Start By Seeing

It’s a new year! It’s 2018! And I’m inspired to start the year by ‘beholding’. Seeing – not who I need to be or what’s expected of me, – but rather Who He is and what He will do.

He does new things. Fresh things. Impossible things.

Like roads in the wilderness.

Like rivers in the desert.

It’s amazing, isn’t it – that I can choose to see THE ROAD instead of the overwhelming wilderness, and THE RIVERS instead of the vast desert.

And to make things even better, He Himself is The Road and He Himself is the Rivers of Living Water.

#Behold #SeeTheRoad #SeeTheRivers #EyesOnJesus #WonderfulAdventureAhead #EnjoyTheNow #MeditatingIn2018

“Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth. Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

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God’s Word Is Out To Bless You

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Isaiah 55:11
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
it shall not return to Me void,
but it shall accomplish what I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

In the early church, whenever the Word of God was preached,
there were miracles of salvation, healings, and other signs and wonders.
The demon-possessed were set free. The paralyzed jumped up and walked.
People received their loved ones back from the dead.

(From Joseph Prince Devotional)

Behold!

Isn’t it interesting that there’s an overriding theme in the whole Bible? I remember we used to sing this song in our childhood: “The Book about Jesus, is the Book for me.” That’s exactly it. The Bible is all about Jesus.

God’s command and invitation to His people – and His overriding theme and purpose of the entire Bible – is really summed up in this verse here:

“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.” Isaiah 42:1 NKJV

The ‘Servant’ is Jesus, the promised Messiah, and ‘Behold’ means to look intently, to fix your gaze, to consider, to perceive.

The whole Christian life is really based around this Beholding.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of His glory and grace. – by Helen Howarth Lemmel

Ask For The Moon! 

You know how we’re often challenged to ask big? Well, what is ‘big’ anyway? I saw this in a new light today.

An Attack

I’ll give a bit of context first. Judah was being attacked by Israel and Syria in 734/733 BC, and they were scared. Isaiah reminded the king of Judah, Ahaz, to believe, to heed and to be quiet, to not fear, that God had made a covenant with David and promised him that a Davidic Ruler would one day sit upon the throne of David forever. (2 Sam. 7:12-17) Messiah was to spring forth from the tribe of Judah.

Ask Anything

The Lord invited king Ahaz to ask for a sign so that He would be assured that what God promised was true:

“Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!” (MSG). 

But king Ahaz wouldn’t ask, because he was relying on Assyria for Judah’s safety instead of on God. Wow,

God Asked Big!

God Himself still gave a sign. He actually asked on our behalf, you could say:

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 NKJV

He asked nothing less than a virgin birth! Nothing less than Immanuel, God with us!

The sign, the assurance was – and will always be – Jesus!

The Fullfilment

Hundreds of years later, Matthew 1:22, 23 clearly points to the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus as the fulfillment of this passage in Isaiah 7. The Lord Jesus Christ is the sinless Immanuel and God manifest in human flesh.

The Name Above Every Name

When we don’t know how to ask big, God sure does! He both asked and provided. He gave His One and only Son, born of a virgin. Sinless blood. To atone for our sins so that we can be One with Him. So I would say, asking big is nothing short of declaring JESUS into any situation or circumstance. Nothing is above Jesus. He is the name above every name. Amen!

God Himself Stepped In To Save

When man couldn’t save himself out of his mess, – I mean read their own description of their situation:

“So justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light,
but all is darkness;
for brightness,
but we walk in deep shadows.
Like the blind we grope along the wall,
feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble as if it were twilight;
among the strong, we are like the dead.
We all growl like bears;
we moan mournfully like doves.
We look for justice,
but find none;
for deliverance,
but it is far away.
For our offenses are many in your sight,
and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us,
and we acknowledge our iniquities:”
Isaiah 59:9-12 NIV

  • that’s when God Himself intervened. He Himself stepped in to save through laying down His life at the cross. Such grace!

“He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed. So He Himself stepped in to save them with His strong arm, and His justice sustained Him.” Isaiah 59:16 NLT

The Spirit of the Lord God is Upon Me

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“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”

Isaiah 61:1 NKJV


Good tidings, Healing, Liberty, Opening of prison is the Person of Jesus.
He came to give Himself to save us.

Go Out With Joy

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“For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field
shall clap their hands.”

Isaiah 55:12 NKJV


I can’t help but visualize joyful sheep being let out into wide open fields of green.
Then the shepherd leads them forward to places he has planned beforehand. 🙂

On a personal “here and now” note, this is what I see:
As you go out with joy… yes, let’s choose joy each morning as we step out of the house … the journey continues with Him leading you forth with peace. Follow the peace within.

On a Jesus-note, this is what I see:
Jesus going out with joy wherever He went, from village to village, preaching the Gospel and healing the sick. And God led Him forth with peace. He was (and is) Shalom personified. Mountains and hills of grief and sorrow were turned into joy and singing, and the people (often likened to trees) rejoiced and clapped their hands in awe and wonder after experiencing and witnessing His Person and His wonders.

This is actually a prophecy of the coming Messiah.

Beautiful Feet

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“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,

Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Isaiah 52:7 NKJV


Let’s get out there and be bringers of good news:

Peace
Glad tidings of good thing
Salvation
Your God reigns!

Each of these words is a description and definition of our beautiful Jesus.

Our feet bring us to people to share the Person of Jesus with them.

Your Name In The Palm Of My Hands

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“Yet Jerusalem says,
“The LORD has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.”

“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?

But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.
Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.”

Isaiah 49:14-16 NLT

Jerusalem’s walls are in ruins.
The people feel forgotten and deserted by God.

The Lord responds by saying:
Can a mother forget her nursing child?

This is such a beautiful imagery.
He sees Himself like a mother, and His people (us) as His nursing infants.

As a mother of three, I can relate.
Yup, a mother won’t forget her nursing child.

First of all, because the baby will cry whenever she has a need,
like when she needs milk – which is often!

Second, if the baby doesn’t cry, a mother’s breasts will remind her of the baby.
If the baby hasn’t fed in a while, the breasts will be full and overflowing of milk, and the mother desires for the baby to feed!

But even if a mother could forget, the Lord will never forget us.
He came to with truth and grace with us in mind.
He came to give His life, so that we may have eternal life with Him.
In the palm of His hands are the scars of nails from the cross.
Cross = Love
And His thoughts are always on us.
Like how His mind was always on Jerusalem’s walls in ruin.

He is Supply to our every need.