God says: You are MY WITNESS and MY CHOSEN….in the balances.

 

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(warning: these words hold truths you may not be ready to hear)
Isaiah 43 vs 10-11says: “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.   Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.  I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.
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     As I listened to the pundits this week and reviewed what was going on with the Kavanaugh hearing it became very apparent the importance of eye witnesses.   As much as the opposition tried to build a case against Kavanaugh there was no basis to their accusations unless the eye witnesses were able to corroborate the evidence.  The four mentioned witnesses were not able to testify that the events happened that the accuser said took place, so the accusations were then dropped and Kavanaugh was then able to keep his credibility and character in place to be voted in as a Supreme Court Justice.  Witnesses were key to the case.  Witnesses were called to verify or to deny what was being said was the truth.  Without witnesses, it is very difficult to prove something or someone is true.
     In Isaiah 43, the Lord declares we are his witnesses.   We are the ones who he has chosen to testify that He is the Lord, and that there is no other.   Earlier in this passage (vs 2) he foretells of what he is going to do.  He is going to allow us (his chosen) to ‘pass through water’, to ‘pass through rivers’, and to ‘pass through fire’, and we will safely pass through these circumstances because he will be with us and in vs 8 & 9 he challenges his opposers by saying “who else can proclaim this?”  “Let them bring their witnesses…so others, upon hearing, can say, “that is true”. Meaning, who else can proclaim to do this, where are their witnesses?  Bring them forward!
     We have been chosen so that we can know and trust him, and witness to who he is and to what he is doing.   It is essential for God to have witnesses.   He needs his chosen to rise up and open up their eyes and ears and to witness to what he has done and to what he is doing.  He has “declared, saved, and proclaimed!” (vs. 12).  We have seen him declare, save and proclaim, yet are we witnessing to his work?   He is our only Creator and our only Savior, yet are we witnessing to His power and existence?   Or are we claiming the credit for ourselves or giving the credit to someone or something else (ie. hard work, talent, luck, investment strategies, education…the list goes on)?   We need to stand up and declare his truths against his accusers.  As his servants and chosen ones it is our responsibility to do this.
     Kavanaugh was unrighteously accused.  There was no witness to stand against him.  They were called, and they testified, but their accounting of the event did not align with what the accuser claimed happened.   In vs 8-9 God calls on his accusers.  He actually calls them to stand and he states the nations will gather together and bring their witnesses.  We are called to stand against his accusers and testify to who he is and what he has done in our lives.  Is our silence, our failure to acknowledge our King, our Provider, our Healer, our Creator actually allowing his accusers to build their case against God?
     Take heed to these words: Read vs 25-26  God is also our ONLY Savior.  Jesus will take account of our behavior.  He will be OUR WITNESS against the accusers.    He will hold us to the truth and we will stand accountable to what we have said and done.  Just like Kavanaugh, our accuser will make a case, and it will be up to Jesus whether or not we will pass through the gates into Heaven.   Many of the accusations will be very, very old and we will say, ‘but that was a long time ago, that was in the past and we are not like that today’, or we may even deny remembering it happened or that we actually said it. Jesus will hear our case and not heed these accusations IF AND ONLY IF we choose him as our Savior (John 14:6) .  But, if we choose him as our Savior, in return, we need to stand up for his cause.   We MUST be his witness here on earth, so he will be our witness up in Heaven.
    This is all true, but I’m not going to leave you with just this, because there are additional truths that we must also hold on to:
     In our witness we must also know his promises for us.  His promises hold our strength, our power and our hope.   His promises give us the power to be his witness.   Knowing this, God has given us some very good and strong promises.   Read vs. 3-7  because they include these promises:  God loves us.   God values us and honors us.  God will be with us.   God will fight for us.   God made us.    Remember, these promises.  Hold on to these promises.   Seek God to uphold these promises.    Then, as his chosen one, GO witness to the world ALL of these truths!

Punch for Positive Impact!

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Many of us have a longing inside our hearts to make a positive impact into the world, but because of our instant access to news, this longing often gets covered up with helplessness.  Within minutes of logging onto the internet, turning on the television or tuning into the radio, we are made keenly aware of the tragic and sad events that are constantly happening around us.   These tragic and sad events happen so often that many of us have now grown numb to the news and  unless the event is something major or directly life threatening we often times pass over it very quickly.   We don’t believe we can do much about it, so we move on in helplessness.

Although the world is often a dark place, there are still a few of us who aren’t willing to give up and who aren’t willing to believe that “all is lost”.   Those that still have a calling in their heart and a willingness to try to shed some light into this dark world.   As much as there are many, many people out there that believe all is lost, we don’t have to believe what they believe.

Its amazing how our way of thinking can influence our surroundings.   How many times have we seen a bad temper flare up and spoil an otherwise great party?   Contrarily, doesn’t the giggle of a child make the whole room smile?   Understanding this power, why don’t we shed the power of joy and hope and see how it may spread?   Its easy to buy into the popular, mostly negative, thought patterns and run them forward.  It takes  a little more courage and inner strength to smile and share an encouraging word instead.

Do you know that you can change the way you think and what you think about?  Of course you knew that.  Do you know that if you are one of those that  have a “half empty” mindset, that if you practiced your mind to look at things from  a “half full” perspective, that over time you will train your mind to see things “half full” instead of “half empty”?   (“Switch on your Brain”) The worlds media saturates your mind and makes you believe that there isn’t much good in it.  However, if you shut down the media, and started listening and looking for the good in the world, you WILL find it.  You will hear the sounds of joy and laughter, you will see the natural beauty and bright colors of nature, you will sense the hope, and as you train yourself to do this you start believing in goodness which will drown out the darkness.

Darkness cannot overcome light.  It can dominate, but it can’t over come even the smallest spark.   I believe that all of us have impact, its just a matter of how we use it.  We can be dark like the rest of the world, and have minimal impact because we blend in.  Or, we can choose to start believing in and reflecting hope and shedding light, which causes  others to share more light too, and eventually all of this light will cause the darkness to be overcome.

Helplessness can be overcome with hope.  Hope reflects patience, joy, gentleness, kindness, peace and ultimately love.  The light of love CAN overcome the darkness of the world.   So, put on your boxing glove and punch some hope into this world and make an impact!