Rise up

 Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. Isaiah 52:2 Every day we need to rise up, let go of our convictions and perceptions of what’s good for us and what we think we need. We need to let go of…

Comfort in the unknown

“As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.”  Matthew 17:22-23 The disciples didn’t want their time with Jesus to end.  Even…

Crocodiles, French Market, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

You will not be destroyed

“For thus says the Lord:  “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.”  Isaiah 49:25 Even though you find yourself bound in captivity and the prey of the enemy, God…

Rest from sorrow

“It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve.” Isaiah 14:3 Isaiah is prophesying about the fall of Babylon and the rest that the people who love him will still have. Does Babylon…

Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Return to Me, for I have redeemed you

“I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22 God has forgiven my sins.  But I am the one who chooses to return to Him.   I am the one who has to have the revelation that all my…

Sobesos, Turkey

The Building Inspector has come

“And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations.” Isaiah 61:4 The process of our salvation brings us freedom from captivity and bondage.  Our healing eventually leads us to a point of mourning all that was lost to…

Deeply loved

Do not be afraid, you will not suffer shame.  Do not fear disgrace, you will not be humiliated.  You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. Isaiah 54:4 God is promising peace to Jerusalem who has been living under the oppression of the Babylonians.  God is…