Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Isaiah 54-58: Incline Your Ear...Receive a Revived Soul

Isaiah 55:3

Amplified Bible (AMP)
Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.

Listen for God's direction in life.  Believe that He has the best for you when He directs you.  Maybe you're tired, tired of the wind, the waves, the circumstances seemingly set against you.  Yet, the promise given by the One Who cannot lie, by One Who is Truth is a revived soul.

What does a revived soul look like, feel like?  

Resuscitate our thoughts, Lord. 
The thoughts we think really matter.  Thoughts directly influence our emotions and behavior follows.  Resuscitated thoughts are life thoughts.  Abba counsels us to think on things true, pure and just.  Grab a hold of lovely thoughts, which are kind and childlike, warm and sympathetic.  Set your mind on excellence and moral courage.  Fix, stay with and meditate on things worthy of praise.  (adapted from Philippians 4:8)

Invigorate our will.  
We cannot submit our will, the choices we make to You, without Your Spirit strengthening us.  The old nature died when we accepted the new life imparted by Jesus.  Yet, the evil one whispers..."God did not really say..."  "He would never ask you to..."  "Hide, shrink back, you are alone."  With Your grace, our deliberate choices will obey You.

Impart new health to our emotions. 
The mental state stirred by the circumstances surrounding us.  The environment is the trigger at times, but those things on which we meditate can also induce certain mental states. Emotions or feelings have great power or influence over our physical bodies.  Unchecked anger can raise our blood pressure.  Sadness not given over to the Lord can result in depression.  Emotions are a great gift from Abba, but they must be utilized properly in order to maintain bodily health and healthy emotions are moderated by His Spirit.  
Bath us in Your Spirit, we want to live again.  Cause us to submit to Your will, understanding that Your thoughts and Your ways are higher.  We receive the same everlasting covenant that You promised David, the man who was after Your heart.  In Jesus name, AMEN!
I want to be known by You as one who runs after Your heart.  Allow my soul to be revived as You pour out Your Spirit into the deepest part of my being.  I want to be moved by You alone, to hear Your voice and obey always.  My family to a thousand generations will be drawn to You as I submit and consent to Your will.  Draw my heart to You, Lord.  I don't want our relationship to be mechanical.  Let what fuels my actions be the passion I have for You, Jesus.  LOVE is the highest gift.  All other things built upon love's foundation will never fail and will be known throughout eternity.  Teach me, Spirit, to love just like You.  In the great and awesome and beautiful name of Jesus, AMEN!

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