When Nations Gather Around Jerusalem

Jesus exalting

Isaiah 42:13
The Lord will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies.

When all the nations of the earth gather around Jerusalem for battle (Zechariah 14:2), Jesus will descend with a mighty shout (I Thessalonians 4:16). God’s jealousy for His people will be awakened. His wrath will descend on His enemies. Those who have wronged His people will be avenged. The Bible calls this the great and terrible day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5).

God will shout in triumph over His enemies. Those who have blessed His people will be blessed; those who have cursed His people, He will curse (Genesis 12:3).

Are you counted among His people—His own family? Or are you only His creation?

While there is still time, become a part of His family by receiving the truth that Jesus came, died for your sins, and rose again, to provide a place for you to be with Him forever.

Have you made that transaction with the Lord yet? There is still time. Do it today.

Lord Jesus, I believe You came, died, and rose again from Your grave.
Forgive my sin. Cause Your death to count as payment for the times
I’ve missed the mark and fallen short of Your ideal plan for me.
Receive me into Your eternal family by Your grace and mercy.
Thank You Lord Jesus for Your provision for me.

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Today’s World

Jesus on horse

Early last Thursday morning, I sat to write. This came tumbling out. The first lines are a quote from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

Today’s World

Men call themselves women
and instruct us to accept
what God condemns.*

Abortionists pose as health-care providers
who reduce God’s unborn creation
to the brokerage of body parts.**

Politically correct atheists
now muzzle
the free exercise of religion.

Those bent on destroying
God’s chosen people and their nation
are encouraged and aided
by a government gone awry,
through treaties that will empower
the antichrist and his minions
issuing in the great and terrible day
of the Lord.***

* Leviticus 20:13
** Exodus 20:13
*** Malachi 4:5, Acts 1:11

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How to Win Over the Devil

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Psalm 118:6
The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?

The enemy, the liar and father of lies (John 8:44), the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10), uses fear as a tool against us. He whispers a lie or a half-truth in our ear and then waits as a patient fisherman for us to seize on that bait. He cranks us closer by adding a few “what if’s” or a couple of “if only’s.” Before long he’s got us reeled in, ready for the frying pan.

Our loving Father God has given us His word to use as an effective weapon against the enemy. It’s very powerful but only if we use it.

If we’ll memorize scripture like the one above, it will be ever-ready when we are hounded by the father of lies.
Speak the scripture aloud. Refuse the enemy’s threatening thoughts. Stand firm on what God’s word says. It is the truth—the effective sword of the Spirit.

Do you have ready scriptures to use against the enemy when he comes to torment you?

Father God, thank You for giving us Your word.
May we learn to use it well in order to defeat the enemy.
By Your Holy Spirit, remind us of the verse we need when the time arises
so we will not be defeated by his tactics.

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Waiting on God

Jesus comfort

Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.

A little farther on in this chapter, God gives the key to how to obtain this strength and power from God in verse 31.

That verse says we are to wait for the Lord. That waiting is not a finger-drumming, toe-tapping, hurry-up-God, kind of wait. This is a looking for, a hoping in, and expecting God to act on our behalf.

There are two kinds of hoping. One is a “Oh, I hope something good happens.”

The kind of hope spoken of here is a trusting in who God is—the all-seeing, all-powerful God who loves me beyond my comprehension. The God who knows the end from the beginning, who has my best interest at heart. The God whose purpose is to mature me through all circumstances. The God who I put my faith and trust in to do what’s best for me, even if I can’t see the purpose today. It’s a trusting in His best for me at all times. A quiet expectation based on these truths.

Are you in need of His strength and power today? Ask Him.

Lord Jesus, I rest in Your arms knowing You are in control,
Because You love me beyond measure, and are for me and not against me,
I look for and expect You to act in Your perfect timing and way.
Thank You for Your provision.

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Resting in God’s Arms

The Savior

Deuteronomy 33:27
(Moses said) “The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms, and He drove out the enemy from before you, and said, ‘Destroy!’”

There is no safer place on earth than in God Almighty. No expertly-designed shelter can keep us safe apart from God’s eternal arms. There is no strength greater than His.

Those who are hostile to God and His ways are in danger of destruction at His hand.

The residents of Canaan, the land God promised the Israelites when they came out of Egypt, can attest to God’s power.

The Canaanites worshiped idols and sacrificed their children in fire to their fertility gods. They were hostile to God’s ways. That’s why God sent the Israelites to destroy them and take over their land.

Are you resting in God’s everlasting arms?

Lord Jesus, may I be at rest in You
and in Your power.
May I live my life
giving you pleasure
all my days.

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Walking with Jesus

Walking with Jesus

Proverbs 3:26
The Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.

I love the Hebrew language. It’s words draw pictures. This scripture is an example. The Lord, the existing One will be “at your side.” The English version says “confidence.” With Jesus at my side I am confident. But “at your side” speaks to me ten times more than “confidence.”

The next phrase says “keep your foot.” The word “keep” is “guard, observe, give heed, have charge of, keep watch, protect, save life, wait for, retain, treasure up (in memory), perform (vow), to be one’s guard, take heed, take care, kept, guarded, pay heed.” Is that not a full picture? Jesus is our body guard!

The last phrase “foot” can also mean leg. “From being caught” is “a taking, capture.” He’s going to keep me from being caught in a trap. Now, that’s confidence!

Are you aware of Jesus being at your side? If not, ask Him.

Lord Jesus, the bodyguard at my side at all times,
You never slumber nor sleep.
Your eyes are always watching me, so the enemy will not entrap me.
Help me keep my eyes on You, my protector.
Halleljuah!

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Our Heritage in God

Jesus love

Isaiah 54:17
(The Lord said) “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

Satan is known as the accuser of the brethren (believers). (Revelation 12:10).

Take heart. A day is coming when believers will receive our inheritance as God’s children. On that day we will sit in judgment of Satan and his angels (I Corinthians 6:2,3)—our enemy who has accused us day and night. This one who has continually set himself against us. The one who comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).

Our vindication, our justification, our salvation, is from the Lord. He will bring it to pass because He promised it. He is the Almighty God. No one is greater or more powerful. What He says, He will do.
Remember this. Never forget it.

Is there an area of your life you need to ask God to intervene with His power?

Father God, thank You for our inheritance in Christ Jesus
which is far above anything we could think or dream.
Keep reminding us of the day we sit next to You judging our accuser.
Thank You for Your ever-present, power
which bonds us to You and You alone.

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