Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Take Care of the Poor

 Scripture:

“Give your food to the hungry and care for the homeless. Then your light will shine in the dark; your darkest hour will be like the noonday sun.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭58:10‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

God always looks out for and takes care of the poor and needy. His heart is moved when we do the same. He tells us here that when we give food to the hungry and care for the homeless, our light will then shine in teh darkness and brightness will be all around us. 

Application:

There is a direct relationship here with the glory of the Lord on our lives and taking care of the hungry and homeless. When we take care of the hurting and broken in society, God always takes care of us. When we provide for those who have nothing, God takes notice. He has always wanted His people to take care of the weakest among us. 

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, You are awesome and powerful! Your kingdom will never end. You delight when Your people take care of the needs of others around us. You are blessed when Your people are generous and loving, and kind. Help me to live a selfless life that helps others and blesses them. Enable me to take care of more orphans and widows though Word of Life and Hearts for the Harvest. I want to do Your will on the earth and I know this is big on Your mind always.

Yours Forever,

Jeff

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Trust God - He Knows Better

 Scripture:

“Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:9‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

The Lord is speaking through Isaiah here and says that His thoughts and ways are higher than ours like the heavens are higher than the earth. God doesn’t think like we do. He doesn’t see the way we see. We see through a glass darkly, but He sees with perfection. He knows what we need and what we need to stay away from.

Application:

Trust is huge with God. We need to trust Him completely, even when we don’t understand what He is doing. Everything God does, does not need to make sense to me. He knows more than I ever will and He understands what is best for me better than I ever will. When I don’t understand what God is doing, I must learn to trust Him completely. I need to stop telling God how to do things and let Him show me.

Prayer:

God, You are better at life than I am. You created me and You have the owners manual. You are the king of my life and my world. Help me to trust You when I don’t understand why You are doing what You are doing. Teach me to follow You and not question Your ways.

You are Amazing,

Jeff

Monday, October 3, 2022

A Light for Other Nations

 Scripture:

“Now the Lord says to me, “It isn't enough for you to be merely my servant. You must do more than lead back survivors from the tribes of Israel. I have placed you here as a light for other nations; you must take my saving power to everyone on earth.””  ‭Isaiah‬ ‭49:6‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

God is speaking to Isaiah here and telling him that it isn’t enough for him to be God’s servant. He was told it wasn’t enough for him to prophesy and get God’s people back to Israel. He was placed to be a light to other nations and he was to take God’s saving power to everyone on earth. This is a powerful calling from the Lord.

Application:

God has a way of opening our eyes and saying, “You’re doing a good job, but I have more planned for you than what you are currently doing.” I have been spoken to many times recently about beginning to travel more and more to the nations to be a light and to take God’s word there. It does seem He is opening more doors right now, but I have been nervous to step in completely. I don’t want to do anything He doesn’t want me to do either.

Prayer:

Father, my life is in Your hands. Speak clearly to me and I will follow. Open doors and I will walk through  them. I want to be a light to the nations and take your saving power to them as well. Show me the way. Show me how to organize things to be effective. Lead me and I will follow. I truly do want to make Your name great in all the earth.

Yours Forever,

Jeff

Saturday, October 1, 2022

THROUGH the Waters

 Scripture:

“When you cross deep rivers, I will be with you, and you won't drown. When you walk through fire, you won't be burned or scorched by the flames.”  ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

God is speaking to His people Israel here, but it also applies to us as believers. He tells them He will be with them when they cross deep rivers and that we won’t be burned when we walk through the fire. Basically, God is saying He will take care of us when we walk with Him. We may go through some things, but He will be with us.

Application:

God didn’t promise we would never go through bad times. He promised He would be with us and take care of us, no matter what happens. I need to trust God’s love more and more in my life. I want to have my roots deep in the love of God. I want to learn more of Him and grow deeper in my relationship with Him.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for always taking care of me! You are amazing and I appreciate You with all my heart. Help me to trust You more each day and to know that I know that You are with me, even when it seems like You haven’t listened to my prayers. Teach me to walk by faith and not by sight that I may lead Your people well.

Yours Forever,

Jeff 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Renewing My Strength

Scripture:

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 

Observation:

Isaiah here describes those who hope or trust in the Lord. He says they will renew their strength and that they will soar on wings life eagles. He says they will run and not grow weary and they will walk and not faint. In other words, God will give strength to those who hope in Him. He will give us the energy we need as we remain in Him.

Application:

Trusting in the Lord is a powerful thing. God is all-powerful and when you determine to walk with Him, He gives strength to your body and life to your spirit. He renews us and keeps us young. I am starting to feel my age more and more in my body, but today I stand on this passage and I’m believing God to renew my strength and cause me to soar.

Prayer:

Lord God, You are incredible and I love You with all my heart. Your goodness never fails and Your love is unending. Thank You for renewing my strength this morning. Thank You for healing my shoulder and bringing my body back to a more youthful state. I want to preach Your word with the energy of a 21 year old.

Yours,

Jeff

Thursday, September 29, 2022

When God Fights Your Battles

 Scripture:

“The Lord sent an angel to the camp of the Assyrians, and he killed 185,000 of them all in one night. The next morning, the camp was full of dead bodies.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭37:36‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

King Hezekiah was being threatened by the Assyrians. They were tormenting him and telling him not to trust in God because other nations had trusted their gods, but were destroyed by the Assyrians. In one night, God killed 185,000 Assyrians. He made a loud statement to His people that He could be trusted to fight their battles.

Application:

When God fights our battles, He does a much better job than we can. When our faith and trust is in Him, and we walk in obedience to Him, enemies must flee. When God fights on our behalf, miracles take place and significant change happens. It is much easier to trust God than to fight, but allowing Him to fight our battles guarantees victory. He has never lost a battle.

Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, You are powerful and You are good. Help me to yield myself completely to You at all times. Fight my battles, bless my family, ministry and region. Work miracles in my life and let me see the day of Your incredible favor. Fight my battles, be my provider, and help me to follow You well.

Yours Forever,

Jeff

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Right Voice

 Scripture:

“Stop listening to Hezekiah. Pay attention to my king. Surrender to him. He will let you keep your own vineyards, fig trees, and cisterns” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭36:16‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Observation:

Sennacherib told the people of Israel not to listen to Hezekiah, but to surrender to him and his people. He was saying that he would let them live good lives if they would just listen to him instead of their king. 

Application:

Listening to the wrong voices will get you in trouble every time. We must listen to God and His Word. When we listen to Him, we will always do well, but when we listen to the voice of fear, doubt and unbelief, we will get ourselves into trouble. Other voices may promise good things, but the voice of the Lord is to be trusted.

Prayer:

Father, you know my heart on this. As I have said over and over throughout my life. Open my ears. I want to hear You clearly and give me a heart to respond well to what You speak. Let me hear the right voices and not the voice of the enemy. Give me good reception on your channel.

Yours,

Jeff