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,
Christina

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Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Devil’s Final Destination

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 12-14
Message: The Devil’s Final Destination

Hello My Friend,

I remember watching cartoons and even movies, they would always refer to good being an angel and bad being the devil, if you are good you get to go to heaven with the angels when you die and if you are bad you go to hell with the devil, who is just waiting there to torture you. There is an old, old movie of the Christmas Carol in which Scrooge gets a glimpse of what could happen if he did not change his ways, he is walking through these fiery hallways only to be taken to a room icy cold to be tormented there forever. I bring these up because as much as we would like to believe that God works this way, He does not, and the devil in not in hell, he is walking around the earth, he does not have horns and a tail, and he will be here until first, God casts him into prison for a thousand years, then in the lake of fire, where he will be tormented forever, and all those who are not saved will be also.

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” - Revelation 20:10,13-15.

While salvation has been acquired through the different dispensations of time, they were often told to turn to good works if they want to keep their salvation, but that is not the case today. Salvation is only gotten by the grace of God through our faith and belief in Jesus Christ who’s work on the cross made that possible. As we read through Isaiah we get a glimpse of not only the first coming of Christ, but also of His return, reign as King, of the judgment that will take place during His reign on earth, and ultimately the destruction of the world. Chapter 12 has only six verses, but it is has nothing to do about judgment, only praise for the God, our Saviour.

“And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.” - Isaiah 12:1-4.

“make mention that his name is exalted.” Proclaim Jesus, shout His name, He is our Strength and Song, our Comforter, our Salvation. When once God was angry with us because we were covered in sin, it is now turned away and all our sins forgotten. We, who are saved, born again Christian's do not need to be afraid because we have Jesus, even if He returns right now, we will be safely carried away while all this mess happens. Right now Christian's are being targeted like never before, but we can overcome, and we will overcome because Jesus is with us. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” - Romans 8:34-37.

Now, after some prophecies concerning the Messiah, His kingdom, and judgment, here come the prophecies concerning those nations who turned on Israel, and of their destruction. You see, while God may judge His people first, He saved the most wicked for last. God begins with Babylon, whose hands the people of Judah would be delivered to for a while.

“Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” - Isaiah 13:2-7,11,19.

“for the day of the LORD is at hand;” This goes beyond the destruction of the nation of Babylon, which already happened, this refers to Judgment Day, in which God will destroy the entire earth, Babylon being Rome, which is further talked about in the Book of Revelation. “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” - Revelation 14:8-10.

Someone pointed out to me that Jesus does not know when He is returning, only God does and He will send Him at the appointed time. While in a sense this is true because Jesus did say He judges no one in the flesh and that His Father sent Him (John 8:14-32)), but in the same conversation He also said He and His Father are one. We will never understand how God can be both because our human reasoning to comprehend, this is something that we must believe by faith, He has always been and will always be at the right hand of God, even though He is God, and we will all stand before Him in judgment. We get an interesting insight and revelation about the one who caused the fall of man in the first place, and what He will be accountable for. Old Lucifer himself, once one of God's archangels, arrogant and proud, tried to take the throne from God, got cast out of heaven, and is bound for hell.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:” - Isaiah 14:12-17,24.

“Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell,” Perhaps one of the questions everyone who reads and studies the Bible has is why God puts the devil in prison for a thousand years while Jesus reigns at His return then lets him out to create havoc before the final judgment takes place. We can speculate as to why, but for some reason I believe that God will use that time to judge the last few, they will be no evil to corrupt them, no Holy Spirit to guide them, just Jesus to see if they will believe in Him when the devil is not there to influence them. Nevertheless, those who are saved will be safe. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” - I Thessalonians 4:16,17.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” - Isaiah 12:6.

Today's Prayer: Jesus, thank You for choosing to become the payment to redeem me of my sins. I should be in hell for the things I have done, but You took my stripes, bore my pain, so that I do not have to. I now I can never lose my salvation, but never want to be in the mess I was in before I let You be Lord of my life, I know I could fall if I let my flesh do the walking. Lord, lead me and guide me, give me Your power to resist the devil, help me stay in Your Word, and to live it so that I can be armed and prepared for Your return. In Your name Jesus, Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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