I Call Him “Lord”

From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. Isaiah 59:19  I admit it.  I have a difficult time with authority.  I don’t like being told what to do and when to do it.  I’m not sure how this developed in me.  It’s not like, as a child,Continue reading “I Call Him “Lord””

His Will Be Done

Lesson #11: God is sovereign over all, even unbelievers “The day of the LORD is near for all nations.” Obadiah 1:15 There’s a song one of my previous churches used to sing a lot that goes, “Our God is an awesome God.”  That refrain is sung over and over throughout the song.  I’ve always thought that wordingContinue reading “His Will Be Done”

Send Me!

Now if you obey me fully  and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.  Exodus 19:5 A prayer to act when directed by God Dear God, I used to think that my faith was solely a personal, spiritual pursuit.  But I keep hearing the word “obey.”  I admit that obeying isn’tContinue reading “Send Me!”

A Promised Return

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 35:1-2Continue reading “A Promised Return”

Faithful Healing

I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners. Isaiah 57:18 In our lives we all have had instances of brokenness, despair and desolation. Those times when we feel we are on our last leg, at the end of the rope about to loseContinue reading “Faithful Healing”

The True Story of God With Us

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 At the time that Isaiah spoke this prophecy the nation of Judah was under a large threat from Assyria.  Alliances were being pressured and formed.  King Ahaz of Judah refused to align himself withContinue reading “The True Story of God With Us”

He Prepares The Way

This is what the Lord says to his anointed,to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations  before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut throughContinue reading “He Prepares The Way”

A Promise of Triumph

The Lord will march out like a champion,like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;with a shout  he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies. Isaiah 42:13 Like you, I’ve dealt with a lot of difficult people throughout my life.  Whether it was at work, my children’s school, youth sports, or even my church,Continue reading “A Promise of Triumph”

Hanging By A Thread

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Isaiah 49:15-16 I just was having a bad day.  Nothing really seemed to fallContinue reading “Hanging By A Thread”

The Best For You

This is what the Lord says—    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:“I am the Lord your God,    who teaches you what is best for you,    who directs you in the way you should go.18 If only you had paid attention to my commands,    your peace would have been like a river,    your well-being like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:17-18 We’ve all probably heard it from our parents at one timeContinue reading “The Best For You”