<![CDATA[The Rolingers - Nancy\'s Blog]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:53:22 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Spread it before the Lord.]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:48:21 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/spread-it-before-the-lordWhat to do when you get a letter (or email or text) against you…

Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it,
and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.
Hezekiah prayed to the LORD saying,
"O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
who is enthroned above the cherubim,
You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth.
You have made heaven and earth.
"Incline Your ear, O LORD, and hear; open Your eyes,
O LORD, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib,
who sent them to reproach the living God.
"Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have devastated
all the countries and their lands,
and have cast their gods into the fire,
for they were not gods but the work of men's hands,
wood and stone. So they have destroyed them.
"Now, O LORD our God,
deliver us from his hand
that all the kingdoms of the earth may know
that You alone, LORD, are God."
Isaiah 37:14-20

Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying,
"Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
'Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria….
Isa 37:21  

Hezekiah spread it out before the Lord. I love His prayer! It is filled with who God is and what God does. It isn’t filled with Hezekiah, it’s filled with God and great theology. Hezekiah knew God. And God delivered them because Hezekiah prayed. These are lessons for us!

<![CDATA[Trust God!]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:33:45 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/trust-god'Beware that Hezekiah does not mislead you, saying,
"The LORD will deliver us."
Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered his land
from the hand of the king of Assyria?
'Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad?
Where are the gods of Sepharvaim?
And when have they delivered Samaria from my hand?
'Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their land
from my hand,
that the LORD would deliver Jerusalem from my hand?'"
Isaiah 36:18-20

People will say pretty strong things against the Lord. Last night in Bible study we learned that people make “confident assertions” even though they are wrong. (I Timothy) Here’s the thing… the LORD is not like other fake gods. He does deliver! He is God. The only God!

Trust Him! Don’t listen to people who tell you something else.

<![CDATA[Everlasting Joy!]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:43:14 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/everlasting-joyAnd the ransomed of the LORD will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads.
They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Isaiah 35:10

We look forward to a city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven (Revelation 21) in which there will be no more tears or sorrow or sighing! There will be joyful shouting and everlasting joy. Oh how I look forward to that day! It’s real. It’s coming. Look for it!
<![CDATA[God is Patient]]>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:49:39 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/god-is-patientDraw near, O nations, to hear; and listen, O peoples!
Let the earth and all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it.
For the LORD'S indignation is against all the nations,
And His wrath against all their armies;
He has utterly destroyed them,
He has given them over to slaughter.
So their slain will be thrown out,
And their corpses will give off their stench,
And the mountains will be drenched with their blood.
And all the host of heaven will wear away,
And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll;
All their hosts will also wither away As a leaf withers from the vine,
Or as one withers from the fig tree.
Isaiah 34:1-4  

There is coming a day of judgment. Just because God is patient now, doesn’t mean His patience will last forever.

The Lord is not slow about His promise,
as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you,
not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
in which the heavens will pass away with a roar
and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat,
and the earth and its works will be burned up.
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way,
what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning,
and the elements will melt with intense heat!
2 Peter 3:9-12  

God doesn’t want you to perish! He is patiently waiting for you to be saved.
Are you saved? What sort of people ought we to be?
Looking forward to eternal realities.
<![CDATA[Want Peace?]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:32:41 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/want-peace8393831And the work of righteousness will be peace,
And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.
Isaiah 32:17 

This is in reference to a coming day when Jesus will reign and things will be wonderful. Read the beginning of this chapter. But it is true today on a personal level. My dad loved this verse. Maybe that's why I like it so much.

When you live for and serve the Lord there is personal peace and quietness and confidence. Isn’t that wonderful? Live for righteousness today! (If you aren't at rest, perhaps you are living for the wrong thing!)

<![CDATA[Need Help?]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:22:26 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/need-helpWoe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!
Isaiah 31:1  

Now the Egyptians are men and not God,
And their horses are flesh and not spirit;
So the LORD will stretch out His hand,
And he who helps will stumble
And he who is helped will fall,
And all of them will come to an end together.
Isaiah 31:3  

Return to Him from whom you have deeply defected,
O sons of Israel.
Isaiah 31:6  

Need help? Go to God! Anything else is deep defection.

<![CDATA[Have plans?]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:07:38 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/have-plans9037732"Woe to the rebellious children," declares the LORD,
"Who execute a plan, but not Mine,
And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;
Who proceed down to Egypt Without consulting Me,
To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh
And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
"Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be your shame
And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.
Isaiah 30:1-3

The warnings in scripture are good! This stood out to me today because I’m studying Ruth. Naomi and her husband left Bethlehem (house of bread) to take shelter in Moab because of a famine. It wasn’t a good idea. In Moab her husband and two sons died. But Naomi went back. Good things happened when she returned.

Think about God’s plans, not mine.
Consult Him.
Take refuge in Him.
Thanks Lord! I needed that!

<![CDATA[The work of His hands]]>Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:51:14 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/the-work-of-his-handsIt’s hard to share just one brief thought from this chapter but I will.

But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst,
They will sanctify My name;
Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob
And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who err in mind will know the truth,
And those who criticize will accept instruction.
Isaiah 29:23, 24  

I love that the saved are “the work of His hands.”
I love that in a future day all doubters will see and know.
I love that finally they will stand in awe of God.
What a day!

I am looking ahead to that day! Even so come, Lord Jesus!

<![CDATA[You choose.]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:14:04 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/you-chooseHere are two crowns. Two beautiful things people are proud of.
You choose.

1. The proud crown of the drunkard.

Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,
And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the fertile valley
Of those who are overcome with wine!
Isaiah 28:1  

The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is trodden under foot.
And the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the fertile valley,
Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer,
Which one sees, And as soon as it is in his hand, He swallows it.
Isaiah 28:3, 4

And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink:
The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink,
They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink;
They reel while having visions,
They totter when rendering judgment.
For all the tables are full of filthy vomit, without a single clean place.
Isaiah 28:7

Drunkenness is not something to be proud. But people are!
It seems beautiful for a moment and then turns very bad.
Did you see? It is a fading flower of beauty.
Bad for you. Bad for those around you.

2. The Lord of hosts

In that day the LORD of hosts will become a beautiful crown
And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;
Isaiah 28:5

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
Isaiah 28:16  

The Lord of hosts is a true crown. Beautiful. Not fading.
When you trust in Him, He will never disappoint.
What a good choice. Good for you. Good for those around you.

Choose the Beautiful crown. The Lord!
<![CDATA[The Lord, the Keeper]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:23:52 GMThttp://rolinger.org/nancys-blog/the-lord-the-keeperI, the LORD, am its keeper;
I water it every moment.
So that no one will damage it,
I guard it night and day.
Isaiah 27:3  

Today I was reminded in this chapter that the Lord is my Keeper.
Yes He was Israel’s Keeper and He is mine. I love that.

Bless our God, O peoples, And sound His praise abroad,
Who keeps us in life And does not allow our feet to slip.
Psalm 66:8-9  

A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.
Psalm 121

The LORD keeps all who love Him,
Psalm 145:20  

Well, bless the Lord, the Keeper!