Week Thirty-eight — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prophesies of Isaiah — Isaiah 65: 17, 18

Sunday

Isaiah 65:17,18 Behold I will create new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for your vision that reached beyond the years of Israel’s exile to a time of recreation.

Thought for the day: When you are blessed of God, you have no need to look over your shoulder with regret.

Monday

Genesis 3: 23, 24 So the Lord God banished [Adam] from the Garden of Eden to word the ground from which he had been taken.  After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Prayer:  Lord God, we humbly pray for your mercies when we have departed from your holy presence.

Thought for the day:  It is a challenge to walk where Jesus walked, but it is a horror to go where God is not welcome.

Tuesday

Mark 13: 26, 27 At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thought we know no the day or hour of your return, we do beseech you to show us your mercies that day.

Thought for the day:  Those who act aright before God can speak under oath without fear.

Wednesday

I Corinthians 15: 50, 51 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen I tell you a mystery.  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.

Prayer:  Jesus, Son of God, may we your people be prepared to enter into your kingdom.

Thought for the day:  When God raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus became the first genetically modify organism (GMO) that was death resistant.

Thursday

Ezekiel 18:31, 32 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit.  Why will you die, O house of Israel?  For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord.  Repent and live.

Prayer:  Almighty God, we appeal to you for a new heart and a new spirit that we might live with you.

Thought for the day:  God is the very best heart transplant surgeon.

Friday

Hebrews 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, as the mediator of a new covenant we appeal to you to plead for us God’s mercies.

Thought for the day:  Who would dare to turn down a pro bono defense lawyer who has never lost a case?

Saturday

Revelation 21: 1, 2 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, the very thought of you’re the new Jerusalem where you will reign thrills all we who believe.

Thought for the day:  What would it be like to live in a city that had no potholes, no road construction, and no utility bills?

Outline for ABS

Isaiah 65:17-25 – E-D-E-N

Exile – Judah was exiled for its failure to follow God’s will and heed God’s prophets.

Devastation – Before their very eyes Jerusalem was sacked and the temple was destroyed.

Embrace – Through Isaiah God promised to embrace the remnant of those who were faithful in a new heaven and earth.

New Heaven – Looking beyond the hour of destruction to the end of time Isaiah foresaw one of the most glorious visions of all.  He foresaw the coming of the Messiah who would bring a new heaven and earth.

Illustration: Genesis begins with humanity’s expulsion from heaven, and Revelation ends with Jesus’s invitation to join God in a new heaven and earth.  Daniel foresaw the Son of Man descend from heaven; Ezekiel foresaw the creation of a new temple, and Isaiah foresaw the coming of a new heaven and earth.


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Week Thirty-Seven — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prophesies of Isaiah — Isaiah 61: 1, 2

Sunday

Isaiah 61:1, 2 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we confess that in our darkness and captivity we have longed for the good news you have preached of life with God everlasting.

Thought for the day:  Everyone needs someone who can and will bind them up, when they are brokenhearted.

Monday

Leviticus 25: 10, 11 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.  It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan.  The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.

Prayer:  Lord God, from ancient times you had a plan to make things right and to bring justice to the land, and we praise you.

Thought for the day:  A plan to make things right is a plan that is never out of season.

Tuesday

Jeremiah 13: 16 give glory to the Lord your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills.  You hope for light, but he will turn it to thick darkness and change it to deep gloom.

Prayer: Lord God, on this day of opportunity we give our praise and thanksgiving to you.

Thought for the day: When today you may say “I surely can!”, why say tomorrow “I wish I had “?

Wednesday

Amos 7:11 For this is what Amos is saying, “Jereboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile away from their native land.”

Prayer:  Lord God, whether your word is fearsome or merciful, time and again it is proven true.

Thought for the day: Betting on God’s word and God’s will is no loser’s game.

Thursday

Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.

Prayer:  Lord God, in the midst of life’s trial your presence is a sure comfort to us.

Thought for the day:  Without striking a match the oil of anointing gives spiritual light.

Friday

Matthew 5: 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Prayer:  Lord God, how generous is you gift of the Son for all we who are deeply in need of a savior.

Thought for the day: Choice is the key to open the treasure chest of friendship and hope.

Saturday

Luke 4: 17, 18 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to [Jesus].  Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:  The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we are so grateful that yours is a ministry to  all of us — the poor, the prisoners, the blind, and the oppressed.

Thought for the day:  As the songwriter said, “Jesus will reach way down, he will pick you up.”


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Week Thirty-six — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prophesies of Isaiah — Isaiah 55: 1, 2

Sunday

Isaiah 55: 1, 2 Come all who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good.

Prayer: Lord God, your generosity is beyond compare, and we are grateful that you would quench our inner thirst.

Thought for the day:  Even the purest water piped through leaden pipes is not fit for consumption.

Monday

Isaiah 55: 6,7 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks that you have given us this day to choose to follow you.

Thought for the day:  Why would someone who checks the expiration date on the milk they buy not check the expiration date on their offer of salvation?

Tuesday

Amos 8:11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, how grateful we are to have your word to read, to study, to follow, and to share.

Thought for the day: On this day in 2018 missionaries are just now providing a translation of the Bible for some of the indigenous people of New Guinea.

Wednesday

Psalm 32:6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.

Prayer: Lord God, today, on this day of grace, we call upon your name.

Thought for the day:  Do you suppose there would be fewer 911 calls, if people prayed first?

Thursday

Hebrews 8:6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the one, and it is founded on better promises.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we are grateful that we live under the new covenant.

Thought for the day:  Jesus refinanced your salvation at terms no one else can match.

Friday

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Prayer: Lord God, we take comfort in knowing yours is an everlasting word.

Thought for the day:  No expiration date trumps a lifetime warranty.

Saturday

John 7:37, 38 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you satisfy the thirst that is deep within us.

Thought for the day:  Naloxone kits counteract opioid overdose, but neither counteracts spiritual emptiness.


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Week Thirty-five — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — the Prophesies of Isaiah — Isaiah 53: 3, 4

 

Sunday

Isaiah 53:3, 4 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Prayer:  Lord God, long before Jesus’ birth you had a plan that suffering would give way to salvation.

Thought for the day:  Some plans are shortsighted and other plans are shortchanged, but Gods’ eternal plans are funded by the riches of heaven.

Monday

John 19:1, 2 then Pilate too Jesus ad had him flogged.  The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we would honor you as king indeed.

Thought for the day: Thanks to the work of Jesus the songwriter could write: “I shall wear a crown.”

Tuesday

Mark 14: 64, 65 “You have heard the blasphemy.  What do you think?” [asked the high priest.] They all condemned him as worthy of death.  Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

Prayer:  Lord God, though the truth is often condemned, we believe your truth shall win out.

Thought for the day:  Truth never produces mismatched sox.

Wednesday

Matthew 27:39, 40 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and guild it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”

Prayer:  Jesus, Son of God, we humbly thank you that you never walked away from your mission.

Thought for the day:  Today the world will be different is we just see God’s missions to their end.

Thursday

Psalm 22: 16-17 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.  I can count all my bones people stare and gloat over me.

Prayer: Lord God, we humbly ask your forgiveness for every cruel and maligned word we have uttered.

Thought for the day: The best constructive criticism is a home improvement project.

Friday

Hebrews 5:8, 9 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we give thanks that your commitment to God’s plan never wavered.

Thought for the day:  Patriotic flag poles never waver in fair or foul weather.

Saturday

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Prayer:  Lord God, in deep humility we give thanks for your sacrificial love that is beyond comprehensible.

Thought for the day: The greatest prisoner exchange program was negotiated at Calvary.


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Week Thirty-four — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prophesies of Isaiah — Isaiah 49:6

Sunday

Isaiah 49:6 he [God] says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make you a light for the Gentiles that you may bring my salvation to the Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks that you had a plan for your good news of love to reach all peoples.

Thought for the day: The nightlight that prevents a stumble in darkness is a blessing indeed.

Monday

Isaiah 49: 11, 12 I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up. See, they will come from afar – some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks that you have always reserved a place in your heart for all peoples.

Thought for the day:  Grandparents must have godly hearts, since they always seem to find room for one more grandchild and his or her friend.

Tuesday

Isaiah 49: 13 Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

Prayer:  Lord God, the centuries have never dulled your compassion for those who believe and follow you.

Thought for the day:  Saying hello to an old friend can make your day brand new.

Wednesday

Matthew 5:14-15 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Prayer:  Jesus, Son of God, may we who believe shine the light of your hope into the darkness of the world.

Thought for the day: The best mirror offers the viewer no distortions.

Thursday

Joel 2: 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; from on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.

Prayer:  Lord God, what a privilege it is to call to you for salvation.

Thought for the day: “Help!” is a fine prayer that God is equipped to answer.

Friday

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Prayer:  Lord God, the more closely we listen to your word the more assured we are of the pathway to life.

Thought for the day: It is nice to have a map, but it is far better to study a map one has.

Saturday

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follow me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, your life and your godly choices illuminate for us the way to live for God.

Thought for the day:  If adults did only those things they would be proud to have their children imitate, it would be a different world.

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Week Thirty-three — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prophesies of Isaiah — Isaiah 40:29, 30

Sunday

 

Isaiah 40: 28, 29 Do you not know?  Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Prayer:  Almighty God, you are the inexhaustible source strength when we are weary.

Thought for the day:  Rechargeable batteries require a reliable owner’s memory.

Monday

Isaiah 40:30, 31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

 

Prayer:  Lord God, waiting on you is never a waste of time.

Thought for the day:  It requires faith to wait on someone who has all the time in the world.

Tuesday

Psalm 27: 13, 14 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, having come to know you we know waiting on you is no vain exercise.

Thought for the day:  Whether time waiting is time wasted or time invested depends on the person you wait upon.

Wednesday

Deuteronomy 32:10, 11 In a desert land [God] found him, in a barren and howling waste.  He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks that you have sought us and found us.

Thought for the day:  We discover how valuable a coin is the minute it falls between the cushions of the sofa

Thursday

Psalm 42:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Prayer:  Lord God, in our hours of desperation you are present and reaching out to us.

Thought for the day: Talk of hope in God is good self-talk.

Friday

Leviticus 26 7, 8 You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.  Five of you will chase a hundred,and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.

Prayer:  Almighty God, we do believe that with you on our side there will be victory whether it is today or a day yet to come

Thought for the day:  Leave the battles you can, and fight only those battles where you know you are in the right.

 

Saturday

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Prayer:  Lord God, may your godly strength sustain us so we may do good in all seasons.

Thought for the day: If you want to be full of energy try a fat and calorie free alternative — doing good.


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Week Thirty-two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Prophesies of Isaiah — Isaiah 35: 8, 9

Sunday

Isaiah 35: 8, 9 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.  The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.  No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there.  but only the redeemed will walk there.

Prayer:  Lord God, may our feet be set on the path of holiness that leads to your throne.

Thought for the day: Someone said: if you do not care where you are going, then any road will do.

Monday

Isaiah 35: 3, 4 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you. ”

Prayer: Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, your sure return gives us hope amid the world’s uncertainty and despair.

Thought for the day:  The one who would rob another of hope is a cruel robber indeed.

Tuesday

Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul, He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for all those times you have led us safely from wandering in confusion to the paths of uprightness.

Thought for the day: Stopping to ask directions is a smart thing to do, if you are asking the right person.

Wednesday

Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears.  Let the weakling say, “I am strong.”

Prayer: Lord God, when we find strength within we know it is given by you.

Thought for the day: When you know God, you do know your source of strength.

Thursday

Psalm 84: 5, 6 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.  As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs, the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

Prayer:  Lord God, the way is pleasant that leads us closer to you.

Thought for the day: A stay-cation is a vacation, when one has discovered the source of joy.

Friday

Matthew 11: 4, 5 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”

Prayer:  Lord God, in your time you have restored the downtrodden and have given hope to the poor as you promised.

Thought for the day:  Without a hand up the spiritually poor will not see their way out of poverty.

Saturday

John 7:37, 38 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.

Prayer:  Lord God, blessed be your name for you satisfy our deep longings and our innermost thirst.

Thought for the day:  Just a word from God can satisfy spiritual thirst in a spiritual desert.

 


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