Isaiah 59:1-18: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither is his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for the truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
They hatch cocatrices’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
Therefore is judgment(logic) far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us:; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing from God, speaking oppression and revolt, and conceiving and uttering from the heart the words of falsehood.
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Yea, truth faileth, and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense.”
Read that really slowly, read it really thoughtfully, does it sound familiar? It to me sounds like a very accurate description of the behaviors of many in our world today, especially our leaders and those who would tout themselves as representatives of the Gospel, when the truth of the Gospel is the farthest thought of what they teach.
Politicians, that will in breath promise grief-stricken flood victims that they would be “praying for them”, while their actions prove them to be less than Godly prayer warriors, such as one, who promised such commitment and then in the next breath, his words caught on a hot mic, dropped the “F” bomb like nothing, revealing the truth of his character.
Politicians, that will profess to be a church leaders, and spew about their views on “justice’, and “social tolerance and love” and yet promote abortion, murder is not love. Such as one, whose title goes before him, as a supposed man of God, smuggly made the blasphemous statement that God gives us a choice. I beg to differ, abortion is not a choice God has given us, He has given us free-will to choose salvation, but nowhere in his word are we given the “choice” to kill our child.
Politicians, who pride themselves on an open door policy, welcoming the immigrants, all well and good, even building sanctuaries for them, and yet the homeless of our nation are left at the mercy of the elements, many areas even cutting down trees and sectioning off or completely removing park benches so that the homeless will have nowhere to sleep. Yeah, they really care so much.
Many are all about the rights of others, as long as they are making money by allowing the facilitation of whatever it takes to make those changes a reality. no caring for one moment the long term psychological damage and destruction that is being caused.
2 Peter 2:3: “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:”
2 Peter 2:14: “Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls…”
Riches may come to them in this world through the pain and sufferings of others, but unrepentant, they will not enjoy those riches in eternal damnation, I am reminded of the story of Simon the Sorcerer, whose story can be read in the Book of Acts, chapter eight, who tried to buy the power of God, and was told “Thy money perish with thee.” and those who have gained through the destruction of lives of others have gained nothing.
All logical judgment, sound mental judgement, has gone out the window in this anything goes Babylonian Empire that we find ourselves in.
Those who profess to be children of Christ and yet clearly have no understanding of him or his word, or his commandments that we must live by, forever excited to voice their opinions, proudly carrying their signs high for all to see, falsely proclaiming to be “christians” who support abortion, funny, I thought it was the cross we were supposed to carry.
It is easy to lie and feign allegiance to anything if one believes it will sway others to that same opinion. Which is exactly what it is all about it.
Pretending to belong to the house of God, while condoning practices that go against every teaching of that house!
The oldest trick in the book, all should remember the lessons we learned from Eve, they lie, they can falsely believe in their own deceived minds that what they say is right, but if it does not lie up with the teachings of the Word of God, it is not of God! The Ten Commandments are a perfect guide.
This is why Jesus warned us that we would know them by their works.
Many have sold themselves for absolutely nothing, sold themselves to champion causes of others that have no bearing on their own lives, because in “their opinion” these things are not wrong, but God does not ask us for our opinion.
We are commanded to obey him, his laws, and his word and everything that fights against is born of self, self-will, self-love, and self-righteousness and no flesh will enter the kingdom of heaven.
So as it is time for may to make major decisions, remember this, many have sold themselves for riches that will not spare them from eternal punishment, while others have sold themselves for less than nothing, nothing more than to fit in or to feel somehow that they are superior in mercy and kindness, when true kindness and mercy belongs to the true things of God.
Don’t sell yourself out, stay true to God and what his word teaches us concerning conducting our lives according to is will, word, and statues. Only God can save.
As we were told in our starter verses those who do call upon on the Lord and trust him, will be treated as prey, and we are, they hate the truth so they hate those who proclaim that truth, but hear God’s words at the close of that chapter.
Isaiah 59:19-21:” So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and upon them that turn from the transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
As for me, this is my covenant with the, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.”
Stay with the truth, as we know, we shall know the truth and only the truth can set free!
Φλογιζω NBJ 2022/ Rev. Nina Brown Johnson