1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.
There isn’t a person who is so lost that the Lord cannot save them. The only thing that can prevent the Lord from saving is a hardened heart that refuses to be saved. It is hard to comprehend how any one could be so hard. But such were some of us. Thank God, His love prevailed.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
I confessed sin hinders our prayers. Psalms 66:18 says, If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. This is why repentance must be a regular part of our daily prayer.
15 So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice. 16 He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
What a beautiful picture of God’s heart as He looked down upon His beloved creation. Because of a his great an unfailing love, He gave us Jesus. I never get tired of thinking about it.
The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Jesus came for all peoples. Jews and Gentiles alike…Praise the Lord!
1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
What a great chapter, speaking of our wonderful Savior who did all of these things Isaiah describes and all the more.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Oh the joy that fills my heart as I read this verse. I was so filthy in my sin, until Jesus clothed me with the ‘robe of righteousness’!
2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.
This is an example of a great prayer to pray for one another. Oh that we might first read, meditate and study on the sword of God. Then that the Lord would run swiftly and be glorified. In so doing, we are delivered from unreasonable and wicked people.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
This says a lot about people who would rather beg for food than work for food. I am not talking about the desolate who truly can’t eat because they cannot work, but it does apply to those who are just looking for a free meal.
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15
And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
The church by and large wants to ignore the whole issue of church discipline. However, it is clear in a number of places in Scripture, this being one of them. The others would be, Matthew 18:15-17 and 1 Corinthians 5:9-13.