"If you look for Me wholeheartedly,
you will find Me."

Jeremiah 29:13

Regardless of what any church leader, pastor, or anyone else says... your final authority should be:

"What does the Bible say?"


Paul taught that some things he was teaching are hard to understand, "which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." 2 Pet 3:16

The Apostle Paul also warned that in the last days, not every minister would be teaching the truth of God's Word.  "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths."  2 Tim 4:3-4

"I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments." Col 2:4

"The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;

the God of Israel is our fortress."


- Psalm 46:7


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June 24, 2022 


 with Krista Smith (5-Minutes)


Isaiah 8:1-11:16

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Know (Be Still)


...Here am I! Send me. ~Isaiah 6:8

So many crave their two seconds of fame, especially now since the advent of social media. Donald Trump was the 45th president of the United States. Can you even name half of the preceding 44? Do the names of former presidents Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, or Benjamin Harrison even sound familiar? How many of our current generals in our military can you name? How many academy award winning actors and actresses can you name? When will people finally realize that is not and has never been about us, but it is about God. Though we have free will, we are vessels. Those vessels who seek their own glory will one day be brought to shame, either on this side of eternity or the next. Those vessels who allow themselves to humbly be used in the service of God will be lifted up and rewarded. So, as we witness all of the chaos surrounding our politics, we see so many puffed up in their own self-importance. From the bloggers who focus on their number of viewers and likes to those in the media circus who are all jockeying for position to be noticed, to those surrounding the actual candidates. How about the self-importance of those who have taken to the streets in protest, raising their voices, recording one another on their i-phones? We are witnessing a world that has elevated itself and has forgotten God. But God is not biting His nails worrying about all of the chaos in the godless planet that He perfectly created. Though the players are filled with self-importance, God's will is moving forward according to His plan and His timeline. There are only really two sides: God's and everyone else not aligned with God.

Though we read about the most powerful man in the world at the time, the king of Assyria, his name is not even mentioned. We read in Isaiah 10:5-6, "Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath, I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey. And to tread them down like the mire of the streets." The king of Assyria was simply the instrument that God would use to render judgment on nations, including the nation of Israel. But rather than recognizing God's hand in this, he was puffed up, as we read in 10:11-12, "As I have done to Samaria and her idols, Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?" Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks." Contrast him to the Apostle Paul. He was used mightily by God to bring the message of grace and salvation through Jesus Christ to the Gentile world. Notice how he sees himself in Ephesians 3:1-2, "For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles - if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you." Paul further describes himself in 3:8, "To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,". But contrast this even further with Jesus Christ, Himself.


We read of Him, prophetically in Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Though He is indeed Lord of all as we read in Philippians 2:10-11, "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Yet despite who He is, we read of His humility in Philippians 2:6-8, "who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross."

This understanding is virtually impossible without a steady diet of God's Word. Unless we see ourselves in His light, we fail to really see ourselves at all. We are told in Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,". Jesus modeled what true humility and submission looks like. Paul effectively followed this example and did amazing things for the kingdom of God. The king of Assyria was used by God, but had to be brought down because in pride he exalted himself. As we bring this back to our current times, what causes are you passionate about? Is this cause for or against God and the principles He clearly outlined in His Word? For if you champion a cause that is against His Word, you might receive short-term notoriety, and might even be used by God, but you will be brought down and eventually forgotten. It is not about making it into any Who's Who book. It is about making it into the Book of Life. We all play a part in God's story. Unless we realize this, we will never understand the answer to those philosophical questions like, "Why am I here?" and "What is my purpose in life?"

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