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Isaiah 39:1-41:16

Every time I read the 39th chapter of Isaiah I get upset. Hezekiah shows no understanding that God is a God of generations. There is no concern about his on off-spring. He is a I got mine, now you get yours. When his life was on the line, he turned his face to the wall and prayed for his life. When his children’s life is on the line he can only say, "This message you have given me from the LORD is good." But the king was thinking, "At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime." (39:8). When the Assyria was “knocking” at the door using intimidating words, the Lord your God, a statement made to Isaiah quickly become the Lord my God.

How much of this unconcern for the next generation is infused within our church’s. How many of us are sacrificing our children so we can say, “At least there will be peace and security during my lifetime?

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (Pro 13:22)

The inheritance we leave for our children should never be a negative one it should be one that secures their spiritual future.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Today's chapter in Ephesians, Paul writes to the church in
Ephesus. And unlike the church of Galatia, the church of
Ephesus is faithful to the Lord. Paul writes to the church
about Spiritual blessings and our redemption through Christ.
According to Paul, they are faithful for their belief in the
Lord. Paul mentions that he never ceases to give thanks to them
and hopes that the Lord may give them all wisdom.

From Hezekiah today, I am reminded that pride is ever present temptation especially after having received so much blessings from the Lord. I am also grateful for the comfort that God brings to His people, "but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." As the verse states first though, I must take the step to 'wait for Him' in order to receive the blessing on having my strength renewed.

In Ephesians, the way Paul expressed his thankfulness to the believers after having heard about their spiritual growth challenges me to examine if I also yearn to see 'having spirit of wisdom, 'hearts enlightened', 'know their hope' in others. From parent to child, spouse to spouse, Sunday school teachers to their students, small group leaders to their members; one cannot be a blessing to others without having the heart attitude like Paul.

"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will."

God planned for us- before we even existed- to be "holy and blameless in his sight". We were predestined to have redemption through Christ's blood, to praise God, and to receive the riches of his grace. I feel like the passage is just giving a general idea that God has a plan for us, and he always wants the best for us. We know he is the most loving and gracious God because as verse 6 says, "to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves."

Verse 18 in Ephesians hits home, says that the eyes of my heart be enlightened so that I may know the hope, the glorious inheritances in us through Jesus. We're also marked with the seal of Holy Spirit who is our consoler guiding our lives through times good and bad.

We were chosen by God, so we should follow him. He loves us and he sent his son down to Earth, and he gave him authority over all.

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[f] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. This is my favorite verse today because it reminds us about our fellowship with others in out community

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