Isaiah 44:22 Redeemed…Now Return

Misty mountains

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you. Isaiah 44:22 

When a person purchases something, he expects to get it. The object purchased is expected to become his property and he is allowed to have it and do with it as he pleases.

Loans are often received with some object put up as collateral to ensure that the person will pay back the loan. As soon as he has made the last payment, the object that was put up for collateral is expected to be returned to him. It becomes his property again, because the full payment was made.

God is telling the people of Israel that He has paid the price for their sins and wiped them out. He had purchased their lives and now belonged to Him. Since they belonged to Him, they were to return to Him.

At the moment Jesus died upon the cross, He had paid the price for sin for every person, for all time. He bought back the people for God’s use.

Every person who has chosen to follow Jesus, has realized that he was redeemed, bought back. However, some have chosen to walk away from God in order to live in sin. They turned their backs on the redemption that Jesus had provided. Some of these fool themselves into thinking that they are following God, because they go to church, but in reality are living in sin, following the world and the devil.

God is telling these people to return to Him. Regardless of what sin a person does, God is right there willing to forgive and forget and move on. He wants every person for Himself. Because of what Jesus did, God owns the rights to every person.

If at some point in your life you have chosen to accept what Jesus did for you, you are redeemed. You were bought back at a price, the price of life. God owns you now.

Do not allow yourself to go back to the old life of sin and death. Don’t choose to give yourself back to the devil and reject the redemption Jesus has purchased for you.

If you have slipped back into a old sinful past way of living, turn around, reject sin and return to God. God is waiting for you with open arms, because you belong to Him, He has purchased your life.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; that you will know you are redeemed by God; that you will know you belong to God; and that you will live your life for God.

Joshua 23:8 Hold On Tight

Holding a rope

But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now. Joshua 23:8 

Holding on fast to something is to hold very tightly. The person who is holding something fast does not want to lose what he is holding onto.

Most people hold tightly something or many things. There are people who will never throw things away. They hold things tightly,  because someday they may need that item again. Others will hold tightly to their money, because they need to accumulate more and more to be wealthy. Parents are known to hold onto their children tightly. They do not want to let the child leave to go to school or to grow up and move away.

Some things are good to hold on to tightly, while most things do not need to be held onto so tightly. Money, people, and things come and go all the time. Every one of the things people usually hold on to is temporary, they will not last forever.

One thing that people need to hold onto tightly is God. He is eternal and is the best for everyone. As Joshua was preparing for the end of his life, he told the Israelites to hold fast onto God.

Holding fast to God is to keep oneself close to God. They are to follow God’s commands as much as possible. They are to talk with and listen to God on a continual basis. One is to not allow things to get in the way of hearing and seeing God.

This holding on to God is like a person who is holding a rope that is saving his life from dropping into a deep canyon. If he lets go, he will fall to his death.

If one lets go of God, he will fall to his death in the same way. Jesus provides eternal salvation to the one who believes in Him and does not let go.

As you go through your days, you must examine what you are holding on to. What is precious to you and worth holding?

Your number one focus and treasure should be Jesus. Do not allow yourself to get distracted with holding on to something that does not have eternal value. Nothing is better than your salvation.

Do not let go of Jesus, but keep yourself close to Him. Keep listening and watching Him to know how to make it through this life. Hold on tight to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will listen to God daily; that you will talk to God daily; that you will keep yourself close to God; and that you will not let go of God for the things of this world. 

Genesis 12:1 Leave The Familiar

Walking Out

The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

Most people like to be around people and things that they are familiar with. They like to know all of the people, the places to eat, the roads, the weather, the culture, things to do, and more in the place that they are.

Moving to a new and different place means that they have to learn everything over again. It is a difficult process to learn all about a new area. This change can be found sometimes just in moving across a major city, or across the state, or across the nation.

Yet, change can be as simple as moving to a new job or moving up into a new position in a job. Or it can be getting married, or changing the school one goes to.

In the process of change there are a lot of new things to learn. It is very rarely an easy or a fast process. It takes time to learn, yet, sometimes, moving to a new area can be something better for a person. In the end it can mean better benefits, more and better friends.

Abram was called by God to leave his family and home to go somewhere he had never been. He steps out in faith, trusting God and moves to a new location following God. During this time, Abram did not have Google to look up information about the new area and learn about it. It was something completely new for him. Later, Abram becomes the father of the one who starts the nation of Israel, who touches the entire world.

As a believer, God may call you to step out  in faith into an unknown territory. It may be a physical move to some new area, but it may also be into a new ministry to reach out and touch people.

God will call you to leave your past and familiar ways and things behind in order to follow Him. In the process of leaving behind the familiar, God may have you physically move, but it will always be a spiritual move.

Leave behind the sinful ways. Step into the new location of serving and worshipping God with all of your life and abilities. See how God can use you to touch the world.