Saturday, September 26, 2020

From the Heart and Not the Lips

Scripture:

“And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.”  ‭Isaiah‬ ‭29:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Isaiah speaks on the Lord’s behalf and tells the people that they say they belong to the LORD and they even honor Go with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him.  He goes on to say that Their worship is just man-made rules they have memorized.  God has always desired His people to love Him and serve Him out of love and not out of religious duty and obligation.

Application:

Jesus told us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  He spoke much about the heart of the matter.  God doesn’t want us to be religious people, but people who love Him and passionately serve Him.  It is dangerous to “say” we love God with our lips, but not really serve Him with our hearts.  He knows the difference.  We need a heart check periodically.

Prayer:

Father, check my heart and speak to me.  Don’t let my heart grow cold or my desire for You wane.  Help me to walk before You with e pure heart all the days of my life.  You are my strength and song.  You are my salvation.  You are my righteousness.  Fill me with Your Spirit today.  As we go to DC for The Return, meet us there and hear our cry for America to return to You.

Your Son,

Jeff

Friday, September 25, 2020

Giving God the Glory

 Scripture:

“Lord, you will grant us peace; all we have accomplished is really from you.”  ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Isaiah first tells us here that God will grant us peace.  Shalom is from God.  Only He can give real, true, peace.  The things of this world will never bring real peace into our hearts.  Peace is a fruit of the Spirit.  When we are connected to God, peace will be part of our lives.  Isaiah then moves on to saying that all they had accomplished was really from God.  He gave God all the glory for every good thing in his life. 

Application:

Every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord of hosts.  We are to remain humble before the LORD all the days of our lives because everything we have accomplished is not of our own doing, but the Lord’s blessing in our lives.  Though we may have worked hard for some things, it is God who has kept us alive and given us the ability to do the things we do.  Therefore, we cannot take the glory for anything we have accomplished.  It is all from Him, for Him, and to Him.

Prayer:

Father, I love You.  Thank You for speaking to me this morning.  Help me to keep my focus on giving You the glory for any good in my life.  You are the one who wakes me up in the morning and keeps me alive throughout the day.  You are the source of every good thing in my life.  My life belongs to You.  Help me to never put trust in myself or the things I can do, but to trust You and rely on You.  I want You to receive all the glory for any good thing in my life.

Your Son,

Jeff

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Extreme Obedience

Scripture:

 “the Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off the burlap you have been wearing, and remove your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.”  ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭20:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

The LORD told Isaiah to walk around barefoot and naked for three years.  It was a prophetic word to Egypt and Ethiopia about what was coming to them and how they would be marched around naked and barefoot and how they would serve others in that day.  Isaiah did as the LORD told him to do.  I call this extreme obedience.  Obedience that makes no sense, but obedience nonetheless.

Application:

I love to walk in extreme obedience with the LORD, but I don’t think I would be willing to go this far.  Old Testament prophets often lived their lives as a sermon illustration to the people they were prophesying to. Sometimes when I am afraid of what people will think of me for witnessing to strangers I need to be reminded that Isaiah walked naked and barefoot for 3 years and wasn’t ashamed or afraid.  I need to work on being less afraid of what people will think of me and start sharing Christ more.

Prayer:

Father, help me to lead more people to Jesus and not to be afraid of what people will think of me.  Help me to see their eternal soul more than I see what they will think of me.  Teach me to walk in extreme obedience when You speak to me.  Let me hear Your voice clearly and follow with all my heart.

Yours,

Jeff

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

God Silences Our Enemies

Scripture:

“But though they thunder like breakers on a beach, God will silence them, and they will run away. They will flee like chaff scattered by the wind, like a tumbleweed whirling before a storm.”  Isaiah‬ ‭17:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

God is speaking here through the prophet and tells Israel that her enemies may thunder like breakers on a beach, but that God will silence them and they will flee like tumbleweed blown in the wind.  No matter how loud the enemy thunders... God is louder and stronger than anything the enemy can throw at us.

Application:

Our God is all-powerful and when we serve Him, we can expect that He will cause our enemies to be overthrown.  Though doubts and fears thunder in our ears, we can know that our God will silence them.  He will silence the voice of the enemy who tries to intimidate us.  Satan roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but God will blow him away!

Prayer:

Father, when the enemy roars loudly about my life.  Let me always be reminded that You are louder and stronger than he is.  Let me live in confidence that my God will silence the noise of the enemy.  Thank You so much for strengthening my walk this year and helping me to trust You more and more.  Blow away my enemies like tumbleweed and prosper your servant I pray.

Your Servant, 

Jeff

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 Scripture:

"The Lord of Heaven's Armies has spoken - who can change His plans?  When His hand is raised, who can stop Him?"  Isaiah 14:27

Observation:

God is speaking here through Isaiah and tells Assyria that nobody can change God's plans or stop His hand when He determines to bring judgment.  He is saying that when God decrees, something...it is going to happen.  You can't stop what God starts.  He is the Lord of Heaven's Armies.

Application:

We serve an all-powerful God!  Nobody can stand before Him!  When he speaks something... it is going to come to pass.  No power or principality can operate without his permission.  He is able to do what He says He can do and we can put our faith in Him.  He wants us to know that His plans will prevail and nobody can stop what He starts.

Prayer:

Father, let me see You as You are.  You are the Lord of Heaven's Armies.  You are all-powerful.  Nothing is beyond You and what You say... You are able to perform.  You are bigger than my biggest fears and greater than anything I can compare you to.  Thanks for being the amazing God you are and for loving me as I am.

Yours,
Jeff

Monday, September 21, 2020

Remain in the Remnant

 Scripture:

“See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord GOD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.””  ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Isaiah was prophesying about destruction coming to God’s people, but he said there would be a remnant who would hold onto the LORD.  To them, he said, “See, God has come to save me.  I will trust in Him and not be afraid.  The Lord GOD is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.”  When you are a faithful part of the remnant who doesn’t turn away from God, you are blessed.

Application:

God’s part of this equation is to give victory to the remnant of people who remain faithful to Him.  Our part is to be in the remnant that faithfully serves the LORD and never departs from His ways.  When the whole world turns from the LORD, we must stay strong and be faithful.  When we do, we will see the goodness of God and His blessings overflow in our lives.

Prayer:

Father, help me to walk faithfully with You all the days of lay life.  Let my fire never burn out, no matter what happens around me.  During this difficult season we are in, let me spread Your good news to the nations.  Open doors for me to lift up Your name in the whole earth.  That is why I live and breathe and have my being.

Yours,

Jeff

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Angelic Voices

 Scripture:

“They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.”  Isaiah‬ ‭6:3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Isaiah saw the Lord and was undone.  He saw the seraphim and the cherubim crying holy, holy, holy.   They continued and said the whole earth is filled with His glory.  Lastly he said their voices shook the Temple to its foundations and the entire building was filled with smoke.  Sometimes we think of angels being soft and feminine.  When they speak, buildings shake to their foundations.

Application:

I need to unstable the power angelic beings have in the spirit world.  They are powerful beings assigned to help those who belong to the LORD.  We can have confidence that, if their voices make buildings shake, that their authority and power is awesome and they can defend us from anything that comes our way.  I trust the LORD, but want to trust Him more.  His army can speak and building shake.  I’m thankful today that I serve a powerful God with powerful help.

Prayer:

Father, let me trust You more each day.  Reveal to me how powerful You are and How powerful Your servants are.  Thank You for always protecting me and giving me confidence in You.  You are incredible and I love You with all my heart.

Your Son,

Jeff