Anchor for my Soul

For such a time as this…part 18

Bible Study 10/14/2020

Isaiah 40 God’s people are comforted

Comfort, comfort my people,
    says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
    that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double for all her sins.

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord
[a];
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.
[b]
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry out.”
    And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All people are like grass,
    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

You who bring good news to Zion,
    go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,
[c]
    lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
    say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
    or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
    or weighed the mountains on the scales
    and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the Lord,
    or instruct the Lord as his counselor?
14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
    and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
    or showed him the path of understanding?

15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
    they are regarded as dust on the scales;
    he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
    nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 Before him all the nations are as nothing;
    they are regarded by him as worthless
    and less than nothing.

18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
    To what image will you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
    and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
    selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
    to set up an idol that will not topple.

21 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,

    and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
    and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
    no sooner are they sown,

    no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
    and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?
    Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

How does this apply to our life? What is a desert? A place of dryness, drought, and emptiness. Politics to personal life…nothing is out of control. If we surrender to the Lord. He is King of King and Lord of Lords. the whole world is a mess, but nothing is out of God’s control. He is bringing the church together to rise up to fight against imagination..to tear down strongholds. John the Baptist called prepare the way for the Lord. We need to prepare the way in our day. We have to live and dwell in His presence to fight depression and unbelief.

Psalm 25:14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.

This speaks the relationship of intimacy. It is the heart that reverences and honors. It is our heart that opens up the doors to the secrets of heaven. He will give us a quickening, a definite answer, or direction to wait on Him. He will reveal what it is. He is quickens us because we revere Him… for others and for ourselves. Our faith gives us discernment. Satan wants to threaten us with possibilities, but we need discern with the power of God. Not one things has ever surprised God. Satan wants us to challenge God’s love, but it is a vehicle of the enemy. God has made a way of escape for us. God said He would guide us in all truth. The enemy sends spiritual vultures. We need to take a sure hope, absolute and secure.

Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

Will Heaven be boring?

Discussion from Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven by David Jeremiah

1 Cor 15:42-52 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.

5I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and bloodcannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

Philipians 3:20-21But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the powerthat enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

We won’t age, we won’t malfunction, we won’t get tired, we will never weaken. We will not be boring because our personalities will be changed, friends will not be boring because they will also be changed.

Heb 12:22-2322 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

1. Angels

2. General Assembly ( the Church)

3. God

4 Spirits of just man made perfect (old testament saints)

We will spend eternity with these, no misunderstandings or tiffs. Our relationships will be open and honest, uncomplicated by sin. We will fellowship with all ages of history. It is hard to understand and grasp. Imagine being friends with those in the Bible. Imagine all the time we want listening to the great saints and preachers and missionary heroes. There will be work, but it will be restful and fitted for us personally. No stress, no pressure, no competition.

1 Corinthians 2:9
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
[a]
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—