Thursday, May 28th, 2020
“We know, moreover, that all things work together for the good of those who love God, of those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) We thank Him for everything, we want Him to do what He sees fit in our lives. That there can be no resistance in us to do the will of God. We must fix our eyes, not on what is transient, but on what is eternal. What is man so that God can take care of him and look at him? It’s really a grace.
Each passing day brings us closer to the coming of the Lord. Tomorrow does not belong to us, we must live our today. It’s God who sets the times, we just have to be ready for departure. Our expectation is to go with Him. "For you know yourselves that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. (1 Thessalonians 5: 2) We need the Holy Spirit to remind us of His things, to bring us back to that. This is of utmost importance. When the things of God enter us then it manifests their fruits. The Word of God must reach its goal in us: that the fruit be manifest. “Take care of these things, give yourself entirely to them, so that your progress will be evident to all. (1 Timothy 4:15) There must be an advancement, a change in you. May the seed fall into good ground. God expects this from each of us. If the seed falls into the thorns then it is sterile. “The Lord does not delay in fulfilling the promise, as some believe; but He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but wanting everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3: 9) We must take every opportunity that God gives us. The inner man must be strong because it is the spiritual part that controls the natural part.
Isaiah 61: 1-3
When God inspired the servant Isaiah, the people could ask themselves what did this prophet really mean.
Luke 1: 1-2 / Acts 10: 39-43
It’s God who chooses and sends. These men were eyewitnesses. They saw and received from the Lord. "It is not, in fact, by following skillfully crafted fables, that we have made known to you the power and the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it is as having seen his majesty with our own eyes. "(2 Peter 1:16) Interpretation never brings the exact thought of God. When you exhort, you must always expect God, that God will reveal you because you can preach with intelligence and be beside the mind of God. It takes the Spirit to be led by God. It was God who pushed Isaiah to speak.
Luke 4: 14-21
You can't take the Word of God just anyhow. "To declare a year of the Lord's grace" (Isaiah 61: 2) The sentence continues, but Jesus, when He speaks, He stopped at a year of grace. He shouldn't stop there because where there was a comma, He put a point. We owe respect to God. When you do not take the things of God into consideration, this is a danger to you. You would read the portion as it is written but He stopped there. Often we see beyond what is written there, we think and imagine. The ministry was given to announce, not to impose. “He rose up before him like a weak plant, Like a spawn coming out of a parched land; It had neither beauty nor radiance to attract our attention, And its appearance had nothing to please us. ” (Isaiah 53: 2) He took a human form Him that even the angels cannot look at, Him the Lord of glory, He calls his servants and kneels to wash their feet. What humility! It makes you want to cry. It is the slaves who wash their master's feet. We, we seek honors, we want to be the greatest. That’s why, when you wash your brother’s feet, don’t do it as a ceremony but with a sincere heart thinking about what the Lord has done. Peter loved Jesus so much that when he was going to be killed, he did not want to die like Christ, he asked to be crucified upside down. Peter refused to let the Lord wash his feet because he knew what it meant. God wants humility from you. You don't have to make it, but you have to have it in you. The spiritual man will never see someone as being smaller. When you think you are spiritual, it means that you are still carnal. Do not be hypocritical because when you leave, you will not go to the Lord. We have to be real like that when we leave, we will be at peace. The scriptures show us the nature that we must have. When we arrive at this, we become free. The disciples had given up everything to follow the Lord. The rich young man failed to do this. For him, the equation was impossible. "I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. "(Matthew 19:24)" Truly I say to you, when the Son of man, at the renewal of all things, sits on the throne of His glory, you who followed me, you will likewise be seated on twelve thrones, and you will judge the twelve tribes of Israel. And whoever has left, because of my name, his brothers, or his sisters, or his father, or his mother, or his wife, or his children, or his lands, or his houses, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit everlasting life. God cares for us here below, up there in heaven.
John 13: 4-17
We just have to stay in the Scriptures, stop the dogmas, the theories. We extrapolate far too many things. For example, have you ever seen in the Scriptures that we are talking about the shoes that we wear today? Isaiah did not wear such shoes. If Isaiah didn’t wear these shoes then how could women wear heels? There is nothing in the Bible that tells us that. Nothing in the Bible tells us that women cannot wear heels. Heels are modern shoes. You can't force a woman to wear shoes with or without heels. The Bible just says that a woman should not wear men's clothes. We exaggerate too much, all because the Message said. God said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, Because He anointed me to give good news to the poor; He sent me to heal those who are heartbroken, To proclaim deliverance to the captives, And to the blind to recover their sight, To set the oppressed free, To publish a year of the Lord's grace. (Luke 4: 18-19) Preach the Word of God, God will convince the heart by the Holy Spirit. Stop imposing and forcing. At the time, the disciples had sandals. The sandals held the dust and therefore the feet were really dirty. When Jesus washed their feet, He really washed their feet. The one who is the greatest, our Lord, has humbled Himself. When we listen to the Word, we have to take away what is already preconceived in us. When you do that, the Word can never work in you. When Isaiah spoke the word, we interpreted, tried to explain, but this Jesus accomplished it. The Pharisees, the Sadduceans certainly preached on Isaiah 61, they said nonsense. But there, the atmosphere at that time was special.
Luke 4: 21-24
They were to rejoice to hear these Words, this year of grace but they were in anger because Moses always said this or that. These were truly believers, they sought to kill Jesus. You have your dogmas and your doctrines but when God comes and speaks to you, you reject Him.