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Isaiah 54-57:14

Within theses chapters, God gives us a picture of His prosperity and not man’s. In chapter 54 we here God tell the “barren” woman to sing because she has more children/descendants then those who have children by natural birth. In chapter 56 we are told the eunuchs who are without natural descendents will have a memorial and a name far greater then those who have many sons and daughters. The Gentiles, a people not promised the blessings that come through the Mosaic Covenant, will be blessed.

All of this “Reversal of Fortune” is all conditional, all based on committing oneself to the Lord and serving Him (56:6). If those who are oppressed and persecuted because of their righteousness will be lifted up, then those who have lifted themselves up by way of their sin and stepped on the backs of others by way of abusive leadership, will find themselves abased or cast down.

We also learn in this text that what God has to offer cannot be bought with money. What we need to quench our thirst cannot be found in any fast running stream of water, or any refrigerated case in a store it can only be found in God.

"Hey, all who are thirsty come to the water! You who have no money, come! Buy and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk without money and without cost! Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing! Enjoy fine food! Pay attention and come to me! Listen, so you can live! Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to you, just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David.
(Isa 55:1-3 NET.)

When we “purchase” what God has to offer then the promises He offers to us are certain and assured and never conditional.

Ephesians 6:1-24

The way of the cross was through submission, Christ submitted Himself to the will of His Father, God. He accepted the shame of the cross to pay the cost of my sin, your sin and the sin of those yet unborn. Here Paul lays down that idea and principal of submission. Minor children are to submit themselves to the godly authority of their parents. “Slaves” (employees) are to submit to the authority of there managers/bosses/employers and those who are the “masters” are to submit to the authority of Christ in order to deal with their workers in a godly righteous manner.

Then everyone must submit to God in order to take up the “armor” of God so that in the day of adversity, in the day of evil (that day when evil shows up) we all will be able to Stand.

Psalm 70:1-5

For those of us who have read through the Bible early enough to have read 1 and 2nd Samuel and 1 Chronicles, we remember that David was always being perused by enemies who shouldn’t have been his enemy: King Saul, his son, Absalom, his General and cousin, Joab, and the list goes on. Instead of taking his own vengeance, it seems that David prayed his feelings and thoughts back to God and allowed God to protect him. Seeing our own vengeance is dangerous because we are stealing from God.

Vengeance is Mine, and recompense, in the time when their foot shall slide; for the day of their disaster is at hand and their doom comes speedily.
(Deu 32:35 AMP)

Proverbs 24:8

Today’s Proverb seems like, “Duh, well YES!” However, if you “flip” it does it mean that all ‘troublemakers” or mischief makers plan evil? Hmmm.

A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker.

Grace and peace,

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