to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. Isaiah 49:9
Being free is something that most people desire. They want to be free to do what they want and be who they want to be.
The world is also using the phrase ‘come out’ to be what they want to be openly. People are often told to come out and be who they think or feel that they are, regardless of what others may think or feel.
In doing this type of action, the world is promoting sinful activity and setting themselves into more bondage, rather than freedom. They are bound up in sin and are not really free to live.
God calls to the Israelites to come out of their captivity and those in darkness to be free. They are called to live for God.
Over the centuries, God has not changed His call to people. He is still calling people to come out and be set free. He calls people to come out of the world and be separate from the world and its ways.
Living by the world’s standards appears to be freedom, but in reality is bondage to sin and death. The result in living ‘free’ according to the world’s ways, will be eternal death and separation from God.
Believers are to be different, set apart. Every believer is called to live a holy life just like Jesus did. They are to come out of the bondage to the ways of sin and be set free to really live life and gain eternal life with God.
Every believer, every person has this choice to make. One has to choose whether he will be bond up in sin or set free to live.
Each day you walk on this earth, you will also have to choose how you will live. You can remain in bondage and darkness or you can choose to step out and be free.
Stepping out and living for God will result in true freedom and live. You will be able to see the reality of the life of sin and the reality of what God has for you. Because of the light of Jesus in your life, you will be able to see how you are to live. You will also be able to share that light with the rest of the world.
So, come out and be free today from sin.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to follow God rather than this world; that you will come out of your sin to live for God; that God will set you free from the bondage to sin and this world.
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. Isaiah 26:8
Waiting for someone or something is a thing that most people do not like to do. Everyone wants things right away on their own time.
It is common to see people fidgeting while waiting in a line, or sitting frustrated while waiting to move forward. As they wait, they are thinking about all the things that they could be doing, if they did not have to wait. Often there comes a great anger during this waiting, because the person is no longer in control of the situation and timing of everything.
In Isaiah’s prayer, he tells God that they are waiting for Him, that He is the desire of their hearts. However, as they are waiting, they are also walking in His ways.
Most believers are waiting on God for something. They are waiting on Him to answer some prayer that is upon their heart. This prayer could be for themselves or for someone else, but it is a desire of theirs.
While waiting, just like waiting in a line, many will also get frustrated. They are upset that God is not moving any faster than what He is doing. It is common to see one stop in his tracks to wait for God. Some will stop believing in God, because He did not answer fast enough for their liking.
The true believer in God will not stop, but will continue to walk in His ways. They will live a Jesus did, continuing their mission upon this earth, while they wait for God to answer their prayers.
The desire of their heart is God, so they will live for Him and wait upon Him, not just sitting and doing nothing. They will continue to be active for God.
Focus your heart upon Him and desire God in all that you do. As you are waiting for Him to answer your heart’s prayers, keep walking. Keep being His witness in this world. Continue to live for God and to be His witness in this world.
Do not let and unanswered prayer stop you or distract you from living for God. Keep walking and do not stop. Live for God in every area of your life.
God will show up at the right time and answer your prayer, until then keep walking and waiting.
I pray today that you will seek to know God more; that God will be the full desire of your heart; that God will strengthen you to keep walking in His ways; and that you will work for God as you wait for Him.
“Make up your mind,” Moab says. “Render a decision. Make your shadow like night–at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.” Isaiah 16:3
Making a choice on which path to take is a common everyday thing for every person. Every day choices have to be made. While most are easy with little major consequences, there are some that are more difficult, having greater consequences upon the choice made.
Having a major choice to make is often a difficult thing for many people to make. Fear of making the wrong decision causes many to freeze and not make a choice. Fear of what could go wrong with a choice will cause others to stay where they are.
In his prophecy against Moab, Isaiah quotes Moab as telling the people to make up their mind. It appears (from the previous verses) to be they were talking to the women who were fluttering about like birds on what to do.
The statement, ‘make up your mind’, is something that every person can be asked or should ask themselves to do. This can include believers. Many believers make up their mind…to a point, but not fully. They waiver in their choices and decisions.
While every believer has made a choice to believe in Jesus and follow Him, not every believer has made the choice to die to self and sin. They go back and forth with dabbling in sin, often under the excuse that they cannot give it up and are sinful.
Yes, there are times they slip into sin, but often sin is a choice that was consciously made. It was done while disregarding the Holy Spirit tugging at the heart to make the right choice.
Every believer must make a choice as to whether he will serve God or man, whether he will strive to live a holy life before God or live in sin, whether he will die to the old self or live the old life.
Each day you are also presented with choices to make. The greatest choice to make is whether you will serve God with all of your life or you will serve self and man.
This choice is one that only you can make and it has to be made every day, often every minute. Do not allow yourself to waiver, but make up your mind as to whom you will serve today.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will give your whole life to serving God; that you will make choices to always honor God; and that your mind will be made up that you will love God with all of your heart.
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves. You hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead. Song Of Solomon 4:1
The person who is in love sees the one that is loved as perfect. There does not appear to be any faults in the person. There is no other person for the person who is doing the loving.
Couples who are in love with each other are often described as crazy because they will do anything for each other out of their great love They see the other as of the highest value in their lives.
The man in Solomon’s book shows extreme love for one he loves. He describes her as beautiful and with a value of a whole flock of goats.
With seeing the man as God, it is showing God as loving His bride and thinking she is beautiful and of great value.
God sees His people, those who believe in Jesus, with those same eyes. He sees the believer as extremely beautiful and of extreme value.
Looking at a believer as the world does or even the individual, one only sees a few good things and many faults. Humans do not see another person as God does. He is seeing Christ Jesus and His righteousness in the believer.
God is telling the believer that he is beautiful, a bride without spot or wrinkle. One can be seen this way only because of the forgiveness and righteousness that Jesus has given the believer.
God has the ability to see a person as the end result of what Jesus has done for him, rather than just a person who keeps messing up and failing. This can be done because of His perfect love, grace and mercy.
As a believer you can see all of your faults. You know when and where you have messed up in your past. However, if you have repented of your sins, you are now clean before God. God sees you as beautiful, not sinful and dirty.
Allow yourself to be cleansed of all sin and stand before God in Christ Jesus as holy and righteous. Allow God to change you into the perfect bride who is spotless. Do not allow yourself to go back into the dirt of sin and death.
Do not allow yourself to see yourself as only garbage, but as one who is greatly loved.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will see yourself as God sees you; and that you will live holy as Christ lived.