Isaiah 11:16-12:6 “And there will be a highway from Assyria for the remnant of His people who will be left, just as there was for Israel in the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt. Then you will say on that day, I will give thanks to You, O Lord; for although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song. And He has become my salvation. Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted. Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
You know we enjoy cooking and eating at our house. As a matter of fact, Grace House is known for the amazing pies that my husband David bakes from scratch in what seems to me, a diabetic who doesn’t eat sweets, to be baked way too often. But I will say on those pies I do taste on occasion, they seem to always be better, more tasty, the day after baking, just as most food does, when it sits longer for the flavors to have time to marry and be enhanced over time rather than being thrown together just before eating. Left-overs are more enjoyable to the pallet and really when you think about it, it appears that being a left-over with God is more enjoyable too.
Over the last couple of years the Lord has been spotlighting the word “remnant” to me in scripture passages as well as many other non-Biblical places I see or hear that word. Something, or rather Someone – The Holy Spirit within me, quickens me to take note, pay attention, and of course, He being my Teacher of all things, has to me to dig deeper into this Word He is giving me.
In my morning’s Bible meditation today, once again the Word remnant jumped out at me from Isaiah 11:16. I saw the most beautiful promise for God’s remnant, those of us who will remain by the Grace of God, who will overcome as Revelations 12:11 tells us, because of the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and we do not love our life even when faced with death; those of us who will remain even when others around us fall away, give up on God or are destroyed by their lack of vision, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes or pride of life. My God says that for His remnant, He will prepare a highway, a clear road to travel, a way of escape that we only need to step out in faith and take, from Assyria, which represents bondage, slavery, captivity and sure death, to freedom, salvation, abundant life in Christ, our promised land, just as He did for His people when He parted the Red Sea and led them to their promised land. And we don’t have to take 40 years to make an 11 day journey with the Lord like they did if we stay focused on Him, but of course with us being human as they were, we get to sight-seeing taking our focus off Him, or complaining as they did, that things we knew in captivity were better than the unknown of walking daily with Him so like them, we often make some bumps & ruts in our God-given Highway, slipping and tripping into muddy pot holes or ditches sometimes, so we have to circle the mountain a few times ourselves until we get back right with Him again.
Revelations 12:11 “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”
That’s a problem for most Christians today and why they are not overcoming the enemy of our souls and the situations and circumstances, trials and tribulations, afflictions we face in this fallen earth; its because we just want to claim the first two parts of that verse and question God why we aren’t able to overcome. He tells us in the last part that we have to stop loving “our” life and start dying to self. We were never meant to look like or act like the world ya’ll. We are to be a set apart people for a set apart purpose – Kingdom people with Kingdom purpose, God’s peculiar treasure. Stop trying to fit in and start standing out as one who stands up for Jesus and lives according to His Word regardless of what the rest of the folks around you are doing. Then you will overcome anything you face. There is power in the Name of Jesus so if you bear His Name, then you need to shine in it from your forehead as the first thing people see in you as one who moves forward, not hidden behind your backside while you lay up and rest on your laurels. Each day is a new day to seek and serve the Lord. We must Keep walking!
That Word “Remnant” is interesting to me. What I found in the Old Testament Hebrew expresses meaning from several words: Yeter, “that which is left over”; she’ar, “that which remains”; she’rit, “residue”; pelitah, “one who escapes”; sarid, “a survivor”; and, sherut, “one loosed from bonds”. In the New Testament remnant comes from the Greek words: kataleimma, leimma, and loipos where several activities of everyday life are associated with these words conveying the meaning that these “remnant or left-over” objects or people are being separated from a larger group by selection, assignment, consumption (such as eating food), or by destruction. Whatever is “left over” is the residue, or in the case of people, those who remain after an epidemic, famine, drought, or war.
As a survivor of child molestation, teen pregnancy & abortion, addiction, grief, death of a child, divorce, sin sickness & living in destruction of all kinds, some by my own doing and some at the hands of other’s sin, but by the Grace of God today I am forgiven and have forgiven others; washed by the blood of Jesus and adorned in His love, His righteousness, I am one who has escaped and you can too. I have escaped from bondage to freedom; escaped death, hell and the grave because I have absolute faith that Jesus took back the keys to those things for me when He died on the cross and resurrected from the grave. I am a member of God’s remnant. I was loosed from my bonds and have escaped in the way of the Lord where no tribulation can ever destroy my spirit, His Spirit within me, I am counted blessed in that great number. Hallejulah! Are you? You can be my dear friend, no matter where you have been, no matter where you are right this moment, you can give your heart and life to Jesus as I have, and be set free. Just confess your need to Him now and ask for His forgiveness, and turn from it to walk in the Highway that He has prepared already for you, the way that you should go from here. Let Him use your mess as your message, your test did not destroy you, it is your testimony. Walk in God’s grace from here, forgiven and free.
That thought of epidemic, famine, drought and war made me think of Revelations again and the multitude from the Tribulation, and again look at God’s beautiful promise for those who remain faithful to Him in the end.
Revelations 7:9-17 “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen. Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from? I said to him, My lord, you know. And he said to me, These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Isaiah 12:3 “Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.”
John 7:37-39 “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
Revelations 7:17 “for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Holy Spirit of God, You flow from within me rivers of living water. You give me deep abiding abundant life, grace that is sufficient to face and walk through all things, peace in place of fear, strength in place of my weaknesses, joy in place of sorrow, eternal life which springs forth from within my soul. You spread Your tabernacle over me and cause me to dwell in Your Presence. I will praise and serve you day and night in this vessel, Your temple until You shed me of it for my Heavenly clothing. I joyously draw water from You Holy Spirit, the springs of my salvation. Jesus, I thank You my Lord and Savior for dying for me that I can live for You. It is an honor and privilege to be Your child. You wipe away all my tears and fill my heart with joy. Bless You my God. May You be blessed this day and every day through the works of Your Hands, the hearts of Your remnant, Your children, Abba, those who know you, and those who are still to come to know you. Holy Spirit fall on the lost and hurting soul who is reading this now, prick their heart and let all the deception, the shame, the guilt, the blame, the bitterness and the pain flow out of it so that You may fill it with faith in Jesus, with Your Spirit God and they, like me can know you and live to love You and others in the love that only You in us can bring. It’s all about You. It all comes from You. You are my love and my life. I am so thankful that in Your Kingdom those who are last here will be first and those who are first will be last. I am so grateful to be one of your multitude of left-overs in Jesus Name. Amen
God loves you and I love you. Keep Walking!