Ho! A Word From God

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Please stand in honor of the reading of God’s Word.

Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 55:1-3 (KJV) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Isaiah 55:6-7 (KJV) Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

God makes precious promises to His people, the ones He calls “the servants of the LORD”. Those who live to serve themselves are not so blessed. Those who live for themselves will at times be very happy, for God causes

His sun to shine on good and bad people alike, and He sends His rain to fall on the righteous and unrighteous alike (Matthew 5:45)

Asaph, one of the three Worship Leaders appointed by King David, wrote a song we call Psalm 73. In this song Asaph asked why do these ungodly people prosper in this world, and increase in riches, and yet to Asaph it seemed as if he who loved the Lord struggled while the wicked had SUCCESS. Asaph wondered about this. He said “I did not want to speak my doubts aloud lest I betray your people”. But in his heart he wondered how it was that the servant of God should struggle so, whereas the wicked seem to have such good lives. Asaph wondered until …

Psalms 73:17-18 (KJV) Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

The easy riches and easy life without God NOW is but an illusion. The person without God and without Christ is not blessed, but cursed. They may have money, they may have popularity, they may have rich health, but in time – which is all so fleeting – they have nothing. When Asaph came into the Sanctuary of God and His Spirit began to speak to his heart Asaph cried out:

Psalms 73:22-27 (KJV) So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

Though there may be times when the ungodly seem to have the best life, that will not last. There will come a day when the ungodly go through the VALLEY. When in the VALLEY and the darkness comes, to whom shall they turn? When DEATH knocks on the door of their soul to whom shall they cling? When attacks come from those around them (and they will come) who shall defend them? If you belong to the Lord He “guides me with His counsel, and afterwards receives me to glory”. The heritage of the servants of the LORD, the Eternal and Great I AM is that

Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.

This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

God’s people are protected from the weapons of the wicked.
God’s people are protected from the TONGUES of the wicked.
God’s people receive IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS from the Almighty.

We Are God’s People Because We Are Satisfied In Christ

The Lord speaks of the protection of His Servants in chapter 54. In chapter 55 He tells us WHO are HIS PEOPLE? His people are those who are THIRSTY.

Isaiah 55:1 (KJV) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

We see first of all that God’s people are those who ARE THIRSTY. They had tried the things of this life and found them unsatisfactory. They tried things, power, sex, or fame for satisfaction. Yet all that they tried brought thirst. It didn’t satisfy.

God calls a THIRSTY people to Himself.
If you are satisfied with the godless life
You will not seek God.

If you are satisfied with yourself as God and accountability only to yourself, or to the cry of the age:

It’s MY body and I’ll do what I want to”

If this is what you are satisfied with, then you will not hear God’s call. God calls to the thirsty. He calls to the hungry. He calls to the unsatisfied. God made us in His image and in His likeness. Because of that we are not happy until we come to Him. We are thirsty until we find our fulfillment in Him.

Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well one day. He said “Give Me something to drink”. The Samaritan woman was intrigued. The Jews and the Samaritans had nothing to do with one another. The Jews considered the Samaritans to be half breeds, children of their enemy. So the Samaritan woman asked Jesus “How is it that you – a Jew – ask me a Samaritan for water?”. Jesus told her “If you knew who I am you would ask Me for water. The water you give will only satisfy for a little bit. But the water I give will satisfy … you will never thirst again.” The woman told Jesus “Give me this water. I want this water that lasts forever so I don’t have to comer to this well anymore”. Jesus told her, “Go, call your husband, and then come back to see Me”. The woman said “I have no husband”, and Jesus replied “It’s true you have no husband. You’ve had five husbands and the man you’re with now is not your husband.” You see, this woman was like so many others. She was seeking happiness and satisfaction in life without God. She was frantically searching for something to please her, but never finding it. She went to Church. She had a home she went to. She had a man she cared for. Yet her life was empty. Why? Because life is empty without the Lord in it. Jesus told this woman:

John 4:22-24 (KJV) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

True worship is of the Jews. Christ our Messiah came out of Israel. He is the One that the Father sent to satisfy our thirst. We are to come thirsty to Him. When we chase after the things of this world we are like this woman of Samaria. We think this will satisfy our thirst, or that will satisfy our thirst. But our thirst is only satisfied in Him, in God. When we come to Him and worship Him in Spirit and in truth heeding His Word and do all that He says we are satisfied, for God then is our Father, the Son our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit our guide.

God says to whoever will hear Him “Come to Me. I will satisfy your thirst. I will meet your needs”. He says:

Isaiah 55:1 (KJV) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

God calls those who come to His embrace to come and buy, but NOT WITH MONEY. The great truth of the Scripture, repeated all throughout the Bible is:

the just shall live by his faith.”
Habakkuk 2:4, KJV

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:
as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Romans 1:17, KJV

no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:
for, The just shall live by faith.”
Galatians 3:11, KJV

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back,
my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
Hebrews 10:38, KJV

The Lord says “if you’re thirsty, come to Me. Let your FAITH be in ME. I will satisfy your thirst. I will love you. If you come to Me I will give you the greatest thing in the world, something you cannot purchase with money. I WILL GIVE YOU ME.

Every year Israel would have the Feast of Booths or Tabernacles, a Feast to commemorate the time that God led them out of Egypt and gave them food, shelter, and clothing in the wilderness. On the last day of that Feast the Priests would go from the … (and here I refer to Ellicott’s Commentary) …

“… Temple to the pool of Siloam, where the priest filled a golden vase with water and carried it to the Temple amid the joyful cries of the people. He then poured it out on the western side of the altar of burnt-offering; while another priest poured a drink-offering of wine, at the same time, on the eastern side of the altar, and the people{would praise the Lord loudly}.

As soon as the people stopped shouting the Lord Jesus stood up and with audacity cried out:

John 7:37-39 (KJV) … Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

If you reject Christ for the world
Your companions Are the wandering lost.
If you RECEIVE Christ
You gain the Spirit of God
Your Eternal Companion.

When you receive Christ instead of the world you receive God’s Indwelling Spirit, the Spirit of Christ Who walks with you NOW and into ETERNITY.

When the LORD said “HO – LISTEN TO ME all who are thirsty. Come and drink!” He was in effect saying what Jesus said. God sent His Son to this world to make payment for our sins. Sin separates us from God. In Christ we are united to the Holy Family NOW and FOREVER.

Jesus came to pay for us, to cover our sins by His own body on the tree of Calvary. If we are thirsty – if anyone is thirsty – we come to Christ. When we come receiving Him as Lord and Savior then “out of our bellies flow rivers of living water”. This is a reference to the Holy Spirit that indwells every Child of God. We purchase this WITHOUT MONEY. We hear God’s HO! We comer to God’s Son. We believe He died for us. We receive Him as He is. The Apostle speaks of this great purchase of God in:

Galatians 3:11-14 (KJV) But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

When we hear God’s HO! we come to God’s Son. Receiving Him, He enters our life through the Blessed Holy Spirit. God is with His people all the time. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He loves us, and dwells with us.

God’s People Listen To, Honor, & Obey God

Isaiah 55:2 (KJV) Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

God asks His people “Why do you spend money for that which is not bread?” The world chases after things, trying to satisfy themselves with stuff. The stuff this world offers will not satisfy the soul. You may fill your bellies, but your soul will dry up and shrivel without the Lord. God calls out to all saying “Don’t spend your money for that which not satisfy. Walk away from stuff and come to Me. I will satisfy. I will bless. I will empower you by My Spirit. I will guide you by my Word.”

When Israel departed from following God they told the Prophet Samuel that “We want a King so we can be like the other nations”. So God allowed this. The Lord told Samuel to anoint Saul of the House of Benjamin to be king over Israel. When Samuel came to anoint Saul he did not want to be king. He said:

1 Samuel 9:21 (KJV) … Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

Saul felt himself unworthy of the call. He resisted the Word of God. On the day that he was to be anointed King the Bible tells us this interesting fact:

2 Samuel 10:21-22 (KJV) … when they sought {Saul}, he could not be found. 22 Therefore they enquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither. And the Lord answered, Behold he hath hid himself among the stuff.

Saul “Hid himself among the stuff”.
Are you hiding yourself among the stuff?

When God calls to salvation He calls whosoever will. But many are never saved. Why? Because they hide themselves among the stuff. God asks “Why do you purchase things that will not satisfy. Come to Me. I am better than the stuff you are hiding among”. God’s people should know that their blessings come only by knowing God, by learning of Him, by worshiping Him. There are many believers in our day also who, though saved, have no joy in their salvation. Why? Because they have blended God with stuff. They do not worship God, but stuff. They love stuff more than anything else. They love seeing their friends, or partying, or going to the gym or the store. Their satisfaction is not in God’s companionship, and many who profess Christ are no more blessed than the lost. What a sad thing this is!

We need the Lord. The lost need the Lord and His Word. The saved need the Lord and His Word.

Isaiah 55:3 (KJV) Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

God says “If you come to Me in faith YOUR SOUL SHALL LIVE.” There is no true life if life is without the Lord. There is no true happiness if Christ is not living and walking with you. The Lord promises an everlasting covenant with those who come to Him in faith. He says “as I blessed David with mercy, so shall I bless you”.

We are to come to Him, to the Person of Christ. We are to receive Him by faith. The Lord says:

Isaiah 55:6-7 (KJV) Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Some Of The “Stuff” That We Hide Ourselves Among Is Foolish Philosophies
And Vain Thoughts.

God has spoken in His Word. A person says:

I was born this way, and I want to stay this way”

Were you born that way? Sure you were. You were born a sinner, a fallen creature, lost from the Father of Lights. But the Father calls you to His Son. As many as receive Him, to them I give the power to become sons of God. You were born a sinner, a lost person. God calls us to salvation. He says “let the wicked forsake HIS way and go MY way”. He says “let the unrighteous person turn from HIS thoughts to MY thoughts”. This, I believe, is the problem with America today. We are focused on OUR thoughts, on what WE think is right and wrong, and not what GOD has said is right and wrong. The Lord says:

Isaiah 55:8-11 (KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

God’s Word has spoken on what is right and what is wrong. What we think is right is wrong in God’s Word, and His Word is always true. Therefore God calls us to His side. He says “Here is what I think” and we, if we are His Children, must agree with Him. He knows best.

While we do things OUR way we experience thirst, unhappiness, and misery. When we do things God’s Way then …

Isaiah 55:12 (KJV) For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

When we do things OUR way then what we do turns to thorns and thistles. It was when Adam rejected God’s Word and heard instead the serpent that thorns and thistles came into paradise. But when we honor the Lord He promises:

Isaiah 55:13 (KJV) Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

God wants to bless you. Will you come? There is blessing in hearing and heeding God. Will you be blessed?

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A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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