Welcome to “Thoughts from the Bible!”
I am Adam Zander and have been serving as a missionary in Romania for over a decade.
Join me every week as we look at simple thoughts from the Bible, to help us in our daily walk with Christ, and our relationships with our fellow man.
#3 The book of Isaiah: The confusion caused by sin
The third message from the book of Isaiah called “The confusion caused by sin.”
In this chapter we read of famine, mighty and wise men gone, and children and women ruling and oppressing people.
This chapter is the result of Judah forsaking the Lord—for turning away from what is correct. The result is confusion. In the end, they went against nature and the order God set from the beginning of creation.
Sin is terrible. Rejecting God’s way is painful and causes confusion. Why not just obey the Bible and do things God’s way? Once we start obeying the Bible and do things in God’s order the confusion will end.
#2 The book of Isaiah: Let us walk in the light of the Lord
The second message from the book of Isaiah called “Come let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
In the first part of chapter two, we find the Lord encouraging Judah to come into the house of the Lord and walk in the light. It is a Millennium passage and talks about the peace Israel and the world will enjoy in the future.
Verses 3 and 5 we read “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord” and “Come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
This is a very encouraging passage of scripture. It is admonishing us to come into the house of the Lord, worship him, and walk in the light of the Lord.
Prophetically, it is speaking of all nations coming to worship the Lord in the Millennium.
However, we will apply a spiritual application for us in the New Testament church. I would like to look at this passage as a picture of a church family.
#1 The book of Isaiah: Pleading of a Father
The first message from the book of Isaiah.
The book of Isaiah is an exciting, convicting, and yet encouraging book to study! Doctrinally, it was written as a rebuke to Judah. However, we find practical lessons and applications for the New Testament church.
We will start with a message from chapter one called “The Pleading of a Father.”
God the Father is a person. He feels, He loves, He rebukes, He is sad when His people reject Him and embrace sin.
This chapter not only shows us the heart of the Father but His rebukes and warnings, His command to repent, and His judgment if we refuse to obey Him.
#33 The book of Ephesians: Stand fast and pray
The twenty-eighth message from the book of Ephesians called, “Stand Fast and Pray Always” Our verses for today are found in Ephesians 6:13-14 and verse 18;
Eph 6:13-14 "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;"
Eph 6:18 "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"
We now come to the last two commandments: stand fast and pray always with watching.
Will you stand for the Lord? Will you stand for what is right? And will you pray always with watching?
#32 The book of Ephesians: The armour of God
The twenty-seventh message from the book of Ephesians called, “Put on the armour of God” Which is found in Ephesians 6:11-13:
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
The first command we looked at from this chapter was to be strong and in the power of the Lord. We must obey that if we have any hope of fulfilling the next command…put on the whole armour of God. We need this armour to stay faithful in the battle we are in.
Our battle as Christians is not a physical battle, it is a spiritual battle. This battle is real and of eternal importance. Our enemies are real and in high places, both spiritual and physical.
It is important that we understand that we are to stand in this battle. The sword of the Spirit is our only offensive weapon. The word of God, Jesus Christ Himself, does the fighting for us. We are simply to proclaim His word and stand faithful.
2Co 10:3-4 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)"
We are told in Ephesians chapter six to put on the whole armour of God. Not just one part, such as faith, but to put on ALL of it. Many Christians only obey part of God’s word—so also many only put on parts of this armour. We need all of it if we are to stand against such wickedness in high places.
#31 The book of Ephesians: Be strong in the Lord
The twenty-sixth message from the book of Ephesians called, “Be Strong in the Lord” Our verses for today are found in Ephesians 6:10-18.
In this passage we have several commands: be strong in the power of the Lord (vs. 10), put on the whole armour of God (vs. 11), stand fast (vs. 13-14), and pray always with watching (vs.18). These are strong commands for a serious reason: we must have these if we are to stand against the wiles and power of the devil.
We will look at each of these things in detail. For today we will look at the first command: to stand strong in the power of the Lord. We will look at the rest in a future lesson.
I hope you will be able to say:
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. (2Sam. 22:33)