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Isaiah 51:1-53:12

The verses that have spoken to me today are in the 51st chapter, “WOW”!

Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation. (Isaiah 51:7-8 KJV)

I have noticed for the first time that throughout Isaiah, God speaks in the present about things that had yet to come to past in the element of time. Of course God is eternal and to Him everything is in The Now, the Right Now. God calls thins that, “Be Not” in our human experience “As though they were,” (Romans 4:17) because in eternantiy they have already happened. [And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8 KJV)]

God in verses 7 and 8 is still giving us the information to intelligently decide between choosing life or death; blessings or curses. This was the option given to the people by Moses (Deut. 30:19 & Joshua 24:15-22).
[I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
(Deuteronomy 30:19 KJVR)]

For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

Choose righteousness and not the righteousness of self-righteousness that comes with doing the works of the flesh, but the Righteousness that comes from God, God’s Right Way of Doing and Being.

Mike your question regarding the New Testament reading, >>”Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do." I am wondering how often each of acts thoughtlessly?>> and, >> "For the LORD hears the cries of his needy ones; he does not despise his people who are oppressed." God hears the cries of his needy ones. Perhaps the question is then, do we hear the cries of God's needy ones?>> are both one and the same in action. If we are not acting thoughtlessly and getting our instruction from God, then we will hear the cry of the needy.

Where we error is in thinking that because God is leading us to do something specific with a group of people that means God is leading everyone else to do that same thing and we get caught up in trying, through guilt and any other means of manipulation, to bring everyone else along. We forget that the Body of Christ is like our own body, as per Paul; each one has a purpose and a call and when we work as one part of the many and do what we have been called and purposed to do, even if it is not what the most vocal and persuasive of person is doing, than the job will get done. In fact, there would be no need to put a call out for help because the job would be done by everyone sticking to their purpose and call.

Grace and peace,

I found these two verses interesting: " In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—" Ephesians 5:28-29.
Though not applicable for me right now but I like how the Bible says that Christ "feeds" the church just how husbands should "feed and care" for his body and his wife.

sIsaiah 53 is one of my cherished passages in the bible. It describes the love of God in the very nature of His son who came to "be pierced for our transgression" and to "bear our iniquities". God reminded us that He did this on purpose so "to make many accounted righteous". May our devotion and service to Him be borne out of gratitude of having received His love.

Ephesians 5:8 was the verse that stood out the most to me. It says "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light." This was a powerful message to me because it was God who saved us and brought us into the light. Without him, we'd still be in darkness, doing deceitful things and never knowing him. But with Christ, now we might become children of God and receive his grace and mercy. I am so thankful to God, for bringing us into the light while we were still darkness. Like Romans 5:8 also says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

The idea is very simple- we are to make God our example and model. We shouldn't content ourselves by comparing ourselves to men. We also should set Jesus as our example. As he loved us and gave himself for us, we are to also to display the self-giving love. Jesus' sacrifice for us was pleasing to the Father, therefore, we can also offer a pleasing sacrifice when we give love to each other. The people mentioned in Ephesians 5:3 have no inheritance in the kingdom of God. Paul condemns those who practice uncleanness. Paul also says that all sins done in secret will be exposed and will be made manifest by God's searching light. We should walk carefully and wisely, not foolishly.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”(Ephesians‬ ‭5:15-17) God reminded me these verses yesterday from radio; again today in reading. Lord, teach me how to live my life according to your will and make the most of every opportunity you give me.

God is trying to lead us to where he promised and turning us away from temptations. Also, Christ is both the head of the church and part of the church itself.

Wow! I love today's scriptures, especially the verses in Ephesians. Ephesians 5:1-2 really stood out to me. The verses both apply to and relate closely to my life.

"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

We should be living our lives with God. He has given me the ability to care for others, and thus I should spread my love towards those around me. I need to help and lead them, just as Christ is helping and leading me.

I love reading Ephesians! The first half of Ephesians 5 captures a lot about the Christian lifestyle. When I read the first few verses, I was reminded of the Torah and its instructions about sacrifices ceremonial purity. But now, as said in Ephesians, Jesus is our sacrifice and we are to be pure in heart. It's not so much about customs, but about our hearts. It even says to make music from our hearts! So I pray that God will help me to live in the Light and live as one loved like Paul said.

I love David's closeness to God and honestly displayed his bitterness to Him like a friend. Here is a glimpse of what he went through when hunted down by Saul: "Charge them with crime upon crime;do not let them share in your salvation.
28 May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous. 29 But as for me, afflicted and in pain—may your salvation, God, protect me."
David had a heart for God. The Psalms he wrote are my favorites. They just sooth my soul.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, I feel that his verse can be used in many situations especially in our daily choices

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