Listen up! A message from the Lord at the beginning of 2020…

Listen Up!Often just letting God’s word speak for itself is the best course of action! I read these words during my time of “coffee with the Lord” and felt they were appropriate at the beginning of this new year as we face the challenges it brings (they’re from Isaiah 8, as God’s people faced a threatening Assyrian invasion) …

The Lord’s message to the enemies of God’s people…

“Huddle together, you nations – listen, all you distant lands! Prepare for battle, but you will be crushed! Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless! Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed!”

Why?…

“Immanuel! – For God is with us!”

Then Lord’s message to His own people…

“Don’t think like everyone else does! Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them! Make the Lord of heaven’s armies holy in your life! He is the One you should fear [or reverence]!”

God’s word must have priority for God’s people!

“Preserve the teaching of God! Entrust His instructions to those who follow Him! Wait for the Lord! Put your hope in Him! … Someone may say to you, ‘Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings they will tell us what to do.’ But shouldn’t God’s people ask God for guidance? … Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict His word are completely in the dark!” (adapted from Isaiah 8 – the New Living Translation)

Let me tell you, as I move into 2020 and the challenges it brings, that is going to be my strategy! I purpose to listen and heed what God’s word says – not what “the Enemy” says! How about you?

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