Isaiah 50

This chapter of Isaiah has striking words from God. He did not sell us off or put us away. We did! By thinking that sin is good and fun and by doing evil, we have sold ourselves. God says to whom of my creditors did I sell you? Why was no one there when I came? Why was there no one to answer when I called? Is my arm too weak to redeem? Or do I have no power to rescue? God called to help, but we did not answer.  We were sold because of our sin.  But God said, “I gave my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who tore out my beard.  I did not hide my face from scoring and spitting.”  God redeemed us from our sin on the cross.  And even in the Old Testament he foretold of his great salvation towards us. Let’s not sell ourselves to sin anymore,  but instead turn to God who will save us!  Praise God!

The Savanna Principle

Satoshi Kanazawa in his book, “The Intelligence Paradox” reviews what he calls the Savanna Principle.  He says it can also be called the evolutionary legacy hypothesis or the mismatch hypothesis.  He says that our brain doesn’t know that what we are watching is not real.  We may know that the people on tv are not real, but our brain feels like they are our real friends.  He goes on to say that is why we may cry at a sad movie.  Consciously we know it isn’t real, but does our brain know this?  Be careful what you watch and put into your mind!!  We also don’t want to get used to evil so that when the time comes to deny evil it, we think it is ok.  But besides this the savanna principle shows that pornography and other images/pictures can be dangerous.  Serve God.  Let’s pray for each other to keep our eyes on Jesus!

 

The Spirit of God strives through men’s conscious.

Genesis 6:3 Speaks of the sons of men marrying the daughters of Cane. They married without consent from their God. Therefore God said he will not always strive with men. The Holy Spirit still strives through the conscious of men. The day is coming when this will end. 1 Peter 3:19-30 says that the spirit had long suffering towards men in the days of Noah.

Today, the blessing of the Spirit striving with our conscience provided checks and balances.  It is being abused and goes unrecognized by those who abandon God.  May God have mercy on us and this nation.  Pray we run the race with diligence and not let anything hinder our walk with Jesus.  Also, let us pray we don’t become a stumbling block for those watching us.  Keep watch of what we think of therefore, be careful what we watch and listen to.  So that we are not turned away from this great grace given us.

Asaph

Psalms 50 is a Psalm of Asaph.  He was appointed by King David as a temple singer.  His name means to gather.  I think of our church musicians today and how they are appointed by God to gather us in the joy of singing to him.  Let’s pray for our music ministers!

Andrew

Well God answered your prayers. I finally found Andrew tonight on the other side of town. It is 24° right now in Baltimore and he was freezing. I was able to help him. Thank you for your prayers and thank God!

Psalms14:5. God’s presence

We have God’s presence. What a beautiful joy to have God’s presence with us!  Pslams 14:5, “…,for God is present in the company of the righteous.”

We can give God every feeling or thought that we have even if we don’t feel like it.  You see, the Lord is our help.  When we seek the Lord with our whole heart then He will be with us!  His presence won’t leave and no one can take it away.

Preach repentance to your family, friends and anyone you can talk to.  Matthew 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”   Don’t stray from preaching what Jesus taught.  If you church is not preaching repentance, then pray that the Lord will use you to do His will!

Also, I still can’t find Andrew (a homeless person).  I need to give him some shoes and socks.  So keep praying that he is ok and that I can find him and talk to him about salvation.  Also, Let’s keep praying for each other.  Thank you

 

 

 

A bottle in the smoke

Psalms 119 speaks of a bottle in the smoke.  People would hang leather bottles from their ceiling and smoke from the fire would rise up and blacken the bottles.  The Psalms goes on to say that even though we are considered as bottles holding the life water in ourselves, we become worn because this is not our world.  But we don’t forget the Lord precepts. How merciful and great our creator is, how real and apt to swiftly aid us. How good God is to those who call upon him. As I read Psalms it is very uplifting and  encouraging.  It talks about situations we experience today. So if you know anyone who needs to be lifted up, tell them to read Psalms. It is a beautiful reflection of our God saving us!

Also, Please pray for Andrew!  He is homeless and needs new shoes.  Tears came out so fast from his eyes, I was troubled.  He pointed to where he was sleeping and later when I was bringing him shoes, I could not find him.  So please pray that I can find Andrew!  Thank you so much!  And pray for his broken spirit that is crying out for help.  Thank you.

 

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Humans – Earthen Vessels

God made us a little lower than the angels. ( Hebrews 2:7)  God’s glory and majesty will be shown in weakness through us. We are earthen vessels that God uses.  Things which angels desire to look into.  Dr. Barnhouse on Family Radio says, “That God chooses the  weak things of this world to show his majesty.”  What a privilege we have as humans to be made in the image of God.  Amos 4:11, “You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord.”  Let’s not be snatched from the fire with no reward to cast at Jesus’ feet, but lets run the race as if we are to win it!