Week Twenty-five — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Isaiah’s Prophetic Messages — Isaiah 2: 3.4

Sunday

Isaiah 2: 3,4 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples.  They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Prayer:   Lord God, we look to you to bring about everlasting peace.

Thought for the day:  Peace within has a purifying effect on the world without.

Monday

Isaiah 2:5 Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in in the light of the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord God, we are grateful for the lighted pathway of the Word that leads to fellowship with you.

Thought for the day: Those who don’t want to ask for directions should carry a road map.

Tuesday

Isaiah 2: 11, 12 the eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.  The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled).

Prayer:  Almighty God, before you we bow in humility and awe.

Thought for the day:  The armor of the arrogant is easily pierced.

Wednesday

Isaiah 2: 17, 18 The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled, the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.

Prayer:  Lord God, we would set aside all that the world places between you and us.

Thought for the day: Idols cannot teach us how to love.

Thursday

Isaiah 2:22 Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils, Of what account is he?

Prayer:  Lord God, may you forgive us when we have trusted the wisdom of humanity rather than your revelation.

Thought for the day:  No tariff war will threaten to put undertakers and coffin makers out of business.

Friday

Isaiah 3: 10, 11 tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.  Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.

Prayer:  Lord God, we trust you for justice as we trust you for mercy.

Thought for the day:  In God’s time God shall set things right.

Saturday

Isaiah 4: 5, 6 Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and glow of flaming fire by night, over all the glory will be a canopy.  It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.

Prayer: Lord God, in your great plan you shall protect your children with your mercy and love.

Thought for the day:  Children are home bodies.

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Week Twenty-four — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Isaiah’s Prophetic Message — Isaiah 1: 18, 19

Sunday

Isaiah 1:18, 19 “come not, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.  “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.”

Prayer:  Lord God, we confess our sins and in obedience we submit to your will that we might be cleansed by you.

Thought for the day: Lifestyle change requires inner preparation.

Monday

Isaiah 1: 16, 17 Wash and make yourself clean, Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.  Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Prayer:  Lord God, may we take those steps required to prepare to be a holy people for you.

Thought for the day: For the best dishwasher results try to pre-rinse.

Tuesday

Isaiah 1: 19, 20:  If you are willing and obedient you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will  be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for giving us the option to follow your will.

Thought for the day:  A two-headed coin is not legal tender.

Wednesday

Isaiah 1: 11,12 The multitude of your sacrifices — what are they to me?” says the Lord.  “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.”

Prayer:  Lord God, forgive for all those times we have presumed to buy your attention and love.

Thought for the day: For the loving parent no marketplace gift can replace the gift of time and attention.

Thursday

Isaiah 1: 2, 3 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken:  “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me.  The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.”

Prayer:  Lord God, may you forgive us when we neglect the beauty of knowing you.

Thought for the day: Effective writers and communicators know the value of mastery of the basics of style.

Friday

Isaiah 1:8, 9 Daughter Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a cucumber field, lik ea city under siege.  Unless the Lord Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.

Prayer: Lord God, today we can give thanks that you have spared us and given us life.

Thought for the day: Why take for granted what has been granted, if you know it could have not been there?

Saturday

Isaiah 1: 25, 26 I [God] will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.  I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning.  Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.

Prayer: Lord God, may the cleansing fire of your holiness create us anew.

Thought for the day:  From ancient times people have cauterized wounds to ensure that they heal properly.

 

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Week Twenty Three — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Isaiah’s Commissioning — Isaiah 6: 1, 2

Sunday

Isaiah 6: 1, 2  In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw he Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for all the prophets you have raised up in days past and in this time.

Thought for the day:  When you look for God, you will find God has always been looking for you.

Monday

Isaiah 66: 1,2 This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.  Where is the house you will build for me?  Where will my resting place be?  Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord.

Prayer: Almighty God, we worship you as creator; we worship you as life giver.

Thought for the day:  The kernel of life in a single seed is a miracle.

Tuesday

Psalm 93: 1, 2 The Lord reigns, he his robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.  The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.  Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.

Prayer:  Lord God, we find security in knowing that you are always and forever the King eternal.

Thought for the day:  God is veiled in holiness, yet God hides from no one.

Wednesday

Ezekiel 1: 26, 27 Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that form there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for all the prophets who had spoke as those who had been in your presence.

Thought for the day: Those who are holy in heart and mind can enter the presence of God.

Thursday

Acts 7: 55, 56 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

Prayer:  Jesus, you have taken your rightful place at the right hand of God.  You are worthy of our praise.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “He promised never to leave you, never to leave you alone.”

Friday

Hebrews 12: 1, 2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down a the right hand of the throne of God.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you are worthy of praise as the one who left heaven and returned to the right hand of God.

Thought for the day:  You have not lost it all, if you can hold onto a faith that wins it all for eternity’s sake.

 

Saturday

Revelation 20: 11, 12 then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it.  Earth ans sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. another book was opened which is the book of life.  The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded n the books.

Prayer: Lord God, when we stand before your throne may your lovingkindness uphold us.

Thought for the day: Hope can transform the end of life into a new beginning.

 

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Week Twenty-two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Isaiah’s Kings — 2 Kings 15: 3, 4

Note: To understand the ministry of Isaiah we must have an understand of the kings of Israel and Judea.  Theirs was a sordid history of success and failure in leading the people to serve God.  Isaiah began his prophetic ministry while Uzziah was still king.

Sunday

2 Kings 15: 3, 4 [Uzziah] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done.  The high places, however, were not removed, the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

Prayer:  Lord God, we pray that you will raise up godly leaders in our generation to turn the hearts of the children to you.

Thought for the day: The key that opens a doorway to truth and prosperity for any leader is obedience to God.

Monday

Deuteronomy 17:14, 15 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” be sure to appoint over you the king the Lord your God chooses.  He must be from among your own brothers. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite.

Prayer: Lord God, give us wisdom to choose godly men and women to lead us today.

Thought for the day:  Some vacancies would be better left unfilled.

Tuesday

I Samuel 10:19 “But you [Israel] have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your calamities and distresses.  And you have said, ‘No set a king over us’ So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”

Prayer:  Lord God, forgive us for all the times we have turned away from your leadership and turned to the world.

Thought for the day:  You can always find someone to lead providing you do not care where they are leading you.

Wednesday

I Samuel 16: 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Prayer:  Lord God, in choosing David you demonstrated that you are a discerner of the hearts of men and women.

Thought for the day: God required no advertising campaign to discover the leader with godly loyalty.

Thursday

I Kings 9: 4, 5 “As for you [Solomon], if you walk before me in integrity of heart and uprightness, as David you father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’”

Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for the abundant opportunities you make available for those who are faithful to you.

Thought for the day:  When God has all of you, you can have it all.

Friday

I Kings 11: 11, 12 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.  Nevertheless, for the sake of David you father, I will not do it during your lifetime.  I will tear it out of the had of your son.

Prayer:  Lord God, we mourn for the abundant opportunities from you that have been lost due to negligence and disobedience

Thought for the day:  Through disobedience Solomon just lost it all unlike some leaders who had it all, lost it all, and made it back.

Saturday

2 Chronicles 26: 4, 5 [Uzziah] did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done.  He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God.  As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.

Prayer:  Lord God, for every prophet who has voiced your will and your plan we give thanks.

Thought for the day:  Hearing and heeding the prophet of God of your own hour still promises great rewards.

 

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Week Twenty-one — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Pentecost — Acts 2: 32,33

Sunday

Acts 2: 32, 33 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are witnesses of he fact.  Exalted to the right hand of God he as received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for the Holy Spirit poured forth on Pentecost and accompanying us to this very hour.

Thought for the day:  The Holy Spirit is the comfort bringing spirit.

Monday

Ephesians 1: 22, 23 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Prayer:  Jesus, we honor you as head of the church.

Thought for the day:  Perhaps today’s church would not be divided, if Christ’s followers could just be members of his church.

Tuesday

Colossians 1: 17, 18 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church, he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have supremacy.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we honor you as the one chosen by God to lead the children of God.

Thought for the day: Unwillingness to serve is a sign of an individual’s unfitness to rule.

Wednesday

Matthew 16:17,, 18  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we give thanks for the church built upon faith that overcomes the very gates of Hades.

Thought for the day: Broken safes can hold no treasures.

Thursday

I Corinthians 12: 17, 18 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?  If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?  But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body every one of them, jus as he wanted them to be.

Prayer: Lord God, in your wisdom you created the church with Christ as the head.

Thought for the day: Where would your grip be without a thumb?

Friday

Acts 20:28 Guard yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, for the unity and mission of your precious church we pray your blessing.

Thought for the day: If the church could speak and act with one voice, what would become of the needs of the poor and suffering?

Saturday

I Peter 2: 4, 5 As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord God, from mean and meaningless lives you have rescued us and given us a purpose to live to your glory in Christ.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “We offer up to you a sacrifice of praise, a sacrifice of thanksgiving.”

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Week Twenty — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Godly Women living by Faith — I Samuel 1: 10, 11

Sunday

I Samuel 1: 10, 11 In bitterness of soul Hanna wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she made a vow, saying “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Prayer:  Lord God, may you hear all the prayers of godly mothers praying for their children this day.

Thought for the day:  When the mother was asked if she had prayed for the daughter who was clean for six years she had just one reply.  Yes, and I still pray for her.

Monday

Esther 4: 15, 16 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me.  Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day.  I and my maids will fast ads you do.  When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.  And if I perish, I perish”

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for all the godly women who have put their lives on the line to impart their faith to us today.

Thought for the day: The cost of disbelief in God is greater than the cost of belief.

Tuesday

Ruth 1: 16, 17 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back form you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my god.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely if anything but death separates you and me.”

Prayer:  Lord God, we are grateful for the faith that binds us to one another as believers in your mercies.

Thought for the day:  Blood is thicker than water, but faith can be thicker than blood.

Wednesday

2 Kings 11: 2, 3 But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered.  She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah, so he was not killed.  He remained hidden with his nurse at the temple of the Lord for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.

Prayer:  Lord God, for all the godly women who have cared for your innocent children we give thanks.

Thought for the day:  Rare is the offspring that can fend for itself upon birth.

Thursday

Luke 1: 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the Angle left her.

Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for all those like Mary who have yielded to your will.

Thought for the day: To bring you and me into the world required the courage of our mothers.

Friday

Mark 7: 27, 28  “First let the children eat all they want,” [Jesus] told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”  “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

Prayer:  Lord God, we given thanks for all the mothers who would not praying until their children received your blessing.

Thought for the day: The resolved may be disappointed, but only with great difficulty are they ever defeated.

Saturday

Acts 9: 36, 37 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor.  About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks for all the saintly women of the church who faithfully serve you.

Thought for the day: On what tombstone did you last read this epitaph, “She was kind?”

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Week Nineteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — 40 Days of Appearances — Luke 24: 50, 51

Note: In 2018, May 10 is the fortieth day since Easter Sunday.  It is the day when Christians remember that Christ ascended on high.

Sunday

Luke 24:50, 51 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we give thanks for all the days you walked among your disciples on earth.

Thought for the day: Enjoy the company you keep while you still have them.

Monday

Acts 1:10, 11 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.  “Men of Galilee, they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Prayer:  Lord God, may we be forgiven for all the times we have neglected the work you have given to us.

Thought for the day: Skylarking can be habit-forming.

Tuesday

Psalm 110: 1, 2 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”  The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, knowing that you have defeated death we give praise to God.

Thought for the day: The last person you should want to be an enemy is someone who cannot die..

Wednesday

Hebrews 10:12, 13 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.  Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in God’s plan we find forgiveness in your death and hope in your resurrection.

Thought for the day:  God is so inclusive that God allows some to choose to be his enemies, if they are willing to give up God’s blessings.

Thursday

Ephesians 4: 9, 10 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower earthly regions?  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we give thanks that you stepped down to earth for us that you might return to heaven with us.

Thought for the day:  Nurses know there is a wrong way and a right way to assist someone who has fallen.

Friday

2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8 and [Jesus will] give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.  This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Prayer:  Lord God, to not know of your Son’s love would be a punishment indeed.

Thought for the day:  The songwriter said, “When by his grace I shall look on his face that will be glory, glory to me.”

Saturday

John 14: 2, 3 In my Father’s house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, do, please do, come back to take your children to a heavenly home.

Thought for the day:  Unclaimed cats and dogs are not the only one that need forever homes.

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