Thursday, July 21, 2016
A Life That Reflects Christ

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 1-4
Message: A Life That Reflects Christ

Hello My Friend,

The Book of Isaiah is the twenty-third book of the Old Testament/Bible and contains sixty-six chapters. The author of the book is Isaiah and it was written to Judah and all believers. The timeline for these events took place between 766 BC to 679 BC. The purpose of the book was to teach correction and reproof to all believers. What we are to learn from the book is that rebellion leads to destruction, but repentance leads to restoration. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” - Isaiah 1:18.

The Book of Isaiah is actually a mirror of the entire Bible. The Bible has 66 books, Isaiah has 66 chapters. The Old Testament has 39 books covering the history and sin of Israel, the first 39 chapters of Isiah cover the same. The New Testament has 27 books describing the ministry of Jesus Christ, including the new heaven and earth, the last 27 chapters of Isaiah describe the same. The book of Isaiah takes place during the time that Hezekiah was king in Judah, it begins with God in deep mourning over the sinful and corrupted state of His nation, but He gives them some hope if they just return to Him.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.” - Isaiah 1:11-13,19,20,24-27.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me?” God is not talking to strangers here, He is talking to those who are His, who know Him, yet refuse to turn from there wicked ways, yet still try to keep Him in their lives. While God is a forgiving God, He wants faithfulness more than constant pleads for redemption. The second we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour we are redeemed, but what good is it if we spend the rest of our lives here on earth living as though we are not. Oh, we might find joy in living recklessly for a while, but sin always comes with consequence, especially when we know what we ought to be doing yet still ignore it. And guess what? Trying to change God’s Word or deliberately ignoring it to justify your sin will only make matters worse. “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” - James 4:15-17.

It is vital that we as Christians live a life that reflects Christ, not to keep our salvation, but to bring others to Him. If we are a part of the world and trying to proclaim Jesus those who do not know Him are not going to see the value in knowing Him because we are just as they are. One day, all will face Jesus, those who know Him will join Him in His Kingdom, but it will not be pretty for those who do not know Him.

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:” - Isaiah 2:2-5,12.

“and he shall be brought low:” Not only will those who are not His stand before Him in judgment, those are His will also. Every knee will bow at His sight because we will all see how unworthy we are of Him, especially when He points out the opportunities we missed. Jesus does not judge His as He will those who are not, we will be judged according to the works we have done through Him after we are saved. Think about it this way, if you are going to school or even trying to get a promotion, while being there is a blessing in itself, if you want more you have to prove yourself more to get it. The same works with Jesus, we are already saved and that is a blessing, but imagine what we could have if we did more things through Him.

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” - Matthew 25:34-40.

If you are wondering why the whole world is going to shambles, it is because God’s people are turning their backs on Him and doing what they want to do. God shows us what happened to Jerusalem so that we can see what is going to happen to the world for turning their backs on Him. “For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water, The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator. And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable. For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.” - Isaiah 3:1-5,8.

“to provoke the eyes of his glory.” Do you think God wants to see His people living in sin? Yeah, they are saved, by grace through Christ, but come on now, we are children of Almighty God, and while we are sinners just the same, we need to start acting more like our Father and less like Satan. God is going to judge His people first, here in earth, well before He sends His Son to judge all the earth, but He gives us hope after the judgment. “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” - Isaiah 4:1-4.

“even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:” People get the idea that you have to be Jewish or a Christian to be saved, this is wrong and will send you to hell quicker than you can blink your eyes. I do not know how the Israelites became known as the Jews, when they were always Hebrews, but somehow their race has been reduced to a religion. If you think about it, both the Jews and Christians have been reduced to a religion, when God has nothing to do with religion. Being Jewish, Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, or Muslim does not save anyone, only Christ does, and to be honest, a Christian is not a Christian unless they personally know Jesus Christ as their Saviour. See the name within the word Christian, it is Christ, and the only ones who will be written among the living in Jerusalem are those who believe in and have received Him as their Saviour.

“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” - John 5:28-30.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.” - Isaiah 2:10. Jesus is the Rock upon all who hide will be safe, He will come to judge the earth as King of all kings.

Today's Prayer: God, Thank you for sending Your Son to make redemption for our sins a permanent one. We no longer have to offer sacrifices or follow the Law because we are redeemed by the precious blood of Your Son upon our souls. Our redemption does not give us a free pass to live in sin and not suffer for it, it does give us the opportunity to show Your Son to the world and receive heavenly crowns and rewards. Lord, lead us and guide us, help us to seek Your truths and live by them so we can be an honor to You. Put Your hedge of protection around us, and give us the strength and courage to boldly proclaim Your Son to the world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
I Am My Beloved’s

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Chapters: The Book of Song Of Solomon
Message: I Am My Beloved’s

Hello My Friend,

The Book of Song of Solomon is the twenty-second book of the Old Testament/Bible and contains eight chapters. The author of the book is Solomon and it was written to Israel and all believers. The timeline is approximately 1014 BC. The purpose of the book is to show the intimate relationship between Jesus and the Church as demonstrated by the intimate marriage relationship between a husband and wife. What we are to learn from the book is that the divine model of love between a man and his wife is the pattern for the relationship between Christ (Man) and the Church (His Bride). “My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.” - Song of Solomon 2:16.

The Book of Song of Solomon begins with the brides love for her bridegroom, she anticipates the day she becomes his wife, but she realizes something, she has neglected him. “Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.” - Song of Solomon 1:4-8.

“but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” The love of a husband and wife is quite like the love of Jesus and His bride, there is a sweet savor that gives off something unforgettable. The soul who lives nearest to Jesus in sweet will feel convicted when it discover the sin in its life, but rejoice in the fact that it is one with Jesus as He never leaves them. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” - I Corinthians 6:19,20.

The soul, you cannot see it or touch it physically, but you definitely know it is there. A lonely soul is probably the most noticeable as it never rests until it finds it's one true source of happiness. We get an illustration of the brides lonely soul seeking her one true love. “By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.” - Song of Solomon 3:1-4.

“but I found him whom my soul loveth:” This is a great illustration of a lost soul that finds Christ, once it finds Him they become soul mates, Jesus grabs a hold of it and never lets it go. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.” - John 10:27-30.

Sometimes the things we go through make it seem as though Jesus is no where to be found, perhaps we are holding on to something from our past or even have some hidden sin we fail to bring up that's causing us to lose sight of Him. Here we have a wife singing, not to her husband, but of him, and it is a sad song, she sings of the distress she is under after her husband walks away because she neglected him while he was trying to get her attention. She looks all over for him, but cannot find him, only to have her veil taken from her as if she were a prostitute.

“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.” - Song of Solomon 5:2-7.

“the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.” The veil was a sign that this woman belonged to her husband, she was taken, she was pure, and clean. This is an illustration of a saved soul who neglects Jesus, when we receive Him as our Saviour He cleanses us and removes all the filth of sin from our lives. Let me tell you, when we do not let go of the past or even let the smallest sin remain prominent in our lives, while He never leaves nor forsakes us, He does take a step back and lets us figure things out for ourselves for a while. Those who remain living in sin with no effort to remove the sin will be exposed and they will be mistaken for one who does not know Christ. Jesus is never too far that He cannot be found, all we have to do to see Him is turn around. Jesus loves us, He feels our pain and does not want us to suffer, but we do need to come to Him if we want to find Him.

“I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.” - Song of Solomon 7:10-13.

“I am my beloved's,” Beloved, to be loved or greatly loved, we all long to be beloved, there brings no greater joy than to for someone to share their love. Quite often, we do not feel beloved at all, in fact, we feel unloved and unworthy of even being loved. The truth is, we are loved, no greater love is shown than in Jesus, who gave His life to save us from a burning fiery hell. Much more than that, we are His and He is ours, in Him we love and are loved. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” - John 15:13,16.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” - Song of Solomon 2:1. Jesus is the Rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley. He stands at the door of every persons heart, He knocks, peaks in the window, looks around the back in hopes that His love will let Him in. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” - Revelation 3:20.

Today's Prayer: God, You long to have a one on one relationship with us, one that is full of faith, trust, and honor, just as a husband and wife do when they vow to be one. While nothing is sure in life, one thing is sure, nothing can separate us from You. We may find some dark pathways, but You will always shine the Light to bring us back home. Lord, give me Your power to know You and love You with all my soul, heart, and mind. In Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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