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A Thought for the Week—God is Speaking

Monday, October 30, 2006

"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God. "Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the LORD'S hand double for all her sins."

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:1-5 NKJ)

God speaks. The Bible is a book of the writings of people who heard God speaking to them and wrote down what He has revealed to them. Today, God is continuing to speak through the Bible. The above passage is one God seems to be using to encourage His people in these days of ever-increasing tension, pressure, and darkness. Light is also arising.

"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God. "Speak comfort to Jerusalem" (Isaiah 40:1-2). God is a God of comfort. He wants to comfort His people amidst times of stress and hardship. He desires to comfort His people with the truth of His presence with them, and of His willingness to give them wisdom and grace to endure the difficulties of life in this world. He promises to arise and to act on their behalf. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, David wrote, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; your rod and Your staff, they comfort me" (Psalm 23:4 NKJ).

We can be comforted by the truth, knowing that the spiritual beings that have used people to hurt us, or that have sought to oppress us with fear and torment, shall be punished by God. The Bible says that God will give grace to His people, rewarding them for the good they have done, and will bring about a day of vengeance against the evil spirits that have harmed His people.

"For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:14 NKJ).

The Bible says that Jesus has come, "To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn" (Isaiah 61:2 NKJ). God has a day of rewarding and avenging, which He is bringing about. The powers of evil in the heavens shall be brought down, because of what they have done and tried to do to the people of God (Matthew 24: 29-30). We then shall reign with Christ (Matthew 19:28). We can be comforted and know that we can speak comfort to others, bringing to them the comfort we have received for ourselves (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Father, we rejoice that You are wise and just. You know how to comfort us with the truth of Your provision, plans and purposes. Help us to receive Your comfort and to speak and bring it to others. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Week—God is Speaking

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God. "Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the LORD'S hand double for all her sins."

"The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:1-5 NKJ)

God speaks. The Bible is a book of the writings of people who heard God speaking to them and wrote down what He revealed to them. Today, God continues to speak through the Bible. The above passage is one God seems to be using to encourage His people in these days of ever- increasing tension, pressure, and darkness. Light is also arising.

"Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the LORD'S hand double for all her sins." God is calling forth people to speak to His people. He is giving the leaders of His people a message for them. He is saying, "Speak comfort to My people." Many leaders in today’s church are telling the people that God is angry and that He is going to punish His people because they have given in to the ways of the world, have become ensnared by the lies of Satan, and have become helpless in their battle against their sin and the world’s ways. Certainly God is angry against sin and the ways of Satan--but God has come to act on behalf of His people. The good news of the Gospel is that God has vented His righteous anger on His Son, the sacrificial Lamb. The Gospel message is that God has entered into the warfare against sin and against the powers of the devil, and He has won the victory through Christ and now will win in Christ in us.

God’s people have received double from the hand of God because of their sins. First, their sins have separated them from God. Man was created to have communion with God and to live in fellowship with Him through their own spirit. God, a spiritual being, created us with a spirit, soul, and body. With our spirit we can communicate with the spiritual realm; with our body we can communicate with the natural realm, the realm of what we see and feel through the five senses of our body. With our soul we can bring what we see in the natural realm into the spiritual, and vice versa. When man sinned, he became separated from the spiritual realm of God and became open to the spiritual realm of Satan. We thus received double for our sins-- separated from God and opened to the world of Satan. BUT God sent Jesus to pay for our sins and to give us a new life that can communicate with God in our body, soul and spirit. He speaks comfort to us and tells us to speak comfort to His people. Jesus came to live for us and now to live in us. We can know and be restored into life with and in God. Be comforted!

Father, we rejoice in You and in knowing that through Christ we can be restored to living in communion with You. Help us to know, receive, give, and speak Your comfort to others. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Week—God is Speaking

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God…The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God… The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." (Isaiah 40:1-5 NKJ)

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God’" (Isaiah 40:3 NKJ). God is moving on behalf of His people. He is meeting them in the wilderness. Many of His people have come out of Egypt--which is symbolically the world system--but they have not yet come into the reality of living in the "promised land," or the "New Jerusalem." Many have not even known what it means to be "raised with Christ" (Colossians 3:1), Who is "seated in heavenly places, far above all principalities and powers" (Ephesians 1:20, 21). The Christian life is difficult and often frustrating to those who are still trying to overcome the ways of this world and the desires of the flesh through their own efforts. The "heavenly-minded Christian," knowing and living in the power of the Holy Spirit, can daily experience the blessings of the New Covenant in which God promises to put His ways into us so that we can, by His power, live for Him.

God is bringing forth Spirit-filled, heavenly-minded, kingdom-of-God-oriented people to help those who are wandering in or coming through the wilderness. God is giving them the word of hope for His people: "Help is on the way." God is raising up apostolic and prophetic people and giving them greater levels of anointing and revelation, equipping them to help His people in the days ahead. Many in the church are fearful of the coming days of difficulty, as they sense the deterioration of the systems of "Babylon" and the accompanying rise of the kingdom of the antichrist. They fear the rise of the kingdom of the beast, not knowing that God is bringing this about. The Bible says, "And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled" (Revelation 17:16-17 NKJ).

Amidst these events, God will have a prophetic and apostolic community raised up who will rejoice. They will know the provision God has for bringing His people through these days. The Bible says, "’Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’ Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!" (Revelation 18:19, 20) Rejoice, and take comfort, people of God. God is orchestrating these end-time events, and help is on the way. Come forth, all the prophetic and apostolic voices God is raising up in these days. Speak comfort to God’s people.

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your plan and Your destiny for Your people and Your creation. Help us to follow You as You bring all things under Christ. Our comfort is in You, O God. Amen.

 

A Thought for the Week—God is Speaking

Thursday, November 2, 2006

"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:1-5 NKJ)

"Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth;"

We have been meditating on this passage in Isaiah. God is raising up people to speak comfort to His people. He did this through the ministry of John the Baptist just prior to the coming of Christ (Matthew 3:2-3). He is doing this today, in preparation for the rising up of Christ from within and over His people. God is raising up forerunners with the message for His people to know that Jesus is coming to bring restoration of all things. Peter told the people on Pentecost: "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:19-21 NKJ).

In the times of restoration, "Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth" (Isaiah 40:4). God will visit us in our valleys--when we feel depressed, or distraught, or are in deep despair. He will bring us His comfort and strength to go through these times, reminding us of His presence with us and of His plan to rid the world of the ways of Satan and to dethrone his evil spiritual powers who have set up their strongholds of self-pleasure, greed and wantonness in the world. The mountains of pride, self-trust, and false religions shall be brought down. Jesus promised that His disciples would rule with Him in the times of the regeneration of the heavens and the earth. He said, "…in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19:28

NKJ). He told the overcomers that they too would reign with Him over the nations (Revelation 2:26, 27; Revelation 3:21). God has a plan to bring all things into His order and purposes through us.

The glory of God was revealed through His Son into the world 2000 years ago. The glory of God will also be revealed in His ability to bring forth His ways through His Son in us in the coming days. "The kingdom of God is at hand" (Luke 21:31). Receive comfort.

Father, we rejoice in Your holiness, Your longsuffering, and Your plan to bring forth Your ways. Amen.

A Thought for the Week--God is Speaking

Friday, November 3, 2006

"’Comfort, yes, comfort My people!’ says your God.  The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." (Isaiah 40:1-5 NKJ)

"The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

When God reveals His glory, no flesh can stand in His presence.  When Peter saw the glory of God revealed by Jesus miraculously bringing together a great draft of fish, he simply fell down at Jesus’ feet and said, "Depart from me..."  The Biblical account of this story says, "But when Simon Peter saw {that,} he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken;" (Luke 5:8-9 NAS).

We have the privilege of going to a homeless shelter in our area regularly.  Often God gives a prophetic revelation--or commonly called a word of knowledge--for one of the men.  These are men hardened by the lifestyles they have led.  Many have been on the streets for years.  Now they are in a shelter, not able to trust others, for they know how hard they have had to be in order to escape the stealing and brutality of living on the streets.  When we talk of the love of Jesus, their hearts begin to open, though many still are living behind the walls they have erected to protect themselves.  When God heals one of them, using the revelatory gift of His Spirit, the eyes of the men are at once fixated on what is happening. When they see the miraculous hand of God healing one of their own, they become opened to allow the Word and presence of God to come into their own lives.

God is building His church.  He promised to do this, through building up the outcasts of His people.  He will be glorified in His people.  He will show signs and wonders to the outcasts.  He will allow laymen to bring forth His power and love in supernatural ways to the people they relate with.  God is showing forth His power and glory in the home, in the marketplace, and in the everyday affairs of our life.

Father, we rejoice that You show forth Your glory to us and through us by letting us reach out to the poor and needy as Jesus did.  Help us to receive and impart His glory and Your glory to others as He did. Amen.

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