WEEK 38, Day 5, Friday, 21 September 2018

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Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Friday, 21 September 18:

1. Isaiah 33:1 – “Ah, you destroyer, who yourself have not been destroyed, you traitor, whom none has betrayed! When you have ceased to destroy, you will be destroyed; and when you have finished betraying, they will betray you.” This verse reveals, once again, the Biblical principle that God will treat us the way we treat others.

2. Isaiah 33:2 – “O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.” In times of trouble, sometimes it is hard to wait on the Lord, but just like being lost in the woods, when you don’t know where you are going, traveling aimlessly faster just makes the problem worse. In life, the world will tell you, “Don’t just stand there, do something!” The assumption is your fate is in your control, and your inactivity is indecisiveness and weakness. God often says, ‘Be still! Wait for my lead in this matter.’ Waiting takes faith. When you don’t know what God wants you to do next. Be faithful to the word God has already given you, and pray. Trust Him. If you absolutely must make a decision, ensure it is consistent with God’s word, remain in prayer, seek the counsel of other faithful Christians, and trust Him with what you don’t know and understand.

– Genesis 8:10, 12 — He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark…. Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.

– Genesis 49:18 — I wait for your salvation, O Lord.

– Numbers 9:8 — And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.

– Psalm 25:3 — Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

– Psalm 25:5 — Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

– Psalm 25:21 — May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

– Psalm 27:14 — Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

– Psalm 31:24 — Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

– Psalm 33:20 — Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

– Psalm 37:7 — Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

– Psalm 37:9 — For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

– Psalm 37:34 — Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

– Psalm 38:15 — But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.

– Psalm 39:7 — And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

– Psalm 40:1 — To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

– Psalm 62:1 — To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

– Psalm 62:5 — For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

– Psalm 106:13 — But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.

– Proverbs 8:34 — Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.

– Proverbs 20:22 — Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

– Isaiah 8:17 — I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.

– Isaiah 25:9 — It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

– Isaiah 26:8 — In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.

– Isaiah 30:18 — Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

– Isaiah 33:2 — O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.

– Isaiah 40:31 — but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

– Isaiah 42:4 — He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.

– Isaiah 49:23 — Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, and lick the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.

– Isaiah 51:5 — My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait.

– Isaiah 64:4 — From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

– Lamentations 3:26 — It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

– Micah 7:7 — But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

– Habakkuk 2:3 — For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

– Luke 12:36 — and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.

– Acts 1:4 — And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me;

– Romans 8:25 — But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

– 1 Corinthians 1:7 — so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

– Hebrews 6:15 — And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.

– Jude 1:21 — keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

– Psalm 37:7 — Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

– Psalm 46:10 — “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

3. Isaiah 33:5, 6 – “The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.” God is the source of all wisdom, justice, righteousness, security, and prosperity.

4. Isaiah 33:11 – “You conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble; your breath is a fire that will consume you.” The efforts of the ungodly are ultimately worthless and futile, regardless of how ‘religious’ they are.

5. Isaiah 33:13 – “Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; and you who are near, acknowledge my might.”
– Nearness and farness from God aren’t determined by physical proximity (which is meaningless in the spiritual realm), but rather by obedience. If God is “far” from you, it is not that He has moved but rather that you did in your disobedience.

– God blesses His people so the world can see, bringing glory to Himself through the lives of His people.

6. Isaiah 33:14-22 — God intends for you to make Him your KING, to work for Him in His Kingdom on earth, to stay focused on Him and His purposes in your life and not to get entangled in the pursuits of some earthly “king” or kingdoms. God will be your KING or some human will be your king.

7. Isaiah 33:17 – “Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.” God’s plan for you is to see Him as glorious King and have a personal relationship of love with Him.

8. Isaiah 33:21-24 – God’s Kingdom brings wholeness to His people.

9. Isaiah 33:22 – “For the Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver; the Lord is our king; he will save us.” God will be your King or some human will be your king. Don’t foolishly place our hope, allegiance or trust in anything or anyone other than God.

10. Isaiah 34:1, 2 — “Draw near, O nations, to hear, and give attention, O peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it. For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host; he has devoted them to destruction, has given them over for slaughter.” We are intended to be citizens and ambassadors of God’s Kingdom (not earthly kingdoms), with a message to all earthly kingdoms. An ambassador is loyal to the nation that sent him, and he lives in a foreign land as an outsider. Ambassadors do not represent themselves, they represent their leader. Are you a good ambassador to the earthly kingdom in which you live which is also subject to God’s coming wrath?

11. Isaiah 34:4 – “All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.” God’s judgment affects the entire universe. “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it….” (Romans 8:20)

12. Isaiah 34:8 – “For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.” God has a concrete plan to help His people that people cannot see.

13. Isaiah 34:10 – “Night and day it shall not be quenched; its smoke shall go up forever. From generation to generation it shall lie waste.” God’s discipline may be temporary, but His judgment is permanent.

14. Isaiah 34:6, 17 – “Seek and read from the book of the Lord: Not one of these shall be missing; none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the Lord has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them. He has cast the lot for them; his hand has portioned it out to them with the line; they shall possess it forever; from generation to generation they shall dwell in it.” God’s written word shows you can depend on His promises.

15. Proverbs 21:3 – “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” God wants obedience, not empty religion.

16. Proverbs 21:9, 19 – “It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife…. It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.” God’s word warns you to make wise marriage choices.

17. Proverbs 21:6-8, 13, 15, 18 — God’s desire is that you foster environments of justice and mercy.

18. Proverbs 21:17 – “Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.” God warns you of the consequences you receive when pleasure becomes your substitute for God.

19. Proverbs 21:27 – “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent.” God does not honor religion that is not motivated by true love. Most people don’t consider themselves wicked, and most Americans consider themselves to be Christian, though their lives don’t look much different than the ungodly. God searches the heart to see the motives behind the actions. Good deeds done out of selfish motivation or out of a sense of self-righteous duty are not acceptable to God. The first and greatest command is love, which is selfless, focused solely on God first and then others. Search your heart for the true motives behind your actions.

20. Proverbs 21:30-31 – “No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.” When you do not include God in your planning, your plans become futile.

21. Hebrews 7:1-11 – Jesus does not point to the law, the law points to Jesus. It is not the law that makes us righteous, Jesus does. The aim is not merely to be good, it is to be one with Jesus.

22. Hebrews 7:16 – “…who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life.” Jesus’ authority does not come from regulations but from His deity. Our righteousness does not come from our behavior but rather because of His declaration of our righteousness. Also, a disciple’s authority comes from God not from human institutions.

23. Hebrews 7:19 – “…(for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.” Again, lawfulness cannot make you righteous, only Jesus can. Living righteously is the natural product of being made righteous through Christ.

24. Hebrews 7:26 – “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” Only Jesus can satisfy your eternal need and give you eternal peace.

25. Hebrew 7:26-28 – “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.”

– Jesus Christ has paid for your sins “once for all when he offered Himself.” It is finished – if you are a Christian you are forgiven, completely, unconditionally, and permanently. Nothing can be added or taken away from God’s forgiveness – forgiveness through Christ is perfect. Under the priesthood of Jesus we now have been made a “royal, holy priesthood” (1 Pet 2:5-9) and a holy “kingdom of priests” (Rev 5:10, Exodus 19:6) among the kingdoms of men which are corrupt and ungodly. Among those nations, we serve our King as ambassadors, proclaiming the King’s message to the fallen world. Today’s readings in Isaiah state: “The Lord is angry with all nations; his wrath is upon all their armies. He will totally destroy them (Isaiah 34:2)” but “the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King; it is He who will save us. (Isaiah 33:22).” Your kingdom is “not of this world. (John 18:36)” You were once of this world but God saved you from this world, redeemed you, and made you a new creation, holy, set apart for His purposes and His glory (1 Cor 1:28, 5:10). You are now called to “seek the Kingdom” and to struggle “not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12).” Today, pledge allegiance to your King and serve Him faithfully. Proclaim His message to the world. Remember, your obedience does not add to your salvation but contributes to your sanctification, fulfilling your purpose of being conformed to the image of Christ.

– Jesus’ sacrifice covers all sin, once and for all.

“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 21 Sep 18: Obey Jesus today, not in an attempt to make yourself righteous but rather to grow closer to Jesus in love, grateful for His grace and imputed righteousness. (Hebrews 7)

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