The Arm of the Lord

Isaiah 53:1
Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

Our refers to the believing remnant of Israel. The arm of the Lord is the power of God in action.

Isaiah 40:10
Behold, the Lord God comes with might, and His arm rules for Him, behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.

The glorious Lord comes to His people as a conquering king, a generous benefactor.

Isaiah 51:9
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in days of old, the generation of long ago. Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the dragon?

The discouraged people of God think of Him as asleep. Appealing to God by bringing His past actions back to remembrance. The helpless people are wondering if God is as active as He once was. Rahab is Egypt-the ancient oppressor nation is perceived as a monster of mythic evil, slain by the power of God.

Isaiah 62:8
The Lord has sworn by His right hand and His mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink your wine for which you have labored.

God disciplined His ancient people according to the curses of the old covenant but there He swears to display His glory through His merciful restoration to satisfy His people.

Who can stop God? Who can stop His mighty hand from stretching out and willing His purpose upon earth? No one can.

There are many that do not believe in God. I too once felt that way. I did not believe because of all the bad that was happening in my life. I will not forget the day that He showed me He is real! I was a Paratrooper in the Army. I jumped out of airplanes, parachuted. I had jumped from planes and had always had a great time doing it. I loved it. I was transferred to Vicenza Italy and not long after getting there, I had my first jump at my new duty station. The jump was a Black hawk jump. Everyone in my unit was telling me how much better a Black hawk jump was than an airplane jump. I had never jumped from a Black hawk. They told me that it would be like jumping on a bed, the landing was that much smoother than that of an airplane. I was looking forward to the jump. Not long, maybe a month or so, before the jump, I had actually determined and confessed with my mouth that God was not real. He showed me a thing or two. I got on that Black hawk. I did everything just like you are supposed to do it. I made all the right moves and had all the right gear. As I jumped, all went well. I exited the aircraft and counted to four, my main opened wide! Then I started picking up a little speed. I pulled my risers but I only sped up more. No matter which direction I pulled in, I only sped up. I panicked. The ground was approaching quickly. I kept pulling and pulling but would not slow down. I started praying! God found a way to show me that He is real and that I would confess it with my tongue and I did. When I hit the ground, a team came over to me, they all thought I was dead and were amazed to see that I was alive. I walked away from that with only a broken leg. I could have died that day but God stretched out His arm and softened the fall.

Quite a few years later, I was asking God if He had really called me to preach the Gospel. I had felt the calling on my life since I was a young boy. I did not want to accept it. I doubted and questioned. Long before I decided to listen to God and to do what He called me to do, He showed me a sign. I was out in a field one day, it was a nice sunny day. There were not many clouds in the sky, just a few scattered here and there. I had been asking God for quite some time if He really wanted me to preach. I, being a selfish and wicked, fleshly being, I asked for a sign. On this particular day, I was out in a field walking. Something told me to look into the sky. As I did, I saw the shape of an arm. It was from the shoulder to the fingertips. I could plainly see the bicep, tricep, forearm and each of the five fingers. It was there for maybe 10 seconds and then it turned back into a regular cloud. I know, to some of you, this sounds crazy. As sure as I am sitting here typing this blog, it happened. Although God revealed His arm to me, it took me about six more years to finally listen to Him. I tell you these things to try to keep you from having to go through the pain and suffering that I went through by not believing and not obeying.

God is great folks. He is very real. I hope that you don't have to be shown in the same way I did. I hope that you will realize that He is real through my testimony. Every time I have called on Him, He has been there. He has kept me from the darkness. He has kept my feet on a lighted path. He has provided for me and my family when we could not see how we were going to make it. God will put you in a position where you can see that He is real and is in control.

There is coming a time when God's arm will stretch out and His wrath will be poured out over the earth. Man's sin will be punished. The time is coming fast. Will you be ready? Jesus is coming back and He will judge the world. It may be hard for the human mind to conceive all of these things and all of the ideas that the Bible teaches. If it is not true and you obey it, what have you lost? If it is true and you reject it, you will spend eternity in hell. Are you willing that take that risk? Repent for the end is near!

Father I pray that you will open the eyes of those that do not believe you exist. God my heart cries out for them for they have not had a chance to make a choice between life and death. Lord please bring them in and give them the chance to hear the truth and make a choice whether or not to believe it. Father I pray for all the lost. I pray that they will find light and peace in you. Father I pray that you will sweep down upon the earth with your mighty arm and bring a revival of the Gospel. I ask these things in Jesus name. Amen.


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