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Monthly Archives: May 2009

55:2 “Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen, and I will tell you where to get food that is good for the soul.” – It was quite fitting that I was fasting this day. This verse gave me the reminder I needed that only God could sustain my hunger in life.

55:8-9 – One of my favorite verses

563b “Do not let them think that I consider them (Gentiles) second class citizens.” – I think this is a good reminder for when we interact with non-believers. Do not preach at them. I remember when I was not a Christian and my dislike for oppressive ministry or people talking down at me. Just because I was not a Christian didn’t mean that I was not aware of the dynamics of Christianity. Don’t treat me like a child.

57:11 “Why were you more afraid of them (foreign gods) than of me (Lord)? I think there is immediate danger if we do not obey foreign gods, ie. the drive for money. If you do not forfeit your values and beliefs, peers especially in the business world will look down on you and ridicule you. My charge you is to keep the faith and pray. Read your Bible and you will gain strength to stand up to these challenges.

Be God’s.

Isaiah 50:4 “Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.”

Isaiah 51:5 “Your salvation is on the way.”

Isaiah 51:14 “Soon all you captives will be released! Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate!”

Okay, this last verse really strikes me because it is in concert with Jeremiah 29:11 which I wrote about last week except it list the negatives that we will not be bombarded with. I think I am delevoping a better understanding (Isa. 50.4) because I start each morning in the Word of God. It sets a tone for each day. Amazingly as well, I am able to apply a verse that I read in conversation with someone that day. God’s Word through me brings him glory which is the exact purpose of my being.  I encourage you to join me in morning devotions. I used to try and read at night. Well busyness filled that time and I excused my reading time more often than not.

Be blessed.

“When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2)

Ridiculous. It is amazing the gifts that the Lord has given us. It is a promise we can take to the bank. We know that God has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11), one of hope and prosperity. This verse helps us preserve when the times are not where they need to be, where we want them to be. Several of my godly friends have recently gone through some tough times and I see how their faith strengthened. Their lives prove that God is with us through the deep waters.

May you draw near you feel the furthest away.

God reveals his omnipotence and omniscience in these chapters. Isaiah 34:16 “He will not miss a single detail.” Isaiah 37:26 “It was I, the Lord, who decided this long ago.” From these chapters I reflected back on the paradox listed below and cited from wikipedia. I think it’s important for us to know how to answer these questions that come from the world.

Belief that a deity can do absolutely anything can be thought to yield certain logical paradoxes. A simple example goes as follows: Can a deity create a rock so heavy that even the deity itself cannot lift it? If so, then the rock is now unliftable, limiting the deity’s power. But if not, then the deity is still not omnipotent because it cannot create that rock. This question cannot be answered using formal logic due to its self-referential nature. See liar paradox and Godel’s incompleteness theorem. This problem led in the High Middle Ages to developing the concept of mathematical infinity[citation needed], and laid the basis for infinitesimal calculus.[citation needed] Combining omnipotence with omniscience can yield the difficulty of whether or not a deity can pose a question to which the deity would not know the answer.

Augustine, in his City of God, argued that a deity could not do anything that would make it non-omnipotent:

For He is called omnipotent on account of His doing what He wills, not on account of His suffering what He wills not; for if that should befall Him, He would by no means be omnipotent. Wherefore, He cannot do some things for the very reason that He is omnipotent. [6]

Thus Augustine argued that a deity could not do anything or create any situation that would in effect limit the omnipotence of itself.

Others have argued that (alluding to C.S. Lewis’ argument above), that when talking about omnipotence, referencing “a rock so heavy that a deity cannot lift it” is nonsense just as much as referencing “a square circle.” So asking “Can a deity create a rock so heavy that even he cannot lift it?” is just as much nonsense as asking “Can a deity draw a square circle?” Therefore the question (and therefore the perceived paradox) is meaningless.[citation needed]

Another such response is that by definition an omnipotent being is set free from the grip of what is logically possible.[citation needed] An omnipotent being therefore would not be subject to what is logically possible. In this sense, an omnipotent being could create a rock that even itself could not lift, then lift it.[citation needed] An omnipotent being could also not exist and exist at the same time at any time. A being with knowledge of the concept of omnipotence could then see that omnipotence is by no way limited by logic.[citation needed]

Furthermore arguments in relation to a deity as a creator have been made that a creator of logic itself would not be subject to its creation and thus again could create a rock that even itself could not lift, then lift it.[citation needed]