Isaiah 55:7 Let There Be A Change

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Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7 

Changing personal ways is something most people do not ever want to do. It is something that is difficult and can often be somewhat painful.

Most people like the way they are and don’t see a reason to change. This can even be true when the change is for the better in the long wrong. Humans want the benefit immediately, not after a long time and lots of work. They want the benefits now without the hard work.

Through Isaiah, God calls those who are wicked to change their ways and thoughts and turn to Him. God is willing to have mercy upon them and free them from all guilt.

There are people every where who claim to follow Jesus, yet their lifestyle and thoughts do not show it. In fact, many will just claim that is who they are and they cannot nor will change. They stay living in a sinful way or keep on with the sinful thoughts in their hearts.

Churches are filled with people claiming to be believers, but are not willing to change. God has set a standard of living that is above the ways and thoughts of mankind. It is a holy and righteous standard of living.

One cannot earn his salvation by living a righteous life and turning away from sin, because that price was paid for by Jesus. However, turning from sin and changing the thoughts is a love response for what Jesus has done. It is showing that one is truly grateful for the salvation that Jesus has provided. It shows a change to a new creation in Christ Jesus.

As a believer, you have been forgiven and saved by Jesus. Your sins have been removed. Now it is time to change your ways and not go back to those sins or sinful thoughts. He will pardon you from your sinful ways when you turn from them.

Allow God to change you into the new image of Jesus. Be willing to forsake and turn away from old sinful habits and thoughts. Allow the Holy Spirit to change you from the inside out. Do not stay the same in the old sinful ways.

God is ready to have mercy upon you and freely pardon you. Let Him do so.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to be your Savior; that you will turn from all sin towards God; that you will live your life as an image of Jesus; and that you will not abuse the mercy of God. 

Psalm 86:11 Seek An Undivided Heart

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Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 

In today’s societies very few people have an undivided heart. They seek many different things at the same time. Often they are loyal to something for a moment, then a few days later they drop that loyalty and begin to be loyal to something else.

Fads come and go constantly with change. These can be found in things people do, play with, listen to, or use. What is popular today, becomes old tomorrow because of divided hearts.

People struggle with what they really want to aim for. They want a little bit of everything and often end up with nothing, because they are divided in their loyalties.

David wanted God to teach him His way, so that he would be able to know and rely upon God’s great faithfulness. He wanted to have a undivided heart that would be fully dedicated to God and God alone.

While the world struggles with divided hearts, many believers also struggle. They struggle with whether to fight for things to provide for themselves and have fun, or to follow and trust in God alone for what they need.

The sinful nature rises up inside of many, causing them to want to go back to old sinful ways. Seeking to find success, or pleasure in sinful ways, rather than seeking purpose and life in God and His ways alone. Going back and forth like this, causes a divided heart.

A divided heart make a person lukewarm, whom God will in the end reject. The believer needs to be sold out to God alone and focused on serving Him alone. There cannot be two masters, but only one–God.

Examine your life and see where your loyalty lies. What is it that you are focused on a aiming towards? Seek to know God and His way for your life. Trust in His faithfulness alone.

As you find satisfaction in serving God, you will be able to live for God alone. In living for God alone, you will no longer have a divided heart that goes back to the old sinful ways. Temptation to live in sin will lose its grip upon you when you are sold-out to God alone. 

Ask God to reveal His faithfulness to you and to give you an undivided heart that will be loyal to Him.

I pray today that you will know the faithfulness of God; that God will reveal His path for your life; that you will trust in God alone; that you will have a heart sold out to God; and that God will give you an undivided heart.