Have You Lost Your Faith?
Today we could ask ourselves a few questions in response to a time of prayer and reading Isaiah 29:13 – 30:1-22. Let us ask the Lord to speak to our hearts as we reflect on these scriptures.
13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
15 Woe to those who go to great depths
to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
“Who sees us? Who will know?”
16 You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
“You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
“You know nothing”?
17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field
and the fertile field seem like a forest?
18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll,
and out of gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind will see.
19 Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord;
the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 The ruthless will vanish,
the mockers will disappear,
and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—
21 those who with a word make someone out to be guilty,
who ensnare the defender in court
and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.
22 Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
no longer will their faces grow pale.
23 When they see among them their children,
the work of my hands,
they will keep my name holy;
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob,
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
those who complain will accept instruction.”
Isaiah 30: 1-22
1“Woe to the obstinate children,”
declares the Lord,
“to those who carry out plans that are not mine,
forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit,
heaping sin upon sin;
2 who go down to Egypt
without consulting me;
who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection,
to Egypt’s shade for refuge.
3 But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame,
Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace.
4 Though they have officials in Zoan
and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
5 everyone will be put to shame
because of a people useless to them,
who bring neither help nor advantage,
but only shame and disgrace.”
6 A prophecy concerning the animals of the Negev:
Through a land of hardship and distress,
of lions and lionesses,
of adders and darting snakes,
the envoys carry their riches on donkeys’ backs,
their treasures on the humps of camels,
to that unprofitable nation,
7 to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless.
Therefore I call her
Rahab the Do-Nothing.
8 Go now, write it on a tablet for them,
inscribe it on a scroll,
that for the days to come
it may be an everlasting witness.
9 For these are rebellious people, deceitful children,
children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction.
10 They say to the seers,
“See no more visions!”
and to the prophets,
“Give us no more visions of what is right!
Tell us pleasant things,
11 Leave this way,
get off this path,
and stop confronting us
with the Holy One of Israel!”
12 Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
“Because you have rejected this message,
relied on oppression
and depended on deceit,
13 this sin will become for you
like a high wall, cracked and bulging,
that collapses suddenly, in an instant.
14 It will break in pieces like pottery,
shattered so mercilessly
that among its pieces not a fragment will be found
for taking coals from a hearth
or scooping water out of a cistern.”
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
16 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
17 A thousand will flee
at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
you will all flee away,
till you are left
like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
like a banner on a hill.”
18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” 22 Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!”
Who or what have I been putting my faith in for the following:
Finances, Health, Peace, Joy, Contentment, Future, Security, etc…
Have I been relying on my own abilities or strengths?
Have I been relying on anyone or anything other than God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit??
Who do I go to first before I make any decisions about my life and any aspect of my life?
Where do I go for an escape from problems or unpleasant feelings and emotions?
What do I turn to or who do I turn to in difficult or trying times?
When and if – do I go to the LORD?
Do I wait until I realize there is no other answer or run out of all options before I go to the LORD?
Have I lost faith in the government for security?
Have I lost faith in the medical field to heal and prevent illnesses and injuries?
Have I lost faith in the justice system to actually see that justice is served and crime is prevented?
Have I lost faith in the general goodness of humanity?
If we have lost faith in everything that we have put our faith and trust in…
If we have no faith in God because we’ve only gone to Him as a last resort then…
We are actually in a good position to see a mighty move of God…
With the globalization of information taking place in the world today – we are uniquely positioned by the Lord for His glory to explode on the scene and for not just a revival to happen, but for God to move in power and in love upon the whole of the earth…
For those who wish to walk in the Light and to be blessed by the Lord and to walk in His love and power – the truth is being revealed and eyes are being opened.
For those who wish to keep rebelling against God and who want to keep their evil ways and serve their flesh and carnal desires – they will be fooled by the devil and by the delusion that God allows for them to continue therein. The Lord will allow the evil one to have his way on the earth for a season, to rule over evil men and women who refuse to acknowledge God and who have no desire to know Him or accept Jesus and His gift of love and compassion. However; the elect, those who love God and who know Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, will see through the lies and escape the schemes and control of the antichrist and his followers.
The light is being separated from the darkness more and more every day. The stark difference between what is true or right and what is wrong or false is becoming more visible every day. There is an acceleration in the spiritual realm where reaping and sowing is quickened. The withdrawal of the Lord’s hand from those who have rejected Him is allowing evil to increase but only for a short season.
This is why today is the day of salvation and Today if you hear His voice – do not turn Him away! If you feel drawn to Jesus at all, if you feel remorse at all for any evil deed – then turn to Jesus now and be cleansed by His blood today. Repent and be saved for the Holy Spirit will not bear with this world in its evil state forever – time will run out for the wicked – listen while He is calling and while He may be found. There is coming a day when you will not hear His voice if you refuse Him and you will be turned over to your own ways with no help, no Divine intervention – no second or 1000th chances. The heart of man is wicked and evil beyond imagination without the intervention of God.
People have lost faith in the media, the police, the government, the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical companies, pastors who preach religion and not the gospel, families, institutions, science, religion, and even grocery stores and manufacturers of food. The truth is coming to light my brothers and sisters – even with all of history and the best and brightest of human minds, all of the technological advances and all of the studies of humanity and physiology and the universe and nature and human nature —
Mankind does not have the answer to any of the ills or problems that plague us…
There is no world peace – only more war and violence – even in our local communities.
There is no cure for death and illness – only more illnesses and more drugs being prescribed and more health conditions caused by side effects. Longer lives do not equal greater quality of life.
We still age, we still get sick, and we still die.
We have no answer, no known way to truly determine how, when, where or who will die or be sick – no definite, without exception answer to cure sickness and death.
There are still poor and hungry people all over the world even in the richest nations and the ones with the most humanitarian aid.
There are still discriminations and disparities among all races and genders.
Greed, lust, pride, hatred and rebellion are all still serious moral shortcomings amongst us.
Mankind has not proven that he is better off without God!
Fear, depression and anxiety are at an all time high.
No pill, no drug, no remedy that man has conjured up has cured the mental, emotional and spiritual difficulties that come with being human.
For those with eyes and hearts to see – all of these truths are evident. To argue is vanity and a useless endeavor. The seeing comes from the Lord God Almighty who will reveal Himself to those who choose to want to see and who will come to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son. No one comes to God the Father unless through the Son, Jesus, whom God the Father loves.
If you wish to be on the side of the One who is Alpha and Omega and who has declared the end from the beginning – come to Jesus today and repent/turn from following your own way and trust in Jesus to be Your Lord and to lead and guide and teach you.
If you already know Jesus and are shouting Amen at the truth of His word – then we need to be walking in His power and authority and LOVE – sharing the good news of Jesus. Preach the word in faith, abiding in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit – with boldness, power, love and self control and doing the works that Jesus did – healing, casting out demons, releasing the captives, setting those in bondage free – yes proclaiming release of the captives and restoring sight to the blind.
Rise up army of the Lord God Most High in the name of Jesus go forth and share the gospel, preaching, repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand … repent and be saved!
God bless each one!
Angela Dingler 10/17/14 11:10 a.m.