KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Thursday, August 04, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 52-56
Message: Come One Come All
Hello My Friend,
When you stop to think about all the years of struggle and triumphs you can see God’s hand in first getting us to trust Him, and secondly, getting us to put our faith and trust in His Son for our salvation. I will never forget the dark time in my life when I began thinking about God, whom I pushed to the side, I was making a pretty good living, but was a mess, suddenly I find myself walking into a church for the first time in years. Money is not the answer to life, if we trust God He will always provide us with the things we need, Christ is the answer to life, but we must seek Him while He may be found, because there will come a time when we will not be able to.
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” - Isaiah 55:1,2,6,7.
“and let him return unto the LORD,” Many saved, born again Christians can get caught up in the deceitfulness of the worlds riches, oh, we need to work, and we need to provide for ourselves and families, but we have to be careful not to let it consume us. Let me tell you, God never lets one of His faithful go a day without the necessities of life, He always finds a way to provide for us, it is when we become more obsessed about the money coming in that we lose sight of Him and turn away from Him. Does God love us any less? No. He will always love us, and He will always take care of us, but the key is turning to Him for help. Through Isaiah, God reminds Israel and all to turn to Him.
“Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” - Isaiah 52:1-3,7-10.
“Ye have sold yourselves for nought;” It is easy to get caught up in the world, especially when you find yourself in a struggle, it is not so easy to get out of a situation once we get in it. Jesus does not care about our past, He cares about our future, which is why He came here in the first place. We do not need to sell ourselves out to get the things we need and even desire, but one thing is clear, we can return to God and be redeemed, no questions asked. Praise God! Through Isaiah we continue to see some amazing prophecies about Jesus, we get a little more insight into His life and crucifixion. It is incredible to read about this and realize that it happened exactly as it is written here.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” - Isaiah 53:4,5,10-12.
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;” As Christians we are going to get bruised, sometimes from the things we cause on our own, other times just for being a Christian, but God allows this because He knows where our end will be. Just like God already had written it in heaven that Jesus would suffer and die, He also wrote that He would arise and bruise Satan’s head, He writes every name in heaven that loves Him and chooses Him. Praise God!
“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” - Luke 10:18-20.
Keep in mind that when we receive Christ as our Saviour, our transgressions are gone, no longer to be remembered, but if we do not know Him as our Saviour, while it may seems as though He is with us, He does not know us. Why? In order to know God we need to be redeemed, atoned for our sins. God makes His presence known to everyone through miracles and normal things like providing food and water, but He does it so we can turn to Him, He is not ours until we repent and turn to Him. Through Isaiah, God reminds all of us of His promise.
“For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.” - Isaiah 54:7-10.
“For a small moment have I forsaken thee;” Forsake, To quit or leave entirely. At one point we are all forsaken by God, for us to be able to stand before God we need to be sin free, and while it may sound harsh, until our sins are removed we are forsaken. Years ago, animal sacrifices were made for a person to be temporarily redeemed so they can stand before God. Jesus changed all that when He went to the cross and gave His own sinless life, now all who believe in and receive Him are redeemed permanently, He never leaves nor forsakes us. Praise God! However, it is still important to live a life that is pleasing to God so that we can bring others to Him.
“Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.” - Isaiah 56:1-5.
“Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name” How awesome is God that He considers everyone! It is man who decides whether or not a person is worthy enough to even be considered to join the church, but Jesus says, come one, come all. There is something we must consider, while redemption before Christ followed ceremonies (Passover and other feasts) and sacrifices to redeem them they were a foreshadow of Christ, He was just as merciful to them as He is us. We are going to mess up, we are going to struggle in this life, that only means we have something great ahead of us in our new home with Christ. Praise God! So, when we take care of God, He takes care of us, just change your mindset, and we will receive much more than we ever need.
“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” - Ephesians 3:19-21.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” - Isaiah 53:5.
Today's Prayer: Jesus, It is comforting and sometimes quite overwhelming to comprehend Your love for us, no matter how many times we mess up, how many times we lack faith, or want to give up on this life, that You never leave nor forsake us. You do not limit Your love to just a few, You call everyone and accept all that believe in Your sinless death, burial, and resurrection as the only thing needed to be redeemed and know Your Father. Lord, since we are all work in progress, lead us and guide us, keep us close to You so we can endure every trial that comes our way. Let us trust in You alone and not our circumstances, trusting that You will always provide us with what we need and even more than that. I love You Jesus and pray in Your name, Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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