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All nations come near

Isaiah 34: 1-10

Verses 1-5
“Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his furry upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heavens shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Verses 6-10
The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood  lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fate with fatness. For it is the day of the LORD’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. And the streams thereof shall be turned unto pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.”

The bible plain states in many places, the judgment of God lies upon the nations of the world and all humanity. With the end of days firmly upon us, we are drawing every closer to the coming return of Jesus Christ and His righteous judgment. Are you ready to give an account for all your deeds, thoughts and actions, whether for good or evil? Matthew 12:35 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Mercifully, the Father has made provision for us to be saved through His Son, Jesus Christ – there is hope!

A few promises from God’s word

  • We can turn to God and be saved – Isaiah 45:22
  • The pure of heart shall see God – Matthew 5:8
  • Our reward in heaven is great – Matthew 5:12
  • Forgive others and you will be forgiven – Matthew 6:14-15
  • Jesus is our Saviour – Luke 2:11
  • We may be saved through Jesus Christ – John 3:17
  • Comforter promised- John 14:14
  • Peace comes through Jesus – John 14:27
  • Jesus is the true vine – John 15:1
  • Jesus has risen from the dead – 1 Corinthians 15:20
  • Strength comes from Jesus – 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • We need not be afraid – Proverbs 29:25
  • God comforts us when we are down – Isaiah 61:10
  • God takes away our confusion – Proverbs 3:5-6
  • The LORD is with us always – Isaiah 41:10
  • His Word is help when we are discouraged – Psalm 27:14
  • A cure for embarrassment – Romans 9:23
  • With God, we have no need to fret – Psalm 37:7
  • Jesus takes away our guilt and condemnation – Romans 8:1
  • Hope for the hopeless – Romans 15:13
  • His word is comfort to the persecuted: Matthew 5:10-12
  • Armour to those who are against you – Isaiah 41:10

T. Elliot

June 11th, 2011

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To have absolute faith in God

Scripture consistently implores us to have an unwavering faith in our LORD, but if you are like me, this is often easier to profess than to implement in our daily lives. For this message, I have selected a number of stories from the bible, to which I find myself returning again and again for encouragement and comfort.

Noah builds the Ark – Genesis 6:13-14 “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” Verse 7:5 “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.”

The call: God told Noah to build the ark.
The response: Despite having never seen rain and surely daunted by the tremendous task laid before him, Noah obeyed God and built the ark.

God calls upon Abram – Genesis 12:1 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.” Verse 4 “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”

The call: Abram was called upon by God (whom he did not know), to leave his home and travel to a strange country.
The response: Abram gathered his family and left.

Leaving Egypt – Exodus 11:1 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.” Verse 12:28 “And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.”

The call: The LORD revealed to Moses what He intended to do to Pharaoh and all of Egypt.
The response: Moses believed the LORD, and ultimately led the people from bondage according to the word of God.

The call of Levi – Luke 5:27 “And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. Verse 28 “And he left all, rose up, and followed him.”

The call: Without further comment or explanation, He called Levi to follow Him.
The response: Levi stood up, left his work, and followed Jesus.

Cornelius goes to visit Peter – Acts 10:3-5 “He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send me to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter.”  Verse 21 “Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?”

The call: Cornelius was instructed by God to search out a man named Peter, whom he did not know.
The response: Cornelius and the other men went to visit Peter.

In each of these stories, God called upon men to take some form of action to further His work. Personally, I am very humbled to read these passages and see how these godly men obeyed His voice without question, despite what fears or apprehension they may have felt. It is my prayer for all Christian’s to have the same faith, trust and obedience to our LORD.

Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ,

 
March 8th, 2011

 

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