The Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord grants favor and honor. He does not hold back any blessing from those who live innocently.
Dear friend, you are showing your faith in whatever you do for other believers, especially when they’re your guests.
This is the kind of fasting I have chosen: Loosen the chains of wickedness, untie the straps of the yoke, let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke.
Share your food with the hungry, take the poor and homeless into your house, and cover them with clothes when you see ⌊them⌋ naked. Don’t refuse to help your relatives.
Then your light will break through like the dawn, and you will heal quickly. Your righteousness will go ahead of you, and the glory of the Lord will guard you from behind.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer. You will cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am!” Get rid of that yoke. Don’t point your finger and say wicked things.
If you give some of your own food to ⌊feed⌋ those who are hungry and to satisfy ⌊the needs of⌋ those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun.
The Lord will continually guide you and satisfy you even in sun-baked places. He will strengthen your bones. You will become like a watered garden and like a spring whose water does not stop flowing.
You can carry the weight of this world on your shoulders, or you can start over.
Is there anything worse than living in isolation?
Humans are social creatures.
Healthy social relationships are essential to a joy filled life.
The enemy of our souls knows this.
Think about the temptation of Jesus.
After being baptised in the Jordan River by John the Baptist and hearing the Father declare that He was His beloved Son in whom He was well pleased, the Spirit led Jesus out into the desert.
He didn’t eat for 40 days and 40 nights.
Then, when He was isolated, alone, hungry, weak and tired the devil came to tempt Him.
If there was ever a moment that He might crack, apart from the Garden of Gethsemane, this was it.
But for every temptation the devil tried to snare Jesus with, He rebuked the enemy with Scripture.
It is written.
It pays to know Scripture.
That way when temptation comes your way, you can stand on the truth and resist.
Often we memorize Scripture passages so that we can encourage ourselves and others.
What if we all memorized Isaiah 58 and practiced fasting in a way that pleased the Lord?
What would happen if we actually did what Scripture tells us to do?
I don’t want to have mediocre faith.
I don’t want to live a watered down life.
I desire the pure word of God like babies desire milk.
The Lord is with the righteous.
He opposes the proud and arrogant.
His favor rests upon the humble.
I’m a humble man living in humble circumstances.
I don’t have much.
But whatever I do have, I share with others.
Who knew a sparsely furnished one bedroom apartment could become a place of safe harbor for some believers with no place to lay their head?
I’ve been homeless before.
I know how hard it is.
I have compassion because I am familiar with suffering.
When my brother in the Lord called me needing a place to sleep, I didn’t even hesitate to think about it.
Of course, my floor is available.
I had no idea what a blessing it would be for me.
Now, we can have nightly prayer sessions and fellowship.
We can dig into the Word and share what the Lord has been doing in our lives.
I’m refreshed spiritually as he gets to be refreshed in the natural.
God’s in the miracle working business.
More often than not, He works those miracles through believers.
Our God is the Lord of Hosts.
We are hosts.
We host the Holy Spirit in these temples made of flesh.
Lord, be my guest.
Have Your way with me.
It’s a blessing to be a blessing.
And think about this.
These acts of kindness and mercy will never be forgotten.
I’ve had numerous people help me free of charge in my walk of faith.
I wouldn’t be here today without the blessings of others.
No man is an island.
We cannot exist in isolation.
Give and it will be given unto you.
Great things are happening.
The Spirit of the Lord is on the move.
When we quit worrying about ourselves and instead care for others, somehow all our needs get met.
And that’s Scriptural, too.
Don’t worry about what you’ll eat or drink or wear.
Your Father knows you have need of them.
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness and all these things will be given unto you.
It is written.
And I’m living proof that it works.
Trust and obey.
The Lord does not withhold any blessing from those who live innocently.
Won’t you join me in doing the Lord’s work?
What is that work?
Loving others as ourselves.
It’s not complicated.
Only our selfish desires complicate it.
To die to self is to live for Christ.
He gave His life so that we all might inherit eternal life.
Can we not give of ourselves so that others can simply make it through the day?
All praise and glory and honor belong to the Lord our God.
I’m not doing anything special.
I’m just a worthless servant doing what I was told.
Do I deserve any praise for obeying the commandments?
Of course not.
I’m just following Jesus.
He is the One who deserves all our praise.
May your love and encouragement help others see brighter days.
May the love of Christ so overwhelm you that nothing can steal your peace and your joy.
Until He comes back or we go home, be blessed in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Loving Memory of Bill Rexford, a gentleman and a saint.