Isaiah 7:14 God Loves To Give Signs

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Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 

People use and need signs all the time. Signs let a person know when something is coming up or where it is at. Signs also let a person know what to do or not to do. They can also let a person know when a change is about to occur.

They are a great guidance for people in nearly every area of life.

There are two things that people can do when they see a sign. They can heed the sign and obey it, or they can ignore the sign and keep moving in their own way. Signs are there for a reason. To ignore the sign will often mean danger or going the wrong way.

Israel had been rejecting God, yet God was out to reach them and bring them back. God tells them, nearly a thousand years early, that He will give them a sign. This sign will be the sign of a virgin giving birth to the savior with the name of Immanuel–God with us.

Even believers in God need signs to know what is occurring or what is going to happen. God loves to give a sign to guide the believer in the right path.

Just as God gave a sign of Jesus coming the first time, He is giving signs of His return. Even today people can see signs of God’s hand at work in their lives or in the lives of others. One can see signs of God’s control in situations in life or His presence in their lives. There will also be signs of a changed life of one who begins to believe in and follow Jesus.

Search through the bible and see the signs God has already given you, the promises He has made and how He has already fulfilled many of them. See how God is already working in your life.

Once you see the signs God is giving you, follow and obey those signs. Do not ignore the signs in your life. There can be signs that things are not right between you and God, make a change. There can also be signs that you are on the right path with God, keep going forward and don’t give up.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the signs of God’s work in your life; that you will see signs of where you stand with God; and that you will heed the signs God has given you for your life. 

Proverbs 30:5 Perfect Words

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Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5 

There thousands of manuscripts of different ancient Greek stories or some other foreign writing out in circulation. With each of the translations there are many different differences of opinion as to what was originally said. There are many faults in the what was written.

There are also thousands of books that have been written giving information on how to do something. In most of these books there can be faults as to what was written. It can also be found that many different books deny the ‘facts’ in other books. Truth is hard to come by.

The writer of this proverbs knows that the word of God is perfect with no flaws in it. One can hold on to it and be protected by God.

God has allowed His word to be written down so that people can know what He has said and what He desires. These words that He has said are perfect words that work for every person. God has worked out all of the details in His word to a point of perfection.

Reading and listening to His word gives a person everything that they need to know in how to live on this earth and prepare for eternity. It reveals who God is.

When a person holds onto His word and follows it, God will be a shield around the person. The person is taking up his refuge in God and His word, not in the temporary things of this world.

Having God’s word in one’s life brings about a peace and comfort of His security and love. Without His word, there is no hope in this life, it is eat, live, die.

Throughout your life you will have many situations to deal with. Go to God’s word to seek how to deal with them. Hold on to His promises that He has for you. Know the hope you have in Jesus Christ, knowing that all this life will end some day and you will have eternity in heaven.

You can trust God’s word to you. It will never fail you. God will never fail you. Instead of holding on to the things of this world that will fade away and fail, hold onto His word.

God will hold on to and protect you when you hold to and follow His word for your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s word to you; that you will trust God’s word; that you will know the security in God’s word; and that you will know the truth in God’s word. 

Psalm 143:8 The GPS Of Life

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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 

Traveling from one place to another requires that a person have directions on how to get there. Thirty years ago, this was done by asking for directions or reading a map that one would bring with him. Without some type of directions, one can never get to his destination.

In current times, the most common way to get directions is to pull up the directions on a GPS system. Usually this will be able to give the needed directions from wherever a person is at to where he wants to go. People trust the GPS system to get them to their destination.

Finding direction in life is much more challenging. Often people look to other people or books to get their direction.

David called out to God to give him direction. He fully trusted God to lead him correctly in life.

GPS systems can give directions to physical places, but are unable to guide a person in life. In life there are millions of different possible paths to take, millions of actions and reactions that are available.

Knowing which path to take can be nearly impossible for a person to do on his own. While seeking guidance from others can help, they can also fall short or lead in the wrong way.

The focus of the leading that people give is short term, limited only to this life. It does not have eternity in mind.

God is the only one who has perfect love and eternity in mind. He knows the beginning, the middle and the end at the same time. He knows the path that each person must take.

As a believer you must release your life into the hands of God. Trust that He knows what is best for you. Seek His guidance each day for the path for you to take in this life.

God is waiting there to guide you in what you should think, say and do each moment of every day. With God you will never lose connection, service or get an unknown location as you will with a man-made GPS system.

Who or what is your GPS system in this life? What is guiding you through life on this earth into eternity?

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will listen to God’s directions; that God will guide you in the path you must take; and that you will trust God’s direction for your life. 

Psalm 48:14 Who Is Your Guide?

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For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14 

Walking down a path or through a museum, people are often offered a guide to lead them. This can be with a pamphlet or someone actually leading them. This is to give them the best experience of what they will see and do.

Some people do not like to be guided. They feel as though they can find their own way through anything and everything. They ignore what others have to say about any situation that they are in and go their own way.

Often as a person goes his own way, he fails or falls short of his desires and goals.

Many other people will seek out some guidance. This can be found in many different ways. Guidance is found in books, online articles or videos, GPS, talking to others, reading horoscopes, watching others, and many other ways.

Some of these ways lead a person in correct ways, while others will lead them down false paths.

The sons of Korah write that God is their God and He is their only guide. He is not only their guide for right now, but all the way to the end.

The best guide is the one who has been down the path or the one who knows the path from the beginning to the end. He has to have the experience to know how to guide another person correctly.

God is the only one who can see the end from the beginning. He knows the path perfectly well and knows how to guide people on it.

Jesus guided the disciples while He walked on the earth. When He left, He sent His Holy Spirit to continue guiding the disciples. Today every believer can have His Holy Spirit to guide him on the path in following Jesus and becoming more like Him.

You can also have God’s Holy Spirit in you and guiding you. As you read and study God’s word you will be guided by His Holy Spirit in how to live your life.

You are on the path towards becoming like Jesus in every way. It is a lifelong path, that will end only when God calls you into heaven for eternity.

Instead of looking towards temporary help that this world gives, and that will fall short, look towards God’s guidance. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in every area of your life for ever.

I pray today that you will know God’s guidance; that you will hear His Holy Spirit telling you the way to live; that you will live by God’s ways; and that God will be your God forever. 

 

Psalm 19:8 Joy And Light

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The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8 

Rules are something that most people do not really like. They do not like being told what to do or how to do it. People want the freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want to do it. Anything less than this is restriction and not a joy.

When people follow the rules, it is usually when someone in authority is nearby and then it is not done with joy. It is done out of force to keep from getting into trouble. As soon as the authority is out of sight, the person will go back to breaking the rules. While most people don’t go extreme on breaking the rules, they still will break them.

David found out that the precepts, or general laws of God were something that brought joy and light into a person’s life.

At the time David said this, he was under the law. It was a do or die system. There was no grace or forgiveness.

With the coming of Jesus, this changed things. There was forgiveness and mercy to be shown. The heart is now changed.

People in and out of the church often see the law as something that is legalistic and mandatory, and they don’t like it. Yet, the law can bring joy. It shows a person what God loves. It guides a person in how to live, think and act in ways that will please God.

This is not something that is a to be done out of force, but out of love. Since Jesus died for each and every person to give him life, that person should be more than willing to obey God’s laws. Those laws teach a person how to live in righteousness and holiness. Living this way brings joy and light into the life of a person.

As you look at the laws of God, don’t see them as legal requirements, but as the best way to live for God. Choose to follow them out of love for God because of what Jesus did for you.

When obeying God, you will find joy in your heart and life. There will be no fear of judgement or condemnation, because you know you are doing what God wants you to do.

I pray today that you will find joy in obeying God; that you will see the value in God’s commands; that you will see God’s heart in His rules; and that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life.