. Jesus will speak to you in a variety of ways if you listen for His voice. Jesus wants you to listen for His voice today!
And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.” Ezekiel 2:1 NKJV
God chose Ezekiel to be a Prophet. God spoke to the Prophet. The prophet spoke to God’s people. Before a Prophet could speak the words of God he had to know the Word of God.
What did God say to His people through Ezekiel? Ezekiel was sent to pronounce judgment on Israel. God would judge Israel for their sin. He would judge them for turning their backs on Him.
In the book of Ezekiel God says; “Then you shall know that I Am the Lord,” “I Am the Lord your God”, “They will be My people and I will be their God,” or similar statements over seventy times!
God’s people sinned. They made mistakes. But the Lord would never turn His back on them. He would pursue them with His love. He would be their God. They would be His people!
You have made mistakes. You have sinned. God will never turn His back on you. Jesus will pursue you with His love forever!
God spoke these words to the enemies of His people as well. He would judge them. They would know He alone is God in the heavens above and on the Earth below!
Jesus wants all people to know Him. He does not want anyone to perish. God wants all people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!
Do you know the Jesus? Have you heard the Word of God? God wants you to partner with Him. He wants to use you to reveal Himself to people who do not know Jesus!
If you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior turn to Him today. God is waiting to show you how much He loves you!
Call out to Jesus!
In the quietness of your own heart ask Jesus Christ to come into your life. Ask Him to be your Lord and Savior!
If you have questions or need help reply to this e-mail or reach out to a Christian friend or family member. Do not wait. Turn to the Lover of Your Soul today!
Study the Word of God to show yourself approved. Fill your heart and mind with the Word of God. Jesus can speak to you and through you today!
For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 NKJV
The King of Persia deposed his wife. He made a Jewish girl named Esther his queen. A plot was hatched to kill all of the Jewish people in the kingdom. God used Esther to deliver His people destruction.
The command of God to be Holy is for all His people. The instructions for living a life of Godliness are for all Christians. God’s promises of blessing, protection and provision are for all people who call on the name of the Lord. Jesus wants all of us to serve Him!
God could have delivered His people anyway He chose. He chose to use Esther. The Lord chose to place her in a position of authority and influence at a very specific time in history. The Lord raised Esther up for a very specific purpose!
The command to walk worthy of the calling for which you were called is for all of God’s people. The great commission is a command to men women and young people as well.
Jesus raised you up at a specific time in history for a very specific purpose!
Be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within you. Be strong and courageous enough to speak up for Jesus. Serve Jesus in obedience to His call on your life today!
When you speak to your neighbor God will be with you. If you speak to the people in a neighboring nation the Lord will be with you. Jesus will give you the words to speak to the people He send you to when you need them.
The Spirit of God will be with you when you serve Jesus. That is the purpose for which God raised you up at this specific time in His-story!
You could be a secret agent Christian and remain silent. But who knows whether God has brought you into His Kingdom to deliver many people to Jesus!
The Lord can save anyone anyway anytime. Do not miss out on the blessing. Let Jesus use you to deliver people from bondage to unbelief!
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 NKJV
We can do anything for the glory of God. We can go to work for the glory of God. We can go to school for the glory of God. We can take care of our children and cook breakfast for the glory of God.
When we do something in Jesus name we participate in His ministry. When we do something in Jesus name the Lord works out His good and perfect will in us and through us. Everything we do should be done in Jesus name!
I walked out the door feeling pretty good today. God was speaking to me. I was looking for things I could do in Jesus name. I was looking for opportunities I could be thankful for. I was looking for opportunities to share the gospel with people who do knot know Jesus.
It did not take long for my spiritual bubble to burst. My wife did something I thought was rude and disrespectful. I looked at this verse again. The context of this passage is the Character of the New Man.
I said my wife was rude and disrespectful. I left out the part about calling her and giving her a piece of my mind. I forgot to mention that I hung up on her twice. I got so angry my eyes sting. My back is stiff and sore.
God tells us to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness and longsuffering. If we have a complaint against someone we should forgive them just as the Father forgave us. God makes it very clear this is not a suggestion by saying; “This you must do!”
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body, and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. Vs 14-16
While I was blowing off steam at my wife I was not singing with grace in my heart to the Lord. I sinned. God wants to deal with my heart today.
I am thankful God was bringing me to repentance even before I sinned. Jesus wants us to love people. He does not want us to love them because they are perfect. Jesus wants us to love people out of obedience to Him. When we love people we do it in Jesus name!
The Lord is speaking to me again. He is saying get you’re stiff, sore back over there and ask your wife for forgiveness, in Jesus name!
Let everything you do be done in Jesus name. Give thanks to God the father through Jesus Christ today!
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. 2 Timothy 1:13-14 NKJV
The Apostle Paul is speaking to his young friend Timothy. He tells Timothy to stay faithful to the Word of God by faith and love in Jesus Christ!
The Christian life is all about living in loving relationships by faith in Jesus. Paul was speaking to Timothy. The Lord is speaking to us.
Jesus wants to lavish His love upon us today!
God wants His love to impact our lives. He wants us to share His love with our brothers and sisters. He wants us to share His love with our friend’s co-workers and neighbors. Jesus wants us to share His love with people who do not know how much He loves them!
I’m not a halo head. I’m not a spiritual super star. I’m better at arguing and disputing fighting and feuding than I am at loving and caring for people. I don’t want to be a hypocrite. How can I be faithful to the word of God?
God says to keep that good thing that was committed to us, (the Gospel), by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. We do not have to be halo heads or spiritual superstars to live by faith in Jesus. We do not have to be on the church honor roll to share His love with people.
God is inside of us living out the life of Christ through us!
Jesus wants us to join Him in His work. He is not asking us to do anything apart from Him. Jesus will do all the loving. Our job is to give Him something to work with. Jesus wants us to surrender our hearts and lives to Him so He can love people through us!
We do not need to jump up and down or run around in circles to convince the Holy Spirit to show up. We do not need to say a special prayer to convince the Holy Spirit to do the transforming He came to do. We do need to do fill our hearts and minds with the Word of God.
The Holy Spirit takes the Word of God and apply it to our lives. The Holy Spirit transforms us into people who can receive God’s love and share it with people who need to know how much Jesus loves them!
Jesus wants us to get the Word of God into our hearts and minds so He can save people. Jesus wants to fill our hearts with His love so He can share it with people who are in desperate need of His love!
Keep that good thing that was committed to you by staying in step with the Holy Spirit!
The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation! 2 Samuel 22:47 NKJV
David praises God for victory over his enemies. He praises God for blessing his life.
David writes about the goodness and mercy of God because he experienced it. He writes about the Lord’s forgiveness and deliverance because he received it.
God’s loving-kindness towards him was not theology to David, it was reality. God’s love for David impacted him in such a powerful way he needed an outlet to express it. David wrote beautiful poems of praise that give glory to God!
When we look through rose colored glasses everything we see is colored by them. Jesus looks at us through lenses of loving-kindness. Everything Jesus does passes through the lenses of His great love for us!
Jesus wants us to be so filled with His Spirit we are overwhelmed by the work He is doing in us and through us. He wants us to be so impacted by His love we need an outlet to share it with others.
David did not pretend to be a man after God’s own heart. He never tried to be a man after God’s own heart. David never referred to himself as a man after God’s own heart. The Lord called David a man after His own heart.
What did God see when He looked into David’s heart? He saw a man who surrendered his life to God. He saw a man who trusted God. The Lord saw a man who received God’s loved and returned it.
God did not spoil David. He disciplined and chastised David. He trained and prepared David for the work He created David to accomplish. The Lord allowed David to suffer the consequences for his mistakes so he could grow up and become the man God created him to be.
Is the loving-kindness of God a reality in your life?
God does not spoil His children today. He disciplines the people He loves. He trains and prepares us for the work He sets before us. Jesus allows us to suffer the consequences of our mistakes so we can grow up and become the people He created us to be.
When you struggle through hardship and heartache remember Jesus has chosen to look at you through lenses of loving-kindness!
If you have never experienced God’s love turn to Him today. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. Ask Him to show you how much He loves you. Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.
Jesus is waiting for you. He wants to be the rock of your salvation today!
So, Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the kings table. And he was lame in both his feet. 2 Samuel 9:13 NKJV
Saul was a bitter enemy of David. He knew David would become king. Saul sought to kill David. Saul’s son Jonathon accepted God’s will. Jonathon helped David. He protected David. He loved David like a brother. Jonathon had a young son named Mephibosheth.
When Saul and Jonathon were killed their families became fearful. Mephibosheth’s nurse scooped him up and fled. Mephibosheth fell. He became paralyzed in both legs.
David remembered his friend Jonathon. He asked a servant, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Johnathon’s sake? David was told Mephibosheth was crippled and living in a place called Lo Debar.
If his father had survived Mephibosheth would have been a prince. He became a cripple. He would have lived in the splendor and abundance of a palace. He lived in the hopelessness and despair of a place known for lack and need!
David summoned Mephibosheth. The young man wondered if David wanted to eliminate potential opposition to his leadership. Would he be thrown into prison or killed?
David wanted to restore all that Mephibosheth lost. Mephibosheth would reap a harvest without sowing. He would live in a palace and eat at the kings table. His hopelessness and despair were replaced by peace and joy. His lack and need by plenty and blessing!
The man with a heart after God’s remembered the covenant he made with Jonathon!
Have you ever been paralyzed by fear and failure? I have. How do I move forward when my heart is heavy with sorrow and my feet are stuck in the sand? I remember the Lord!
Jesus wants to restore all that we have lost!
God calls people who live by faith in Jesus Christ His friends. He will deliver us out of the land of lack and want. We will live in the safety and security of our Kings palace. We will dine at His table in eternity.
The Lord remembers His covenant with you. Do you? Jesus calls you His friend. Do you live like a friend of Jesus?
Do not look back to the land where you lived in lack of faith. Look forward to the glory awaiting you in eternity. Show the kindness of God to people who are paralyzed by sin, shame and fear.
Move ever forward through faith in Jesus Christ!
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