Isaiah 10 by Pastor Don Moore

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Isaiah 10 by Pastor Don Moore

We began by reading Isaiah 9:21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh; together they shall be against Judah. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.

Isaiah 10:1 Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed

Evil writes the prescription of evil in a decree that turns out evil. There is no vision of God, and the only end result with no vision of God is disaster.  Consider Haman – who decreed the death of the Jews and Mordecai – Haman and his sons died on the very gallows he had built to take Mordecai’s life, the Jews prospered and their enemies died.

Isaiah 10:2-4 To rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless. What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory? Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners, and they shall fall among the slain.”  For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.

Even though there is a mess, HIS HAND IS STRETCHED OUT STILL. God repeats this line several times in these passages and it is comforting to know that His hand is stretched out to us. This sentence is also found in Isaiah 9:12, 17, and 21.  As well as here in Isaiah 10:4.  When God repeats Himself He is serious about what He says.

Isaiah 10:5-7 Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. I will send him against an ungodly nation,  and against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, to seize the spoil, to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Yet he does not mean so, nor does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and cut off not a few nations.

In verse 7 it says that “nor does his heart think so.”  Don’t trust your feelings, they are not the facts of our faith. If you are led by your feelings you will be miserable. Your expectations are the cause of your sorrow, you can’t live by your expectations and hope. You need to live in the moment and accept whatever. Do not judge and don’t have a critical spirit. If you judge, you make things tougher – if you think to your self, “If they loved me they would….”  Or “If they were REALLY a Christian they would….” Christians are all at a different level of development and not all will act the way you think they should act.

2 Chronicles 30:18-19 For a multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good LORD provide atonement for everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.”

If we judge ourselves, and determine what we will do, God will deal accordingly.

The devil will use the same stuff against us until we beat it. Pastor Don shared about a drummer who came to a gathering, stood in the doorway but did not enter the room, turned and left.  When questioned about it later the drummer told Pastor Don that all his life he was teased and rejected, and he doesn’t enter situations like that because he knows that he will be teased and rejected.  This is in opposition to another person who came and held up his hands, entered the party, and said, “I am here!”  The drummer came expecting to be rejected, turned around and assumed that no one would want him at the gathering.

Pastor Don told us that we must do something about the inner child of the past.

Pastor Don acts as the statesman, but there is the Little Donnie Moore, who does not feel the need to light up the room with his pulpit personality. But as statesman if he is at a meeting and people are speaking in error, he has to speak up. Even though the Little Donnie Moore would rather sit quietly.

THE WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE HAS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED BY WHAT GOD WANTS ACCOMPLISHED. Speak up or shut up for the Kingdom’s sake.

Where is your heart? Get out of your head and where you were raised, and get into your heart and do the Kingdom work.

Heart stuff – The Church is the hospital for sinners, not the hotel for saints. Hezekiah was healed and went back to the heart issue. He made a mistake and showed all the gold and silver of the Kingdom, and because of that error, the wealth of the Temple was removed from Israel.

Isaiah 10:7-9 Yet he does not mean so, nor does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and cut off not a few nations. For he says, ‘Are not my princes altogether kings? Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?’

God is comparing nations in Assyria to places in Canaan land.

Isaiah 10:10-12 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria, as I have done to Samaria and her idols, shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?’”  Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.”

The vessel that God will use to punish the people will rise up in arrogance and pride. God will punish those who punish Israel. Nebuchadnezzar brags one day, “Look how great I am.” God caused insanity to come to him and caused him to eat grass and live like a wild man for seven years until he came to his senses. God is just, and God is in control.

America is making that same mistake, of not giving God the glory, and demise is upon us.

Daniel 4:37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down.

Isaiah 10:13 For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I am prudent; also I have removed the boundaries of the people, and have robbed their treasuries; so I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man.

They say this, but this is not God’s truth.

Isaiah 10:14 My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people, and as one gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth; and there was no one who moved his wing, nor opened his mouth with even a peep.”

This is what the antichrist will rise up and say.

Isaiah 10:15 Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!

Tools are controlled by the Master, they do not operate on their own. Pastor Don told us that the rod was a piece of wood 1×3 inches, and when a person was beaten by the rods, the rod was designed to crush and break bones.

Isaiah 10:16 Therefore the Lord, the Lord of hosts, will send leanness among his fat ones; and under his glory He will kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.

When God does kindle a fire or send leanness, often it is done over a period of time and the people don’t notice it because it is so spread out. Right now in our country we are getting unusual weather patterns. At the time of this study there was six feet of snow in Denver, flooding in Kansas and Arkansas. Our government is right now using “global warming” and other things to try and gain control the population from birth to death. They have formulated a plan and it is like a spider web, leading to a one world government. The United States is the last major piece that has to be put under subjection. Most of America is already owned by foreign companies. We already have 1/4 million foreign soldiers on our land and they have not pledged their allegiance to the United States, they are at the specified moment to rise up and be given orders by the United Nations.  Any President that fought this tendency to give to the Federal Reserve the power, has been assassinated. The Federal Reserve is not controlled by the United States and they too are pushing for a one world government – it is even boldly shown on our dollar bills.  If you do not believe this, wait and see. The noose is already around our necks.

Isaiah 10:17-21 So the Light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; it will burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day. (18) And it will consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field, both soul and body; and they will be as when a sick man wastes away. (19) Then the rest of the trees of his forest will be so few in number that a child may write them. (20) And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. (21) The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God.

The will of man over the earth will be broken when God brings justice. God established a covenant 6,000 years. This covenant was broken by man, but God was longsuffering. God set His Word above Himself, but it was for a set period of time. 6,000 years man was sovereign, and what man did God did not always approve. Yet, when God brings justice, He always preserves a remnant.

Pastor Don explained that one day he cut down an oak tree in his back yard. The olive and the oak trees have a similar property. Unless you totally remove the stump, there will be many little trees that sprout up from the stump that is cut down.

In verse 17 when God talks about the light of Israel will be for a fire, he is speaking of the Holy Spirit who gives light and is His Holy one for a flame. Israel is walking in darkness but it is becoming light. When God breaks out in Revival it will be like nothing we have seen in these last days. Revival is a sovereign move of God. The Hand of God begins to minister. God sovereignly appears to the people and He’s not going to revive the dead Church of America. God wants the Church to prepare so that when the flood comes we will all know how to lead people to Jesus, speak prophetic Words over them and bring healing.

In Verse 17-18 The Glory of God will not shine unless it is God who receives credit for the Glory. That is what happened to the Lakeland Revival, God shown forth brilliantly, but then man began to take the glory. Greenpeace won’t take God’s glory. Whatever we look to instead of to God, will not last. It will become wood, hay, and stubble.

Isaiah 10:21-23 The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty God. For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them will return; the destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord GOD of hosts will make a determined end in the midst of all the land.

God sets a determined end, a time when God says THAT’S ENOUGH. This is not something most pastors want to preach. But the truth is that just because God tarries doesn’t mean that He never will act.

Pastor Don suggested praying verse 23, but only if you MEAN it.  That is to pray that the Lord GOD of hosts will make a determined end in your situation.  This comes at a point where you say, “That’s enough!” But it must be said with a spirit of faith. Because you say so mentally or emotionally does not mean that you have arrived at the point of ENOUGH. You need to get to the point of that’s ENOUGH – Faith.

But when you pray this prayer you have to be prepared for God to stop it ANY WAY HE CHOOSES. You cannot put conditions and strings on God regarding the situation. We have to be willing to accept whatever it takes. This “that’s enough” comes up from the Spirit man, and we hear it in our head and say, “Ok, no strings attached.” Until you turn your situation loose, God is not going to change it. God will stop the situation and you will see that our resources that permit the situation will close down, demonic activity will stop, and you will have those fleshly issues stopped. God will uproot everything, not leaving even a stump. We need to be willing to lose everything for God’s purpose.

Pastor Don, in speaking about illness, said that oftentimes we won’t stop our negative behavior until the doctor tells us to, and by then it can be too late to avert the situation, and then we need a miracle. If you don’t have enough faith to stop BEFORE irreparable damage, how can we work up the faith for a miracle?

If we declare a determined end. God can preserve a REMNANT and use it for His glory. This doesn’t mean that we have the faith to remove the damage, but we can declare a determined end. What organ in your body is above the sovereign will of God?  None. We need the faith to call a determined end and walk it out. Then pray for restoration.

Praying your day is blessed!!!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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