Isaiah 49:6 A Big Job To Do

He says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

Once again, Isaiah speaks God’s word of a prophecy about Jesus. Jesus would not be just a servant to bring back the people of Israel, but would also be a light to the Gentiles all over the entire earth. In the Old Testament, God primarily worked with Israel and focused on them alone, although at times working with other nations. Once Jesus came, the focus then went out to every person around the earth. His final words to the disciples were to go into all the earth to be His witness.

Being a witness to one’s family and friends is the beginning of being a witness for Jesus. A person must be willing to reach out and be a witness to others. Although a person may have a lot of friends, there are many more people a person meets that he does not know.

Salvation is supposed to be for every person on this earth, not just a select few. The sad part is that many believers in the church do not even witness to their friends, much less to those they don’t know. They go to church and witness in the church, but never outside of the church.

All around you are people who are in the process of dying without knowing Jesus. They are on the road to dying without any salvation, because no one has told them that there is a problem.

Your job as a believer is to be a witness for Jesus wherever you go, to whoever you meet. Just being a witness to your few friends is not big enough, branch out, expand your territory. As you go through a store or some business, witness to every one you can. As you travel from one place to another, be a witness in all of your words and actions.

If you take the job of being His witness seriously, you will never run out of opportunities to be His witness. Only a very small portion of people in this world believe in Jesus, don’t let the rest die without a chance to know Him. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; and that God will show you ways to touch the lives of all you meet.

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Isaiah 45:7 God Does It All

I form the light and create the darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. Isaiah 45:7

The world questions how things come to be or how things happen the way that they do. People want to be in full control of their own lives. They want to take the credit for the good things that occur in their lives. And they want to blame others for the negative or bad things that occur.

Many people will believe in God when things are going good for them. When prosperity is happening, there is a strong belief in God. However, when things turn bad, many will also turn away from God, blaming Him for their troubles.

The hard part for many to accept is that God is the one who allowed the bad things to happen and He did it in love. For most people, it is difficult to think that a perfect loving God would allow pain and suffering in this life. When a bad situation occurs in the life of a person, many choose to walk away from God. They get angry with what He has allowed, or refuse to believe that a loving God would allow it to happen.

Yet, God says He is the one who brings prosperity and disaster in the lives of people of this world. Both events are allowed in the best interest of the people.

In your own personal life, there will be times God allows prosperity to allow you to see His blessings. Other times there will be disaster, to allow you to lean on Him and trust Him more. Going through a disaster gives God the ability to show you His power.

Instead of looking at disaster as a bad thing, see it in light of God perfecting you. Look forward to the many ways God may bring you through that disaster back into prosperity again. In the end you will walk on streets of gold in heaven with God for all eternity, if you trust Him and stay with God.

Allow God to be the Master of your life. Do not fear prosperity or disaster. Know that God is in control of both.

I pray today that you will trust God at all times; that you will not be angry with God when bad things occur; that God will be your Master; and that God will strengthen you in all things.

Psalm 119:105 How To See The Path Ahead

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

Walking in the dark is difficult and dangerous. It is common for a person stub his toe when walking through a house at night in the dark. The unseen moved chair or toy in the path can create a lot of sudden unexpected pain.

When walking in the dark in the woods a person can stumble over unseen roots or bushes, or a hole in the ground. If not stumbling a person can also get hit by a low hanging branch, or a spider web crossing the path.

Light is needed to see the path ahead. Turning on a light in the house, or carrying a flashlight helps one to see what is ahead.

Life in this world is often a dark path. You cannot see what is ahead on your own. You cannot know what is the best path to take. As a student graduates high school, he must decide whether to work or continue schooling, then what job or what school must be decided. The choices are many.

The darkness of this world is the sin in this world. The choices of this world are often ones that appear to be the best path, but lead one away from God, down a road of selfishness and ultimately death.

God is always there to give guidance in how to live your life. He has given you His Word, the Bible, to show you what He wants.

The Bible may not tell you the exact answer as to what job to work, or what college to go to, but it does give you guidance in both areas. Studying the Bible can show you how God wants you to live your life and what pleases Him. Then looking at your options, you can see clearly which path will please God.

Knowing the Bible will always show you the path that keeps you from stumbling into sin in this dark world. It sheds light on the sinful ways of this world. It points out the path to take to keep from sin.

Are you allowing God’s Word to show you the path you must take?

Are you allowing God’s Word to be a light for you to see what to do and where to go?

I pray today that you will study the Bible; that you will allow God to speak to you through the Bible; that you will allow the Bible to guide your thoughts, words and actions; and that you will find joy in God’s Word.

1 John 1:6 Where Do You Walk?

“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:6

In America, and probably many other places around the world, there are many people who claim to be Christian. They claim to have a relationship with Jesus. Just a few years ago it was even acceptable and expected for a person to be a Christian. Yet, John states that just because you claim to have that relationship with Jesus does not automatically mean that you really do have that relationship with Him.

People treat their relationship with Jesus very much like they treat their relationship with other people…here today, gone tomorrow. They are in and out of relationships almost on a daily basis. I love him or her today, then the next day comes and I am in love with someone else.

Relationships are also treated as to “what can I benefit from this relationship,” rather than, “what can I bring into this relationship”.

Being in a relationship with someone means spending time with that person, communicating with that person, and doing what that person desires. This is no different with your relationship with Jesus.

Many people claim to have a relationship with Jesus, yet, do not do what He wants. They live in sin. They are walking in darkness. When you live in sin, you are in darkness, because God cannot be around sin and He is the source of all light.

Jesus is the light and truth of this world. When you walk in His truth and ways, you will be walking in His light. Any other place you walk will be in darkness.

John hits this hard, he states that by even saying to claim to be with Jesus and yet continue to purposely sin, you are a liar. You really do not have a relationship with Him. Only if you walk in His light and truth will you have a relationship with Jesus.

Where are you walking today?

Are you walking in darkness, living in sin?

Or are you walking in the light, living for and serving Jesus, following His commands?

I pray today that God will reveal your relationship with Jesus; that God will shine His light on any darkness in your life; that you will serve God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength; that God will help you turn away from all sin; and that you will have a relationship with Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:6 Fan The Flame

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6

Paul is reminding Timothy something he evidently was told to do before. He had received the gift from God and was told to fan it into flame. No one knows for sure what this gift was exactly, since Paul does not name it, but at a minimum it is the gift of life, forgiveness, and being a witness.

Every person who is a believer in Jesus and follows Him, will have these gifts. There is a probability that each person will have another gift also.

This gift will start out as just a small spark. It could be your being saved in your bedroom all alone at night when God gets a hold of your heart. There is no big fan-fare or notice of it, yet it is still a new spark in your life.

Once this happens it must be fanned into a full flame of light for God in this world. A spark does not show much light and if it is not fanned or fed, it will go out.

Get into God’s Word and study it, memorize it, know it. This will feed that flame in your life. Along with the Word, pray. Communicate with God daily and throughout the day. This will also feed that flame.

Once that flame is started, then you must use it. Go out and tell others about the life God has given you. Do the ministry God has led you to do. No, you may not be in a titled position of pastor, or elder, or missionary, but you have the ministry of spreading the gospel wherever you are.

You have a gift that God has given you to reach others in some way. For one person it may be feeding, another may be helping, another listening, or many other ways of touching people’s lives.

Allow the flame of God’s love for you to shine in and through you to others. Let that flame rise to a roaring flame the burns bright in this world. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to fan that flame in you to reach the world for Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal His gift to you; that God will show you the talents He has given you; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to build that flame; and that you will be a shining flame of God’s light in this world.

1 Thessalonians 5:8 Be Sober

“But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Paul starts talking about the time when Jesus is to return to bring everyone who believes in Him to heaven. Some of the people were concerned about that time, because they did not know when it would happen and did not want to miss it. He points out that every believer is not a child of the light and are to live in the light. Here he states that they should be sober.

Bad things happen in the dark. It is in the dark that a person hits his toe on a piece of furniture. It is in the dark that most crimes happen. It is also in the dark when people tend to get drunk on alcohol.

Believers are to live in the light and be sober. The light is the light of Jesus and God’s Word. The Bible tells a person how to live correctly for God.

Being sober is being in the right mind. When people get drunk on alcohol, they start to do things that they would not normally do. They will act in ways that are bad, making very bad choices. They will say things that later they regret when told about them. They will not even remember many things that they did.

You are to live your life focused on Jesus. Not being in the darkness and doing things that are wrong. Putting on faith and love will protect your heart from wrong. The faith is that Jesus has saved you. The love is the love for Jesus and for others. When you have both of these, you will not want to do any wrong to anyone or to God.

You are also to have the hope of salvation that Jesus is providing. You will know that you are being saved. You will know that one day you will be by Jesus side in heaven for all of eternity.

Are you sober today? Are you living for Jesus or for the world?

Wake up and live for Jesus. It will be worth it all.

I pray today that you will live in the light of Jesus; that you will be sober in your life and make the right choices for God; that God will fill you with His love for Jesus and others; that you will have faith in Jesus; that you will know the hope of His salvation for you; and that you will be His light in this world.

John 3:20 Avoiding the Light

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” John 3:20

John just told how God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to the world to save the world. Only those who believe in Jesus will be saved. He then describes Jesus as the light in the world. Now he points out that anyone who does evil will not come into that Light because they will be exposed.

Light reveals what is hidden. It will reveal what cannot be seen directly. Darkness hides everything.

Although many sins are done openly in the daytime many more are committed in the dark of night. Most thieves will strike a place to rob in the night. They do not want the light of day to expose them. They do not want to be seen and caught.

Even in the church many people like to hide in the darkness. No one likes to be exposed for something wrong. It is shameful. People fear the consequences or the thoughts of others.

In the church many people have a struggle with a dark sin in their lives. They do not want anyone to know about it, because they are a “good” Christian. They always go to church, worship during the worship time, pray out loud, and dress sharply. How could they be a sinful person? They fear how they look.

Any one who comes to Jesus will walk into the Light. They know they will be exposed before God. Every sin will be brought to the light. Doing this allows God to work in their life to change them.

The first step to getting rid of sin in your life is admitting it is there. This allows God to forgive you and clean you up.

Do not be like the world and hide in the shadows and darkness. Walk into the Light. Go to Jesus. Allow yourself to be seen. God already sees everything, even as you hide in the dark. Allow God to do a work in your life and change you. The Light will bring true life to your life. Allow yourself to be exposed.

I pray today that you will go to Jesus with everything; that you will not fear being exposed before God; that you will admit to God the sins in your life; that you will love Jesus with all your heart; and that God will do a new work in your life.