Isaiah 66:1-2 Where To Build God’s House?

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. Isaiah 66:1

There are times that it is difficult to purchase a person a birthday gift. They seem to have everything that they could possibly want. Looking at wealthy people, this even seems more so. Getting a gift for someone who has all they desire can be quite a challenge. A lot of it will depend upon the heart of the person. What does a person get the person who has everything that they want?

Most people do not have the problem of having so much that there is nothing left to possibly want. Nearly every person can think of several things that they desire. Most of those things will most likely be physical things, while some will also be non-physical things, such as peace, joy, happiness, or health.

One thing that many people will like, but not necessarily ask for is something hand-made or time with that person. This shows something that was made and given from the heart.

God is the one who has made the heavens and the earth. Since He has made everything that exists, He also owns it. Now God is looking for something. He is looking for a place to rest. This shows His heart’s real desire.

As a human being, you may wonder what can you give God, since He owns it all already. God created you to have fellowship with you. He wants to sit down and rest with you. Even though God made everything there is, He wants a place to rest and be still.

The place He desires is in you. It is in your heart and life. God wants to spend time with you. Of all the things that you can give God, this is the only one that God does not already have. God made your heart, but gave it to you. Now it is your turn to give it back to Him.

Allow God to make your heart His temple. This will be the best house and gift God can ever have.

Will you build a house for God today?

I pray today that you will dedicate your heart to God; that God will find a place to rest in your life; that your heart will be a welcome spot for God to live; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.

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Isaiah 65:2 God Is Holding Out His Hands

All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations–Isaiah 65:2

All throughout the Old Testament the nation of Israel would walk away from God and choose their own paths. They would pursue a path that, to them, appeared to be the best path. That path would be one without God in it. As they were doing this God would continually hold out His hands wanting to take them back. His great desire was to restore their relationship with Him.

Although several thousand years have passed, the pattern is still occurring worldwide. People every where are pursuing their own dreams and imaginations. Many feel if they can just get the right job position, or the right house, or hit a certain level of being famous, or live in the right area, or marry the right person, or some other thing, then everything will be perfect. Life will be the best if these things are met.

All of these things are just like taking a drug. They will make a person happy for a moment, but will quickly wear off. One will need to get more and more, higher doses to keep the happiness desired. Often a lot of these things that they pursue are not good for them, and are not what God wants for them.

As they are walking down these paths, searching for joy and contentment, God is reaching out His arms to them. He has the perfect plan for each one. He has a path for them, that will bring perfect contentment, joy and peace.

Many people look at what God has to offer and reject His arms reaching out to them. They see it as hard and difficult, with no real joy. God’s joy and peace is not always for the immediate, it is usually for the long run. His ways are the best ways in the end and are not just temporary fixes.

Each day, as you walk through this life, know that God is reaching His arms out to you, to hold you and guide you through this life. He wants the absolute best for you.

Are you willing to jump into His arms and trust Him?

Or will you continue, like most of the world, to follow your own imaginations?

I pray today that you will see God reaching out to you; that you will trust God’s arms of guidance; that God will strengthen you to turn from sinful imaginations and pursuits; and that you will walk in the ways of God.

Isaiah 64:8 Are You Moldable?

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

Clay is something that is amazing. When it is moist and soft, it is very moldable and can be shaped into many different shapes. One is a good potter can turn the clay into bowls, plates, cups, vases, decorations, pictures, statues and more.

The potter takes his time in making the object with the clay.  He puts in more clay in some spots and takes out some of the clay in other spots. If it does not turn out the way he envisions it, then he will crush it down and start over. During this time, he must keep the clay moist so that it will remain moldable. When it starts to dry out, that is when it can no longer be molded or shaped into what the potter desires. If it dries out too much and is not in the correct shape, it becomes worthless and must be thrown out.

People are just like the clay, in that humans are made from the dust of this earth, filled with water and blood, and given life and purpose.

Throughout the bible, the Holy Spirit is shown as oil or water. It is what moistens a person’s life. Without God in his life, the person has dried up and cannot be shaped and molded into what God wants him to be.

As a believer, you must allow God’s Holy Spirit to be in your life on a daily basis. Allow Him to moisten your life so that you may be molded and shaped into what God wants. During this time of molding, it may be painful and not make any sense, just like the clay on a potter’s wheel looks at first.

God will take out some clay in your life and add other clay in your life as needed. He is molding you to be just like Jesus. You are to be in the image of Jesus and are a work in progress.

Many grow cold and dry up, not enjoying the pain and molding God is doing, so not allowing God to mold them. They refuse to be what God wants them to be.

Who are you today?

Are you the clay that is allowing God to mold?

Or are you dried up, refusing to be molded?

God has a great picture in mind for what you are to look like. Allow Him to mold you today into that picture.

I pray today that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will be open to God’s shaping you; that you will become who God wants you to be; and that God will use you in His kingdom on this earth.

Isaiah 63:7 Tell Of His Kindness

I will tell of the kindness of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7

A lot of Christians are willing to talk about the God, but not always in the best way. Many are very quick to point out sins in the lives of non-believers and condemn them for the way they are living. All the commands of God are quickly remembered and brought to the attention of those who do not even follow Him.

The ones who speak this way feel as though they must be quick to point out the sin, so that they the person will know that they need God in his life. One of the problems with talking this way is that it does not show the kindness of God very well.

God does not just show up into a person’s life and point out all of his sins. He shows up into the person’s life to show love and kindness. As the person sees and feels God’s love and kindness, he is drawn towards God. God’s love and kindness causes a desire in a person for more. It helps the person realize that what he has is not working and really does not fulfill his life.

If you look at your own life, you should be able to see the many ways God was kind to you over the years.

How many times has God forgiven you when you sinned?

How many times has God shown you love instead of beating you down?

These are the things you should be talking about to non-believers. Point them to the many ways God is kind and loving. As you do this, God’s love and kindness will draw them towards Him.

Who wants to start following some dictator who is just out to destroy and kill because of something done wrong? No one.

As you go through your day think about all the kindnesses God has shown you. Now share it with someone else. Share it with other believers and share it with non-believers. It is a great testimony that will draw many to Jesus.

I pray today that you will see the kindness God has given you; that you will show God’s kindness and love to others; that you will praise God for His kindness; and that His kindness and love will shine in this world through you.

Isaiah 62:5 God Rejoices Over You

As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isaiah 62:5

Isaiah is telling the people that God rejoices over the city of Jerusalem. Even though He had it destroyed for a time, God was in the process of rebuilding it. Jerusalem is portrayed as a bride, and God is seen as the bridegroom, even though God had built Jerusalem.

God was excited at the thought of marrying His bride–Jerusalem, just as a young man is excited and rejoices when he is about to marry his bride.

Jesus expanded the love of God and the term of bride to include more than just the Israelites and Jerusalem. Those terms now include every person who believes in Jesus, which is the church.

In life, many people do not believe that any person, much less God, could possibly love them enough to want to marry them. They see their own faults and cannot believe anyone would want them, including God. People in this world often see themselves as a dirty, worthless, un-loveable person.

Many women see themselves in that way, and often wonder or don’t even believe that someone can really love them, or would want to marry them. There are also many men who feel the same way about themselves. They go through life feeling as though no woman would ever love them enough to marry them.

While this happens in the physical world between men and women, it also happens in the spiritual world with God. People feel God cannot love them or want them because of all the bad things that they have done in their past.

This is not true. Israel had a lot of bad faults and had walked away from God, yet God still loved Israel.

Regardless of what you have done in the past, you can be made clean by the blood of Jesus. You are able to put on the spotless, white robe that He provides.

God made you and knows all your faults, even better than you do, yet, God wants you as His bride. He rejoices over the thought of having you as His bride, just as a young man rejoices over his bride when he is ready to get married.

Look forward to that wedding day in heaven. Rejoice with God as He rejoices with you. Get yourself ready for that wedding.

I pray today that you will allow Jesus to clean up your life; that you will be prepared to be married to God; that you will know God’s great love for you; and that you will rejoice with God in your relationship with Him.

Isaiah 61:1 God’s Spirit Is Upon You

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, Isaiah 61:1

At the time Isaiah made this statement, He was prophesying about Jesus. Several hundred years later, Jesus would again speak these words and then tell the people that they were talking about Himself. Jesus came to the earth to bring good news to the people. That good news was that God was going to redeem them and bring them the much desired salvation, release from captivity in darkness.

Many people think that only a pastor, evangelist or a missionary can be anointed to proclaim the good news. It is often thought of the proclamation being a form of preaching, and only those certified to preach can do that. Others feel as if they need a bible college degree in order to proclaim the good news.

When Jesus spoke, while on this earth, He did not have a college degree. There is no record of Him getting any formal training as a preacher. Yet, He spoke with authority and correctly. This occurred because He was anointed by God to do that.

As Jesus left the earth, He said that everyone would be filled with the Holy Spirit, who He would send once He left. This includes every believer who believes in Jesus, which also includes you.

Every believer is anointed by God to proclaim the good news. It is to release people from captivity of sin and darkness.

Telling the good news is not something you need a college degree for, or even need to know New Testament Greek. It is telling others what you know. It is telling others why you chose to believe in and follow Jesus. It is telling others what Jesus has done for you, in  you and through you. It is giving them a chance to see the light and be released from the darkness of this world.

God’s Spirit is on you at all times, because He has anointed you to proclaim the good news.

What are you saying today?

Who are you telling today?

Who can you tell this news to today?

I pray today that you will know God’s anointing in your life; that God will give you the words to speak; that you will proclaim the salvation Jesus provides; and that through you God will release many from captivity and darkness.

Isaiah 60:1-2 Shine Bright In The Light

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isaiah 60:1-2

Israel had walked away from God, so they were cast into captivity. However, after a set time, God brought them back out of captivity. In this passage God is pointing out to them that their light has come. God had begun to show favor to them. The rest of the world was still in the dark, but Israel could see the light.

Along with being brought back out of captivity, this passage is also looking forward to the time of Jesus. When Jesus came into the world, He was called the light of the world and He called Himself the light.

Although nearly two thousand years have passed since Jesus walked on this earth, things have not really changed at all. The world is still living, as a whole, in darkness. People live as though there is no God, and as there is no hope. All over the world people are committing suicide all the time, because they have lost all hope. They feel as though there is nothing to live for.

If you are believing in and following Jesus, you have a hope that the world does not have. Though they do not have that hope, they can see it in you. You are a shining light in this world.

You shine because you are different. You have a love and a joy that is different. Being different is what makes a person stand out. It is what the world wants, but does not have or know how to get it. The world seeks those things in temporary, worthless things, rather than in Jesus.

As this world lives in darkness and despair, you live in the light and glory of God. God’s favor is on you, even while going through extremely difficult situations in life. As you go through those situations with a hope, the world will see it and desire it.

Are you willing to let the world know what this hope it?

Are you willing to let the light of God shine through you to everyone around you?

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know God’s glory in your life; that you will shine with the light of Jesus in this world; and that you will be a witness to everyone of who Jesus is.