Isaiah 5:20-Part 1

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WOE-great sorrow or distress

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Woe to those who drag iniquity with the cords of falsehood, And sin as if with cart ropes; Who say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to pass, that we may know it!” 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 5:18-20
Back in the early 1980’s when I first read this verse, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil”, I couldn’t fathom many people I knew that would ever do such a mind-boggling thing. First I should explain that I’m from a small town in Southwest Virginia which happens to have churches almost on every corner or street. A few of you city folks or world travelers may think I was naïve or “blind to a fault“.

Yet, I realized that sin of various kind existed in my little hometown, but I believed the prayers and good morals of God-fearing people kept the practicing sinners from parading their lifestyle up and down the streets. In such a religiously influenced place the adulterer, drunk, or thief wasn’t motivated to brag about his or her evil deeds. Instead they had a feeling of shame because of their sin.. or at least a respect for God’s people.

How times have changed-even in my neck of the woods surrounded by mountains. Today most everyone can sense a different spiritual climate in this country and the world. Isaiah prophesied woe to the rebellious people of his time and now godly men and women are prophesying the same to this last day generation. Yet what will it take to wake such people out of their delusional belief system? Nothing but judgement if they continue to rebell and mock the Lord.

3 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.

3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

5 The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.

7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.Zephaniah 3

You have wearied the LORD with your words. “How have we wearied him?” you ask. By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?” Malachi 2:17

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?…Proverbs 17

The following list gives a good example of how euphemisms have taken over our language and made sin sound like a good or completely harmless act.

ABORTION WOMAN’S CHOICE MURDER OF THE INNOCENT
             HOMOSEXUAL   GAY/BORN THAT WAY       VILE AFFECTION
     EXTRAMARITAL  RELATIONS       AFFAIR/A FLING            ADULTERY
              ALCOHOLIC         SOCIAL DRINKER             DRUNKARD
COHABIT    LIVE TOGETHER FORNICATION

Our Father?

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All around the world people are praying right now. Some of them may pray morning, noon and night; others pray once, twice, or five times a day. They may be standing up, sitting down, on their knees, or prostrate on the ground.

How often they pray in a day or whatever position they take while praying doesn’t really matter-as long as they are in connection with the true and living God.

Most people pray for someone’s salvation or healing of body, soul, and mind. Many pray for financial blessing or at least for food, clothing, and shelter. The diversity of petitions are beyond human calculation. Regrettably, God hears few of them because most of the petitioners are worshipping idols. In the Bible there is a model(example) prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. It begins with Our Father.

The Old Testament foreshadows who the Father is:

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

The New Testament reveals who the Father is:

Jesus said unto him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

7 If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also; and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said unto Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.”

9 Jesus said unto him, “Have I been so long a time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:6-9

If we do not receive Jesus’ words of truth then we cannot be his children and we will have another father:

43 Why do ye not understand My speech? Even because ye cannot hear My Word!

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar and the father of it.

45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe Me not. St. John 8:43-45

How do we become His children?

Believe on His Name Alone

That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.

11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to those who believe in His name,

13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:9-13

Repent and Be Baptized

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

38 Then Peter said unto them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:36-38.

Allow Word to change Us

23 being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God which liveth and abideth for ever. I Peter 1:23

Yield to Discipline

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall we not far rather be in subjection unto the Father of Spirits, and live? Hebrew 12:9

Receive Spirit of Adoption

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba! Father!”

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God; Romans 8:14-16

You may know who your biological or earthly father is; do you know who your spiritual father is? If you’re not “born again” then today is the day to make your spiritual adoption certain. Don’t feel like an orphan anymore.

The world’s religious system seems to believe that the Pope is the Holy Father but they are greatly deceived. The Pope and His Church prove by their actions and their beliefs that they don’t serve or honor the true God of the Bible. Last month he announced that he would soon sign a treaty with the Palestinians. Read about it here. The following links are articles that inform us concerning his trip to the United States in September. In these last days this Pope should be watched closely.

http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/the-latest/press-releases/

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pope-francis-visit-cuba-n346141

 

The Story of the 3 Trees

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Writing Prompt-write an essay, or a poem or short short story with a talking animal who is angry at a human being.

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From the first time I read the following story I’ve never forgotten it. It’s an amazing allegory which teaches us that our carnal dreams must die before God’s heavenly dreams for us can come true-For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-10

The Three Trees

Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.

The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: “I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I’ll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!”

The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. “I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I’ll be the strongest ship in the world!”

The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. “I don’t want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they’ll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.”

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.

The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, “This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell.

“Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest. I shall hold wonderful treasure!” the first tree said.

The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, “This tree is strong. It is perfect for me.” With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell.

“Now I shall sail mighty waters!” thought the second tree. “I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!”

The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven.

But the woodcutter never even looked up. “Any kind of tree will do for me,” he muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.

The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter’s shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for animals.

The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with sawdust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.

The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead, the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail on an ocean, or even a river; instead, she was taken to a little lake.

The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard.

“What happened?” the once tall tree wondered. “All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God…”

Many, many days and night passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams.

But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox.

“I wish I could make a cradle for him,” her husband whispered.

The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. “This manger is beautiful,” she said.

And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.

One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake.

Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain.

The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, “Peace.” The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun.

And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.

One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man’s hands to her.

She felt ugly and harsh and cruel.

But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth tremble with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God’s love had changed everything.

It had made the third tree strong.

And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God.greentreescape

That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.

The next time you feel down because you didn’t get what you want, sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.

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