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Sunday, October 17, 2010

AS HE IS - SO ARE WE

There is a passage of Scripture that says, "As He was, so are we" in the earth. We are His representatives. He prayed to the Father in John 17 that we not be removed from the earth, but that we may become One with He, the Father and the Spirit.


In that context I examined Isaiah 35 and have been thinking about what it says for several days now. I would like to pass it along. It is said that all it takes for evil to prosper is for good people to do or say nothing. Most do not want to get involved when they seen wrong doing because they do not want to be dragged into the issues another may face. Even in the midst of brazen wrongdoing, most will cower and hide; hoping it does not involve them.


Did Christ act in such a manner? What if He had not cleansed the Temple, cast out demons, confronted the religious leaders of the day with hard questions that made them examine themselves? What kind of "christ" would this have been? Someone we would want to emulate? I think not!


Isaiah 35 can be taken in context of our effectiveness when we confront evil and the madness of this age. Those who are under the power of the enemy, oppression and great turmoil will experience Christ working through us and great manifestations will occur as truly His will is done on earth, right now, as it is done in heaven. Isaiah 35 says ~


" The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them: (us)
and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy an dsinging;"


" The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; He will come and save you."


( God is in the saving business! )


Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters breat out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water:"


" in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness: the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."


" No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."


This is the effect the righteous have against those who are captive and bound by this world system of evil, oppression and depression. Jesus said that "the Kingdom of God is within you..." It is where ever we are! Nothing shall prevail against the children of the Great King. We need to appropriate this by faith. Remember that He said that when we are faithless and running low, He is still faithful.


What a God we have! Live it; apply it to every circumstance. Walk in righteousness and minister to those who are captive. Do not fear the mighty fierce looks of those who oppress. God can make our foreheads as hard as theirs, as hard as iron if necessary. Fight the good fight of faith, press onward to attain the prize of the high calling of God we have in Christ Jesus. He who has promised to never leave us or forsake us is or great Rock, our Fortress and our Deliverer in times of trouble.


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