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Who Has Believed Our Report?

The Prophet Isaiah posed the question who has believed our report, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? (Is. 53:1) This is an example of the parallelistic literary technique that permeates much of the Old Testament. And its message to us is poignant: God’s arm of power is revealed to those who choose to believe His report.

But we often choose to believe other reports, i.e., the evening news’, rather than God’s.  While the Lord says My God will supply all your need, we choose to put our faith in the recession the news media describes.

It’s important to understand that the media thrives on sensationalism. Drama produces ratings, and ratings translate into advertising funds. So the message is hyped and repeated ad nauseum, until a Christian’s faith is at its lowest ebb.

I think it’s fine to watch the news, and that it’s important to be informed, but also I believe we should remember to counteract its negative effects by reading, hearing, and believing God’s Word.

God is not a man that he should lie, the Bible reports, so despite the news, we can afford to relax and take the Lord at His Word. I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging bread, King David says. The report continues: I will open the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing you can’t contain. (Mal. 3:10) Jesus adds, Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will men pour into you bosom, (Lk. 6:38) and I came that you might live an abundant life. (Jn. 10:10)

On and on, goes God’s report of ensuing abundance, pouring forth from pages of His Unfailing Word. And I choose to believe it. How about you?

 

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Posted by on October 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Be Ye Steadfast, Immovable

The recent wars in the Middle East have familiarized the American public with the concept of laser-guided missiles. They work like this: an aircraft locates a target and “paints” it with a laser beam.  Then a missile homes in on that “painted” target, soaring toward it until the objective is destroyed.  The amazing thing about these missiles is that they can literally follow the contours of the land, dipping into valleys and rising over hills (as a means of remaining below radar level), until the target is met and the victory is won.

This reminds me of a Bible verse…Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory.  Therefore, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:57-58)

In this verse, God is telling us to stay on target. He wants us to remain steadfast, immovably focused on our goals, regardless of whether we are up or down. So whatever you may be believing for, remember this: God has promised you the victory.  Therefore, remain steadfast and on target, just like that little missile.  Stay focused on your goal–that dream that God has painted on your heart–cruising up and down, through the valleys and over the hills, until your victory at last is won.  For it will be won, thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ! (2 Cor. 2:14.)

Your friend and partner in world harvest,

David

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

 
 
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