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Sunday, July 31, 2016

The King Still Reigns

God’s throne sat high in the heavens, towering over 
everything within human sight. The train of the Lord’s robe spilled over and filled the temple. Seraphim displayed sights and sounds of exaltation to Him. As smoke permeated the temple, the doorway’s foundation trembled because of a voice crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; His glory fills the whole earth.”

Suddenly Isaiah fell to his knees in humility, discerning the King, the Lord of heaven’s armies, while realizing his own impurity. “Woe is me,” he cried, “for I am ruined!”  

Immediately one of the seraphim touched Isaiah’s mouth with a burning coal, declaring his sins forgiven. Then he heard the voice of the Lord asking, “Who will go to my people and be my messenger?

Isaiah replied, “Here I am. Send me.” And a forgiven, humble prophet became a powerful mouthpiece for God. 

This happening took place in the year of King Uzziah’s death. Isaiah proclaimed the fact of the king’s death immediately before he described his vision. So why is this piece of information important? Because it reflects obedience and sin, humility and pride. 

Sin pervaded the lands of Judah and Israel while God-fearing Jews remained devoted to God. New kings replaced old kings. They performed both good and evil deeds before the Lord. One king in particular who did right in the sight of the Lord was King Uzziah. From sixteen years of age until the age of sixty-eight, King Uzziah reigned. As long as he sought the Lord God in his decisions, God empowered and prospered him. But when his fame spread and his strength grew, his heart filled with pride. He assumed the role of a priest and acted corruptly by entering the temple to burn incense. Because of his unfaithfulness to the Lord, God struck him with leprosy until the day he died. Pride goeth before a fall……

In the midst of King Uzziah’s reign, wars and rumors of wars spread throughout the lands. Moral decadence and disobedience increased. Because of Uzziah’s strong protection, the people walked blindly in their sins, feeling secure under his rule. So when he died, they panicked. Even the devoted Jews feared their future. Yet at the death of King Uzziah, Isaiah saw another King. He beheld the King of kings. 

God revealed Himself to Isaiah, displaying His holiness upon His throne. The revelation allowed Isaiah to understand that though the human king died, the divine King remained in control of all circumstances. Isaiah recognized the sovereignty of God.

God still reigns. His glory surrounds humanity even as mankind’s madness continues to loom large. His holiness should humble humanity, yet people continue to strive with pride. Pride goes before a fall from grace, yet grace overflows when repentant hearts bow in humility before the Supreme God. 

What struggles do you face? What circumstances surround you? Are you focused on God or your problems? Your heart’s attention will determine your state of mind. 

So turn your eyes to Jesus. Humble yourself before the King of kings. Receive His grace. And remember—our Sovereign God is still on the throne.

But at that point he became proud—and corrupt. He sinned against the Lord his God by entering the forbidden sanctuary of the Temple and personally burning incense upon the altar. 2 Chronicles 26:16 (TLB)

In a great antiphonal chorus they sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is filled with his glory.” Isaiah 6:3 (TLB)

Then one of the mighty angels flew over to the altar and with a pair of tongs picked out a burning coal. He touched my lips with it and said, “Now you are pronounced ‘not guilty’ because this coal has touched your lips. Your sins are all forgiven.” Isaiah 6:6-7 (TLB)

For more insight into Isaiah’s story, read…..
  • Isaiah 6
  • 2 Kings 15
  • 2 Chronicles 26

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Supremacy of God

“Come on, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. We’ll be famous and able to gather together. Maybe it’ll prevent us from being scattered into separate groups all over the world as the Lord instructed.”

But the Lord saw their hearts, confused their language, and scattered them anyway because of their rebellion. He anticipated their future evils done in collaboration so He dispersed them throughout the earth. And the building of the Tower of Babel stopped (Genesis 11).

When attempts at personal gain and glory by created beings supersede adoration of Creator God, life’s order unravels. Self-glorification clouds the majesty of the Supreme God and chaos reigns.


All over the world great cities of modern-day living pollute the atmosphere with lights shining into the night sky. Enormous amounts of illuminating energy flood the sky instead of the ground where needed, generating financial waste. 

When an extensive power outage struck southern California in the 1990’s, many Los Angeles residents reported seeing strange clouds suspended overhead. In actuality earthly light pollution had prevented them from ever viewing the heavenly lights of the Milky Way (LIGHT POLLUTION by Andrew Fraknot).

How incredibly unfortunate to miss the spectacle of gazing into the celestial sphere created by an Almighty God. Contemporary conveniences tend to cloud the beauty of creation.


What do these two accounts have in common? They depict the pride of humans while neglecting the omnipotence of God Almighty. At times people enhance themselves rather than exalt the preeminent God. 

News flash—life is not about us. It’s about God, the maker of heaven and earth. It’s about the One True God who saves us from wrongdoings.

Yet we continuously struggle with pride, placing too much emphasis on our human nature rather than the divine nature of Christ Jesus. Mankind’s strengths as well as shortcomings loom large. Why do we overlook the power of God? 

Doing life in our own power, apart from God, increases our deficiencies. Eventually the human condition spirals out of control as it has throughout the ages. Times and circumstances may change but similar heart actions consistently remain the same. And it all begins with pride.

A prideful heart releases evil and ignites disorder. Creatures forget their Creator. Focus turns to self. Babel builds. Towers fall.

Man’s adversity originated soon after the world’s creation. Scripture records how Satan planted the seed of doubt and fanned the flames of pride. The choices of both man and woman fractured God’s perfect order. Confusion replaced God’s truth. Sin ruled.

God then set into motion His plan of salvation, culminating in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. Even though God graciously offers redemption to all people, some reject Him. The age old problem exists despite God’s tender love. Mankind’s mind remains muddled by pride. We forget the truth of God the Father who created us. We neglect the truth of God the Son, Jesus Christ, who died to save us. We desert the truth of God the Holy Spirit who sustains us. We miss the glory of God. How sad!

God’s Word reports the life of several prophets who didn’t allow the things of earth to obstruct their view of Him. One prophet in particular observed God’s sovereignty in the temple. The splendor of God’s majesty humbled him to his knees. The prophet Isaiah discerned his own unworthiness when He visualized God’s glory. 

Next week we’ll learn of this man who saw the glory of God and desired to tell others about His greatness. In the meantime, consider how you view God. Is He an afterthought or foremost in your mind? Hopefully Isaiah’s example will assist us in adjusting our perspective of God.

As you read the Scriptures below, examine the differences of division and unity. Then praise God with worshippers from all over the world and experience the blessings of unity.

Scripture tells of division deriving from mankind’s self-focus…..

But when God came down to see the city and the tower mankind was making, he said, “Look! If they are able to accomplish all this when they have just begun to exploit their linguistic and political unity, just think of what they will do later! Nothing will be unattainable for them! Come, let us go down and give them different languages, so that they won’t understand each other’s words!”

So, in that way, God scattered them all over the earth; and that ended the building of the city. That is why the city was called Babel (meaning “confusion”), because it was there that Jehovah confused them by giving them many languages, thus widely scattering them across the face of the earth. Genesis 11:5-9 (TLB)

Scripture tells of unity of believers in Christ when focused on God….

Seven weeks had gone by since Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the Day of Pentecost had now arrived. As the believers met together that day, suddenly there was a sound like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them and it filled the house where they were meeting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on their heads. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in languages they didn’t know, for the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

“How can this be?” they exclaimed. “For these men are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking all the native languages of the lands where we were born! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, men from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia Minor, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the Cyrene language areas of Libya, visitors from Rome—both Jews and Jewish converts— Cretans, and Arabians. And we all hear these men telling in our own languages about the mighty miracles of God!” Acts 2:1-4, 7-11 (TLB)

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Let Us Pray

The world grows rapidly wicked. Lawlessness increases by the day. The root of evil comes from sinful hearts. People need the Lord. 

Please join me in praying back to God His own words spoken through Daniel. We believers must stand unified in prayer for ourselves, our families, our churches, our communities, our countries, the whole world. Let us pray.

It was now the first year of the reign of King Darius, the son of Ahasuerus. (Darius was a Mede but became king of the Chaldeans.) In that first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from the book of Jeremiah the prophet that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. So I earnestly pleaded with the Lord God to end our captivity and send us back to our own land.

As I prayed, I fasted and wore rough sackcloth, and I sprinkled myself with ashes and confessed my sins and those of my people.

“O Lord,” I prayed, “you are a great and awesome God; you always fulfill your promises of mercy to those who love you and keep your laws. But we have sinned so much; we have rebelled against you and scorned your commands. We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, whom you sent again and again down through the years, with your messages to our kings and princes and to all the people.

“O Lord, you are righteous; but as for us, we are always shamefaced with sin, just as you see us now; yes, all of us—the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, and all Israel, scattered near and far wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. O Lord, we and our kings and princes and fathers are weighted down with shame because of all our sins.

“But the Lord our God is merciful and pardons even those who have rebelled against him.

“O Lord our God, we have disobeyed you; we have flouted all the laws you gave us through your servants, the prophets. All Israel has disobeyed; we have turned away from you and haven’t listened to your voice. And so the awesome curse of God has crushed us—the curse written in the law of Moses your servant. And you have done exactly as you warned us you would do, for never in all history has there been a disaster like what happened at Jerusalem to us and our rulers. Every curse against us written in the law of Moses has come true; all the evils he predicted—all have come. But even so we still refuse to satisfy the Lord our God by turning from our sins and doing right.

“And so the Lord deliberately crushed us with the calamity he prepared; he is fair in everything he does, but we would not obey. O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by removing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. Lord, do it again! Though we have sinned so much and are full of wickedness, yet because of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn away your furious anger from Jerusalem, your own city, your holy mountain. For the heathen mock at you because your city lies in ruins for our sins.

“O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead! Let your face shine again with peace and joy upon your desolate sanctuary—for your own glory, Lord.

“O my God, bend down your ear and listen to my plea. Open your eyes and see our wretchedness, how your city lies in ruins—for everyone knows that it is yours. We don’t ask because we merit help, but because you are so merciful despite our grievous sins.

“O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen to me and act! Don’t delay—for your own sake, O my God, because your people and your city bear your name.”

Even while I was praying and confessing my sin and the sins of my people, desperately pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, flew swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice and said to me, “Daniel, I am here to help you understand God’s plans. The moment you began praying a command was given. I am here to tell you what it was, for God loves you very much. Listen and try to understand the meaning of the vision that you saw!  Daniel 9:1-23 (TLB)

In Jesus' name, AMEN.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Return to God

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (NASB)

We live in a fragmented world. Religions war. Races divide. Relationships crumble. Rivalries prevail. BUT GOD STILL REIGNS. 

Rebellion exists on earth, resulting in considerable consequences. Hatred, disease, divorce, disobedience, death, grief, separation, sorrow, suffering, sin, pain—the list seems to grow longer with each passing day. BUT GOD STILL REIGNS.

Yes, God still reigns and His Word confirms it. He promises to be present in our lives. He says He will never leave or forsake us. He is Jesus, the Triumphant King who passed from life to death on a cross, from resurrection to ascension into heaven, and He did it all for you and me. So why does our reality feel like hell? Why are we not living victoriously, as if God still reigns? What can we do to live joyfully in this maddening world?

Be reconciled to God through Christ Jesus. 
  • Yes, be reconciled to God. 
  • Return and reunite with the God of our fathers. 
  • Live in restoration with God through Jesus Christ.

How can I be reconciled to God?
  • Acknowledge the Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth. 
  • Open the Bible, the Word of God, and discover the truth, the good news of Jesus Christ. 
  • Turn away from disobedience and focus on the One who obeyed to His death. 
  • Receive the joy of salvation He bought with His own blood shed on the cross.

What do I need to KNOW in this reconciliation process?
  • The One and Only True God died in my place.
  • Jesus obtained freedom for me on earth and eternally for me in heaven. 
  • An enemy named Satan seeks to destroy me as he fractures the world.
  • Jesus reigns victorious over Satan because He conquered sin and death.
  • Belief in Jesus provides access to God’s grace, peace, hope, and joy through His Holy Spirit.
  • Prayer and praise is my means of expression to God. 
  • He speaks to me through His Word, in prayer, and through other believers.

If we focus on the things of this world, we will only see resistance, revolts, rebellion, and unrest. A veil of captivity will then weigh us down and enslave us. But if we look to God for redemption, reconciliation, restoration, and relationship, the veil will be torn. We will then experience freedom and rest.

No matter what happens in this world, you can find resolution to your problems. No matter what happens in life, you can experience the peace that passes all understanding. No matter what happens each day, you can be strengthened by the joy of the Lord. No matter what tomorrow brings, you can rest in the knowledge of God’s redeeming love. Reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ makes it all possible. 

Will you choose to live in rebellion or reconciliation?

Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? Romans 6:16 (NIV)

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  Philippians 2:8 (NIV)

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 
2 Corinthians 5:16-21

"Lord I Need You" by Chris Tomlin

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Blessings in the Barren Land

"Lord, Have Mercy" by Michael W. Smith.....

 Barren Land Blessings

Blessings prevail in barren land.
The desert’s all aglow.
Human hands and feet of God
Fight with love, conquering woe.

Calling for a leap of faith
To a place of abandonment.
Emptying self of sin and pride,
Hearts and minds to Almighty God bent.

Tares and wheat lay on a threshing-floor
Where fake pulls apart from true.
Broken, beaten, battered, bruised, 
The process whips up reality in view.

Burdened by blistering trials,
Forged in the fiery furnace,
Mounting pressure requires endurance.
Glorious gems fashioned with purpose.

Lumps of clay, hand-picked and pliable,
Molded on a potter’s wheel.
Surrendering to the touch of God,
Stamped with His precious seal.

The transformation process
From adversity and pain
Necessitates a walk with Jesus
Where hardships turn to gain.

Journey along the wilderness trail,
Where broken hearts emerge.
Discern the faithful promises of God
Replace joy while sorrows purge.

God bore witness to the mountain climb
As His Son Jesus reached heights of glory.
Trudging through barren land to highest peak,
He equips us to share His love story!

DDC February 20, 2006

The threshing floors will pile high again with wheat, and the presses overflow with olive oil and wine. Joel 2:24 (TLB)

But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord nor understand his plan, for the time will come when the Lord will gather together the enemies of his people like sheaves upon the threshing floor, helpless before Israel. Micah 4:12 (TLB)

Bless our God, O peoples,
And sound His praise abroad,
Who keeps us in life
And does not allow our feet to slip.
For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
You brought us into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.
You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance. Psalm 66:8-12 (NASB)

Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
    do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
    for we are all your people. Isaiah 64:8-9 (NIV)

Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit; though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; he will give me the speed of a deer and bring me safely over the mountains. Habakkuk 3:17-19 (TLB)

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