The Lord Be With You Today!
“This is what the Lord says to His anointed,
to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
(God names a Persian King Cyrus some 200 years
before the man even comes on the scene
as the one He would use to deliver His people
from the captivity of the Babylonians.
The long-standing animosity between Iraq and Iran is rooted in history.
The message for us today is that
the Lord often foretells His plans and they always come to pass.
He uses people whom we would never expect to fulfill His purposes,
even people who are unbelievers, even people like you and me
who may feel inadequate and unprepared.)
to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:"
(Through Cyrus, a foreign king, God overcame the Babylonians.
He chose Cyrus, a man of the world
who did not even profess belief in God.
And He caused Cyrus to be victorious over the mighty Babylonian army.
If the Lord can use men who do not even walk with Him,
He wants us to know how much more He can use us
who are called by His Name.
He declares to us today that the "nations" facing us in our lives will be defeated,
such "nations" as financial hardship, sickness, relationship brokenness,
unconquered sin in our lives, wounds from our past,
that all such captivity will be subdued and stripped of its power,
that doors of opportunity and hope will be opened
that cannot be shut by either human or spiritual forces.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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