Monday, 16 November 2015
God made man. God chose a woman to bear His Son. God wants man and woman to be one. It is often difficult for man to understand … because He is God and we are merely ‘man’.
When it came time for God to send His Son to earth, He did not send Him to the palace of some mighty King. He was conceived in the womb of an unwed mother – a virgin – who lived in the lowly village of Nazareth.
In choosing those who would represent Christ and establish His Church, God picked some of the most unusual individuals imaginable: unschooled fishermen, a tax collector, a mystic, a doubter, and a former Pharisee who had persecuted Christians. He continued to pick some very unusual persons down through the ages. In fact, He seems to delight in such surprising choices to this very day.
So let God be God. Expect the unexpected.
If you are going through a difficult time, simply remember that ‘God is God’ and expect the unexpected.
Do you think God has the ability to fulfill His promises? Do you question God’s integrity?
God has all the wisdom, power, and ability necessary to fulfill His promises to us. He has proven integrity – God has always done what He has said He would do.
A man said to his friend, “I give you my word.” What does that mean?
When God says, “I give you My Word.” What does that mean to you? My Bible teacher always reminds us that our God is a personal God. My God speaks to me personally.
Today, God is saying to all His followers, “I have given you My Word.”
Dear Father God,
It puzzles me why we sometimes doubt what You say. Surely Your arm is not too short to save, nor Your ear too dull to hear.
You have promised that Your Word will not return to You void. It will fulfill the purpose for which You send it.
You invite the thirsty …
Your prophet Isaiah also wrote: “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.” This is my prayer for the wicked and evil man. I pray that he will turn to You LORD, and You will have mercy on him, for You will freely pardon.
I know You look into the heart of man. Nothing can be hidden from You. Help us to remember that. Show us where we have gone wrong. Reveal the ugly truth even though it is ugly, shameful, unforgivable … Even though our sins come crushing down on us, it will not destroy us. It will just take a ‘short’ while ... You will hear our cries of repentance … You will see our tears of grief … You will give us a new heart …
You will freely pardon. Five simple words You desire to hear, ‘I’m sorry. I was wrong.’ And a broken and contrite heart You do not despise. Amen.
But the Bible also says, “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarrelling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?”
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.”
“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I.”
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
“The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
This is the Word of the LORD. Thanks be to God!
I have ‘boxed’ Isaiah 58:13-14 in my Bible. I have highlighted the words ‘If you’ and the word ‘then’.
[The mouth of the LORD has spoken. Dear Father God, You have given us Your Word.]
God’s Word is like salve to the wounds of our hearts. We just need to keep on applying IT until our wounds are completely healed.
I had three ulcers in my mouth recently. It was extremely painful. I applied medication and washed my mouth with ‘Bactidol’ … It continued to hurt … The ulcers are gone now.
When we apply God’s Word to our situation, it is going to continue to hurt … We must not give up. The Word washes away the ‘bacteria’ in our hearts … It will continue to hurt for a while … But, we know that His Word does not return to Him void. We know that His Word will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it. Amen!
Do you believe? Do you trust Him?
Lam Yee Ling