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Isaiah 45:13 NLT

I will raise up Cyrus to fulfill my righteous purpose, and I will guide his actions. He will restore my city and free my captive people--without seeking a reward! I, the LORD of Heaven's Armies, have spoken!"

How do we know that “I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken?”…It will be evident in the fulfillment of this prophecy.  The magnitude of what God is saying He is going to do will demonstrate this clearly.  Although we don’t see God with our natural eyes, He does want to be seen, and the only way to truly see God is for Him to reveal Himself to us. He has to make us aware of His presence, which is always there.  He distinguishes Himself by doing something that only He can do, which is what He is doing in this prophecy.

Here lies a problem!  God is proclaiming that He is going to do the impossible. He is going to use a pagan king, Cyrus, who is not in power and has not even been born yet, to set His people free.  This king will do this without price or reward and ultimately with God’s leading, which is fine when God is sovereignly doing most if not all the work Himself.  BUT, what about when He wants to do the impossible and He wants us to BELIEVE and ACT on what He says?  What about when His sovereignty requires more from us?  God wants to be recognized as the only true God who is to be compared to no other, but many times He does this by asking us to trust in Him in some of the most impossible situations.  Because sometimes, it is in those situations that He is seen the clearest.

So, let’s just start believing for the impossible!!  Well, God also uses the practical and that which is humanly possible to reveal Himself.  So what do we do?  We acknowledge Him in ALL that we do and LISTEN for His guidance, and it is when we do this that we will see Him in the possible and the impossible!


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Have you ever had one of those days? A silly question, right! We have all had one of those days and boy am I having one today! When I saw the blog assignment I had for this month included Psalm 68 I knew exactly what I was going to write about, God bearing our burden daily found in verse 19. I was going to bring in Psalm 55:22 where we are told to “cast our burden on the Lord for He will sustain us.” Then go to Isaiah 46:4 where we are told that “Even to your old age, I shall be the same, and even to your graying years I shall bear you! I have done it, and I shall carry you; and I shall bear you, and I shall deliver you.” Then I was going to close this blog with I Peter 5:7 “casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” Then, I planned to wax eloquent concerning how we are instructed to allow God to bear our burdens daily, to cast our burden on Him and He will sustain us, to depend on Him bearing us in our old age (our graying years) for He will carry us and deliver us, and then to cast our anxiety upon Him for He cares for us. I was then going to mention that in all of this I did not see where we should take back these burdens and anxieties in order for us to bear them on our own for a while. I firmly believe that His plan for us was to allow Him to be the Keeper of our burdens, anxieties, troubles, or whatever it is that is bothering us in order to free us of their burden.  

This would have been a great blog! The problem of course is that when I decided to put my thoughts on paper I reread the reading assignment and found that I was to stop at verse 18. So pleased disregard what you have just read and we will see what Marc has for us tomorrow. Now you can understand why it has been one of those days.

What shall I do? Pam would say “cut it short and close in prayer.” So, that’s what I will do. Ephesians 3 (this actually is part of my assignment)

closes with a prayer that includes the following “… that He would grant you, according to His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” May God richly bless you thus day!

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