Isaiah 52:7 Proclaim The Good News

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

People love to hear good news. A couple gets excited when they find out they are expecting their first child. A student loves to hear that he passed a difficult test. Fans get excited to hear their favorite team is going to the Superbowl. Voters love to hear that the person they voted for won the election. Soldiers and people love to hear that there is a peace agreement between two warring nations.

Good news is always great to hear, especially in a time when there is a lot of bad news going on all around. Turn on any news channel and one will probably hear ten bad things occurring for every one good thing.

Even in one’s own personal life, one can find a lot of negative things to talk about, if so desired. So hearing good news is what people desire.

Believers have some good news to tell, in fact, it is the best news of all time. The one thing that no person can overcome is death. It is a fact that every person will die. So telling some news that death can be overcome is the greatest news story of all time.

Death is overcome because God does reign. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, there was a peace agreement made between man and God. Salvation was purchased by the blood of Jesus for every person who believes.

As a believer you are the carrier of this great news. You are the messenger of the greatest news of all time. When you are walking through a store and see someone who looks like they could use some good news, tell him that God does reign and loves him and has salvation for him today. Be willing to proclaim that great news out loud to everyone you meet.

In a day where there is so much negative news happening, why won’t you go and tell someone the greatest news of all time? It may be the news someone is waiting to hear and needs to hear. In their eyes you will be beautiful with that great news.

I pray today that you will know the salvation God provides; that you will know that God reigns; that you will be bold in telling others about Jesus; and that you will proclaim to this world that God does reign. 

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Isaiah 51:6 Salvation Lasts Forever

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. Isaiah 51:6

When a person is a young child, seeing someone who is in his 30s appears to be very old and been around forever. Later when the child is in his 20s, seeing a person in his 40s-50s appears to be very old and been around forever. As the child gets into his 40s-50s, those that are in their 70s are old and been around forever.

As a human being, forever is a difficult concept to understand. Humans typically live about 80 years or so and then die. Looking around some people will be older, while some will be younger. However, looking at the earth and the heavens, both are older than any human on the earth.

Looking at this world, it does appear that it has been around forever and will be here forever. The reality of it is that the heavens and the earth will be destroyed some day. All the great beauty of this world, the mountains, the lakes, the oceans, rivers, prairies, hills, and the plants of this world will be gone someday.

People like to put their trust in the things that they can see, other people, the land, the buildings, the money and most anything else. All these things will die and fade away for all eternity.

The salvation that Jesus provides will not fade away. It will last for all eternity. Believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins will get you life forever.

Instead of looking to the things of this world to provide for all of your needs, look to God. Look to what is important in light of living forever. If you will live forever, the things  you are going through today are worth nothing. These things are only a passing quick moment in eternity.

God will never fail you. His righteousness will never fail. If you have repented of your sins and believed in Jesus, you will be saved. Salvation is coming. God will not be slow in making it happen, in His time.

Hang in there till Jesus returns or calls you home, it will be worth it all.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust Jesus with your eternity; that you will not fear the present world or situations in your life; and that you will trust God to guide your life here on this earth till you step into eternity.

Isaiah 35:1-2 Blooming With Joy

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel  and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:1-2

Deserts are amazing places. When there is no rain, all a person can see is sand as far as the eye can see. At the times of the rains, however, the landscape changes. Grass and flowers shoot up and blossom everywhere, almost overnight. The desert flowers shine brightly with many colors. Life arises very quickly in the desert with the rains.

Isaiah paints this picture as he describes the time of God’s splendor being revealed on the earth. That splendor is the salvation that Jesus provides. Jesus, like the rains, brings new life where everything was dead.

People living in this world, live in a desert. There is no real life, even though they feel as though they are living life to the fullest. Life is full of fear, worries, pain, suffering, meaningless, hatred, jealousy, and death. There seems to be no meaning to what is going on in the world.

Once a person accepts the forgiveness Jesus provides, there is a new life. Jesus makes a person a new creation, with new, abundant life.

It is at this point that the person bursts with shouts of joy. They have new life. Their outlook on life has changed. In what was a desert place, there is now life, blooming with great joy.

Your life may be or may have been a desert place, when you did not know Jesus. Going through life may be mundane and boring, with no excitement or joy.

Following Jesus will allow you to bloom with God’s glory and splendor. You are God’s prized possession, because of what Jesus has done for you and in you. You can know the joy of the salvation given to you. You can know abundant life that Jesus provides.

As you go through this life, allow yourself to be filled with abundant joy and life. Bloom with the characteristics of God in this desert place of a world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will allow God to make you into a new creation; that you will bloom with the joy of God in this world; and that you will bring life to those around you.

Isaiah 12:2 God Is My Salvation

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

Isaiah had been speaking about how God was going to punish and destroy Judah. The destruction of the nation was going to be great and the people were going to be sent into exile. This destruction was going to last for nearly 2,000 years as a nation.

As with every destruction of a nation, it would be horrible. People would be killed, imprisoned, tortured, enslaved, separated from families, and ridiculed. It would be a war upon the nation, and no war is pretty.

Yet, Isaiah gives praise to God and speaks of God being his salvation. Isaiah knew that in spite of everything that was going to happen, God would be with him and keep him. The ultimate salvation was to be found in Jesus. Jesus would save from the sins for all eternity.

Today there is destruction and war going on all around a person. Economies are failing, disease is rampant, hatred is high, and fear is everywhere. Looking at this world it is difficult to see any hope of a good future.

Believers look on the way their nation is going and are often in fear for their children. In many places, being a Christian is harder now than it was when a person was younger. Violence against Christian belief keeps rising.

Yet, in spite of all that is happening and seen in this world, if you are a believer in Jesus, you can know the salvation He has for you. There is a freedom in knowing that your sins are forgiven and you are in the right standing with God that the world cannot know. There is freedom from fear in knowing that you will live for eternity with God.

You do not have to be afraid of the way things are going in this world. Jesus has already overcome this world when He rose from the dead. No power is greater on this earth than death, yet Jesus conquered death.

Jesus is your strength, defense and salvation. Trust in Him and do not fear this world, despite what is going on around you. In the end you will win!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your salvation; that you will not fear this world; that you will not fear destruction; and that you will know the hope and salvation you can have in Jesus.

Psalm 109:26 According To His Love

Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Psalm 109:26

David had many enemies trying to attack him and destroy him. They were saying false things about him in an attempt to bring him to ruin. He cries out to God for help. The first part of this psalm is David requesting God to strike his enemies. In this verse, he talks about needing God to save him according to His great love.

David never saw himself as that great of a person. He knew his faults and failures. Here He calls on God to help him according to His unfailing love. David knew that God loved with perfect endless love. It was on that great love that David is calling for help.

When a person is having a hard time and needs help, there are some who will call to others to assist him. Often when this is done, they talk about how good the person is or how much that person has done and deserves some help. Their focus is always on how good that person is.

Prayers are often asked in this same way in the church. Praying that God will meet the need of a person because of all the good he had done or for how long he has served God.

God meeting needs of people has nothing to do with the love the person has for God. It has to do with His love and His love alone.

Many people feel that they have to earn God’s love and earn His help. There is nothing that you can do to make God love you more. And there is nothing you can do to make God love you any less. His love is constant, perfect and eternal.

You are saved from sin because of His love for you. He will also meet your needs, whatever they are, because of His great love for you.

As you pray to God for needs to be met, worship Him and ask Him to meet the need according to His love for you. In this way, your need will be met in the perfect way, not just your temporary way.

Trust God’s love to save you, not your works.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will not try to earn your salvation or needs being met; that your focus will be on God more than your needs; and that you will worship God with all your heart.

 

Psalm 85:6-7 Revive Us Again

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, LORD, and grant us your salvation. Psalm 85:6-7

When a person passes out, that person is as though he is dead. He is unable to do anything at all, and appears to be dead. In order for him to do anything again, he must be revived, brought back to consciousness.

The same thing occurs when a person has a heart attack and his heart stops beating. In reality the person has died and needs to be revived in order to live again.

Being dead does not do any good for a person in this life. He cannot do, think or say anything to or for anyone in this world. His life is over.

Many people in this world are living in this very way. They are alive physically, but are very dead spiritually. While most have never been alive spiritually, there are many who have been.

Throughout the churches around the world, there are people who had come to Jesus for salvation. They were excited for a time and followed God with excitement.

Somewhere along the path of life, something made them give up the spiritual life. They died spiritually. There is no more excitement about going to church, or worshipping, or praying, or reading God’s Word, or telling others about Jesus. In reality they are dead and need to be revived.

Unlike many people in this world, God is right there ready to revive His people. He wants His people to be alive and living for Him. God’s love will never fail to love everyone, no matter if they spiritually died again or were never alive spiritually. God wants to give everyone His salvation.

Take a look at your own life. Are you alive or dead to God?

To determine which you are, think about what excites you. Are you rejoicing in God throughout your day?

Or is God just a quick passing thought on Sunday, because that is just what you do on Sunday?

You can be going through all the motions, but still be dead. Allow God to enter your life and make you alive. Find the joy of His salvation. Rejoice in what God is doing in your life.

Allow God to revive you.

I pray today that God will revive you; that you will rejoice in God’s salvation; that you will live for God each day; that you will know the love and salvation of God; and that you will be a witness to this world of Jesus.

Psalm 13:5-6 Just Keep Singing

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6

David started this psalm out crying out to God, feeling alone and that God had completely forgotten him. He felt that the enemy was winning the battle and that God did not care about him anymore. As he cries out to God, David begins to refocus his eyes on God and His great love. He realizes all the good things that God has already done for him and begins to rejoice and sing Him praise.

The challenges and trials that people face can seem very overwhelming, as though they are huge, insurmountable mountains. Looking so large, they can cause most people to focus only on the mountain of problems, rather than on God.

As a person travels west through Colorado, the one thing that gets larger and larger is the Rocky Mountains. One can begin to see them nearly one-hundred miles away. Eventually when one gets to the edge of the mountains, they will begin to be all that one can see. As big as they are, God is the One who made those mountains, He is much larger. Although the Rocky Mountains can be a challenge to cross-over, they are also a great beauty to see.

When you begin to focus your eyes on God and realize how big He really is, you can then begin to remember all that He has done for you already. You realize His great love for you.

God has provided salvation for you by sending His Son Jesus to live and die on the cross. He rose Jesus from the dead so that you may live for eternity.

In the process of saving you, God has allowed various mountains to get in your way. They are there to build you more like Jesus. Instead of looking at the size of the mountain, look at the size of God and what He has already done for you.

Doing this will allow you to have a song of praise on your lips at all times. Give God praise for the wonderful things He has done and is doing in your life. Just keep singing praise to God.

I pray today that you will trust God’s love for you; that you will focus your eyes on God; that you will not fear the mountains in your path; and that you will always sing a song of praise to God.