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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

RECEIVING GOD'S BLESSINGS

Isaiah 43:16, 18b-19, 20b-21 New International Version
“This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters …’Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. … I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.’”
       God is using the prophet Isaiah to remind his people Israel what he has done for them. He is describing his mercy toward them in the face of their unfaithfulness. That which He says is meant to show Israel of the saving nature of their God. In spite of all the miracles the Lord has done on their behalf, still their unfaithfulness continued.
       Our faithfulness and obedience to God is critical to receiving the his blessings. He doesn’t turn a blind eye to our disobedience. We may do as we like in this life; however, we will reap what we have sown. Look over your life. Have you paid God any mind? Have you sought His will? Do you seek His mind regarding anything at all or do you go through your life with God as your Savior only and not your Lord? We are free, that is true; however, that freedom came at a tremendous cost. Let us not be unfaithful as the Israelites were. Let us proclaim praise for our God in spite of our circumstances and allow the Holy Spirit to direct our paths daily.
       God wants to do a new thing in us. We must forget that which is behind us and move forward into the rich blessings of God. We must learn to be a faithful and obedient people to our God, not living for ourselves, but rather living for Him and for others. That is where the greatest blessing lies.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.

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