Isaiah: Setting Things Right

THE UPGRADE

The surprise. Several years ago, my husband had a business conference in Florida that began on his birthday, so Katy and I went with him. We had reserved a room with two queen beds, but when we arrived at the hotel they told us the standard rooms were overbooked. The hotel gave us a free upgrade—all the way to the penthouse.

The room. The penthouse had floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the beach. The living room furnishings were lovely and inviting, like a home away from home. Dining chairs upholstered in turquoise fabric sat around a glass table that could accommodate six people comfortably. The kitchen was fully equipped. The bathrooms had TVs and telephones. Normally when the three of us ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

In 2015, God is still busy working. When we cooperate with Him, He works in the hearts, minds, and daily lives of His children to set things right.

What does “right” look like, according to the Bible study, Isaiah: Setting Things Right?

1. having a loving relationship with God
2. receiving forgiveness of sins
3. possessing a healthy soul with sound ways of thinking, feeling, and acting
4. displacing harmful thoughts, attitudes, words, and habits of life, with good ones
5. centering life on God
6. walking in God’s light (instruction, comfort, encouragement, etc.)
7. heeding Scripture’s warnings and therefore avoiding sin’s harm and loss ...

 

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God’s Enriching Work vs. Sin’s Damaging Work

God works today in the hearts and minds of His children to conform our whole way of thinking, feeling, and acting to be consistent with His love, His character, and His purposes for our lives. He is working to enrich the quality of our souls, our lives, and our influence.

Our choices and decisions help or hinder that process. Certain mindsets and practices are called “sin” in the Bible because they work against loving and respecting God and people. They oppose the good practices that build healthy and satisfying relationships. They waste our time and energy. They hinder healthy relationships, and ultimately they leave our hearts dissatisfied.

So God gives us ...

 

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Shine with Glory

I am really missing the sun. Every winter, I easily get the “gloomies.” I love to be outside, walking in the sunshine and listening to the birds sing. But in January, I am stuck inside, and my picture window reveals  gray clouds and straw-colored grass. But as I write this devotion, a smidge of sunlight is bursting through the clouds, as if to give hope. Thank You, God. There is always hope.

When we hear the evening news, watch our friends go through trials, or think about our own challenges, it’s easy to get the “gloomies.” Gray clouds dampen our joy and energy. But with God, there’s hope that the sun will shine again, that things can get better, and that we will have the grace to handle life’s challenges. It’s possible that our days can shine with glory because God is the One who is working in us and in our circumstances. When He works, miracles happen, and hearts are strengthened. Consider this quote from Beebe Kauffman’s book Isaiah: Setting Things Right.

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God at the Center: An Isaiah: Setting Things Right Excerpt

What is your life centered on? We center our lives around what we love. That’s why we need to be careful about what we love the most. If we’re centering our lives around the wrong thing or person, our lives can fall apart.

God is a good center of heart and life. If we love God first, what would life be like? Our lives would revolve around the one Person who makes things better, who satisfies our hearts (Psalm 107:9), and who gives us grace and strength to handle life’s problems. The One who plans good adventures and lasting memories, and who gives us an assignment to help others and the ability to carry it out. When we love God first, we concentrate our attention, zeal, strength, and affection on the One who loves us perfectly. We achieve the purpose for which He gave us life, and draw close to Someone whose fellowship and love satisfy our hearts. ...

 

 

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An Excerpt from ISAIAH: SETTING THINGS RIGHT

This Bible study, written by Beebe Kauffman (my mother), has helped me to better understand how God works in our lives on a daily basis. He is always working—guiding, transforming, equipping. I want to share with you a passage from Isaiah: Setting Things Right that I love. It describes the sanctification process and how God works in our lives.

What’s involved in God setting things right?

 

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

The Complete Picture

            It’s not difficult to take in the complete picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa. The portrait is only about thirty inches tall by eighteen inches wide.1 It was hanging behind bullet-proof glass when my family and I saw it in the Louvre in Paris. What’s difficult is figuring out the expression on her face. What did the artist have in mind? Was he hoping to intrigue us with ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

Love is Christ’s Driving Force

 In 2010, my family and I attended the International Christian Retail Show, where Christian book publishers … promote their new products to retailers. As writers, we wanted to see how the book promotion process worked.

Giant posters decorated the halls of the convention center like murals. One of them promoted The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Aslan the lion with his golden mane and piercing eyes dominated the center of the poster. His face ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

Holiness Is a Transformation of the Heart

            True holiness has roots that reach down deeper than what we say and do. It reaches into our hearts—the treasure house of who we are, how we’re wired, and what we value. Holiness warms, enriches, and enlivens the heart with Godliness. It prompts us to think differently, to see more clearly ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

The Morning after the Storm

            Ominous clouds slowly cover the earth. Everything becomes darker, bleaker. An eerie gray is the forewarning of an impending storm. At first the wind gently ruffles the tree branches, but then it steadily grows in force and speed until the trees bend almost to the breaking point. The rain that began with ...

 

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