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Who Among the gods Can Save You?

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their lands out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?'” But they were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s command was, “Do not answer him.” (Isaiah 36:20-21)

When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.'” (Isaiah 37:5-7)

Just to give you a quick bit of background information:

The king of Assyria has sent one if his servants to conquer Jerusalem. So the current king; Hezekiah, goes to Isaiah to ask him what God has to say… Now then:

Devil: Hey there Bob. Look over your shoulder, see that guy? He was no match for me even though he worshiped Buda, what makes you think your different? What makes you think that you can stand against me and win? … The truth of the matter is that we can’t stand against the Devil. The truth of the matter is that the only way we can stand against the Devil is if we aren’t the one standing… By that I mean that we can only stand against the Devil if it’s not us but Jesus standing against him.

One of the things you’ll see is that the people on the wall remained silent when “the servant” taunted them. Do you think that has any significance for us? I think so; after all, we have no power over Satan, and therefore we should just remain silent when the Devil talks to us right? Wrong:

5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Look at this as well:

2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” (Zechariah 3:2)

Even the Lord rebukes Satan in his own name! Why? Because we can’t say anything that can stop the Devil, but God can. Back In Isaiah again we see Isaiah talking to the King and the High Priests telling them that the Lord will make a way. It’s the same now! … Though not always through a Prophet God will make his way known.

Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me.

When God is reviled, he will “stand up for himself”:

9 When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10 The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God. (1 Chronicles 13:9-10)

In short; we can trust our God because he is the one and only true God. We don’t need to fear the Devil because we have God living in us!

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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The Highway of/to Life

Hello again!

Here’s what God gave me today in his word:

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:8-10)

And in Your eyes I can see
I am not just a man, vastly lost in this world
Lost in a Sea of Faces
Your body’s the bread, Your blood is the wine
Because you traded Your life for mine

Kutless – Sea of Faces

“The Highway of Life”… There’s any interesting thought. “The Highway where you can have life, and even a fool can travel” I’d almost say was a[n] even more novel thought… What exactly does that mean anyway? I mean, I thought that the fool “wouldn’t be called honorable anymore”. And for some strange reason, I’ve always considered going to heaven something of a[n] honor. -i.e. Jesus died and rose again for us so that we could have eternal life! – So why does the fool get it? I mean, I don’t mean to sound arrogant but it seems a little… Wrong; that a fool should get to go to heaven… So what’s happening here? And for that matter, how do we even know this is referring to a highway to Heaven? Well, I’ll see what I can do to answer these questions:


“So what’s happening here?” Well, you see we are all fools in one way or another. That may make you suddenly have an urge to click the back button but please stick with me and let me explain.

First off with the following verse, I would like to explain that Paul is in fact talking to the Corinthians here… He is also saying that though we are fools in the worlds eyes, we are wise in Christ:

10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! (1 Corinthians 4:10)

23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, (1 Corinthians 1:23)

So even  the fool – in the eyes of the world, that is – can enter into Heaven. And remember that the only reason we can do that, is because Christ died and rose again for our sins!


“And for that matter, how do we even know for sure this is referring to a highway to Heaven?! “

We know it’s referring to heaven because of this:

everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

That can only happen in Heaven… Just look at Revelation:

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

In short; we are saved because Jesus took our sin upon himself (he became sin for us, as said in 2 Corinthians 5:21)… Also, we know for sure that this is referring to Heaven because there is no sorrow where it is talking about. – We also know this because the verse says “come to Zion with singing”. And finally we also know that in the worlds eyes we are all fools… But we are all also ransomed to God!

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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Evil >> Wicked >> Ruin – Noble >> Noble Things >> Stand Firm

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

As for the scoundrel–his devices are evil; he plans wicked schemes to ruin the poor with lying words, even when the plea of the needy is right. But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands. (Isa 32:7-8)

I for one always enjoy it when little patterns like these pop up in the bible. Here we see the gradual descent of the scoundrel. And the gradual ascent of the “noble”. Let’s start by reviewing the descent of the scoundrel shall we:

1 Blessed is the one 
   who does not walk in step with the wicked 
or stand in the way that sinners take 
   or sit in the company of mockers, (Psalm 1:1)


You can see the decline; from walking, to standing, to sitting with mockers… Just like that, you can see a person declining into “ruin” today as well… First it’s just a bit of quote “dabbling” in evil, such as getting drunk just once, or maybe smoking a little. Then that turns to a full “addiction”, and that leads to the over-all ruin of the person in question… But how can you and I prevent someone, including ourselves, from doing that? After all, there are so many temptations, it seems like an impossible task to even attempt to try to keep ourselves from “going astray” much less anyone else! Well, we can’t. It’s simply impossible to do, for everyone except God.

If you want to keep yourself, your children, or anyone for that matter, out of sin… You need God in your life! Their aren’t any buts, maybes, or possibilities about it! Only through Christ can we keep ourselves and others from being/becoming “scoundrels”.


But what about the other part of that? The part about “But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.” What does that mean to us? I mean, I don’t know about you, but this seems to be saying that by doing good deeds, we stand firm. And you and I both know that’s wrong… After all, we can’t earn God:

6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, 
   and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; 
we all shrivel up like a leaf, 
   and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

So what is it saying? I think it is saying exactly what it looks like it’s saying. That if we do noble things we get a noble foundation. Now, I would like you to think for a minute, before you came to Christ, did you ever, even once, do something that wouldn’t in one way or another benefit you? Well then, – since the answer is no – you haven’t done anything noble. Let’s look at the definition of noble:

the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct. –

You see, it’s impossible to do anything noble without Christ! Therefore, we must have Christ living us, before “we can stand on noble things”… – i.e. standing on noble things means standing on Jesus –

 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 
   my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, 
   my shield[a] and the horn[b] of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)

I stand on the Rock of my salvation
It’s You, it’s You Lord
I’m resting on a sure foundation
It’s You, it’s You Lord
I will not fear for You are near
You’re the Rock of my salvation

So, in short; we need Christ in everything we do! We need him to prevent ourself and others from falling into ruin… Which would be considered a noble deed. Which we also need Christ in us to do…

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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