The foundational scripture Isaiah 39:1-8 is about King Hezekiah. However we must first address the Who Am I refer to the writer of this text, Prophet Isaiah. His name means "Salvation is of the LORD!" Asking the question, Who Am I, Prophet Isaiah, the man of God is known as: Shakespeare of the prophets and Saint Paul of the Old Testament. This is because of His eloquent manuscripts and important subjects of his writings which are Christ and His Salvation. Also the greatness of God (chapters 40,43) the horrors of Tribulation (chapter 24), the wonders of the millennium (chapter 35) which is the second coming of Christ and His reign on earth for 1,000 years and the ministry of Christ (chapter 53) than any other book. As a family man Prophet Isaiah was married to a prophetess and had two son; further studies includes a daughter. According to Jewish tradition he was the nephew of King Amaziah and cousin of King Uzziah. He was royal seed and preacher at the royal court. Even though this lesson is not about him, it is good to know Who Am I.
Reading about King Hezekiah in Isaiah 39:1-8 motivated this lesson with more to hopefully come. The Who Am I relating to King Hezekiah as a man of God was the thirteenth and the second most godly king of Judah. He ordered the Levites to lead the cleansing and sanctifying of the temple, destroyed idols and false altars; influenced the greatest Passover since King Solomon's days and more. As a family man Jewish traditions indicates he married the Prophet Isaiah's daughter, Hephzibath and she bore him a son,
Prophet Isaiah and King Hezekiah were clear about their relationship with the LORD, despite King Hezekiah's foolish pride (39:2). Plan to address this issue in a different message. However both had leadership roles. Their character, actions and speech were relevant to God, their families, country and other nations. No we are not the Prophet Isaiah nor King Hezekiah. The point of the matter is the substance of our character, actions and speech matters to God, our family, friends, co-workers, church, community and others we may or hope to influence.
With this being said the question is this Who Am I? Yet it's not through our power or might. Remember our two key scriptures? Second Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come." Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
I know, I know, I know many of us say "I have not arrived at this point yet in my life." I get it. But, how long will it take? If you have children, it shouldn't take much longer. If you are taking care of parents, it shouldn't take much longer. If you are experiencing sickness and disease, it shouldn't take much longer. If you are turmoil with the crazy things that are happening in this world, it shouldn't take much longer? I'm not saying God is going to take away our disappointments, hurts and pain, but He can/will certainly allow us to learn to live and get through it. Then the big question is how?
As believers In Christ Jesus we are offered the "Fruit of the Spirit" See Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. The "Fruit of the Spirit" is a gift from God that reflects the two key scriptures of this lesson. The "Fruit of the Spirit" are godly attributes. Please read it again. We realize it takes time and a work in process. Let us submit and continue to submit to the change.
Yes we have issues with folks; I'm not talking to them, then situation after situation, what...they driving me to drink. Yeah I have been there and done that. Those who know me, I had to change to get my home situation under control. I don't know what your need really is...but one thing we know is, we are role models to our children, family and some friends. Hopefully good role models in our church-even though all services are not held in the church. But as believers in Christ, we are the church.
Love is respect, devotion, and affection that leads to a godly will of service and sacrifice. Joy is happiness based on God's divine promises and eternal life. Joy is not the result of favorable circumstances; but to have the spirit of joy in difficult times and situations. I know that I still have a relationship with God in spite of. Peace is an inner calmness because of confidence in my relationship with Christ. Longsuffering/Forbearance is I have patience with the ability to endure. Kindness is a genuine concern for others and to treat others gently. Goodness is moral and spiritual excellence in being kind. Faithfulness is loyal and trustworthy. Gentleness is to have a humble and gentle attitude and is patiently submissive in every offense.
At this point let's use the Fruit of the Spirit to measure or examine our character in our role as a child of God, parent or caregiver, friend, co-worker or in our profession, business owner, retiree or simply as an individual.
This is the Word of God. Through His Spirit, God is more than able to help us operate in His fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering/forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness. Christ's Spirit grows in us through prayer, reading the Bible, meditating on the scriptures, hearing of the Word through a teacher/ preacher/pastor, praise and worship.
Please take your time to read. Preferably not at one setting to better digest and examine oneself as requested. Thanks for giving me this opportunity to share and many blessings!!!!