Isaiah 6:11 Keep Going

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Then I said, “For how long, Lord?” And he answered: “Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the house are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, Isaiah 6:11 

Doing something will often take some time. People want to know how much time it will take. Often they will ask about the time before they will begin a task. They want to know when they will be done or free to do something else.

The real challenge is that often the amount of time to do something may not always be known. It usually has to be done until the project is completed, whatever that takes.

Without having a knowledge of how long that will take, people will often give up early, especially when it can take a extra long time.

God had called Isaiah to go before the people to bring a message. Isaiah was willing to go, but wanted to know for how long. God tells him until the cities lie empty and ruined.

Believers today are called to go and bring a message to the people. It is the gospel message to every person on this earth. The purpose of this message is to get people to follow Jesus and be saved from condemnation to hell for eternity.

Some may ask for how long are they to be a witness telling people about Jesus. It is the same as with Isaiah–until the cities are empty and lying in ruins.

As long as there are people to tell about Jesus, one must keep on telling. The only time one can stop is when there is absolutely no one else to tell, which will only happen when Jesus returns and everyone is removed to either heaven or hell.

This is an ongoing task that no believer should stop doing.

In the same way that someone was a witness to you, you must also be a witness to others. It took some time before you believed in Jesus, so others had to keep going until you hear the message.

You, now, have the same commission that God had sent Isaiah–go and tell the people the news. Jesus repeated that commission several thousand years later and still repeats it today.

There are billions of people on this earth who still need to hear about Jesus. Cities are still inhabited. Do not stop spreading the gospel message. Keep going forward until all have heard.

I pray today that God will help you be His witness in this world; that God will give you strength to keep moving forward with His message; that God will touch the heart of people through you; and that many will come to know Jesus through your message. 

Psalm 126:6 Return With Joy

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Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:6 

All over the world there is often much sorrow. There is death, sickness, pain, suffering, poverty, violence and much more that takes the joy of life out of many people.

The struggles of life tear many people down, removing all joy and happiness. Some will strive to end it all because they no longer see any hope in life. They try and try to make things better, but seem to only find up failing and hurting worse. For many, in the end there does not seem to be any purpose or love left to hold on to.

The Israelite psalmist had seen Israel be crushed as a nation. There was a lot of weeping and sorrow, but now they were to go out sowing seed. God would restore them and bring back in a great harvest.

While this passage is talking about a physical harvest, it can also point to a spiritual harvest. Believers today are just like the rest of the world in that they see lots of death, sickness, pain, suffering and sorrow in their own lives and in the lives of others around them.

However, unlike the world, the believer has a hope to hold on to. Jesus has promised eternal life to those who believe in Him, thus they will have sorrow and weeping today, but songs of joy are coming.

The seed that the believer carries today is the gospel message of Jesus, the message of the salvation that He provides. As the believer is going out weeping over the sins of the world, he can carry the gospel seed to reach others for Jesus.

With much prayer and guidance of His Holy Spirit, that seed will go out and reach others for Jesus. Many will be saved. At that point, the believer will return with sheaves of new believers and songs of joy at God’s work in the lives of others.

As a believer, you have the seeds of the gospel with you. Weep over the sin and sorrow that you see around you, but carry those seeds to give to those who need it. Trust God to grow those seeds and to save many.

Reach many for Jesus, so that many lives will be saved and your joy will be great. For every one saved, there is great rejoicing in heaven, many songs of joy.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy of living for God; that you will be a witness of what Jesus has done; and that you will know the joy of many being saved by Jesus. 

Job 32: 18-20 A Need To Speak

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For I am full of words, and the spirit within me compels me; inside I am like bottled-up wine, like new wineskins ready to burst. I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply. Job 32:18-20 

Most people like to have their say in a situation. They want their voice to be heard. Looking on the television, one can find dozens of talk shows, talking about everything and anything. People like to talk.

Some people think about what they have to say before they say it, while others just blurt out what they want to say. These words can have either positive or negative effects on others, depending on what was said and how it was said.

There is nothing wrong with desiring to speak. God made people to speak.

Elihu, another friend of Job’s, chose to speak up. He was a younger person and so waited to speak. Now as he speaks, he points out that he is full of words and just needs to have his say, that he can wait no longer. He feels as if what he has to say is very important.

Having this feeling of needing to say something is something every believer should have. Inside of every believer is a message that every person in this world needs to hear. That message is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that God loves every one and wants to save them.

This message should be so important to the believer, that it bubbles up inside of him and needs to be let out. The words need to be spoken as often as possible to every one possible. There are nearly eight billion people on this planet, the majority of whom have never heard the message of Jesus. That word needs to be spread.

As a believer in Jesus, your heart should be breaking at seeing people lost in this world. You will not be able to reach everyone around the entire world, but you can reach people that you meet each day.

Your heart should be filled so much with God’s love that it is overflowing with words to tell people about Jesus. It should compel you to speak up and let people know the truth.

Do not allow fear to stop you from speaking. Let God’s love for you and others strengthen you to speak up give the gospel message today.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that God will open your eyes to see the need to be a witness of Jesus; that God will give you the words to speak; and that God will give you the boldness to speak.

1 Corinthians 15:2 Hold On Firmly

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By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:2

The word ‘gospel’ means good news or message. The gospel that Paul preached was that Jesus died and rose again. Jesus had done this in order to be able to forgive every one of their sins and to remove their sins. He paid the penalty for the sins of every person who ever lived. Paul says that they are to hold on firmly to this gospel message.

To hold on firmly is to grasp a hold of something and to not let go.

Many children have a dream that they begin to hold on to. They desire to be someone or do something some day. As they grow older, most children lose or let go of that dream. Others will say that they cannot do it and so they give up on that dream or hope that they had.

A few people will hold on to that dream and keep striving to reach it. Those who keep holding on and not give up, often will reach their dream.

While Christians do not have a dream, they do have a hope to hold on to. That hope is the salvation that Jesus provides. There have been many in the church who began to believe the gospel message, but later let go of it. The cares of this world pulled them away from holding onto that gospel message. Or they get caught up in working for their salvation, rather than having faith in the work of Jesus.

All a believer must do is trust in what Jesus did for him and strive to live for God.

There may be times when it is a struggle for you to believe that God will save you, but you must trust His word. Hold on to that message and never give it up. If any point you give up believing that Jesus will save you, you have believed in vain. Everything you believed in becomes worthless to you.

The world will try to get you to stop believing in Jesus and that He is a waste of time. Do not fall for that, but keep believing.

Holding on will take work and effort, but it is worth it in the end. Do not let go of the gospel message in your life.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides you; that you will trust in the work of Jesus; that you will hold firmly to what you believe in Jesus; and that God will build you up in Christ Jesus. 

1 Corinthians 9:16 What Needs To Be Said

 

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For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16

Paul had just stated that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get the gospel message to the people. He did not want to hinder it from getting to anyone who needs to hear it. Now he states that he must preach the gospel message, regardless of any cost.

People usually look for a benefit in doing something. There has to be a benefit in doing an action, prior to their desiring to do it.

When a person invests money, he expects to receive a significant increase in his investment. When a person exercises, he expects to see immediate results in the workout. The benefit can be a quick, short-term one or a long-term one. If there is no direct benefit, however, he will most likely stop the action and not continue it.

Believers will often do certain actions because they know there are some great benefits to it. However, there are some things, that regardless of what benefits one may or may not receive, it needs to be done.

Preaching the gospel is one action every believer should do, regardless of the benefits. When the gospel is preached, sometimes it will be well received, while other times it may bring on persecution.

Many believers will stop the preaching when the persecution begins. They do not want to receive trouble, yet, the gospel still needs to be preached.

No believer is a believer, unless someone had preached the gospel to him. One must hear, before he can believe.

The preaching of the gospel is just sharing what Jesus did in the life of a believer. Telling others why he believes in Jesus.

One of the great priorities in your life should be to preach the gospel message. There are billions of people in this world who are dying not knowing the salvation Jesus provides. They need a chance to hear the gospel message.

Be willing to share what God is doing in your life with everyone you meet. Do not be the one who did not share, when you had the opportunity. This may be the one reason a person does not get into heaven and goes to hell.

Don’t make your life only about yourself, but about others in telling the gospel message.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that God will remove fear of telling the gospel message; and that God will give you the words to say.