Isaiah 9/10–Accountability is Not Pleasant

The next message from Isaiah was not as uplifting as was the Handel’s Messiah piece!  God said enough is enough.  God said the people’s sin and arrogance and walking away will cause destruction, famine defeat and decimation.  But, all of that will not be enough to stay God’s hand of judgement. God wanted to be clear to the leaders of Israel, Assyria, Philistia, to the false prophets and corrupt leaders–no repentance, then no relief.  

God needed the ship to turn.  So, the horrific message was that He was all out of patience.  As a leader of God’s chosen people–they should have been scared spitless.  Instead, the folks just sinned more intensely and ignored God even more loudly. So, God said fine! When his judgement raged, there was no doubt it was not going to be minor or quick–the 10 tribes were dismantled, and Judah was carted off into exile.  death, destruction, and servitude followed, and God’s people seemed doomed.

Still, in the intensity of God’s wrath on the chosen People.  His name and his love never wavered.  We need to take hope in that.  Whatever lies ahead, we can cling to the promise of salvation and eternal restoration as God’s own people.  The 4 promises in Romans 8 remind us He will never abandon those He loves.   1) Vs 1–There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2) vs. 18–present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 3) Vs. 28–All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. 4) Vs 38–Nothing can separate us from the love of God.

In these promises from the apostle Paul, we can all take hope in God’s never-ending love for us.  We are not promised an easy journey, but we are promised eternity with Adonai. This is a small spot on a long line, and we must never forget He will walk through this with us and carry us through. That is a promise worth living for.

God Bless You


The Lord has sent a message against Jacob.
    it will fall on Israel.
All the people will know it—
    Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
who say with pride
    and arrogance of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
    but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
    but we will replace them with cedars.”
11 But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them
    and has spurred their enemies on.
12 Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west
    have devoured Israel with open mouth.

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.

13 But the people have not returned to him who struck them,
    nor have they sought the Lord Almighty.
14 So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail,
    both palm branch and reed in a single day;
15 the elders and dignitaries are the head,
    the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
16 Those who guide this people mislead them,
    and those who are guided are led astray.
17 Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,
    nor will he pity the fatherless and widows,
for everyone is ungodly and wicked,
    every mouth speaks folly.

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.

18 Surely wickedness burns like a fire;
    it consumes briers and thorns,
it sets the forest thickets ablaze,
    so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.
19 By the wrath of the Lord Almighty
    the land will be scorched
and the people will be fuel for the fire;
    they will not spare one another.
20 On the right they will devour,
    but still be hungry;
on the left they will eat,
    but not be satisfied.
Each will feed on the flesh of their own offspring[b]:
21     Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh;
    together they will turn against Judah.

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised…

Woe to those who make unjust laws,
    to those who issue oppressive decrees,
to deprive the poor of their rights
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
making widows their prey
    and robbing the fatherless.
What will you do on the day of reckoning,
    when disaster comes from afar?
To whom will you run for help?
    Where will you leave your riches?
Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives
    or fall among the slain.

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.

God Is Not Mocked–Exodus 7 Part 1

It would be so much simpler to obey and trust God. It would not necessarily be easier, but it would definitely be simpler. God is not mocked—whatever a person sows, that they will also reap. As the Israelites suffered at the hands of the Egyptians, God was keeping an accounting. There would be no doubt, at the end of the Exodus, that God avenges his chosen ones.

Pharaoh did not have a chance. He had become so ruthless to Israel, that human reason would not guide his choices. In addition, as the days progressed, Pharaoh’s self-absorbed pride would deal out the punishment for Israel’s treatment. Could Pharaoh have chosen differently, in a word—NO. He was a prisoner of his own heartlessness and pride. God was simply allowing Pharaoh to be himself. Now, apart from God, Pharaoh would experience the chaos his heartless foolishness bought.

God is still not mocked. ISIS thinks it is having its way with the church; it is not. Muslim leaders who are killing and selling Christians are not surprising or outsmarting God. World leaders that are refusing to intercede on behalf of the Christians being slaughtered will be held accountable and yes, even those of us that simply turn our heads and look the other way will have to give an account.

As with Israel and Moses, IT IS TIME to take the current events seriously and seek God’s mercy and intervention on behalf of our family that is spread across the globe. The persecution we shake our head about today will be the persecution we face tomorrow—apart from God’s merciful intervention.

God Bless You

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”

Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them. Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.”

10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. 11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

Accountibility–Hebrews 3 Part 2

We are all frail human beings.  There is not one person, who while under attack, is not apt to fail. The enemy knows that.  That is why he roams like a lion to and fro around the earth seeking whom he may devour.  So, the trick becomes placing ourselves in situations where we are protected and accountable.  It is so easy to lose focus for a small period of time.  Stress, trials, depression or simply busy schedules can cause us to take our eyes off of eternity.  When we do, the enemy pounces and seeks to neutralize us or better yet destroy us. 

Knowing that, we need to watch each other’s back.  We need to pray, to encourage and ask the difficult questions to each other.  As we build accountability into our lives, we also build strength in the family.  We dispel the lies that we are alone.  We defeat the argument that we have to be strong and do this on our own.  We humble ourselves before our Lord and admit we need him and each other.  Finally, we defeat the enemies plan to separate us from the group to destroy us.  We need the Lord and we need each other.  Do not fear accountability, it can be your best friend…Literally!

God Bless You

Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters.[f] Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. 14 For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. 15 Remember what it says:

“Today when you hear his voice,
    don’t harden your hearts
    as Israel did when they rebelled