Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Look Ahead with JOY

Isaiah 65:17-25 The Message
New Heavens and a New Earth
"Pay close attention now: I'm creating new heavens and a new earth. All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten. Look ahead with joy. Anticipate what I'm creating: I'll create Jerusalem as sheer joy, create My people as pure delight. I'll take joy in Jerusalem, take delight in My people: No more sounds of weeping in the city, no cries of anguish; No more babies dying in the cradle, or old people who don't enjoy a full lifetime; One-hundredth birthdays will be considered normal— anything less will seem like a cheat. They'll build houses and move in. They'll plant fields and eat what they grow. No more building a house that some outsider takes over, no more planting fields that some enemy confiscates, for My people will be as long-lived as trees, My chosen ones will have satisfaction in their work. They won't work and have nothing come of it, they won't have children snatched out from under them. For they themselves are plantings blessed by God, with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed. Before they call out, I'll answer. Before they've finished speaking, I'll have heard. Wolf and lamb will graze the same meadow, lion and ox eat straw from the same trough, but snakes—they'll get a diet of dirt!Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill anywhere on My Holy Mountain," says God. [emphasis added]
Oh - somebody needs this Word today!
Choosing JOY,
[JESUS - The One I Worship]


B His Girl said...

One sweet day. He is coming to pick us up. Thank you Jesus. B

Alleluiabelle said...

I just love the Message Bible. I have one too and the way it's written is so beautiful. What an uplifting in His Word here today! Oh what extreme joy and happiness to experience...Yes, I'm paying close attention and I'm waiting with great anticipation, excitement and joy in His coming.

I love this Stephanie. Thank you so much for this today. God created you with such a gentle kindness, love and sweetness that exudes "JOYFULLY" from you. I thank Him for you each and every day. You are a blessing to me and so many.

Love you,

LisaShaw said...

O BLESS THE LORD O MY SOUL! Stephanie thanks for sharing this powerful word and I liked it in this version as well. Bless you dear one. You're on my heart.

Pam said...

I can't wait Stephanie. This world is NOT our home! Praise God!!

Yolanda said...

Oh, the anticipation!!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I need this word!!!! Thank you.


Edie said...

Boy do I look forward to that day. Love you Stephanie!

cindy said...

I read this passage the day it was posted but reread it today and it left me crying.

Before they call I will answer.