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Isaiah 45, Isaiah 46, Romans 8:22-39

I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. A just God and a Savior; Isaiah  45

 I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ Isaiah 46

 … good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. It is God Who justifies, Who also makes intercession for us, Through Him Who loved us. Romans 8

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Isaiah 45                   Thus says the Lord to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held—To subdue, And loose, To open, … I will go, And make, I will break, And cut, I will give, I will gird you, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.

                Lord God, You called a man, King Cyrus, saying “I have named You, though You have not known Me.”  You had Cyrus DO Your Good and Perfect Will! (Romans 12:1-2) You use whom You will, as You will for Your will and immense Glory for ONE Major Purpose!! “That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other;” 

              Lord God, You are SO Rich!! So Full of Power, Majesty and Brilliance!! I stand in Awe of You by Your Word!!  I tremble in holy fear of the Lord God “Who created the heavens, formed the earth, established it and formed it to be inhabited!”   

     I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things. … I, the Lord, have created it.  “Woe to him who strives with his Maker!

                  Lord God Almighty, “Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, And let righteousness spring up together!”  Have your people deeply trust and obey Your Word by Your Holy Spirit and know without any doubt that they “shall be saved by the Lord With an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced Forever and ever.” For You say, “I have not spoken in secret. I, the Lord, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.”

            Lord Jesus, in this time and day, have “the nations. They have no knowledge,” make supplication to Your people, “saying, ‘Surely God is in you, And there is no other; There is no other God. Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!” so they will be saved by Your Atoning Blood Sacrifice!!

“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! I have sworn by Myself; The Word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow,”

In the Lord all the descendants of Israel Shall be justified, and shall glory.’”

Isaiah 46                   Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; Their idols were on the beasts. Though one cries out to it, yet it cannot answer Nor save him out of his trouble. —  Listen to Me, who have been upheld by Me from birth, Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! and will deliver you. To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal And compare Me, that we should be alike?

             Lord God, thank You for being all Wise, Nurturing, Faithful and Perfect in Your relating with me All Ways!! Lord Jesus, I regret and am deeply sorry for turning my heart and mind away from You. I have harmed myself most of all. Yes, I have hurt others, You and Your Kingdom agenda, too. “Jumping Ship” is Never excusable. Turning my back on Pure Love, Truth, and Hope (You are all of this Jesus!) in a trade for acting upon lies and deception is the cause of pain, loneliness, heartache and much worse. 1

              I have bowed down to “idols” because of my own fear of man and my own deceptions and insecurities. How wicked when I have You God Who is SOOO Real, Vibrant and Completely Good!!! The world might not even notice my sins because they may not consider it sin, but higher are Your Ways, Oh God, than mine!! I am to live a life of faith pleasing to You, Lord God, a life of Faith and Truth in my innermost parts, to Delight myself in You and rejoice that You are my Very Great Reward!  2

            Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word and Blood! I acknowledge MY sins as my own. I confess them to You directly. I turn away from each section whole heartedly and in disgust and hatred for the willful “evil” of them. And I rejoice in Your complete cleansing of my soul and conscience! Teach me Your Ways in my innermost parts so that I will not sin against You and others. I rejoice in You, my God and Savior! 3

I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ —  I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off; My salvation shall not linger. And I will place salvation in Zion, For Israel My glory.

Romans 8:22-39                 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

            Thank you for the gift of praying with the Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit I praise you for interceding for me! I worship You Almighty Living God!

            Thank You Lord God for having me in Your process of conforming me into the image of Your Son Jesus! No wonder you fill me with the Holy Spirit in order to protect, teach, comfort, guide, etc. for You to succeed in having me “more than conqueror” through You Lord God each moment!!  4

NO Thing “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Bible Insights –

1 – 1 John 4:8; 1 John 4:16; Psalm 119:160; John 14:6; John 1:14; John 17:17; Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 12:21; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11

2- Proverbs 29:25; Proverbs 14:27; Psalm 52:1; Psalm 73:1; Psalm 118:1; James 1:17; Psalm 143:10; Isaiah 55:8-9; Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Hebrews 10:38; Hebrews 11:6; Psalm 51; Psalm 37:4; Philippians 4:4; Genesis 15:1  

3- Psalm 51, Ezekiel 18:32, Psalm 119:11, Luke 1:47

4- 1 Corinthians 14:14-19; Hebrews 7:25; Exodus 31:3; Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4; Acts 4:8; Acts 4:31; Acts 13:9; Acts 13:52; Romans 15:13; Ephesians 5:18

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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1 Samuel 27, 1 Corinthians 8, Ezekiel 6, Psalm 44

for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 1 Corinthians 8:6

 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when their slain are among their idols all around their altars, … wherever they offered sweet incense to all their idols. Ezekiel 6:13

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1 Samuel 27             And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. … So I shall escape out of his hand.” …So David dwelt with Achish at Gath, … Then David said to Achish, “If I have now found favor in your eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there.” … one full year and four months. 

                 David believed his own fears, a Lie. David believed he’d perish by the hand of Saul. David distrusted God’s anointing by Samuel. (1 Samuel 16:13) Desperation moving us away from God’s Promises is a recipe for disaster. (Proverbs 3:1-8, Proverbs 29:25, Job 28:28) Pursuing the favor of an ungodly king and choosing to dwell with men who do not fear God is in direct opposition to God’s Word. Psalm 1, Genesis 6:8, Ephesians 6:6, Proverbs 12:2, Luke 12:5

                 How often can I be like this? By living, thinking, moving and emoting out of fear plays me right into the hand of my soul’s enemy. I become pained and confused, further losing my trust in the Lord, until I repent and turn back to the Lord Jesus Christ. Not so when I quickly “spot” the lie, hear the “trumpet of warning” in my head and cease and desist from advancing into the enemy’s plans. (Genesis 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44)

               Lord God Almighty, may I live consciously of Your plans, fixing the eyes of my heart on Your Word and promises when I “see” no way out and “feel” alone and abandoned. When it seems like I am heading right into the dark alley, may I remember Your Name, Your Character, and trust that You cannot abandon me because Your Spirit lives within me. (Ephesians 4:30; Galatians 5:25; Romans 8:5; Hebrews 12:2)

1 Corinthians 8                    Now concerning things offered to idols: … we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one.

                Idolatry breaks the first two commandments (Exodus 20:2-6). Offering anything to any one or thing while focusing on pleasing it more than pleasing God is idolatry! The world has many religions offering sacrifices to statues and ideologies. (Jeremiah 7:16-19; Matthew 6:5-15; Isaiah 40:18-26; Isaiah 44:6-23; Jeremiah 10:1-16; Hosea 4:12; Revelation 9:20)

              Jesus says to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:36-37  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17, Romans 12:1-2; John 4:21-26; John 15:5-11

                        7 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; … and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. …  beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

              While I may know something, I must purposefully serve others to not cause my weaker siblings in Christ to sin against their defiled consciences. May I continue to inform my conscience of God’s Word so that it is strong and not weak, wise and not just knowledgeable. I am always amazingly blessed when others’ love (Acts 10:9-16, Col 3:23-24) edifies me, for I see our Lord Jesus Christ magnified and glorified by them!

Ezekiel 6                   The word of the Lord GOD! …  your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. The slain shall fall in your midst, … So I will stretch out My hand against … they shall know that I am the LORD.

              For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but …” Exodus 20:5-6

             The Lord God Almighty will not share the affections He is due with another. No matter what the culture or religion, may I be conscious not to offer incense or flowers to any one or thing, not got bow before statues, or pay homage to an entity other than the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Lord God Almighty? I must Be Aware of God’s fierce wrath!

                 Years ago you warned me and showed me my Father! (Jeremiah 7:16-19; Matthew 6:5-15; Isaiah 40:18-26; Isaiah 44:6-23; Jeremiah 10:1-16; Hosea 4:12; Revelation 9:20)  Thank you for correcting me to not bow before any, even in my mind. You freed me from being drawn to depression because of waiting around for a powerless entity to accomplish what only You can do!! Your relationship has transformed me by Your Holy Spirit and your Word has given clarity of mind. Please renew others, too! Thank you!  Genesis 1:2, John 3:5

Psalm 44                   If we had forgotten the name of our God, Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god, Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

                Lord God, please keep me close to You, may I not bow my mind or heart to any image, music, or pleasurable delight to titillate me away from Who You are, what You do, or my being faithful to who You have made and are making me to be. You are the Author and Finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2).

                 Please search my heart and remove whatever is blocking me from full surrender to You. Magnify Yourself in my heart and mind that I would love You more fully by Your Holy Spirit and be changed by Your Word. “26 Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.”

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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Exodus 23, John 2, Job 41, 2 Corinthians 11

All these Do’s and Do Nots!

 “Who then is able to stand against Me? … Everything under heaven belongs to Me.” Job 41:10-11

 Found at Bible Gateway –   http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ex.%2023;%20John%202;%20Job%2041;%202%20Cor.%2011&version=NIV1984

 All these Do’s and Do Nots! All because You, my LORD, care so much for each person, no matter what their status. You Love the wicked man enough to correct him so he will be Godly, safe, joyous, and not burning under Your eternal wrath. Your heart breaks for people wrongfully treated. You hate lying and cheating! You “will not acquit the guilty.”

             Your warning and promise for me is clear: “Pay attention …Do not rebel… I will be an enemy to your enemies…” v.20-22  You, the All-powerful, send terror and confusion to those who oppose You. I am grateful to be safe because of Your Son’s blood. Your tender side entreats me: Engage in caring for Every person. Lord, grow my trust in Your Ways and my heart in Your compassion. I cannot do it without Your Spirit. Fill me with your Holy Spirit!

             You must be my and my family’s First Love, restfully refreshing ourselves in You every seventh day. Being intimate with You, I may not even speak of false gods! Lord Allmighty, I fear You! You can smite me with a thought. I tremble in awe of You, humbled. Indebted to You because of Jesus’ atonement, I do not take You for granted. You own me! I know that I find pleasure in things that are not of You. Make me aware of my “false gods”. Have me detest them as You do. Reveal the deception of those who flatter, ploy, coming as “angels of light”, wolves in many outfits and sounds. Abundantly give Your True Light to set Your suffering flock free!

             Make me proactively aware of idolatry and ideology that opposes Your Word. Make me intolerant of sin and sinful patterns as You are. Chasten me to keep my righteous boundaries firm to prevent me from being ensnared by sin and depraved. v. 32-33 You placed Your Spirit in me, making my body Your Temple. (1Cor 6:19) Continue to cleanse me. Remind me that You give me far greater and real pleasure when I am in Your Presence!    

             I need You Lord God Almighty like I need breath to live. I cannot live an eternal life without You. I choose to be set apart for You and not yoke or covenant with sinfulness. Cause my country to delight in You, so within our borders will be fresh and clean, and we will see Your Glory 24/7/365. 

             You desire me to joyously celebrate You! Never to come to You empty handed, but to bring You my best, not perfection, but just my all. That is how You are for me! You Joyously Celebrate over me! You serve me the Best! You know my needs thoroughly. You miraculously saved me from Hell by Your greatest Gift, Jesus. Yet Your Love-Gifts never end.  

             Someone came to our home to sell us a set of VERY expensive knives a few years ago. My old set was well cared for and did a good job, they noticed. But You showed me that their tools were far superior! I could make one cut and the job was done. Life would be faster, more accurate, and easier with these tools. But You “told” me that it wasn’t safe to have a set of sharp knives in my home yet. Again, this summer I saw excellent knives. I asked You, “Can I have them?” and quickly added, “I don’t want to spend Your money on what I don’t really need. What I have is still useable.”    You shocked me Jesus. On Christmas Day, under the tree, were the Best set of knives. A salesman gave them to my husband, who gave them to me, for me to serve others~~!! Oh Joy!! You know the minutest desires of my heart. Frivolous, yet valuable to You. – And I learned a lesson by it – Tools are Very Important, especially when in the Hand of the Master. Make me a Great knife in Your Hand, please!! Make me skilled with Your Sword of the Spirit!! Let me not be a clunker, bashing the meat, pulverizing the tomato… but instead, sharp and direct, causing little destruction yet bearing great fruit for You! Please Lord?!

             The leviathan~ I rejoice in Your creativity and power! I delight in your Brilliant Intelligence! I burst with Joy for Who You are and what You do!! You created and know this beast; his emotions, capabilities, and those of his enemies! How much better must you understand, love and think about me? Your child, one made in Your Image. I must pursue thinking this way rather than discounting my value to You, my Lord and Savior. ~ There is nothing too much for You, my God! You can, and You do!

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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