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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,
Ramona

Today's Ephesians passage was a reminder to me that I need to be working hard not just to win approval from people around me but that it is ultimately to glorify God in my hard work.

What Paul said in Ephesians about how slaves treat their masters stood out to me. I'm not a slave, but I am a student. Sometimes I try to "win their favor", but at home I mope about how much homework they've given me! Yet here Paul says, "... obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ." I usually look over passages about slaves, but it's relevant to us because we also have earthly masters. But we should have the attitude that we're serving God, because He is watching us!

This is a heavy Ephesians chapter for us being a child, a parent and a Christian. Thinking back, I did have regret not being a father prescribed by Paul, but God is merciful and gracious to have our family remain united in Christ. I praise Him for He is sovereign in my life. I thank Him for being one of His children.

Ephesians 6:10-17 talks about the armor of God. There are so many things we need to have, like the belt of truth, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, etc. But we need all these things to be able to stand firm against the devil. The passage says that our struggle "is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." We are not battling people, but rather the devil, who is much eviler and powerful than our enemies on earth. That is why we need the armor of God- so we can be strong in the Lord and stand our ground no matter what Satan tries to do. We should remember that God is much, much, more powerful than the devil, so we do not need to worry if we have him on our side.

We should treat each other with the respect that we give the Lord, and everyone the same, because the Lord favors everyone the same. Also, we should fight against sin with God's Word and the fruits of the spirit.

Living in the midst of end times as we know it, the passage in Ephesians is ever so relevant for all believers. My prayer for myself and the generations following me is that we would all heed the call for putting on each piece of armor of God. We will increasingly face attacks and persecution because of His name.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

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