Upon cruel physical and verbal mockery, Jesus did not recant or give up on who He was. He endured, and that is what we need to do as well. Jesus did not stay silent because He was weak. He stayed silent because He was strong. Most think strength comes from fighting back, but that is easy to do when attacked. True strength is submitting to God’s plan and purpose even when you are relentlessly attacked.
TAKE ACTION- Read Psalm 35 in its entirety to see how honest David was with God. He didn’t mince words or pretend. I love the raw emotion David uses depicting his intimacy with God. David was known as a man after God’s own heart. Yet, he was far from perfect. He approached God with confession on his lips and fire in his heart. David’s heart was a conduit to intimacy because he was c
One rainy, cloudy, dreary dark, depressing day a few weeks ago it occurred to me that even though that was the current situation, the sun was still shining. How did I know this? Not because I could see the sun per say, but because when I got up at around five in the morning it was dark out and an hour later it was light. The sun was not visible, but I could now see what I couldn’t an hour ago.
So, in a nutshell, first Isaiah acknowledges that he is unclean. He mentions this specifically in Isa 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”. The Lord has mercy on him and purges his sin. God gives us the opportunity to be cleansed of our sin. He allows us an opportunity to repent and be baptized in His name for the forgiveness and cleansing of sin. He transforms us into His likeness through the power of His Holy Spirit. Once we sacrifice (die to) ourselves, we can truly be available to be sent by the Lord to His people with His word and power. How many times have you said to the Lord “Send me”? Give the Lord the free reign to do what He needs to do in you and through you. Then? You can see Him truly glorified!
They also kept their hearts clean and did not let bitterness ruin the work God was doing. There are times when we too just have to accept being thrown into the furnace knowing that either way God will show up as our Defender.
The most practical thing you can do to take care of your family or business is to cultivate an overflowing heart. From this focused lifestyle, everything will flow. Don’t be one to say I’m too busy to sit around beholding the glory of God’s heart.