April 3, 2020 Verse Of The Day

Isaiah 55-11

Isaiah 56:11 Seeking Self Gain

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They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain. Isaiah 56:11 

Gain of something more is what people usually desire. They desire greater wealth, larger bank accounts, higher position, more things, and the list goes on. Nearly all of these things and much more are desired for self.

People look to their own ways to get as much as possible. There can never be enough of anything as long as there is more out there to be had.

This type of greed is found in little children all the way up to senior adults. It is promoted in tv shows, movies, advertisements and music. The desire for more is everywhere.

Isaiah calls out the watchmen of Israel for being greedy with a great appetite for more. Everything that they did was out of selfish gain.

Sadly this selfish desires is found even inside the church. There are many who seek their own ways to gain what they want for themselves, rather than seeking out the good for others. The seek position, title, power, or recognition in the ministries that they do, rather than just seeking God’s will and desire.

Jesus did not act in this way. He left heaven and His God-head to live as a man on this earth. He not only left all of that behind, He also laid down His life in a painful way to bring salvation to everyone. The focus of Jesus was not selfish but for the good of others.

Every believer is to first focus on what God wants. This puts self on the back burner and puts God first. Then as one is seeking God’s will, he will also put others before Himself. Believers are to be focused on building God’s kingdom, not their own kingdom.

As you go through your day, what is your focus on? God’s top two focuses are on you loving Him and building His kingdom.

These two things are not about self, but about God and others. You are a watchman, just as the Israelites were. You have a job to watch out for the coming of the Lord’s return. As you do this, you need to warn others about His soon coming.

Being a witness for Jesus does not allow you to be selfish or to seek your own gain. It is only about building others up. Instead of seeking your own way, seek God’s today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a vision of God’s mission for you to reach the lost; that you will seek to build God’s kingdom; and that you will be a watchman warning of the return of Jesus.

Isaiah 14:24 It Will Happen

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The Lord Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.” Isaiah 14:24 

Plans are made everyday by millions of people all over the world. Some are short term plans, such as just for that day, while others are long term plans looking out over a period of twenty or more years.

Some of those plans actually come into full being, while many end up on the shelf, forgotten or ignored. Complications and circumstances often get in the way of the plans and many give up.

There are some people who are known for making plans, but never fulfilling them. They always quit for some reason or another before fulfilling them. While a few people will usually fulfill their plans and can be trusted to do so nearly every time.

Isaiah had been speaking about God’s plan to bring Babylon down when he quotes God. God promises that what He has planned, He will do it.

The greatest thing that a believer has in God is that He is trustworthy in what He says. One can stand on the promises of God. If God says He is going to do something, He will do it.

Throughout the Bible God has said that there are many things that He will do for those who believe in and follow Jesus. While many believers know these promises, there are also many who do not always believe them. God does not appear to be working fast enough and so they feel God is not going to fulfill His promise.

Standing on God’s word as truth is the greatest thing a believer can do. He can rest assured that God will do as He has promised. Grace and forgiveness will be given. Provision will be made. Salvation will occur. Jesus will return. These are just a few of the plans God has made and He will fulfill them.

You can have the assurance of God’s word to you. God will never fail in what He plans to do in your life or in the lives of others.

Instead of having fear or feeling that God will not do as He has said, trust Him. Lean on His word as fact. God will fulfill His word to you and to this world. It is only a matter of time before it is complete.

I pray today that you will know God’s promises to you; that God will reveal His plans for your life; that you will see God fulfilling His word; and that you will trust God’s word.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 Never Enough

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Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 5:10 

Chasing after wealth is one of the greatest dreams of many people. People want to get rich as quickly as possible. Gambling and lotteries are mega-billions of dollars a year industry, because people want the money and think that they can get it.

Those working always want a higher paycheck, more money per hour than what they are getting. When a person gets a pay raise, he is excited at the moment, but a few months later wants another pay raise. People often view another person’s pay and want that much or more.

It is often viewed as though a person deserves more than what they have or can get. This is regardless of how much one already has.

The richest man who ever lived realized that loving money is meaningless. One can never have too much or even ‘enough’, he always wants more.

Money and wealth are things that are very temporary. One can have a lot of money today, but tomorrow after a disaster strikes, be completely broke.

And there is never ‘enough’ money. No matter how much a person has, there is always something else that he does not have and would desire. There is no contentment.

Believers are often seen being discontent with their finances and wealth. They are desiring more, because their neighbor has more.

However, the believer should put all of his desires into God and His kingdom. Money and wealth are very temporary, but God’s kingdom is eternal. The souls of men are eternal.

Living for God and building His kingdom gives satisfaction and eternal results. Fighting for money and wealth only lasts a short time.

One must put his trust in God and be content with what God has blessed him with. God will give each person what he needs.

God has blessed you in many ways. The greatest blessing is eternal life, if you believe in Jesus and follow Him. Hold onto that blessing.

With salvation in mind, chase after building His kingdom and becoming more like Jesus everyday. These things will have an eternal impact and last for eternity.

Don’t chase after things of this world that will only last a short time and never really satisfy your soul. You are made for greater things than money and wealth. Chase after God.

 I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will find purpose in God; that you will find satisfaction in serving God; that you will chase after the things of God; and that God will help you keep money and wealth in the right perspective.