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Is God with us?

December 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Is God with us? Yes!! Jesus was born to the virgin Mary. He live among us as God’s son. He was crucified, arose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God.

Hallelujah!! God is with us.

“Watch for this: A girl who is presently a virgin will get pregnant. She’ll bear a son and name him Immanuel (God-With-Us).” Isaiah 7:14

How passionate is God?

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

God is passionately in love with us. His love is not just an average run of the mill kind of love. In His word he gives us analogy after analogy about how ecstatic and passionate His love is. It is the thrilling and exhilarating love of a bridegroom for His bride.

It goes way beyond anything we have ever experienced. He can’t remain quiet about it. He is shouting it out!!

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch . . . As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. (Isa. 62:1, 5)

Will I be forgotten?

I see it! I lean in. He holds His hand out to me. My name is carved into the palm of His hand. Our Father will never forget me. He can in no way forget me.

I am forever before Him. That is the truth. Anything else I hear is a lie.

I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16

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Am I on the path of right living?

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Leveling a road takes a while. It is not something that happens over night. Because I am in right standing with our Father, he levels the road for me. But I have to be content when I see the sign with your decision to stop, to not be in a hurry. You are in front of me leveling the way. When you decide it is clear, I can go.

May I be content to linger in the path with the signs of your decision.

The path of right-living people is level. The Leveler evens the road for the right-living. Isaiah 26:9

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Will I say to God, “I’ll go. Send me.”?

January 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Isaiah was an amazing man of God. He stood in God’s presence. He knew God intimately. One day he heard God say “Whom will I send?”

He didn’t look around and look and see who he was talking to. God wasn’t necessarily talking to Isaiah. God needed someone to go on a mission for Him.

Isaiah answered even though God wasn’t talking to him. He was ready and had a heart to go.

And then I heard the voice of the Master:

“Whom shall I send?

Who will go for us?”

I spoke up,

“I’ll go.

Send me!”

via Isaiah 6:8 MSG – Holy Holy Holy In the year that King – Bible Gateway.

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“I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask.’ ~~God

October 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Our God is amazing. He doesn’t wait on us. In fact, He did it all by sending Jesus to take care of everything we need to meet God’s goal for us. He just  did it even though we didn’t bother to ask. What an amazing God.

He is there. He is available. He is ready.

“I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask.’ ~~God (Isaiah 65:1)

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The Big Reality

God is not decrepit. That may not be obvious but it is the BIG reality. He has not forgotten how to help. He is always powerful. Nothing is impossible with Him at all.

There it is and that is all there is to that.

So why didn’t anyone come when I knocked? Why didn’t anyone answer when I called? Do you think I’ve forgotten how to help? Am I so decrepit that I can’t deliver? I’m as powerful as ever, and can reverse what I once did: I can dry up the sea with a word, turn river water into desert sand, And leave the fish stinking in the sun, stranded on dry land . . . Turn all the lights out in the sky and pull down the curtain. Isaiah 50

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Free indeed!!!

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

This was the mission of Jesus. It was why He came to our world. And He did it. He has released me. I am free. I  am not bound to the way I was raised. I am not a prisoner of our culture of shame and guilt.

I am living in His favor. He loves me. Even though He corrects me, it because He cares like no other can. He only has my best interest in His heart and soul.

He has given me a crown, oil and new clothes. Will I put them on? Will I wear the crown of beauty? Will I pour on the oil of gladness on my body? Will I wear the new cloths of praise?  

May I experience the freedom and the release He has given me. What a gift!!!

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Isaiah 61:1–3

 

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When does He get tired?

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Some days I get home and I am really tired. My energy is gone. Not much left.

I have to be careful not to project my humanity on Him. He is God. He has always been. He created everything. He will never, ever grow tired. I can’t understand that but I know it to be true.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

Men with Broken Hearts and good news

November 4, 2010 1 comment

Men are supposed to be strong. And yet, our hearts get broken. There is good news though. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. And, He does.

The condition of a man’s broken hear has never better said than by Hank Williams in his classic, “Men with Broken Hearts”. I have been meditating lately on Isaiah 61 (see below) and Hank’s song came back to mind. Here are the lyrics.

 

You’ll meet many just like me upon life’s busy street
With shoulders stooped and heads bowed low and eyes that stare in defeat
Or souls that live within the past where sorrow plays all parts
Where a living death is all that’s left for men with broken hearts
You have no right to be the judge to criticize and condemn
Just think but for the grace of God it would be you instead of him
One careless step a thoughtless deed and then the misery starts
And to those who weep death comes cheap these men with broken hearts
Oh so humble you should be when they come passing by
For it’s written that the greatest men never get too big to cry
Some lose faith in love and life when sorrow shoots her darts
And with hope all gone they walk alone these men with broken hearts
You’ve never walked in that man’s shoes or saw things through his eyes
Or stood and watched with helpless hands while the heart inside you dies
Some were paupers some were kings and some were masters of the arts
But in their shame they’re all the same these men with broken hearts
Life sometimes can be so cruel that a heart will pray for death
God why must these living dead know pain with every breath
So help your brother along the road no matter where he starts
For the God that made you made them too these men with broken hearts 

So our Father is so very good. Here is His good news:

 

The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.


God sent me to announce the year of his grace—a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies—and to comfort all who mourn, To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory. They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new. You’ll hire outsiders to herd your flocks and foreigners to work your fields, But you’ll have the title “Priests of God,” honored as ministers of our God. You’ll feast on the bounty of nations, you’ll bask in their glory.

Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever. Isaiah 61:1-7 (MSG)

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