Posts Tagged ‘Intercession’

12
Sep

Isaiah 36,37

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What impresses you as you read My Word about the difference between the attitude and the challenge of the King of Assyria and his representatives and the attitude of My servant Hezekiah and his officials?  Was not the threat of the King of Assyria real and not empty?  Were not all of the reasons that the Rabshakeh gave to the three officials of Hezekiah valid; reasons that they knew were factual?  Was not the actual might of the Assyrians far greater than the power of the men of Judah to oppose?  Did not the appeal to submit to the Assyrians seem to be the most reasonable course to take?  Why then do you see the determined effort of the people of Jerusalem and King Hezekiah to resist?  Did not all that had happened and was happening indicate that this was a foolish and disastrous course to take?  But I want you to see from this portion the great contrast between what the Assyrians were depending upon and what Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem depended upon.  For you see that the Assyrians were trusting in their own power, which had been proven again and again against those whom they had conquered.  And their confidence in their own power led them not only to have assurance about their conquest of Jerusalem

, but to boast against and blaspheme My name.  In contrast you see the humility and the godly fear which was expressed by Hezekiah.  You see that he and his officials did not take lightly the threats of the Assyrians, but in the face of those threats they humbled themselves, they tore their garments and Hezekiah put on sackcloth and brought the letter of the King of Assyrian before Me.  Do you think that he did this only as a course of last resort?  I want you to recognize that his appeal to Me indicates that his trust in Me was not merely an act of desperation.  Consider that he first humbled himself and put on sackcloth and then he took the letter of the King of Assyria and spread it before Me in My House.  And then he sought My Word through My prophet.  Notice that he did not negotiate with the Assyrians, nor did he allow the men who were upon the wall of the city to respond to them.  And finally he believed the word that I gave to him that sealed his confidence in Me.  So you see that in all of his responses there is no indication of desperation, but rather humility and genuine faith.  And why am I bringing you to this portion at this time?  Have I not called you and appointed you to be intercessors for My city and My people?  And do you not see that those who threaten them are arrogant and have confidence in the arm of flesh and in false gods?  But do you see among the leaders of My people those who like Hezekiah walk in humility, in true faith, and in dependence upon Me?  Do you think that the heart of My people and their leaders need to be changed, or are they not much like those who threaten them in that they depend upon the arm of flesh and even worship false gods, though they are not like the idols of the Assyrians?  So then take to heart what you see here and consider your calling to pray.  And do you not think that if the hearts of My people were to turn away from their false dependency and turn whole-heartedly to Me that I would not act on their behalf as I did in the days of Hezekiah, and at other times when in like manner they turned back to Me? 

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4
Sep

Isaiah 62

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When you consider what you see and what you hear in these days about My city and My people, if you consider only what you can observe on a natural level, you can hardly sustain hope, much less faithfully continue to intercede on her behalf.  And yet have I not called you to do this very thing?  Are you not among the watchmen who are to take no rest until I make Jerusalem a praise in the earth?  What will you believe?  What will you keep in your hearts in order that you may fulfill My calling and My command, not only to be watchmen who will call out, but also preparers of the way.  Will you take these words not only of command, but of promise and of hope?  Will they be what determines your perspective?  Will they be what guides your heart?  I have given you these words today to refresh your vision and to encourage your hearts.  When you begin to be absorbed with what you see, what you feel, what you touch, it would cause you to despair.  Hold these words, hold unto them and be encouraged.

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4
Sep

Psalm 85

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You see what great expectation the Psalmist had even in the midst of dire and threatening circumstances.  You see that his hope was rooted firmly in Me.  Consider that he knows Me as Savior, that he is confident that I have showed favor to the land, restored the fortunes of Jacob, forgave iniquity, and covered the sins of My people, and set aside My wrath.  So that knowing Me in this way he can lift his petition for salvation and restoration.  And you see that he is eager to hear My Word, My Word which promises peace to My people.  But he is aware that I will not bless those who hold to foolish ways, and thus he warns that My salvation is for those who turn away from folly, for those who fear Me, and therefore he looks for the time of blessing to come, and he is confident that I will give good to My people.  Of what importance, of what practical importance are these words to you at this time?  When you consider the situation which now prevails, what is your hope?  Will you like the Psalmist consider who I am, what I have done, what I have promised, or will you succumb to the influence of the pressure that on a natural level seems so threatening and unpromising of real change?  Or will you instead embrace the perspective of the Psalmist and intercede before Me with resolute faith?  These indeed are the options before you.  But unlike the Psalmist, you have something more, much more to consider; for you cannot only consider the long record of My faithfulness and My mercy and forgiveness to My people.  You also have the record and the testimony of the life, the death, the resurrection, the ascension of My Son and of the promise of His return in glory.  And you know that in all of this I have given what is good and established the way of righteousness by which all who follow may be truly blessed.  So for you, these words are not rooted to the past out of which they were given, but as I said before, they are fulfilled even in this day and in the days yet to come.  Indeed rejoice, for My salvation is near to those who fear Me, and My glory will indeed dwell and be manifested, first in My land and among My people and then to the ends of the earth.  And the harvest that will spring forth will be that of love and faithfulness, righteousness and peace.  

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