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Deuteronomy 20, Psalm 107, Isaiah 47, Revelation 17

I am overwhelmed, almost every time I read the Bible about it’s true consistency time and again. It just amazes me that a book written over a period of thousands of years and by many authors can be so true to the main point…Jesus is the Lord. He has overcome. He is our Savior.

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“When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you.”

Deuteronomy 20:1

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In Isaiah 47, the fall of Babylon is predicted.

“You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Disaster will come upon you and you will not know how to conjure it away.” (vs.10-11a)

“Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. I will take vengeance; I will spare no one.”  “Our Redeemer – the Lord Almighty is His name – is the Holy One of Israel.” (vs.3 & 4)

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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this – those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.”

Psalm 107:1 & 2

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“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

Revelation 17:14

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So, when I’m caught up in the daily grind and feel discouraged and/or overwhelmed, I am reminded in His Word time after time that He is with me, He is my Redeemer, His love endures forever,He has overcome all evil and I am called and chosen by the Lord of lords and the King of kings. What an amazing thing!

Lord Almighty,

So often I get caught up in my own world, with my (really… insignificant) problems and feel discouraged. I tend to rely on myself to overcome, when You have already done it. What I really need to do is to continually dwell in Your Word, where You and the truth about You can be found on every page. You are worthy of all my praise!

Amen.

– Beckie (look2thehills)

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Deuteronomy 19; Psalm 106; Isaiah 46; Revelation 16

Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and and I will rescue you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4, NIV)

Recently I watched my friend carry his newborn daughter through the halls at church. Everyone swarmed around to make over her tiny fingers and tiny noises, and the proud daddy even pulled off her socks to show her tiny toes. I was in awe at her fragility–were my own kids ever that small?–but he had a firm, safe, loving hold on her. He wasn’t going to let anything happen to his child.

Isaiah 46 reminds me of that father’s love. God says, “You are My child. I made you. I’ve carried you in My firm and loving grasp since the beginning, and when you are old and gray, I’ll still be the one who sustains and rescues you. I am he.”

“I am he.” Lord, help me to trust in that. Like the little baby who slept peacefully in her father’s arms, let me rest in the knowledge that everything is under Your control. Let me live boldly and courageously, knowing that You are the God who sustains and rescues. I love you, Lord. Amen.

amystorms

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Deuteronomy 18; Psalm 105; Isaiah 45; Revelation 15

I form the light and create darkness,
I make peace and create calamity;
I, the LORD, do all these things.’
“ Rain down, you heavens, from above,
And let the skies pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation,
And let righteousness spring up together.
I, the LORD, have created it. (Isaiah 45:7,8)

Such power…such strength…such glory be unto Him.  Here again I find solace in God being the beginning of all and the omnipotent of everything.  His all consuming power is that which I lean and all I need to look toward as I face my life’s calamity. 

Skies raining down…earth cracking under what’s deserved…salvation coming forth…righteousness springing up.  These are the word pictures of my life.

And there is no other God besides Me,
A just God and a Savior;
There is none besides Me.
“Look to Me, and be saved,
 All you ends of the earth!
 For I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:21,22)

Look and be saved.  So simple…yet so powerful.  There are no rules…there are no regulations, no prerequisites, no privilege, no deserving of any kind.  But look where?…there is only one place.  He is God…the only God…the only Savior upon which my soul can find rescue.  How simple…yet so powerful.

 Lord God, help me to focus everything I have on You…and only You.  For Your might and Your power are the only salvation for my humanity.  Oh how I have failed You in my pursuit…but yet You have never ceased Your pursuit of me.  Help me to look, see and reside in my salvation. 

~chefdave11

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Deuteronomy 17; Psalm 104; Isaiah 44; Revelation 14

How great is our God!

All four passages today either revolve around or are related to the greatness of our God. Psalm 104 is a celebration of creation – both the process of it and the results of it.

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul.
       O LORD my God, you are very great;
       you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
       the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

 14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
       and plants for man to cultivate—
       bringing forth food from the earth:

 15 wine that gladdens the heart of man,
       oil to make his face shine,
       and bread that sustains his heart.

24 How many are your works, O LORD!
       In wisdom you made them all;
       the earth is full of your creatures.  (Psalm 104:1,13-15, 24)

The Psalmist beautifully describes how everything just fits together so well, the perfect rhthym of the rising and setting sun, the phases of the moon and the seasons, the variety of plants and animals, the provision of food and water.

 6 “This is what the LORD says—
       Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:
       I am the first and I am the last;
       apart from me there is no God.

24 “This is what the LORD says—
       your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
       I am the LORD,
       who has made all things,
       who alone stretched out the heavens,
       who spread out the earth by myself, 

25 who foils the signs of false prophets
       and makes fools of diviners,
       who overthrows the learning of the wise
       and turns it into nonsense. (Isaiah 44:6, 24-25)

Isaiah contrasts those who know the true God and those who do not. He speaks of the idols created by those who do not understand. He points out the folly of creating something and then worshipping it.

In Deuteronomy Moses lays out some very serious consequences for worshipping other gods: death.

In Revelation we see consequences of worshipping the beast and his image:  drink the wine of God’s wrath and be tormented with burning sulfur.

There’s no doubt about it. We have an awesome God. And we have an opportunity to celebrate it, embrace it, enjoy the beauty and fullness of creation, and “sing a new song” for all eternity. Or we can close our eyes and our minds, fail to “stop to think”, miss it all, and worship the works of our own hands.

Lord, I choose life! When I ponder the majesty of your creation, the way everything fits together so wonderfully, words cannot describe my amazement. Help me to slow down more, to “stop and think”, because I don’t want to miss the joy you want to give to your children.

Sue

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Deuteronomy 16; Psalm 103; Isaiah 43; Revelation 13

Psalm 103 is a detailed picture of forgiveness. No grudges, no lasting anger, no revenge. Instead, forgiveness is poured out generously and abundantly. When I am tempted to replay a scenario in my mind, it only strengthens a grudge’s hold on me. Anger burns faster, hurt feelings felt acutely.

Imagining instead dousing flames. Love generously poured over me: sins forgiven, redeemed, crowned with love and compassion.

He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:10-12

My wandering mind sometimes goes back to places best left buried–and it lingers there too long.

Lord, when I find my mind idling in past hurts, I pray that I would replace those images with better thoughts and generous love.

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