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Monthly Archives: March 2009

These chapters depict the loneliness of life without God. We’ve all been there but for the last three weeks, I have felt especially close to God. Time in the word, nightly prayer, good fellowship, good accountability. The message that Isaiah delivers is one of warning. I know some of you are struggling and I pray for you. I know some are having difficulty getting into the Word and time with God. Read these chapters and ask God to intervene…in your lives, your relationships, in the work that you do. Isaiah 13:11b “I will crush the arrogance of the proud and the haughtiness of the mighty.” It’s not worth being proud. Go pray.

Isaiah 12: 2 – “Surely God is my salvation I will trust and not be afraid…With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

This is such beautiful imagery.  The idea of Christ being a bottomless well of salvation.  The times I draw from the wells of salvation seem few.  We need to daily be aware of our salvation and the role of submission that Christ asks of us.

Too often, I am drawing from other wells (porn, facebook, music, friends, reading (not the Bible), movies)…basically anything I can get that will fill me up for the time being.  They are not all necessarily bad things (except porn…), but it is the fact that 9 times out of 10 I choose them instead of spending time with God.  I fear the upheaval and change that God has to do in my heart when I hang out with him.  I fear the effort, frustration, and work it takes when I sit down with him to align my heart with his and consciously do his will.  Please pray for me, and all of us in this matter.

“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” -Isaiah 7:9

We love to compartamentalize our lives.  This is my work life, my school life, my dating life, my spiritual life.  What this verse is saying is we are spiritual beings of faith.  Everything else is a part of that, nothing is separate.

If we do not stand firm in our faith, we have nothing else to stand on.  Nothing else matters.  This verse changes the way I prioritize and worry about the other things in life.  When it comes down to it, my relationship with Christ is the only thing that matters.  We all know this.  We just don’t act like we do…

Isaiah 8:11 and 13 “Do not think like everyone else does.” “Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty.”

So we have talked about spiritual warfare and the need for armor. Excellent stuff. In Isaiah 11, we find out that the” Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel and knowledge” is what they Holy Spirit will bath us in if we obey. “We will be clothed with fairness and truth.” I think we fixate too often on the negative stuff and forget the provisions that the Lord gives us. Mediate on those words and lust won’t even come to mind. It’s more liberating than the sinful nature of man. Check it out. Live in the Spirit.

Isaiah 1:18- “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though thtye are red as crimson, they shall be like wool…”

Jesus doesn’t promise that our sins will be like pink carnations, or the color of a punk rocker’s rosy pink hair.  He says they will be as white as snow.  Completely.  Utterly. WHITE. Clean. Clear. Free.

I need to stop assuming that there are just some sins in my life that Christ will never wipe clean or issues that he’ll never help me overcome.  Our God is a god of love and love covers over a multitude of sins.

Dang, the end of Romans was intense.  I always thoughts of Ephesians as the quintessential book of preparation for spirtitual war, but I believe Romans easily surpasses it.  Here are some challenging verses:

Romans 13:11- The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

14:8- If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.  So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

15:1- We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

16:20- The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

All of this imagery of battle and fighting is against Satan and on behalf of the week, oppressed, and poor.  What are you using your gifts for today?

I’ve been distracted by recent events…i’ll post soon. Please keep me in your prayers.

Wow. Did anyone else pick up on the parallel between Paul’s comment to act while obeying the law and Isaiah’s prophetic claims to do the same? Isaiah 1:16b-17 “Give up your wicked ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice.  Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows.” If that is not a call to act, what is? Isaiah 3:8 “Judah and Jerusalem will lie in ruins because they speak against the LORD and refuse to obey him.” Life is about obeying God or the authority He puts in place. Not just knowing who he is or what the law is. Nor is it following the law just so you don’t get in trouble. It’s about a life of submission.

And finally, Isaiah 2:9b “The LORD cannot simply ignore their sins.” We all want intimacy with God and to do something great for Him. However, I think we can learn here that if we are not obedient in the little things, God is not going to give us greater responsibility. Either you’re mediocre in your faith with just the label of “being a christian” or you’re out there and people know you’re a Christian. Think about it.

Have a great day.

So, Samie and I “fixed” our relationship after the dispute we had mid february, but apparently her side was not healed.  She is struggling to figure out her true feelings for me now and I think her work for school is getting in the way and that Satan is behind this attack on us.  Please pray for strength for both of us since it is quite emotional going through an uncertain time in relationship as i’m sure all of you know.  I hope by the grace of God that this will all blow over and she will be able to get her head cleared especially during her Spring Break that is coming up.  Please pray for us and thank you for the prayers before.  I am truely scared of losing her right now especially since she has been such a huge part of my life for the past year plus.  Thanks guys.

Andrew

Romans 11:20 “…Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.”

Romans12:3 “…Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Romans 12:16 “…Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”

Romans 14:13 “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.  Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”

How many times have we passed judgment on someone whether we realized it or not?  We pass judgment on their hair, clothing style, personality, actions, and many more aspects.  We may not associate with individuals because of social status.  How many of us stop and talk with the homeless?  They are apparently lower class than us so we can not be seen talking with them.  The main problem with the early Christians was that they weren’t sure whether Gentiles were supposed to be allowed in.  That’s why God gave Peter that vision in acts of the “unclean” animals in the sheet.  He wanted to show Peter that because of Jesus’ death, the unclean animals are the same as the clean animals, just like the Gentiles compared to the Jews.  Stop judging and remember we all have a spot in God’s kingdom.  It’s up to us to help them find their way!