“BECAUSE I SAID SO!!!” – GOD
Today’s Reading: Isaiah 39-40
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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! A few years ago Pastor Kevin Shepherd launched a campaign for the New Year 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,
Thank You, Lord God, for the prophets of old – the ones who trusted in You, and spoke and acted for You – and for all those who trust in and work for You today. Please bless and strengthen all your people today, Lord, and help each one to find their strength in You. Again we pray for our leaders. Please guide them in your ways, Lord, and raise up your people into positions of great influence, in Jesus’s name, amen
Amen Amen, Amen
Agreeing with you in prayer, Amen!
Wait upon the Lord. You will mount up with wings as eagles. How our wings must be developing through the ministry of this blog! Sweet picture of great granddaughter praying for David.
It must have been exciting for believers at Pentecost and confusing for secular people (some thought the 120 were drunk.)and also to have witnessed the proof beyond doubt of His resurrected body.Wow !
A sad reminder of David’s illness in that picture but the reassuring words of the scripture remind us that our bodies are but earthly (dust) ‘life support systems’ for our souls (like a spacesuit) to exist/function in this physical world.Paul likens it to “a tent”.I wrote…..I ‘typed’, several poems for grieving mothers with that theme.Here is one:
Back Home To Dwell
If you look for me at my grave,
You will never find me,
For I was one He came to save
For all eternity.
It is a place where love abounds,
Where all have found the gift of grace,
And life awaits on higher grounds
With all the love He has in place.
He took my hand on that day,
As angels waited just above,
Then we were fast gone away
To His kingdom of love.
My empty shell lies ‘neath the ground,
It was only a suit I wore,
And now I’ve left that battleground,
Home at last,evermore.
G W (Bill) Marshall / Jan 9,2013
My brother went to be with the Lord Dec. 9th.