Friday, January 7, 2022

“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!  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,

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 was 3 years old in this photo. I’m deeply touched by the simple faith of a child.

19 thoughts on “Friday, January 7, 2022

  1. Thank You, Father, for Your Living Word. You are alive and active and working in us, making us more like You every day! Bless all Your people with new strength for today. Comfort each one the way only You can, our dear Comforter, and help us to share the Great Good News of Your total victory over death and the grave.
    As the song says, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow…”
    Thank You, dear Lord God, for saving us and for Your presence in our lives. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. I’d like to share a fun testimony. This morning I wanted to find the verse that says “Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me . . .” I found it, Psalm 103:1
    Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (KJV)
    I read it a couple of times, and then had to smile when I realized my house number is 1031. Our Father God is so good. May God bless you all today, in Jesus Name.

  3. Teach us oh Lord, to wait upon You that our strength may be renewed !
    Comfort all who are mourning and grieving the loss of a loved one. Heal the broken hearted and the ones who are sick in body. You are our refuge and shield! You are our helper! Oh how we need Your help! Have mercy on all of us according to Your loving kindness.

    • Thank you Luisa, we have lost some long time friends recently. Another one is in palative care, however I know that she will go to be with the Lord.
      Still praying for you, Joseph, Beverlee and others who are suffering in one way or another.
      Blessings to everyone, hope you are having good day.
      Eleanor M.

      • Thank you so much Eleanor. Praying for you, Edward, Beverlee, Doreen and all others.
        Sorry to hear about the loss of your friends. It’s such a privilege to be able to pray for each other.
        May God encourage all of us.
        A blessed 2022 to all!

  4. So great to remember, He will pour His Spirit on all flesh and our sons and daughters will prophesy. God said it and that’s truth. A very cold day here. Many people are discouraged and depressed. It is a difficult time for all the world. May God be glorified in all the earth, drawing people mightily to Himself. Amen and amen.

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