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Friday, October 31, 2014, Devotion

“He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.  For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.”  (Isaiah 7:15, 16)

The Lord reminds us that the contemporary woes shall pass (often replaced by new and unforeseen woes).  He also foretold that Jesus would live a life that had its blessings and was not austere for the time.  An ordinary lad (so it would seem), living in the land would be the hope for all nations.  And it has come to pass, just as the Lord foretold.  We do well to accept the sign of the Lord.

How the nations scramble to explain away what the Lord has done.  He told us that a virgin would be with child.  The scoffers say that such a thing is not possible.  He told us that the lad would be from an ordinary life, but the scoffers asked if anything good could come out of Nazareth.  He told us that the Savior would choose good and turn from evil, but the scoffers are constantly trying to remake the life of Jesus into a life that grew out of sin and into goodness.  Do not listen to the scoffers, but the Word of the Lord.

Lord, I do not know how it could be any more clear than what You have done, yet there are many who simply outright reject what You have done.  Help me to be wise and choose the better portion, trusting in Your never-failing promises, given from times past, that I may remain in You and You in me.  Guide me this day in Your way of truth that I may hold fast to the faith You have given me.  Amen.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, Devotion

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”  (Isaiah 7:14, 15)

The sign given for all to believe is that God would be with us, which is the meaning of the name Immanuel.  He would do this in a way that cannot be done by humans.  In other words, it is only something God can do.  Those who come under, into and with the sign, Immanuel, will be under the Lord’s eternal protection, preserving them through this life for life eternal.

Lord, help me to see that the promise is in You and in no other.  Guide me into Your never-failing arms of mercy, that I would hold fast to the truth that You alone are able to see all time and explicitly explain what is to come.  You foretold the birth of Jesus and gave the promise for the ages.  Help me look to the sign You have given and live the life to which You have called me.

Thank You, Lord, for the amazing truth You have revealed for the ages.  Guide me in Your way of truth that I would hold fast to the truth and not waver.  Keep me close to You, knowing that in You alone is there hope and a future.  Keep me from following after the false hopes of this generation, but instead may I remain steadfast in the truth of Your revealed Word.  Amen.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Devotion

“But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!”  Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?”  (Isaiah 7:12, 13)

Here’s the rub: the Lord offers, but the people refuse and then become angry when things don’t go their way.  This is crazy.  The Creator offers, and you refuse the Creator, but then hold Him accountable for your awful decision.  People can do as they wish, but it will not change reality.  But what about you, will you come into the offer of the Lord, or try His patience?

Lord, all around me are those who deny You, but then lash out in anger.  Help me not to get caught up in their crazy thinking, but instead, live humbly in this life You have given me.  Teach me to come to You for all things, knowing that You will guide and direct me in all truth.  Keep me close to You and help me walk near Your presence, in Your Word and under Your counsel.

Lord, thank You for the grace You give to every foolish generation.  Help me this day to live according to Your wisdom, knowing that in You, there is hope and a future.  Teach me Your precepts and then help me to put those precepts into action.  Build up in me diligence that I would live according to Your will and thereby be approved according to Your grace.  Amen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Devotion

“Then the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”  (Isaiah 7:10, 11)

We are encouraged to come to the Lord and ask.  Simply ask the Lord to open your heart and see the truth of the ages.  Many will not, but you need not be among those who will not simply pursue the invitation before them.  The Word says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  He desires for you to know Him and come into His never-failing promises.

Lord, in this skeptical age, I follow along with others who do not, or will not, live according to what You have formed from the beginning.  Help me to not blindly follow along, but instead, to test and see that what You offer is life itself and the promise of eternal life.  Remove from me skepticism, and replace it with understanding and wisdom.  Guide me in Your ways that I would live life.

Lord, You are the author of life.  You offer to each of us to come to You, for You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  Guide me this day in Your revealed truth that I may live according to Your Word, knowing that in You there is hope and a future.  Help me learn faithfulness from You, for You are gentle and will guide me according to Your perfect will.  Amen.

Monday, October 27, 2014, Devotion

“For the head of Aram is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin (now within another 65 years Ephraim will be shattered, so that it is no longer a people), and the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you will not believe, you surely shall not last.”’” (Isaiah 7:8, 9)

We convince ourselves that the plans we have will last, but throughout the pale of history, we see how the schemes of those in power come to nothing.  Only the plans of the Lord will endure.  Those who follow the Lord will see the benefits come as the Lord’s plan comes to fruition.  Lean not on Your own understanding, but in every way upon the will of the Lord which endures forever.

Lord, You know how I make plans and think those in power will prevail.  Help me learn to live under Your provision, knowing that Your will shall be accomplished according to Your purpose.   Keep me from looking to another, currently in power, and thinking that they will prevail when such plans go against Your will.  Show me Your will, that I would live only in what You would have for me.

Lord, You know the plans You have for each one of us, to prosper those who will submit to You and keep us from evil.  Guide me this day to be in Your will, even if it means that I am on the outside of the prevailing will of this age.  Help me be faithful in what You are directing me to do that I would hold fast to the faith You have given me in Christ Jesus my Savior.  Amen. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014, Devotion

“Because Aram, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has planned evil against you, saying, “Let us go up against Judah and terrorize it, and make for ourselves a breach in its walls and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” thus says the Lord God: “It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.” (Isaiah 7:5-7)

We make plans, but if they are against the Lord, they shall not stand. The will of the Lord will come to pass, just as He has determined, for He is Sovereign. The call of the Lord is to submit to Him in all things and that His will becomes our will. This is why Jesus said that we must abide in Him and He in us, for apart from the Lord, we can do nothing, but in Him, all things are possible.

Lord, beginning in the garden, the rebellion began, where we sinners sought our own will over Yours. Help me understand completely that there is no will that shall survive except Your will. Guide me into Your never-failing purpose that I would hold fast to the truth that You are Sovereign in all things and that apart from You, all plans are futile.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for revealing the truth in that simple statement, “Not my will, but thy will be done.” Help me to live my life with that attitude of submission that I would be Your faithful disciple, following as You lead and doing what You would have me do. Guide me this day in Your never-failing truth to be faithful in all that I do this day for the Father’s glory. Amen.


Saturday, October 25, 2014, Devotion

“Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway to the fuller’s field, and say to him, ‘Take care and be calm, have no fear and do not be fainthearted because of these two stubs of smoldering firebrands, on account of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and the son of Remaliah.” (Isaiah 7:3, 4)

For those who turn to the Lord, He sends messages that help us see that He is always in control. Nothing will happen apart from His Sovereign will. Though one thousand may fall at your right hand, it shall not happen to you. Those who trust in the Lord will be under His provision. No matter the foe, no one is able to overcome the power of the Almighty Lord who determines the outcome of His will.

Lord, guide me into the comfort of Your provision, knowing that no matter what happens, You are there and Your will is unfolding. Guide me through this assurance to see that You have all things in Your hands and the mightiest of foes on this earth are as gnats to you, for You are able to swat away any foe that stands against you. Keep me in the assurance of Your Word.

Lord, all times and seasons are in Your hands. Help me this day to rest in the assurance and promise of Your Word, knowing that in You, all things will work to glory because of the love You have given me. Guide my footsteps that I would not tremble in the face of adversity, nor waver with indecision, but instead would be steadfast in living in the truth of Your promises. Amen.


Friday, October 24, 2014 Devotion

“Now it came about in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Aram and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not conquer it. When it was reported to the house of David, saying, “The Arameans have camped in Ephraim,” his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake with the wind.” (Isaiah 7:1,2)

As the recompense for the rebellion against the Lord accelerates, the warning signs are in the increased war that is waged against those who could have been God’s faithful people. It was true then, and it is true now. Throughout these verses, we are reminded that the Lord simply calls for faithfulness among His people. Turn to the Lord, and He will be your protector in all times.

Lord, in many ways, what happened before simply repeats itself, yet few seem to see, or acknowledge the warning signs. Regardless of what those around me do, help me simply come to You and submit my life to Your will. Guide me in your ways regardless of what those around me do that I may be in harmony with Your will. Lead me ever deeper into the mystery of the faith You have given in Christ.

Thank You, Lord, for stepping in the way between eternal condemnation and eternal life with You. Help me follow You this day in Your truth, which You have revealed for the ages. Keep me from being caught up in the insanity of a constantly rebelling world in order that I may live according to Your timeless precepts. May I be Your faithful servant today. Amen.


Thursday, October 23, 2014 Devotion

“Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, and it will again be subject to burning, like a terebinth or an oak whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump.” (Isaiah 6:13)

The Lord always has the remnant who remain faithful. It is a small portion of the whole. Although things at times seem bleak, yet there are those who will follow the Lord. No matter the circumstances, faithfulness remains in those who believe. Live, then, for the Lord not because of circumstances, but because of who He is, Creator of the universe. Live in His grace and mercy and know that He is God.

Lord, help me in every time to come to You and live according to Your never-failing principles. Guide me into a life of faith, growing in the maturity of a disciple and seeking Your will in all things. Grow the seed of faithfulness in me that I would not be counted among the dead, but among the living, knowing that only in You is there life, hope and a future.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for coming and bringing light and life. In Your Word, You bring guidance, direction for all who believe. Help me this day to grow in trust as You lead, that I would do those things that You direct and live according to Your never-failing Word. Help me listen as You speak and then put into action what it is that You have spoken. May I be faithful this day in thought, word and deed. Amen.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Devotion

“Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, houses are without people and the land is utterly desolate, “The Lord has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.”  (Isaiah 6:11, 12)

The blessing of the Lord brings abundance.  Abundance of spirit and, with well-being, abundance in productivity.  When people dwell in sin, they dwell in self.  When they dwell in self, they do not do what is needed, let alone what is right.  Far from the Lord, the land does become a place of desolation.  This happened, and it happens.  There is the actual fulfilled prophecy, and the principle that always applies and both are true.

Lord, teach me in this principle that a people who are far off from You become a desolate land.  Help me find who it is You have created me to be and then to live according to Your Word which guide me in the faith.  In Christ, I am not forsaken, and in Your Word I am never alone.  Help me dwell in the land of the living and live the life You have called me to through grace.

Thank You. Lord, for reaching out to every generation with Your call of mercy and grace.  You do not desire for us to wander, but to live with You and in Your Word.  Help me today to learn faithfulness, applying what You have taught me to my life.  Help me to be in community that I may find the order for which You have created us to live.  In everything this day, help me to live by faith and to Your glory.  Amen.