Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Find Your Strength Through God

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 25-28
Message: Find Your Strength Through God

Hello My Friend,

The past couple of weeks in Sunday school we have been discussing the dispensations, which means to administer, as laws to particular cases. It is the sin nature of man that brings us in a direction that has nothing to do with God, and while today we are no longer under the law of works for our salvation, God still deals with sin the same way, and it separates us from Him. God may have had different ways in which He dealt with man over the centuries in regards to reconciliation, but one thing He never changes is His desire for all of His creation to acknowledge and love Him, which is why He sent Jesus. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” - John 3:16,17.

While the people during Old Testament times had no idea the impact the Messiah they heard about would have on the entire world, or even that signs were given to them from the time He created the earth, there is no doubt that God had a plan to reconcile man with Him from the start. Under the law of Moses when a person wanted to be reconciled with God they needed to go to the priest first, even the priest had to be reconciled and consecrated to speak to God. When the tabernacle and temple was built there was a place just for God to dwell, a veil separated God from the priests because they could not look directly at God. Through Isaiah, God reveals the day in which the veil will be taken away, and all will be able to stand before Him.

“O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.” - Isaiah 25:1-7.

“and the vail that is spread over all nations.” While sin always separates us from God, Jesus became the permanent redemption needed for not only the Jews, but all to reconcile with God and be able to stand before Him forever. Jesus gave His life so that all who believe in and receive Him as their Saviour can, not only be reconciled with God, but have permanent redemption. You know, in our own strength we can do pretty good, but we weary and tire out, which is why so many of us fall into sin, the flesh is just too weak to handle things all on its own. But when we find Christ, He becomes our strength to handle the things we cannot. God does not want us to be a bump on a log, He wants us to live, to make an effort to do things, to be strong and have courage to live this life He gave us, but He also wants us to come to Him, to be our strength when we have done all we can do.

“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” - II Corinthians 3:12-17.

Israel and their surrounding nations was about to face judgment from God, while we hear of the grim outcome of Israel and even the world we are given a bit of hope as God reveals that He will be with every one of His people. Isaiah encourages all to keep trusting God, who is our strength. “In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.” - Isaiah 26:1-5.

“whose mind is stayed on thee:” When we focus on God, He gives us the strength to endure all things, even the judgments that are coming. Please understand, we who are saved, born again, children of God, that keep their eyes in God and make Christ Lord of their lives are not the ones being judged, it is everyone else because they allow sin to not only take over the world, but the church as well. A bulwark is a shelter, it gives protection and safety from danger. While we cannot stop the judgments that take place in our nations we can be protected by getting under the shelter of Christ. Through Isaiah, God comes out and says that does not want to place judgment upon people, but they are the ones who bring it because they refuse to turn away from sin.

“I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day. Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together. Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” - Isaiah 27:3-5,11-13.

“therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them,” If you think God’s mercy is endless, think again, there does come a time when it runs out. To be reconciled means to call back into a union and friendship with God, Jesus is the bridge that brings a person back to Him. God will have no mercy on those who reject Him, but it is endless for those who accept Him. Through Isaiah, God reveals His precious corner stone.

“To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.” - Isaiah 28:12-18.

“and your agreement with hell shall not stand;” Praise God! The second we receive Christ as our Saviour our ticket to hell is tore up and we are diverted to not only heaven, but an eternity with Christ. The punishment for sin has always been death, but through Christ’s sinless death on the cross we can have the victory over death. “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” - I Corinthians 15:25,57.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” - Isaiah 25:8.

Today's Prayer: God, While we may not always understand Your ways, we can understand that You will be there for all who put their faith and trust in Your Son. Lord, You are my shelter, my protection, and my understanding. If I die today at least I know I get to be with You in heaven, but many cannot say that. I pray that You tender the hearts of those who are too proud to come to Your Son. I also pray for Your power and protection upon me and my family while I am here and help me to be a witness to all who need You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

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Monday, July 25, 2016
One Body, One Nation

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 16-19
Message: One Body, One Nation

Hello My Friend,

Right now the people of God are scattered all over the world. Who are we? The saved, born again souls who have accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as their Saviour. We are not Jews, Greeks, Italians, or Americans, we are one body and one nation, united unto Christ through His blood, and one day, we will all meet together to live with Him in His Kingdom. “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” - I Corinthians 12:11-13.

Sin is what separated God from man, and if you think that His judgment is limited to Israel, whom He has His own dealing with, think again, God judges all nations. Through Isaiah, God continues to foretell the judgment upon the surrounding nations, now we see the judgment of Moab, this was a warning given to get them to see God is in control. Descendants of Lot, the children of Israel had their last encampment there before they entered the land of Canaan, and Moses was buried there. They have always been known for their false gods and idolatry, and it was time they knew the God of the Hebrews is the God of all creation.

“Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness. We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so. And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail. This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab since that time. But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.” - Isaiah 16:3-6,12-14.

“but he shall not prevail.” You know, God does not want to bring judgment upon anyone, in fact, He does not, we do it all on our own because we refuse to acknowledge Him. God did this for two reasons, 1. To show them that, while judgment begins at the house of God, it shall not end there. 2. The God of Israel is the God of all nations. It is always typical for people to start praying when their lives are being threatened, we can pray all we want, but unless we are saved, God will not hear us. People all over the world are in churches representing God and praying, yet none of their prayers are heard because they do not know Jesus as their Saviour. We cannot get to God unless we know His Son. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” - John 14:6.

Now comes the judgment of Damascus, the capital of Syria, and the ten tribes of Israel who turned their backs on Him, but in the midst of judgment, a gracious promise that a remnant would be preserved.

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images. In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation. Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:” - Isaiah 17:1,6-10.

“Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it,” Just as the gathering of grapes or olives will leave a few that are inaccessible at the very top of the branches, only a few of the billions of people on the earth will look to their Maker and be saved. Mercy is only reserved in the midst of His judgment, for His remnant, who are the ones who put their faith and trust in His Son. This remnant shall be made holy, acknowledging God's hand in all things, giving Him the respect and glory due to His name. One day, even Israel will acknowledge Christ and a remnant of them will be saved.

The Jews, at present are cast off because of unbelief, but will in due time as a people be taken into God’s favor again, when the fullness of the Gentiles comes in and when Christ returns. Every nation will fall, therefore, every nation is called to observe the judgment that is about to be inflicted upon them. Through Isaiah God tells of the desolation coming of a land or country not known, but also assures His people that He will protect them and give them rest and a dwelling place away from the desolation.

“For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches. They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them. In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.” - Isaiah 18:4-7.

“a nation meted out and trodden under foot,” Though God’s covenant people are trampled on as a nation, scattered and abused, no nation, however formidable, will be able to swallow them up. Though they are cast down, they are not utterly forgotten of God. This is not just Israel God is talking about, this is all nations, through Isaiah God even foretells the coming destruction of Egypt, but He also gives them some hope as well.

“The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them. In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” - Isaiah 19:1,22-25.

“Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria,” Jews and Gentiles alike shall not only unite with each other in the Gospel under Christ, they shall all be united as one nation. They shall all share in one and the same blessings, come to the same throne of grace, and serve with each other, ending all disputes and uniting the hearts of believers. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” - Romans 11:26-32.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:” - Isaiah 17:10. Jesus is the Rock of our strength.

Today's Prayer: Jesus, You have never limited Your gift of eternal life to just a certain nation of people, You encourage and invite all who believe in You to receive it. Thank You for making a way for us to not only be saved from hell and destruction, but so that we can communicate with our Father as well. As we are scattered right now, be our voice to find others who want to join us, and be our strength and protection as judgment comes upon all nations. In Your name, Jesus, Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

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