What I love about the Word of God is that no matter how many times I read it there is always more to learn. I’ve heard it said it’s like peeling an onion — one layer at a time, but I tend to think of it as a treasure chest – each time it’s opened something new and wonderful is revealed. In light of that, I offer these thoughts on Isaiah 55:7- 11 and other scriptures below.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon. God wants us to give up our ways and our thoughts and return to him so that he can pour out on us His love, mercy and pardon.
8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. He wants us to exchange our thoughts and ways for His because while ours are low and limited by our experiences, He is unlimited by time or circumstance. He is, He was, and He will be. Eternal, omnipotent, forever faithful.
10-11 For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, [II Cor. 9:10.] So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. God’s thoughts become His spoken Word. He releases His words on purpose and with purpose. What He speaks happens. His words bring about what He pleases — His will. Period.
This quote is from the Charles Capps book titled, Gods Creative Power Will Work for You” — “God never does anything without saying it first. God is a faith God. God released His faith in Words.“
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 14 JUB. He sent Jesus, the Word made flesh, to be our savior – to visibly reveal himself, to make known His desire to reconcile us, as His beloved children.
By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:3, 6 NLT It takes faith to know Him and to please Him. Everything that He offers is received by faith.
Ephesians 5:1 says: Be imitators of God in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as his beloved sons and daughters. To imitate Him we must know Him.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all the things that I have said unto you. John 14:26 JUB
How grateful I am to have the Holy Spirit, the Bible — His written Word and the ability to commune with Him in prayer — all of which are ways I can know Him more, learn to live by faith, to imitate Him — and as His daughter learn to represent Him well.
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