Saturday, October 28, 2006

Devotional Note for Isaiah 41-47

DAILY DEVOTION
Psalm 73:28: “It is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”

Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Date: 27th November 2006 (Friday)
Text: Isaiah 41-47

Discovery through A.C.T.I.O.N.S. (Psalm 119:18-Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law)

Adoration-for who God is

Isaiah chapter 41-47 highlight to us that God of Israel is the Lord of history and the Only God. Chapter 40 is the turning point of the entire book, which highlights the coming of the victorious God (vv.1-26) and the unfailing strength God wants to give to the weary exiles (vv.27-31). Chapter 41-47 therefore highlight the great H.A.R.V.E.S.T. thereafter!

Chapter 41: God would help (v.10,13,14) His servant (the Israelites) through Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who acted as a deliverer from Babylon (conquered Babylon in 539 B.C.) and issued the decree allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their temple (Ezra 1:1-4; 6:3-5)

Chapter 42: God would anoint His servant (the coming Messiah or Christ) through the Spirit (v.1), so that the Anointed One may deliver the whole world from the prison of sin (v.7), bringing healing, deliverance, transformation and righteous world order.

Chapter 43: God would revive the Israelites who were spiritually blind and deaf, forgiving their sin and regathering them to be His witnesses (v.10,12).

Chapter 44: God valued Israel as His chosen servant (v.1,21) and would rid them of idolatry.

Chapter 45: God engaged Cyrus, the foreign emperor, king of Persia in the salvation of Israelites---anointing him, summoning him by name, making things right through him (v.1,3,4,8). God will deliver His people. Peace and justice will prevail!

Chapter 46: God would sustain (vv.3-4) the Israelites during their exile and would fulfill His purposes and plans regarding Babylon and Israel (vv.10-11).

Chapter 47: God would take vengeance on wicked Babylon which practiced many sorceries and magic spells (v.3,9,12,13).

41:2-4: God is the sovereign King of kings.

41:8,16; 46:9: God is the source of all joy and glory! He is the Only, One, True and Living God.

42:11,15: I am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I am the Lord, Your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.

42:25; 43:28: God does punish sins and discipline His people.

44:6: This is what the Lord says---Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.”

44:26-45:7; 46:10-11: God is the Lord of history. He formed Israel “in the womb”, foils the signs of false prophets, carries out the words of the true prophets, restores His people, and even used a pagan emperor (Cyrus 559-530 B.C.) to fulfill His sovereign plans, even though this king of Persia did not acknowledge God.

45:15: “Truly You are a God who hides Himself, O God and Savior of Israel.” God’s plans and actions are a mystery to man. But He had revealed His sovereign plans and will through Jesus Christ His Only Son (John 17:13-15, John 1:18, Ephesians 3:2-20---the MYSTERY OF CHRIST). Therefore, we can pray the Lord’s Prayer with deep conviction: “Your will be done!”

45:19: God speaks the truth and declare what is right.

45:21-22: God is righteous God and the only Savior. “Before me every knee shall bow, by me every tongue will swear. They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength.’”

Confession-for what I sin

41:21-24,29; 42:17; 44:9,10,17,18; 45:16: For idolatry committed by myself and nations around me, forgive me, O Lord (Colossians 3:5---Put to death therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry)
42:18-20: For spiritually be blind and deaf to God, seeing many things but do not pay attention, ears are open but hear nothing, forgive me, O Lord.
42:25: For do not taking God’s discipline to heart and not living a renewed life, forgive me, o Lord!

43:22-24: For not calling upon God, not wearying myself for God, not bringing offerings to God, not honoring God with my sacrifices, but burdening God with my sins, wearying God with my offenses, forgive me, O Lord!

Thanksgiving-for what God does

41:8-10: God is Abraham’s friend, my friend too! God is near, I should not fear or be dismayed, for I know who is my God. He will strength and help me, uphold me with His righteous right hand. John 17:13-15: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friend if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

41:13-14: God takes hold of my right hand and says to me, “Do not fear, I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Thomas, O little Thomas, for I myself will help you, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

41:15: God is the Maker and the Potter of my life. I follow Jesus, He makes me fisher of men. “I will make you into a threshing sledge…”

41:17-18,20: God of Israel will not forsake the poor and needy. God answers their prayer. God’s hand would help them.

42:1-12,16: The coming Messiah (The Anointed One of God/CHRIST shall act as the greatest High Priest that dies for mankind’s sin Hebrews 4:14-16,9:28, as the greatest prophet that makes known the Father God to mankind John 1:18, as the greatest King of kings that shall conquer death and sin Matthew 28:18; Revelation 1:4-8) shall be anointed by the mighty Spirit of God to bring justice, to bring light to the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. He is a “mighty man”, triumphing over the enemies (v.13).

43:25; 44:21-22: God blots out my transgressions for His own sake, and remembers my sins no more. God sweeps away my offenses like a cloud, my sins like a morning mist! God calls me to return.

44:3: God will pour out His Spirit on Israel’s offspring (all who are justified by faith in the name of Jesus the Messiah), and His blessings on our descendants.

46:3-4: God will take care of us through every day, over all the ways.

Inspiring verse(s)-for what help it gives

43:2-3a: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flame will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

42:14; 43:5: “Do not fear, I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Thomas, O little Thomas, for I myself will help you, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

43:18-19: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!...I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Obedience-for what it teaches or orders

41:2: God calls me in righteousness to His service.
41:27: Be a messenger of good tidings.
42:21: Please God by making His Law great and glorious.
42:10-12; 44:8: I am God’s witness.
46:3-4: All the days of my life, walk closely with God.

Now-action-for what I must do

1. Seek help from God and don’t be afraid.

2. Seek anointing from the Holy Spirit that I may minister to people and fulfill God’s plans for my life as Jesus did (Luke 4:16-19; Isaiah 42:2-7,16)

3. Seek and save the lost---the idols’ worshippers who have not known the two bad news (Romans 3:23,6:23) and two good news (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9). Share Christ’s Gospel with them. Spur Christians to overcome idolatry within our spirits, minds and bodies---the earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, so that Christians may be strong witnesses for the One, True, Living & Holy God.

Supplication-for strength and wisdom to do

Friday, October 27, 2006

Devotional Note for Isaiah 38-40

DAILY DEVOTION
Psalm 73:28: “It is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”

Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Date: 25th October 2006 (Wednesday)

Text: Isaiah 38-40

Discovery through A.C.T.I.O.N.S. (Psalm 119:18-Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law)

Adoration-for who God is

Chapter 38-40 are the turning point of the book of Isaiah. All the three chapters highlight to us that God is living, faithful, Almighty, Sovereign, and Eternal Savior, Creator, and God of gods! There is none like Him!! The message and point of these three chapters can be summarized as below:
38: Prayer answered! (God answered king Hezekiah’s request for healing grace, God added 15 years to Hezekiah’s life)

39: Pride punished! (King Hezekiah with pride showed the Babylonian envoys what was in his storehouses. He exalted wealth, not God! God sent Isaiah to foretell the exile to Babylon. The wickedness of Hezekiah’s son Manasseh was a major cause of the captivity, II Kings 21:1-16)

40: Power renewed! (Isaiah preached about three ‘voices’ and asked rhetorical questions to awaken and assure the Israelites of the Sovereignty and the Might of God; His grace never fails, He holds the future!)

38:19: God is faithful!
39:5: God is Almighty!
40:8: The Word of our God stands forever.
40:10: The Sovereign Lord comes with power and His arm rules for Him!
40:17: God is the Lord of lords.
40:22: God is the great Creator of heaven and earth.
40:26: God is wise, powerful, and mighty! He calls each of the starry host by name!
40:28: God is everlasting, will not grow tired or weary, no one can fathom His understanding.

Confession-for what I sin

39:2: For pride within me, exalting my own wealth or ability more than God and His goodness, forgive me O Lord.

39:8: For selfishness within me, only think of my own security and peace, forgive me, O Lord. Change my heart and guard my morality and conduct, that I may always live in your providence, my descendant as well.

40:19-20: For idolatry caused by our hands and within our hearts, forgive us, O Lord.

Thanksgiving-for what God does

38:5-7: God hears our prayer and sees our tears. God is mighty Deliverer. God performs miracle, all fear is gone!

38:16: God can restore us to health and let us live.

40:1: God always comforts His people and speaks tenderly to them, ends punishment upon them and forgives all their sin.

40:3,6,9: God spurred the remnant of Israelites through three ‘voices’:
v.3-5: “A VOICE of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the wilderness, a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it!”

v.6-8: “A VOICE says, Cry out. And I said, What shall I cry? All men are like grass…Surely the people are grass…The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever!”

v.9-11: “You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your VOICE with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, Here is your God! See, the Sovereign God comes with power, and His arm rules for Him...He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms, and carries them close to His heart: He gently leads those that have young.”

40:11: God is good shepherd, characterized by both strength and gentleness.

40:29: God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. God would renew the strength of those who hope in Him.

Inspiring verse(s)-for what help it gives

38:17: “Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In Your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; You have put all my sins behind Your back!”

40:29: God gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak.

40:31: Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Obedience-for what it teaches or orders

38:2: Imitate the wholehearted devotion and faithfulness of Hezekiah, do what is right in God’s eyes.

38:19-20: I as father should tell my children of God’s faithfulness and salvation, that they may sing of God’s goodness all the days of their lives in the temple of God.

40:1-31: I should learn to hear God’s voice day by day, and put my hope in God.

Now-action-for what I must do
1. Share with my children / family today of God’s faithfulness, saving grace and goodness, and sing song of praise together (38:19-20)

2. Pray for the sick that they may experience God’s mighty healing grace in the name of Jesus (38:2). Call a or visit a sick person today, pray aloud a short prayer for them: “God, restore him/her to health and let him/her live…In Your love, keep him/her from the pit of destruction, put his/her sins behind his/her back! Save him/her that he/she may sing all the days of his/her life in the temple of the Lord!” (38:16-17,20)

3. Practice two ‘H’ every day: Hear God’s voices (40:3,6,9), and Hope in God for power renewal (40:31).

4. Be a messanger of comfort (40:1, II Corinthians 1:3)

Supplication-for strength and wisdom to do

38:2: “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before You faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in Your eyes.”

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Devotional Note for Isaiah 30-37

DAILY DEVOTION
Psalm 73:28: “It is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”

Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”


Date: 24th October 2006 (Tuesday)
Text: Isaiah 30-37

Discovery through A.C.T.I.O.N.S. (Psalm 119:18-Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law)

Adoration-for who God is
Chapter 30-37
highlight to us that God is just and merciful. Because He is just, punishment upon sins would come in His time. Because He is merciful, restoration and full redemption would also come in His time upon His people! The message or point of Chapter 30-37 can be summarized as below:

30: Obstinate Judah sought help, protection, consultation and instruction from the pagan (Egypt) rather than from God (vv.1-11), but God’s Overflowing mercy would give rest, salvation and strength to those who truly repented of their sins; God will also guide, provide and heal the people of Zion in His grace and compassion (v.15,18-26).

31: Obstinateness results in judgment (vv.1-3), but Overflowing mercy of God would not leave Jerusalem; God would shield Jerusalem, deliver and rescue it from Assyria (v.4-9).

32: Outright spiritual revival will be brought by a king of righteousness---the Messiah (vv.1-8); Outright transformation will be brought by the Spirit of God that would be poured upon God’s people from above, bringing healing, justice, righteousness, peace, quietness, confidence, security and blessed life (v.15-20).

33: Outright punishment of God would come upon the destroyer and traitor---probably Assyria (v.1,19), but Outright salvation, wisdom, forgiveness and peace of the Mighty One would come upon God’s people (v.2, 5-6, 20-22, 24); the fear of the Lord is the Outright key to the treasure of God! (v.6)

34: Outright retribution to all nations in God’s wrath!

35: Overflowing gladness and joy (v.10b) fill God’s people hearts when they see the glory and the splendor of God; feeble hands are strengthened, knees are steadied (v.3), fearful hearts become strong (v.4), healing takes place (v.5-7), Highway of Holiness is made (v.8-9), the ransomed of the Lord will return to Zion with singing (v.10).

36: Threat of Assyrian king Sennacherib frightened and puzzled Judah.

37: Temple prayer (v.1, 14) of king Hezekiah (Judah) freed himself & nation from fear and protected the city (v.35).

Specifically:
33:5: The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge.

33:22: The Lord is our judge, lawgiver, king, and savior.

37:16-20: God is the God of gods, King of kings, Lord of lords! He rules over the angelic beings, the earthly kingdoms, and the universe. He hears everything we say and insults that mankind makes.

Confession-for what I sin
30:1,9: For being obstinate, carrying out plans that are not God’s, being deceitful and rebellious, forgive me O Lord.

30:10: For not desiring truth of God, but pleasant things and prophesy illusions, forgive me O Lord!

33:19, 37:29: For arrogance and insolence within me and people, forgive us O Lord!

34:2: For evil nations that cause the wrath of God, forgive us O Lord.

36:18-20, 37:12-13: For pride and blasphemy against the Creator God, forgive the unbelieving world!

Thanksgiving-for what God does
30:18: The Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are all who wait for Him.

30:30: The Lord will cause men to hear His majestic voice and will make them see His arm coming down.

32:1: A king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice!

33:2: God is gracious to those who long for Him and will be their strength every morning, their salvation in time of distress.

32:15-18: The Holy Spirit poured upon God’s people from on high will turn desert into fertile field and forest, where justice and righteousness will dwell; peace, quietness and confidence will take place; God’s people won’t be disturbed anymore.

33:24: God forgives all who dwell in Zion (means to be in His presence), all “illness” are healed.

34:8, 35:4: God will have a day of vengeance, a year of retribution. Therefore “do not take revenge, leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, It is mine to avenge, I will repay.” (Romans 12:19)

35:10: God grants gladness and joy for those who return to Zion, sorrow and sighing will flee away!

37:1-8: When king Judah was assailed by the blasphemy of the pagan, he went to the temple to seek God, meantime he went to the prophet (Isaiah) for prayer, instruction and direction. God comforted him: “Do not be afraid of what you have heard…” God also caused the emperor to hear a rumor that made him go back to his own country and had him killed there!

Inspiring verse(s)-for what help it gives
30:15: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

30:19-21: How gracious God will be when you cry for help! As soon as God hears, He will answer you! Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”

33:6: God will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

37:31: …take root below and bear fruit above.

Obedience-for what it teaches or orders
31:6: Return to God!

32:8: The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

33:5: God is a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge, the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

33:15: Walk righteously, speak what is right, reject gain from extortion, keep hands from accepting bribe, stop ears against plots of murder, shut eyes against contemplation evil.

35:4,8: God wants me to be strong and do not fear, to walk in the way of Holiness. “The unclean will not journey on it.”

37:1-4,14: Seek God and His prophet first when I am in day of distress and rebuke and disgrace (v.3).

Now-action-for what I must do
1. In everything, seek God Almighty and His protection (37:1,14); in adversity and affliction, hear His voice (30:19-21); take root below (in God), bear fruit above! (37:1,14,31,35)

2. Do not be afraid in a day of distress, rebuke and disgrace! (37:3,6)

3. Ask God for the treasure of salvation, wisdom and knowledge (33:6)

4. Minister to those who are in fear, or facing days of distress or rebuke or disgrace because of their enemies.

5. Pray for nations and people that do not know the one, true and living God, living in complacency, arrogance.

Supplication-for strength and wisdom to do
33:2: O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

37:20: Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his (enemy’s) hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, are God!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Devotional Note for Isaiah 28-29

DAILY DEVOTION
Psalm 73:28: “It is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”

Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”


Date: 21st October 2006 (Saturday)
Text: Isaiah 28-29 (Analyse only 28:1-13, read the rest)

Discovery through A.C.T.I.O.N.S. (Psalm 119:18-Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law)

Adoration-for who God is
28:2-4: The Lord is sovereign and just, He would use pagan country like Assyria to punish the evil deeds and indulgence of His people (in the Northern Kingdom Israel). The king of Assyria was depicted as “the one who is powerful and strong”, sent by God “like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, driving rain and flooding downpour” to trample underfoot the pride of Ephraim.

28:5-6: The Lord Almighty at the Day of Judgment will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of His people (those who have been faithful in all circumstances). God will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment (means that God will give a sense of justice to those who serve as judges), a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate, which is the most vulnerable part of the city (means God gives courage to those who defend the city gates from attack).

Confession-for what I sin
28:1: For pride and ‘drunkenness’, forgive me and my nation, O Lord. The wreath refers to the capital city of the Northern Kingdom---Samaria, which was a beautiful city on a prominent hill. It was a city of luxury and indulgence in the 8 B.C.

28:7-8: For spiritual leaders that are filled with wine and beer, not be filled by the Holy Spirit’s fruit and gifts, thus showing perverted conduct and filthy lifestyle, no teaching, no modeling, no direction, forgive us O Lord. Leviticus 10:9: “You (Aaron) and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the Tent of Meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.” Numbers 11:29: “Moses replied…I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit on them!” Ephesians

5:18: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

28:9-10: For hypocrite’s mocking response to and complaint about faithful preaching of God’s Word by a true prophet, forgive us, O Lord! The hypocritical religious leaders in Isaiah time complained about Isaiah’s serious teaching of God’s judgment and said that Isaiah’s teaching was only good for babies that have just stopped nursing! In other words, they said that the prophet was speaking nonsense. What a mock! They said that Isaiah was trying to teach them letter by letter, line by line, lesson by lesson.

28:12b: For not listening to God’s voice and appreciating God’s invitation for rest, restoration and renewal, forgive me O Lord!

Thanksgiving-for what God does
28:12: God gives resting place for the weary to rest. God is the Lord of Sabbath! He wants all his people to live a life of toil and rest, work and worship.

28:9: God sent prophet Isaiah to speak and to teach the corrupted nations, God never forsook them!

28:11: God sent also ‘foreign lips and strange tongues’ (the Assyrian) to speak and to punish the rebellion Israelites. When we are stubborn, God our Father would discipline us for good, that we may share in His holiness. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)

Inspiring verse(s)-for what help it gives
28:5-6: “…The Lord Almighty …will be a spirit of justice,…a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.”
28:12: “…God said, this is the resting place, let the weary rest…”

Obedience-for what it teaches or orders
28:1: Renounce pride and take Jesus’ york of humility and gentleness upon me.
28:6: Be just and draw strength from God.
28:7: I must be a spiritual leader that see and understand the visions that God sends, and not be stumbled in confusion, make right decision in ministry.
28:9-10: I must continue to preach God’s Word faithfully, boldly, and accurately, not to please men, but to please God.
28:12: I must rest in God in order to experience restoration.

Now-action-for what I must do
1. REST in the remembrance of God’s goodness and greatness; rest in the presence and peace of God; rest through regular exercise, rest in devotion, rest to experience the Lord of Sabbath (28:12, refer Genesis 2:2). Rest is God’s command, I must obey. Rest to enrich my marriage and family life. Rest to stay fit for a lifetime of ministry! ENJOY RESTING to know that God is in control of all things, to listen to God. He never slumbers!

2. Spiritual leadership includes four 'S':
2.1 Spirit of justice and Strength of God fill us day by day (28:6),
2.2 See God-given vision and teach boldly the corrupted people (28:7-10),
2.3 Spur the ‘weary’ (the burn out, rust out and die out groups) to rest in God and be revived for life mission and church ministry (28:12).

Supplication-for strength and wisdom to do



Bible Content of 28:1-13 written as Bible Messages (Easily remembered to be applied)

v.1: Pride and drunkenness ruin you!

vv.2-4: Punishment from God would refine you!

vv.5-6: Promises of God would revive you!

vv.7-10: Perverted leaders resist you!

vv.11-13: Pain of God reforms you!
(God feel painful because of people’s perverted lifestyle and attitude)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Devotional Note for Isaiah 24-27

DAILY DEVOTION

Psalm 73:28: “It is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”

Mark 1:35: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Date: 20th October 2006 (Friday)

Text: Isaiah 24-27

Discovery (Psalm 119:18-Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law) A.C.T.I.O.N.S.

Adoration-for who God is

24:1—13,17-23; 27:1: God is a great and just Judge who will judge the whole earth and all cities that opposes Him. Social distinction provides no escape from the judgment (24:2). Satan and fallen angels will be punished too (24:21). God Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem gloriously! Final judgment, ultimate and complete deliverance all are in God.

24:14-16: The godly remnant who survives judgment will adore God---raise their voices, shout for joy, acclaim God’s majesty, give glory to God, exalt the name of God, and sing “Glory to the Righteous One.”

25:3: The strong peoples and ruthless nations (such as Egypt and Assyria) will honor and revere God. Nothing is impossible with God!

25:9: A short song of praise---“Surely this is our God; we trust in Him and He saved us…Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation!” “In that day” refers to the Day of the Lord, that is a time of judgment and blessing as God intervenes decisively in the affairs of the nations (2:11,17,20; 24:21) “The last days” in the Old Testament refers to the future generally, but it seems to have in view the Messianic era. The last days began with the first coming of Christ and will be fulfilled at the second coming. “I KNOW WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE AND I KNOW HE HOLDS MY HAND, WITH GOD THINGS DON’T JUST HAPPEN, EVERYTHING BY HIM IS PLANNED, SO AS I FACE TOMORROW WITH ITS PROBLEM LARGE AND SMALL, I’LL TRUST THE LORD OF MIRACLES, GIVE TO HIM MY ALL!”

26:7: God is the upright One who makes the way of the righteous smooth.

26:13: God’s name alone do we honor, no idols can compare with God!

27:12-13: Israel, in God’s judgment on the nations, has been dispersed, but will return to Jerusalem to worship God again.

Confession-for what I sin

24:5: For defiling the earth, disobeying Your Laws, violating the statutes, breaking the everlasting covenant, forgive me O Lord.

25:11: For pride within me, forgive me O Lord!

26:10-11: For not learning righteousness even though Your grace is shown & for not regarding Your majesty, forgive me O Lord. For not seeing Your hand and zeal for Your people, forgive me O Lord.

27:11: For not understanding God’s judgment and compassion, forgive me O Lord. Remind me of Romans 2:4: “Do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?

27:18: For not bringing salvation to the earth and giving birth to people of the world, forgive me and the church, O Lord!

Thanksgiving-for what God does

25:1,4: God in perfect faithfulness has done marvelous things which are planned long ago. He has been the refuge for the poor and needy, a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat.

25:6-8: God has prepared a great and wonderful feast in the future, in which rich food given (symbolize great spiritual blessings, v.6), shroud that enfolds all peoples be destroyed (means resurrection, 25:7), death forever be swallowed up, tears wiped away from all faces (25:8a), and disgrace of His people be removed (25:8b). This is a direct reference to the final wedding supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9) and the glorious perfect heaven prepared for all people that have remained faithful to God (Revelation 21:4).

26:1: God make salvation our walls and rampart. Fear no evil!

26:5: God humbles those who dwell on high.

26:12: God establishes peace for me, all that I have accomplished God has done for me. To God be the glory!

26:16: God disciplines us.

Inspiring verse(s)-for what help it gives

25:4: “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”

26:3-4: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.”

26:9: “My soul years for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.”

Obedience-for what it teaches or orders

26:9: I should walk in the way of God’s laws; God’s name and renown are to be the desire of my heart.

27:2-6: I must renounce lukewarmness toward the Lord. This vineyard song depicts Israel as “briers and thorns” in the vineyard, confronting God, not fully trusting in the Lord, like the other ungodly nations. This is the second vineyard song in the book of Isaiah (the first one in 5:1-7). ‘Vineyard’ refers to Israel.

Now-action-for what I must do

  1. Adore and praise God today by using 26:14-16, 27:1-9 and 28:1-21.
  1. Care for the poor, the needy, and those who are in storm of life, so that they know God as a refuge, a shelter and a shade (25:4). God’s salvation takes into account the lost, the last, and the least.
  1. Have steadfast mind, trust in God and have peace in Him (26:3-4) Peace of mind depends upon the strength of mind, and strength of mind comes from the vision of who my God is---my God is so BIG! No God, no peace; know God, know peace!
  1. My VISION is to see God’s hand and God’s zeal for people in everything I strive to do; my DESIRE is God’s name and renown; my MISSION is to bring salvation to the earth and to give birth to people of the world (26:7,11,18). See God’s hand and do not worry; desire God’s renown and do not live in self-gratification, be mission-minded and impact!

Supplication-for strength and wisdom to do