Isaiah 63:7 Something To Talk About

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I will tell of the kindnesses 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 

People love to talk about many different things. Some will talk about the latest sports games, others talk about politics or whatever is going on in the news. Some will talk about the newest movies or trends occurring. Parents often talk about their children or grandchildren. And the list is endless.

Regardless of what people talk about, it is always about something of interest. It is always the interest of the person talking, and sometimes in the interest of the person listening.

Isaiah says one of the things he will talk about is God’s kindness and good deeds. He is recognizing and telling people of all the good things God has done for Israel, so that He may be praised.

Every believer has something that they can talk about, no matter what is going on in life. That one thing is God’s great kindness. No one had to be saved. Every person deserved punishment and death because of sin. Yet, God in His great love chose to provide for forgiveness of sins and salvation.

Along with salvation, God has also done many things for every person. His provision of breath, life, food, clothing, and shelter are just a few of the basics. God has also provided healing, joy, peace, comfort, understanding, wisdom, direction and more.

The amount of kind things that God has done for every believer is endless. These are the things a believer can talk about. Other believers need to be encouraged with hearing these things. The world needs to hear it to know who God is and what He is like.

Every day you will have opportunities to talk to someone. Sometimes for just a few minutes, other times for hours. Instead of just talking about the news and the weather, talk about what God has done and is doing in your life.

Be quick to share with others the good deeds God has done for you. This will encourage some to trust in God more. It will also be a witness of your love for God and who God is in your life.

If you really think about it, you will never run out of good things to talk about when talking about God.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that your eyes will be open to the kindness and good deeds of God; that you will talk about what God is doing to all you meet; and that you will share God’s kindness with others. 

Proverbs 10:9 The Value Of Integrity

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Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 

Going through life there are many choices to be made. Some of those choices will be made in the public eye. Most of those choices will be made in private, in the heart and mind of a person or behind closed doors.

It is very commonly thought that what a person does in private is kept private and does not effect anyone else, because no one else knows about it or can know about it. The true reality is that things done in secret often come out into the open eventually.

In this proverb, Solomon points out that one who walks with integrity will be secure. Those who do not walk with integrity will be found out.

Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching or can know about it. This can be with thoughts, actions, or words.

Many people are finding out that words or actions that they said or did twenty, thirty years ago are coming back to haunt them. It does not matter whether they have changed their words or not, it is just that they had said them.

Men and women who had good reputations in the public eye are being destroyed because of things that they had done in private. Their lives were not matching up with what their words were saying or the appearance that they gave people.

This, sadly, is also very common in the church. Ministers, leaders and others who were respected and honored are found out to be thieves or worse. These people did not walk in integrity at all times.

The person who walks in integrity does not have to fear that someone will find out about what he did. The one who does not walk in integrity will be found out and destroyed…eventually.

Everything that you do is seen by God. Jesus said that what is said in private will be proclaimed from the rooftops.

If you do not want to be found out as false, walk in integrity today. Do this in every area of your life, publicly and privately. Do not cut corners in any area of life, but walk as Jesus walked, in truth and in the light.

As you walk with full integrity, you will know that you will not be destroyed. There is nothing that the enemy can use to destroy you, because you are right before God.

I pray today that God will guide you in your actions, thoughts and words; that you will always do what is right before God and man; that you will know how God wants you to walk this life; and that your life will be the same everywhere you are. 

Psalm 61:1 Calling On God

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Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. Psalm 61:1 

Being heard is something that most people desire of others. When someone has something to say, he wants others to hear what it is he has to say. What is being said can change from time to time. One time it is information, while the next time it is a request.

Regardless of what the person has to say, he wants to be heard.

However, in order for a person to be heard, he must speak up. He must let his voice and desires be made known, so that others can hear it. If he does not speak up, no one will know what he has to say.

The method of speaking up can be one of many different ways. It can be in person, on a phone, video chat, social media, written words, or one of many other ways.

David wants to be heard from God. He had been dealing with some troubling times and so he cried out to God. David spoke to God through prayer to tell God something.

Prayer is just calling on God, talking to God. Unlike trying to talk to someone on this earth, God is always available and can always hear a person speak. There is no waiting time for God to get the message, it is always instant.

There are many believers who wish or hope that God would do something in a situation, but don’t take the time to talk to God about it. They do not call out to God.

Some do not believe that God hears them or even will acknowledge them. They feel as if they are a nobody or their situation is not ‘important’ enough for God to take the time to listen.

God is always waiting to hear from His children. All one has to do is talk–pray.

Every time that you take a moment to talk with God, He is listening. This is prayer. It does not have to be something complex or long, but can be very short and simple. God will hear your prayer.

However, in order for Him to hear you, you must talk to Him. Call out to Him with everything on your heart. This can be in times of rejoicing or in times of need. God wants to hear it all.

Take time to talk to God today. Let Him know what is on your heart and mind. He is listening.

I pray today that you will talk to God daily; that you will know God hears you; that you will know God loves you; that you will not fear bringing any thought to God; and that you will go to God first in every situation. 

Psalm 22:22 Who Do You Talk About?

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I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. Psalm 22:22 

In this world there are lots of things that a person can talk about from day to day. One of the many things that people like to talk about is other people. The people they talk about can be people they really know or just people that they know about, but they like to talk about others.

Among the teenagers the talk is often about actors, actresses, and singers, alongside of talking about other teens around them. Among the adults, the talk is often about politicians and other people around them.

The talk is often about how they like or do not like the person and why. If they don’t like them, it can often lead to an argument as to who is right or wrong.

David had been going through a tough time. Many were questioning his God. Yet, David says that he will declare, or talk about, God to the people. He will not stop praising Him among the people. He wanted to lift God up.

Believers have a message to talk about. They have someone that they can declare to this world. The world does not know God or Jesus. They do not know what they can do or what has been already done for them. Every believer can take every opportunity to let the world know the truth, without fear or shame.

Some people will refuse to listen and believe, but there will be others who will listen and believe. Each one needs to be given the chance to hear and believe. However, each believer needs to do his part in giving that message. This is lifting Jesus up for the world to see.

Going throughout your day, you will have opportunities to talk to other people. The question is what will you talk about? It is easy to just talk about the day to day things and the news, but time must be taken to declare the name of Jesus. Bring Jesus into the picture in every conversation you have.

Allow God’s name to be praised and lifted up before this fallen world. Give others a chance to know who Jesus is and what He has done for you and for them.

You have opportunities to shine your light in this dark world with praise. Don’t let that opportunity go to waste.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that God will fill you with His boldness to declare the name of Jesus to this world; that many will hear of Jesus and turn to Him; and that you words will lift up Jesus.