Thursday, January 7, 2016

“BECAUSE I SAID SO!!!” – GOD

Today’s¬†Reading: Isaiah 39-40

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This bronze eagle, found in Pella Greece, is now on display at the Archaeological Museum. It sure looks like this eagle is “mounting up with wings,” as our key verse tells us. Let’s all stretch our wings and fly onward and upward in our relationship with God!!!

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.

 

In his book, Isaiah gives us God’s Word! Isaiah said to King Hezekiah, “Hear the Word of the Lord!” (39:5). Hezekiah would pray and God would answer through His Prophet. This was the way it was in Old Testament times. False prophets were plentiful and they would distort God’s message, or simply make up something and claim they had heard from God. This was a dangerous time for God’s people. They did not have the book of Isaiah, let alone Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. As John wrote in his first chapter, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!!!” The Apostle Peter’s words in 2 Peter 1:15-21 bring together “our Lord Jesus Christ” and “the prophetic Word.” Essentially, God summed up all He had to say to the world in His Son and our Saviour and Lord, Jesus. Read Matthew 17:1-8 and note the words, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. HEAR HIM!!!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

O Lord God, I pray for grace to follow You so closely that I will know all that You are saying to me. You promised that “My sheep know My voice.” By this I know that I am hearing directly from You and not just from someone else speaking for You, as the true prophets like Isaiah did. You, Lord Jesus, are the One of Whom Isaiah wrote, “He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom” (Isaiah 40:11a). What assurance I have in the knowledge that You are holding me and that I am hearing from You! In Your Name, Jesus, I pray. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m so glad I’m able to get to church regularly. I know that I hear New Testament prophecy, as described in Revelation 19:10b, “Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” On the birthday of the Church, Peter took as the text for his message the words of the Prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:14-21). Peter said that as the 120 spoke of Jesus on the streets of Jerusalem, they (sons, daughters, all of them), were prophesying. These were New Testament prophets. I want to daily share Jesus. In this understanding, when I do this blog each morning, I’m functioning as a New Testament prophet. And so are you when you share Jesus with someone! ¬†Two years ago Pastor Kevin Shepherd launched a new initiative for 2014. It’s a campaign called, “Because I said so!” Most people in attendance signed up and were given a sticker to put in a prominent place. I put my sticker on the back of my cell phone. It reminds me that God’s promises can be relied upon! For the past two years I have received a text message each week with one of God’s promises selected by the Pastor. One of them was our key verse, and again I’m encouraged to “Wait on the Lord…mount up with wings as eagles.” Because God said so, we will “run and not be weary,” and “walk and not faint.”

Yours for hearing and understanding God’s Word to each one of us,

David

Some of my family members praying for me in the hospital, including my great-granddaughter Janice, who just turned 3 on New Year's Eve.

Some of my family members praying for me in the hospital, including my great-granddaughter Jadice, who just turned 3 on New Year’s Eve. I’m deeply touched by the simple faith of a child.

17 thoughts on “Thursday, January 7, 2016

  1. Am praying for you David. I follow your blog daily and am so grateful for it. Many more blessings in this new year.love and prayers Colleen

  2. May the Lord Bless you and keep you David, may he heal you and give you strength so that you may continue to fight the good fight and finish the race He has set before you. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

    Amen.

  3. Am deeply touched by that photo David. What a sweetheart the little girl is! Pray that you will be restored again. We would not lay any heavy burdens on you David other than what the Lord lays. Keeping you in our prayers daily. God bless.

  4. Hi David & Norma-Jean
    Thank you for sharing your health challenges. Your photo helps us to stand with you from a distance to reach out and join in laying our hands upon you, and through the Holy Spirit, allow Him to touch your life with His Healing Love. As I saw your photo, Isaiah 59:1 came to my mind as a verse for you: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear” (Isaiah 59:1) Contrary to the rest of the chapter, you are walking with God…and the chapter ends with powerful words (vs.19-21) that are applicable to you, especially, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him” and this powerful verse for you David, thinking of your heritage, your life and ministry, and that precious 3 year old praying for you, “As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of they seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.” (21) KJV

    I was also blessed by your special word this morning – “Because I said so!” God!
    It reminds me of God’s creative action in Genesis 1 describing the process of Creation, “And God said…and it was so”. Repeatedly the word says, “And God said”, then the Spirit goes into action, and then ends with the affirmation, “and it was so!” (1:7. 9. 11,15, 24, 30) …”And God saw every thing that He had made, and , behold, it was VERY good” 1:31 (KJV)

    Song & Chorus: “All the Promises of God are sure!”

    “Since the Lord redeemed us from the power of sin,
    Since His Spirit sealed us other lives to win,
    Grace enough is given that we may endure,
    And we prove the promises of God are sure.

    What the Lord ordaineth will be for the best;
    Just to trust and follow Him is perfect rest,
    Never will He fail us if our faith is pure,
    For we know the promises of God are sure.

    Hope will give us courage in the darkest night,
    Faith and love will make the heavy burden light;
    Let us then be cheerful and our hearts assure,
    That the gracious promises of God are sure.

    Chorus:
    “All the promises of God are sure,
    Through the ages will His Word endure,
    Hallelujah to the heart that’s pure,
    All the gracious promises of God are sure”

    Love and prayer for you David, Norma-Jean and Family – and may all the bloggers be blessed and encouraged today. Samuel

  5. What a precious moment…thank you David for sharing the picture with us of your family praying for you…yes, how precious the prayer of an innocent child!!!
    Thank you also for the picture of the eagle…and your selected verse…one of my favorites!!! to mount up and soar on the powerful wings of the eagle, upward and up, up!!! with Jesus in the heavenlies!!!

    Today I’m celebrating Jesus’ birth with my family together with those who are of Ukrainian descent.
    Have a blessed day.all you in the Lord!..
    Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over you with singing”.

  6. Let us pray for Mary Stewart! She needs God’s comforting arms around her and she needs God’s Healing breath over all her body! She is needing the support of all of those who do this blog! Please pray 24/7 Lord we Lift Mary Stewart up to You for complete healing, for peace of mind, Lord please remove all fear from Mary and allow healing to begin from the top of her head to the tip of her toes! We pray all these things in the Name Of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord and Saviour AMEN!

  7. Sorry I’m so late; I just got back home from being away to see my mom. Praying for you, David Mainse. God bless your soul!!!

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