Isaiah

Everything you Need to Know to Run the Race

In the midst of the weary, long race of faith, we can become exhausted. In this short video, Frank reminds us to keep our eyes on Jesus because He has promised that His strength will never fail. You can finish the race!

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Everything you Need to Know to Run the Race

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We don't run this race in our own strength. The verses in Isaiah chapter 40 are ones we’ve heard so many times before. “Young men grow weary, even the vigorous young men grow tired and stumble, but those who will wait on the Lord,” and that word “wait” in Hebrew is “abide,” so it’s saying those who “braid” with Him. And it goes on to tell us that they shall what? Renew their strength? No, the Hebrew word “renew” means “exchange;” they will exchange their strength.

In the midst of that weary, long race of faith, if you keep your eyes on Him, and abide with Him, even though your strength becomes exhausted, He has promised that His never will. And because we run this race in His strength, you can mount up with wings like eagles and run and not grow weary. You CAN finish the race.

In verse 12, it says, “Lay hold of that eternal life to which you were called.” In other words, you already have eternal life, now lay hold of it! Lay hold of Him and the abundant life that He's brought to you.” I would put it this way, as you live in a natural world, make sure you lay hold of the supernatural life that is within you, waiting to be released through you.

This is a very important issue, my friends because though we strive, we must remember that our striving is not against each other. We strive WITH each other. We're not competing against one another, we're all in the same race to lay hold of the same prize. We compete with each other against all that comes against us, and if something comes against another person, we’re ready to step into their lives and assist them in that which has come against them. Likewise, when something comes against me, you stand ready to step in with me and help me to run that race.

Beloved, we must never forget that we're not competing against each other, we're competing against this world, and the false teachers, the enemy, and sin in the flesh. That's why I love the quote, “Keep your faith with a trowel in one hand for building others, and a sword in the other for battling.”


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Exchanging Our Strength

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I have found over the years, that so many people have been comforted by the words of Isaiah 40. There we are told that, "young men stumble and fall" and that even "the vigorous young men grow weary and stumble." BUT – "those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, mounting up with wings like eagles, to run and not grow weary!" That is glorious, but it is even more glorious than it sounds. Let’s dig deep into some of the individual words and watch this glory be magnified.

"Young men stumble and fall," that is true for all of us. I take this to be a reference to the average guy. We live in a tough world and for most of us, our strength is very often, not up to the demands of life. There are, however, living among us, the elite ones; the strong and the mighty who seemingly have the fortitude of personal resources that enables them to conquer this world we live in. Uh-oh, this text tells us that they too grow weary and stumble.

This world can stand ominously against us with the demands that it places on our lives, and when even the strong and mighty are not up to the task, we could easily find ourselves overwhelmed and frustrated. Fortunately, we find one of the great words of the Bible intervening in our desperate situation… "BUT!"

"But those who wait upon the Lord." Now, if we take an honest look at that phrase, it is really not all that encouraging. We are stumbling and falling, so we need to “WAIT”… WHAT?! For how long must we wait? When will the Lord show up? Will He show up? It is an encouraging phrase, but not encouraging enough! Wonderfully, that word does not mean “wait” at all. It really means “to braid.” Think of a girl braiding her hair, intertwining, placing individual hairs into “one” – DO YOU SEE THE GLORY? It is not calling us to "wait" for God to show up, but in the moment to recognize our “oneness” with Him. It is really the Old Testament word for abiding. So as we are growing weary, and as we are stumbling, as we are in great need, in that very moment we can recognize our “oneness” with God, and “renew” our strength.

That is so awesome, but it gets even better!

The Hebrew word for “renew,” can actually be translated “exchange”. So, as we recognize our “oneness” with God, we can go way beyond having our strength "renewed," we can "exchange" our strength, for the strength of God. That is the reason we will be able to mount up with wings like eagles and run and not go weary because through faith we can experience the very life of God being lived out and expressed through our lives.

My prayer is that if these verses comforted you before, they will now comfort you more than ever as you realize how much God wants to offer Himself to you, and for you, as you walk in faith with Him in this dark and desperate world.

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There is No One So Broken...

There is no one so broken that He cannot redeem them.

There is no one so broken that He cannot redeem them.

Absolutely awesome is our Father’s Love letter to us. I am pondering today Isaiah 42. “A bruised reed, He will not break. A dimly burning wick, He will not extinguish.” Do you hear the language of man here?

When a man is making a flute from a reed, he must take great care in not bruising the reed, for if it is bruised in any way, it will not play the beautiful music for which he is creating it. There is nothing left to do but throw it away and start again with another reed.

When a man seeks to light his room in the dark of night, if he finds a dimly burning wick, a wick that has burned down and lost its capacity for flame, there is nothing left to do but snuff it out with his fingers and find another new and better wick.

So it is with man and this fallen world we live in. When a man or a woman has fallen on hard times and their soul is crushed and their hopes are dashed, the world finds very little time and certainly very little use for such people. Nothing much left to do but cast them off and find another with greater potential. Sadly, such is the language of man.

I hope you hear here in this passage though, the language of God! He does not break and cast off the broken reed, and He does not extinguish the wick that is burning so very dimly. Oh no!

There is no one so broken that He cannot redeem them.

LISTEN! I do not care who you are! I do not care what you have done! I do not care how many times you have done it! I do not care who you did it with! I do not care if you are doing “IT” right now! Hear the words of the God Who longs to be a Father to you if you would only let Him. Come to Him! He will NOT cast you out! In fact, He will transform your life with His own LIFE in you so fully and completely that your light will once again shine brightly and your life will play a beautiful song of His love, grace and mercy.

Remember John 1:11: He who believes in Jesus has the AUTHORITY to be called a child of God! Do you realize what that is saying?

If you are a male child of God, that makes you a son of God… a son of the King! What do you call the son of a King? You call him a prince! 
If you are a female child of God, that makes you a daughter of God… a daughter of the King! What do you call the daughter of a King? You call her a princess!

Now that is some kind of Redemption! That is our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is worthy of our praise!

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Father, No! Don't Say That!

When Les-Leigh was a little girl, there was an occasion where I had to tell her that what I had done to her, was wrong. She put her little hands over her ears and screamed, "NO! Daddy, don't say that!" She could not handle the fact that her dad was wrong, and not perfect in her eyes. (she knows better now of course)

I share that with you because there are times when my Father speaks in His Word and I want to put my hands over my ears and scream, "No! Father, don't say that!". Like in Isaiah 43:4, when in telling us how much he cares for us, He says, "I will give men's lives for you."

Did you hear that? God says He loves us so much, that He in His care for us, will take other men's lives for our well being. That makes me want to put my hands over my ears and scream, "No! Father don't say that!"

At the same time it makes me marvel that He loves us, His kids, that much... Wow!!!