Tuesday, July 22, 2014

God's Kingdom Will Reinvigorate the Battered

Scripture: Isaiah 35:3-4
Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.
Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”

Insights:  I know I normally only ask the two questions at the end, but let me start today’s Thoughts by Scott with a few questions which are not mentioned in the end.  Are you feeling exhausted today?  Are you feeling week and feeble?  Is your heart anxious right now?  Are you facing fears?  Then let today’s verses bring you comfort and healing.  Remember the context of chapter thirty-five is our eternal look at the established kingdom of the Lord.  The Lord God will bring about His vengeance on this world.  His recompense, or judgment, will fall on those who have rejected His Son Jesus.  If you are born again, then He indeed does and will save you for all eternity and in that day He will reinvigorate your battered soul.  You will no longer be exhausted or feeble.  Your heart will no longer be anxious and you will have no more fear.  But what do you do until that time?  Is there no reinvigoration for us in the here and now?  The answer is a resounding no!  God’s Word is the tool God uses right here and now to comfort our heart.  It is God’s Word that helps heal and bind up our beaten and battered heart.  We can hold onto the promises of Scripture like James 1:1-2 which states, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”  In other words, when we are in the midst of pain and anguish, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to consider it pure joy because we know God is using the event to grow us and make us more like Jesus.  Now, Beloved, I know when we are the one’s walking this journey of pain, it does not feel like joy, but I believe that is where God’s Word comes into play.  If we will learn to run to God’s Word in those times, it will help us to learn the proper response to pain and suffering.  We learn the patience it produces in our lives and we are then truly able to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:17-19).

1.  Are you feeling battered by the devil or the world ?
2.  Have you discovered the healing power of God’s Word in your life?

Prayer: Father, in this world we are beaten and battered.  These assaults come from within the church and from without; and when they do, we are never truly ready for them.  This reality, Lord, is one of the many reasons I long for eternity with You.  In eternity, You perfectly reinvigorate my life and bring me to true and eternal healing from the attacks I deal with here in the temporal earthly world.  Amen.

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