1There will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish, (Isaiah said).
2The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them, (Isaiah said).
3You (the Lord) shall multiply the nation; You shall increase their gladness. They will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4For You (Lord) shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.
6For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, and the government will rest on His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace on the throne of David and over his kingdom to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. [NASB]
Friday, December 18, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Relevance and Conclusion
Friday, December 4, 2015
‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied, ‘Love the LORD your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [NIV]
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
- We Christians – paid and unpaid - listen intently and hear where people express hurt.
- We hear and realize they are human, too.
- We believers hear with our ears and with the heart that Jesus regenerated in us through His love.
- We hear their physical and spiritual needs.
- We Christians earn that person’s trust.
- We remember where Jesus met our need, physically and spiritually.
- We remember where Jesus came to us, met us, healed us, and forgave us, and where we gave our lives to Him.
- “I AM the Bread of Life.”
- “I AM the Light of the world.”
- “I AM the gate for the sheep.”
- “I AM the good Shepherd.”
- “I AM the resurrection and the Life.””
- I AM the True Vine.”
- God provided manna in the wilderness for the Israelites to feed them for a day. Jesus became the Bread that would feed our spiritual need forever.
- God gave a pillar of fire before the troops of Israelites as they found their way to the Promised Land. Jesus is the Light to lead us to eternal life in God’s Kingdom.
- God provided a gate by which to keep out the wolves. Jesus is the gate that keeps the devil and his demons out when we have given our lives to Him.
- God provides shepherds for the sheep who protect them, such as David was for the actual sheep of his father and for God’s people Israel. Jesus is the Shepherd who will not run away, but will fight the wolves to keep us protected in His hands. He protects those who are His own.
- How is your relationship with God? Are you close to Him or has it been a while since you read His Word or prayed to Him?
- How are your listening skills? Are you a keen listener and often hear a word from God? Are you a devoted listener of other people or do you hear some of what they say and then begin thinking about what you will say?
Friday, November 27, 2015
Is your spiritual body as well taken care of?Thanksgiving day is over, but thanks to God should never be over. Just as we must feed our physical bodies and give them rest, we must feed our spiritual selves and rest in the LORD.
How do you feed your spiritual body?
- Read God's Word, the Bible.
- Pray to God in adoration, thanks, confession, and supplication.
- Sing and shout joyfully about who God is and what He has done.
- Proclaim the LORD so others hear about Him, see Him in your life, and desire to know Him as you know Him.
- Minister to other people during their times of need. By this they will receive blessings from God and know of God's love.
- Join together with other people in worship of the LORD.
By this you will feed your spiritual body.
By this you will draw close to God.
By this you will become more Christlike and closer to completion/perfection (teleios).
Blessings and God's grace be on you today.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Come before Him with joyful singing.
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him,
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100 [NASB])
In these five verses, David expressed thanks to God. David exhorted the people of God - Israel and all who followed God by faith - to thank the LORD, too. Who God is and what He has done overwhelm David and cause him to pour out thanks to God. Who God is and what He has done has not changed over the millennia and so God’s people today have cause to thank God, too.
In these verses, David gave six exhortations. He told God’s people to shout, serve, come before, enter, give thanks, and bless. By themselves, these actions are meaningless. When seen in relation to or for whom they are done, great meaning occurs.
“existent One before time” and Creator - and for what He has done - created, chose, protected, and provided, David said we can shout with joy, serve the LORD with a glad and joyful heart, and come before Him singing joyfully.