Isaiah 50 God talks about His ‘Servant’

Today we read from Isaiah 50, the prophecy prophet Isaiah received and has already come true in history.  This is a revision for Christians and a new awareness for those who are new here. Be blessed by the words of God.

Isaiah 50:1-3 God was looking for a man to save His children. But He couldn’t find one. This famous verse has been quoted by many: “Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem?
Or have I no power to deliver?” So God just has to do it Himself. He sent His own Son, Jesus to become a man in earth. Jesus is the Redeemer.

1 Thus says the Lord:

“Where is the certificate of your mother’s divorce,
Whom I have put away?
Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you?
For your iniquities you have sold yourselves,
And for your transgressions your mother has been put away.
Why, when I came, was there no man?
Why, when I called, was there none to answer?
Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem?
Or have I no power to deliver?
Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the sea,
I make the rivers a wilderness;
Their fish stink because there is no water,
And die of thirst.
I clothe the heavens with blackness,
And I make sackcloth their covering.”

4-7 Jesus listened to the Father and did just as the Father instructed and did while He was on earth. Jesus went through all the humiliations before He was crucified on the cross. He was whipped. By His stripes, we have been healed. 

The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away.
I gave My back to those who struck Me,
And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard;
I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

“For the Lord God will help Me;
Therefore I will not be disgraced;
Therefore I have set My face like a flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.

8-9 Jesus was humiliated but not defeated. He was totally innocent and no one could condemn or convict Him of any sin or crime. God was with Jesus. So was the Holy Spirit. He was not alone.
He is near who justifies Me;
Who will contend with Me?
Let us stand together.
Who is My adversary?
Let him come near Me.
Surely the Lord God will help Me;
Who is he who will condemn Me?
Indeed they will all grow old like a garment;
The moth will eat them up.

A calling to all to believe in Jesus and turn to God: fear the Lord, obey Jesus’ words, trust in His name:

10 “Who among you fears the Lord?
Who obeys the voice of His Servant?
Who walks in darkness
And has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord
And rely upon his God.

A warning to those who trust in their own efforts, making themselves or other things or beings or spirits god:
11 Look, all you who kindle a fire,
Who encircle yourselves with sparks:
Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled—
This you shall have from My hand:
You shall lie down in torment.

————————–What Jesus said:

John 8:28 New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 

John 8:38New King James Version (NKJV)

38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with[a] your father.”

John 10:30New King James Version (NKJV)

30 I and My Father are one.”

John 10:32 New King James Version (NKJV)

32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”

John 14:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

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Isaiah 49:15-26 God talks about mothering

flower for mother

flower for you - mom

kindness goodness gentleness

faith hope giving – life

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We read another aspect of God. Prophet Isaiah received this revelation that God cares about His people, even their young, like and even better than a nursing mother does for her children.

This passage prophesied the return of the Israelite remnants (the children who had been scattered all over the world). But we (believers of Jesus Christ) are the children (by faith) of God too. We have been gathered from all over this globe into God’s Kingdom.

A mother of human and other living creatures always protects and even sacrifices her own life to give life to her child. But there are times when even a nursing mother is helpless and loses her motherly instinct and or capacity to love and care. But God can give you all the resources to nurse and bring up your children: noble, rich, powerful. Nothing is impossible with God.

See how God loves and can help and protect His children. Better than a nursing mother can.

Isaiah 49:15-26 New Life Version (NLV)

15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child? Can she have no pity on the son to whom she gave birth? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. 16 See, I have marked your names on My hands. Your walls are always before Me. 17 Your builders hurry. And those who destroy you will leave you. 18 Lift up your eyes and look around. All of them gather together and come to you. As I live,” says the Lord, “you will put them on like objects of beauty. You will tie them on as a bride does. 19 For your waste places and your destroyed land will now be too small for the people. And those who destroyed you will be far away. 20 The children born to you during the time of your sorrow will say for you to hear, ‘The place is too small for us. Make a bigger place for us to live in.’ 21 Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who has given birth to these for me? My children were taken from me, and I could not give birth. I was sent away and had no place of my own. Who has brought up these children? See, I was left alone. Where have these come from?’”

22 The Lord God says, “See, I will lift up My hand to the nations. I will raise My flag to the people. And they will bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters will be carried on their shoulders. 23 Kings will take care of you as fathers. And their queens will be your nursing mothers. They will bow down to you with their faces to the ground, and kiss the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who wait for Me with hope will not be put to shame. 24 “Can that which was taken by a strong man in battle be taken from him? Can those taken away to prison by a powerful ruler be saved?” 25 The Lord says, “Even those taken away by the strong man will be taken from him. Those taken by the powerful ruler will be saved. For I will fight with the one who fights with you, and I will save your sons. 26 I will feed those who make it hard for you with their own flesh. They will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. Then all flesh will know that I, the Lord, am the One Who saves you, and the One Who bought you, the Powerful One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 48:16-22 God loves family

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I promise you hope

of goodness mercy and life

ever flowing peace

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After a brief interval, we return to Isaiah. Today we read how God promises peace and to whom.

  1. God gives peace to the Redeemed and their numerous countless descendants.
  2. God teaches us what is good for us.
  3. God leads us along the paths we should follow.
  4. God sets us free from captivity.
  5. God meets our unquenchable thirst.

Isaiah 48:16-22New Living Translation (NLT)

16 Come closer, and listen to this.
    From the beginning I have told you plainly what would happen.”

And now the Sovereign Lord and his Spirit
    have sent me with this message.
17 This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you what is good for you
    and leads you along the paths you should follow.
18 Oh, that you had listened to my commands!
    Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
    and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.
19 Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore—
    too many to count!
There would have been no need for your destruction,
    or for cutting off your family name.”

20 Yet even now, be free from your captivity!
    Leave Babylon and the Babylonians.[a]
Sing out this message!
    Shout it to the ends of the earth!
The Lord has redeemed his servants,
    the people of Israel.[b]
21 They were not thirsty
    when he led them through the desert.
He divided the rock,
    and water gushed out for them to drink.
22 “But there is no peace for the wicked,”
    says the Lord.

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Haggai 1 While My house lies in ruins

Let’s think out of the box today.
Reading Haggai chapter one we often think God is contrasting the individual Christian’s personal house with the local church’s physical brick and mortar construction.
So Christians faithfully contribute to the local church building funds and feel happy and proud when they periodically extend or rebuild a better and bigger building.
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But God is not a parochial God.
He is not a territorial spirit.
He is God the Creator of this whole earth.
He sent only one Savior, Jesus. All believers of Jesus Christ share one Holy Spirit, one baptism,  one Lord, one God.
God has one house, the church. Jesus will one day come to bring this one church to be with God.
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Back to Haggai 1:4 God speaks through prophet Haggai,
“Why are you living in luxurious houses while My house lies in ruins?”
Questions we need to ask ourselves today as we are comfortably sitting in this luxurious local church building with all modern amenities, where is the house of God in ruins?
Why am I giving 90% or even 100% of the monetary contribution to expanding this luxurious building and not to fixing the leaking roofs and crumbling walls of the mud or palm leaves huts of God’s house in the poorest of the poor?
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Haggai chapter one is a wake up call for every Christian.
Heed this call.
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Haggai 1:2-11
2 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The people are saying, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.’”3 Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? 5 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 6 You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!7 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! 8 Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. 9 You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lordof Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses. 10 It’s because of you that the heavens withhold the dew and the earth produces no crops. 11 I have called for a drought on your fields and hills—a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olive trees and all your other crops, a drought to starve you and your livestock and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get.”

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God says, Comfort ye, My people

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For those who don’t know God’s and are hurting, today God speaks comfort to you.
You can choose to know they God. You dont have to live in darkness and fear and hatred and pain anymore.
http://youtu.be/AZTZRtRFkvk (Handel’s Messiah)
Handel – “Messiah”/ The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.
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Isaiah 40:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV) God’s People Are Comforted“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” 40 Says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her. 41 That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the LORD’s hand Double for all her sins.”
The voice of one crying  in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert [a]
A highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted
And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; The glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
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Isaiah 61:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV) The Good News of Salvation

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, 61 Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the
acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who
mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

Who is God?

After knowing some of the things God likes, let’s read from what God has revealed to prophet Isaiah, Who God says He is.
The right perspective of God is essential for us to continue reading His revelation and prophecies through His prophet.
In short: God is God. There is no other.
Do get to know God. It matters in eternity.
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Isaiah 43:3
For I am the Lord your God,The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;I gave Egypt for your ransom,Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Isaiah 43:15-16
15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,The Creator of Israel, your King.”16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the seaAnd a path through the mighty waters,
Isaiah 44:6-8
There Is No Other God
6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:‘I am the First and I am the Last;Besides Me there is no God.7 And who can proclaim as I do?Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me,Since I appointed the ancient people.And the things that are coming and shall come,Let them show these to them.8 Do not fear, nor be afraid;Have I not told you from that time, and declared it?You are My witnesses.Is there a God besides Me?Indeed there is no other Rock;I know not one.’”
Isaiah 44:24
Judah Will Be Restored
24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,And He who formed you from the womb:“I am the Lord, who makes allthings,Who stretches out the heavens all alone,Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;
Isaiah45:4-6
I am the Lord, and there is no other;There is no God besides Me.I will gird you, though you have not known Me,6 That they may know from the rising of the sun to its settingThat there is none besides Me.I am the Lord, and there is no other;
Isaiah 46:9-10
Remember the former things of old,For I am God, and there is no other;I am God, and there is none like Me,10 Declaring the end from the beginning,And from ancient times things that are not yet done,Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,And I will do all My pleasure,’
Isaiah 47:4
As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,The Holy One of Israel.

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What are God’s children like?

Today we take a break from prophet Isaiah. We read more about God our Father and learn from Jesus our eldest Brother.
We read what Jesus has spoken and taught His disciples in Luke 6:35-38 to see one important aspect of God that we hardly know before.
God has chosen to give His love to all who want.
God’s love is not petty and selfish like human love.
God is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.
God expects His children to be like Him:
1. Do good to the undeserving.
2. Do good without expecting to be repaid by human.
3. Always be kind and merciful and compassionate.
4. Love the love of God.
5. Love never fails.
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Jesus goes further to explain this point.
As God’s children we do not fall into the snare of judging and condemning others.
The Bible describes a notorious accuser of Christians -Satan. (Revelation 12:10)
In the vision of Zechariah, he saw the Accuser, Satan, making accusations against the high priest Jeshua. (Zechariah3:1-2)
During the time when Jesus walked on earth the religious hypocrites were also quick to find ‘faults’ in Jesus and the followers of Jesus, based on the Jewish religious tradition.
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Jesus warns of the evil spiritual consequences of God’s children judging and condemning others: it opens a door for the accuser to accuse you too!
Jesus promises those who bless others: you will open a door to receive blessings for yourself too.
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Who will be judging then? At the appointed time,
God will send Jesus to judge and condemn the wicked and evil. It’s already recorded in God’s book. (The Book of Revelation.)
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What kind of love God expects His children to practice?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.
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What Jesus has taught about God’s children
Luke 6:35-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

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Isaiah 43~46 God talks about His children

God tells us what He will do with His children. We can see how He values them.
He promised this through the prophet. He also made this possible through sending His Son Jesus.
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How did we become children of God? To all who believed Jesus and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)
Children of God are born of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. (John 3:5; 1Peter 1:23)
The Spirit of Christ lives in us. (Romans 8:9,10)
All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Romans 8:14)
God’s Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)
And since we are His children, we are His heirs. (Romans 8:17)
For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son. (Romans 8:29)
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Bible reading:
Isaiah 43:5 New Living Translation (NLT)

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
    I will gather you and your children from east and west.

Isaiah 43:6 I will say to the north and south,
    ‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
    from the distant corners of the earth.

Isaiah 43:7 Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.”

Isaiah 43:13 “From eternity to eternity I am God.
    No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
    No one can undo what I have done.”

Isaiah 43:21 I have made Israel for myself,
    and they will someday honor me before the whole world.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour out water to quench your thirst
    and to irrigate your parched fields.
And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants,
    and my blessing on your children.

Isaiah 44:4 They will thrive like watered grass,
    like willows on a riverbank.

Isaiah 44:22 I have swept away your sins like a cloud.
    I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist.
Oh, return to me,
    for I have paid the price to set you free.”

Isaiah 45:11 This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One of Israel and your Creator:
“Do you question what I do for my children?
    Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?

Isaiah 46:3 “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
    all you who remain in Israel.
I have cared for you since you were born.
    Yes, I carried you before you were born.

Isaiah 46:4 I will be your God throughout your lifetime—
    until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
    I will carry you along and save you.

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Isaiah 43 God talks about rivers

Prophet Isaiah continues to bring the good news he hears from God about what God will do and provide for His people.
God tells us not to be afraid because:
He has already redeemed us.
We are His. He even calls us by name.
He is with us even when we go through difficulties to ensure that they cannot harm us.
He has promised us victory in overcoming our enemies (physical and mental).
He will turn the wilderness and wasteland in our lives into refreshing lands.
This has happened since Jesus ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to His believers. (John 7:38-39; 14:15-17)
What a God we have! Full of mercy and loving kindness!
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But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
4 Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
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I, even I, am the Lord,
And besides Me there is no savior.
12 I have declared and saved,
I have proclaimed,
And there was no foreign god among you;
Therefore you are My witnesses,”
Says the Lord, “that I am God.
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“Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field will honor Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.
21 This people I have formed for Myself;
They shall declare My praise.
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Ezekiel 47:9
And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.
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Jesus promised giving us the Holy Spirit, rivers of living water!
John 7:38-39 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing[a] in Him would receive;
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Isaiah 42 God likes a new song

In Isaiah 42:1-7 Prophet Isaiah received the prophecy of Jesus who will bring good news to God’s people. The Holy Spirit is upon Him and He will bring justice to the nations, demonstrate God’s righteousness, be a light to guide the nations.
He will open the eyes of the blind, free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.
~~~~~The above prophecy has come true.
God declared through His prophet : “Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens.” (42:8-9)
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Isaiah 42:10-12 calls for a new song of praise for God. (Note : do not worship our God the way the unbelievers worshiped the idols.)
Jesus told us to worship God in spirit am in truth, because God is Spirit. (John 4:23-24)
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Lord’s Chosen Servant
“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.
    He is my chosen one, who pleases me.
I have put my Spirit upon him.
    He will bring justice to the nations.
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10 Sing a new song to the Lord!
    Sing his praises from the ends of the earth!
Sing, all you who sail the seas,
    all you who live in distant coastlands.
11 Join in the chorus, you desert towns;
    let the villages of Kedar rejoice!
Let the people of Sela sing for joy;
    shout praises from the mountaintops!
12 Let the whole world glorify the Lord;
    let it sing his praise.

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Isaiah 41 God is a planter

As we have read before, God shows a great variety of interests, all meaning for our good! In the following powerful positive encouaging passage we can see that He likes planting trees too. Trees represent life. God gives abundant life through Jesus (John10:10). He is God of the living, said Jesus.
God is omnipotent. Regardless of the geography, topography and the soil, natural water supply and weather conditions, God can supernaturally provides the best conditions for the growth and thriving of all kinds of plants, like the people of God.
Regardless how bad the medical or mental health reports may look,  they are no match against God.
The prophet Isaiah recorded seven kinds of trees here. All healthy thriving trees. God is blessing all aspects of the lives of His people.
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Question to ask ourselves: am I too a tree planted by God? Psalm 1 depicts the ideal tree: “He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”
This is what God likes His tree to be.
Another key success verse is:
“Fear not, for I am with you. “
God says He is with His people. He is for us. So who can be against us? 
This is the victorious healed position in Christ Jesus every believer holds fast to. Don’t let the spirit of fear intimidate you. God says, “Fear not.” Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid. “
The Holy Spirit in us is the Spirit of power, love and sound mind! (2 Timothy 1:7).
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Isaiah 41:10-20New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11 “Behold, all those who were incensed against you
Shall be ashamed and disgraced;
They shall be as nothing,
And those who strive with you shall perish.
12 You shall seek them and not find them—
Those who contended with you.
Those who war against you
Shall be as nothing,
As a nonexistent thing.
13 For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’
14 “Fear not, you worm Jacob,
You men of Israel!
I will help you,” says the Lord
And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 “Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth;
You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small,
And make the hills like chaff.
16 You shall winnow them, the wind shall carry them away,
And the whirlwind shall scatter them;
You shall rejoice in the Lord,
And glory in the Holy One of Israel.
17 “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,
Their tongues fail for thirst.
I, the Lord, will hear them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers in desolate heights,
And fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
And the dry land springs of water.
19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree,
The myrtle and the oil tree;
I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine
And the box tree together,
20 That they may see and know,
And consider and understand together,
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
And the Holy One of Israel has created it.

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Isaiah 40 God speaks comfort to the weak and weary

In isaiah 40, God speaks further comforting words to His people.
The prophet is asked to cry out and give this prophecy: “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together;”
When this happens,  people will be healed and their youth renewed like the eagle.
“He will give power to the weak, and to those who have no might He will increase strength.
God reveals His kindness and gentleness in saying that He will care for His people like a Shepherd caring for His lambs, especially the young.
Has this wonderful prophecy taken place?  The coming of Jesus the Messiah has fulfilled the prophecy.
When Jesus first came to earth He had revealed the glory of the Lord. Some of His apostles had seen this on the transfiguration mountain. After Jesus resurrected He showed Himself to over five hundreds disciples. Some also witnessed Him ascending to heaven in glory. After the arrival of the Holy Spirit,  many of us have seen God’s glory in our spirit as we worship Him in Spirit and in truth. 
Jesus will arrive again in glory when He comes again and at that time all human shall see.
Meanwhile those of us who wait on the Lord will continue to live in the divine health and youthfulness God has spoken through prophet Isaiah.
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Isaiah 40 New King James Version (NKJV)  (quoted in parts. Please read the whole chapter yourself )
God’s People Are Comforted
1 “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
Says your God.
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough places smooth;
5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
6 The voice said, “Cry out!”
And he said, “What shall I cry?”
“All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”
9 O Zion,
You who bring good tidings,
Get up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem,
You who bring good tidings,
Lift up your voice with strength,
Lift it up, be not afraid;
Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand,
And His arm shall rule for Him;
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.
11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will ) the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young.
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28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
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Isaiah 35: God heals the desolate

The vision prophet Isaiah saw continues to be filled with the goodness of God. In previous chapters he describes inhabited land become desolate wilderness. Only the wildlife could continue to survive because of God’s generous provision for them.
In today’s chapter we read of the hope that God has given to those who trust Him.
This chapter is full of joy and words of encouragement for the redeemed and ransomed of the Lord follows:
They shall see the glory and excellence of God.
Wilderness, wasteland and desert shall blossom richly.
Healing will take place for physical and mental infirmities and illnesses:
The weak, feeble, fearful, blind, deaf, lame, and the dumb, all will be healed when they see the glory of the Lord. No more depression, sorrow and sighing.
The nature will be healed and rejoice in praises to God: in beautiful and bountiful blooms, streams of living water, grass with reeds and rushes
Spiritual healing for the redeemed people of God: totally cleansed, no longer demonized.
A total protection and security from the Almighty God: a precondition and a promise. These have come true though our belief and life in Jesus Christ.
(This is also promised in Psalm 91:9-10 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;)
~~~~~~~~today’s verses: Isaiah 35 (NKJV)
The Future Glory of Zion
35 The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
2 It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,
Even with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
The excellency of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the dumb sing.
For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert.
7 The parched ground shall become a pool,
And the thirsty land springs of water;
In the habitation of jackals, where each lay,
There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8 A highway shall be there, and a road,
And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean shall not pass over it,
But it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a fool,
Shall not go astray.
9 No lion shall be there,
Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it;
It shall not be found there.
But the redeemed shall walk there,
10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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Isaiah 34:11-17 God cares for the wildlife

In the passage from Isaiah 34:11-17, we see a promise that the wildlife will be preserved even when the human race fails.
Within only four verses, the Lord mentioned five types of birds, four types of animals, and two other types of unnamed wildlife.
Birds: pelican, owl, raven, ostriches, hawks.
animals: porcupine, jackals, wild goat, arrow snake.
Others: wild beasts of the desert, night creature.
God provides the following for them:
Not one shall fail.
Not one shall lack her mate.
A habitation.
A place of rest.
Procreation and recreation.
Continuous survival despite the depleted and harsh environment.
How will this be possible for a whole bunch of helpless creatures in the desolate wilderness? Even the sophiscated well developed intelligent human world will fail?
The answer: God has spoken. The Holy Spirit will make it happen.
Key verse for success:
Isaiah 34:16 Search from the book of the Lord and read:
Not one of these shall fail;
Not one shall lack her mate.
For My mouth has commanded it,
and His Spirit has gathered them.
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BibleGateway
Isaiah 34:11-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it,
Also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it.
And He shall stretch out over it
The line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.
12 They shall call its nobles to the kingdom,
But none shall be there, and all its princes shall be nothing.
13 And thorns shall come up in its palaces,
Nettles and brambles in its fortresses;
It shall be a habitation of jackals,
A courtyard for ostriches.
14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the jackals,
And the wild goat shall bleat to its companion;
Also the night creature shall rest there,
And find for herself a place of rest.
15 There the arrow snake shall make her nest and lay eggs
And hatch, and gather them under her shadow;
There also shall the hawks be gathered,
Every one with her mate.
16 “Search from the book of the Lord, and read:
Not one of these shall fail;
Not one shall lack her mate.
For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.
17 He has cast the lot for them,
And His hand has divided it among them with a measuring line.
They shall possess it forever;
From generation to generation they shall dwell in it.”

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Isaiah 33: a land of no sickness

Daily the Lord sends forth His words and heals.
Isaiah chapter 33 ends with a perfect prophecy for God’s people.
A place of no sickness.
No oppressive military power.
No corrupted unjust civil and law administration.
No illegal territorial occupation.
No strives and violence.
No lack and poverty.
Key success factor : 33:22 “For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver,  the Lord is our King. He will save us.”
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BibleGateway
Isaiah 33:20-24New Living Translation (NLT)

20 Instead, you will see Zion as a place of holy festivals.
    You will see Jerusalem, a city quiet and secure.
It will be like a tent whose ropes are taut
    and whose stakes are firmly fixed.
21 The Lord will be our Mighty One.
    He will be like a wide river of protection
that no enemy can cross,
    that no enemy ship can sail upon.
22 For the Lord is our judge,
    our lawgiver, and our king.
    He will care for us and save us.
23 The enemies’ sails hang loose
    on broken masts with useless tackle.
Their treasure will be divided by the people of God.
    Even the lame will take their share!
24 The people of Israel will no longer say,
    “We are sick and helpless,”
    for the Lord will forgive their sins.
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