Saturday, July 4, 2015

Isaiah 40:3-5

Isaiah 40:3-5 (ESV)

A voice cries:  
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

IN THE WILDERNESS  (a place that is  dry, hot and uncomfortable)  This is where I begin:

1.   To prepare a place.   
           This is something I do, while I am yet in the wilderness.  I 
           get a place ready in the wilderness.  
                                                          For who?

                                                  FOR THE LORD 

                    Not a place for my comfort and ease but a place to grow and
                    room to minister for my LORD.

2.   To make a straight highway
                                         Not  TO  God but FOR  God
           I need to  search out those paths in my life that cause me to  walk
           a crooked  way.    How do I  lose the straight pathway?    In 
                    a)  The valleys of human ideas and wisdom.
                    b)  Personal mountains of self-righteousness
                    c)  Uneven ground caused by my seeing sinful words and 
                          actions in my life as just "that's how I am, I can't help it."
                   d)  Rough places of boulders Satan places in my way to trip me 
 I need to face these areas personally bringing the light of God's truth to them.    To search them out and bring God's truth to each valley.  Only in confession and repentance can I begin to  make the pathway straight for HIM.   Only in my yielding to God fully - even in a desert - can this happen.  

I need to yield to him my "Independence" "Liberty" and "Rights". Only in this place can the glory of the LORD be revealed and enable those in my life to truly see HIM.

This can only be done by the empowering of the LORD, but  my will is a factor.