Accepting or Refusing History’s Greatest Invitation: Does God Truly Offer Us the Absolute Best for Free?

Premise for Today: The Gifts of God are free but they won’t be of any value to the one who does not actually take them and truly apply them to his/her life.

The Spirit of God is calling out this very day. He is calling out to every man, woman and child in this world. God is reaching out, with open hands that are filled with an over abundance of good things; and it’s all for the taking.

Every good gift that God offers is absolutely free; just there waiting for us to take our share and apply to our own lives. Nothing that God has bears a price tag. The price has been paid in full by Jesus’ sacrificial death upon the cross.

Isaiah 55:1-7 The Message

Buy Without Money

55 1-5 “Hey there! All who are thirsty,
    come to the water!
Are you penniless?
    Come anyway—buy and eat!
Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk.
    Buy without money—everything’s free!
Why do you spend your money on junk food,
    your hard-earned cash on cotton candy?
Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best,
    fill yourself with only the finest.
Pay attention, come close now,
    listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.
I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you,
    the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.
I set him up as a witness to the nations,
    made him a prince and leader of the nations,
And now I’m doing it to you:
    You’ll summon nations you’ve never heard of,
and nations who’ve never heard of you
    will come running to you
Because of me, your God,
    because The Holy of Israel has honored you.”

6-7 Seek God while he’s here to be found,
    pray to him while he’s close at hand.
Let the wicked abandon their way of life
    and the evil their way of thinking.
Let them come back to God, who is merciful,
    come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness.

The Word of God for the Children of God. In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

Yes! the over abundant supply of God’s provisions are absolutely 100% available and just waiting for the supply and demand line to line all of up its storehouses.

But what good are the free gifts of God if we do not accept them for ourselves? If there were 50 $100 bills lying on a storehouse floor and you could have as many as you wanted but you did not come to get them; what good would it do to offer them on the floor? Even better than that; there are free things offered on this floor that are far more valuable than $100 bills; in fact most of the gifts that God offers here are priceless. No amount of money, personal sacrifice, or payment of personal suffering and penance could ever pay for just one of God’s free gifts.

Envision it! He offers all salvation for the soul, healing for the body, soundness for the mind, joy for the heart, power for the weakened, encouragement for the discouraged, happiness for the depressed; victory for the defeated; deliverance for those who are bound up inside and peace in the midst of life’s storms. These are all free gifts from God; free for the taking; free to apply to our own needs.

But not one of these gifts will do any of us any good at all until we first learn to trust it then pick it up and apply it to our own need; at the moment we need it.

God wants to give his people all the good things in life. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Yet, too, It is absolutely certain that some of us here this day have had Satan nearly succeed in his attempts to steal, kill and destroy, not just the things in this life, but our eternal souls as well. In fact, I can say this with full assurance of its truth – there is not one person who comes to read this devotion that Satan has not tried to destroy in every way possible. He came against your body with diseases, sicknesses, addictions and weakness – but by the grace of God, and because of God’s limiting factor on Satan, you came through it victoriously.

The devil tried to destroy everything good in your life; stealing peace, love, for members of your own family, and communities, causing an uncaring, and even an attitude of deepest hate sometimes toward the very ones you love the most.

Satan tried to destroy your very life; bringing things into your path that caused you to fall into temptation and sin that nearly killed you. (Job Chapter One!)

The devil then stole your joy, because real joy comes in knowing who you are, who you belong to, and where you are going. He stole that joy because you lost your identity with God, lost sight of the person that God always intended for you to become, and all you could see was death and destruction in your path.

Satan took away hope; because from the beginning when sin entered the picture, our hope was lost, for there is no hope without Jesus in your heart.

Satan even took away your desire to live because everything that makes life worth living seems to be forever gone. There is no Garden of Eden to care for.

Brother’s and Sisters in Christ, It’s time we quit swallowing the lies of the devil. It’s time we realize that every negative thought like those I’ve just mentioned, do not come from God, but from the very pits of hell. Satan never quits trying to steal, kill and destroy. But neither does God ever quit offering his free gifts of deliverance and salvation either. Satan’s “gifts” all carry a very large price tag; but all of God’s gifts are free and good. Just pick them up and use them freely!

God spoke through His prophet Isaiah who penned these words under the anointing of the Holy Spirit in Isaiah chapter 55.

Isaiah 55:1 Authorized (King James) Version

55 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

That word, “Ho” carries the meaning of a Shofar blast to attention. God is calling forth to every one of us right now to just listen to what he has to say.

If you’re thirsty – not for water, or a soda pop, or coffee or tea or beer, but for something that will quench the feeling of dryness and emptiness in your very heart – then God says its time to come to the waters. No, there’s no bottles of water here that will quench that spiritual thirst; but there is the Word of God that waters the driest soul; and there is a River of living water flowing from the Throne of God that was paid for at Calvary. A river of life which will never cease.

Like Jesus told the woman at the well, “if you will just taste of the good water that Jesus offers, you will never thirst again.” (John 4:7-15)

God’s water is eternally satisfying and life-giving, and it will fill that emptiness in your soul. Taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8) It is His free gift! What do we have to lose except that which we do not want to begin with?

“HO, EVERYONE”…come taste the water. We do not need to “buy it”; we could not if we tried for there is no price. Come on, take a bite of the Bread of Life that only comes in knowing Jesus; come forth and taste of the sweet wine of the Holy Spirit down in your heart; and drink of the milk of God’s Word.

All of it is absolutely free, but we have to pick it up and we have to apply it to our own lives. God gives it; but he will never force it on you. The gifts are there; but we each have to choose to receive them by choice and then use them by choice.

Contemporary Religion would try to tell us that we have to obey a set of laws, be “politically correct” to receive God’s free gifts, but our contemporary religion is 100% wrong. True life in Christ is free. We do not have to pay a penance; or beg God; pay a price in service – just believe and receive – that’s “bottom line” it!

Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Why waste time; and throw away your most valuable asset – life itself- searching for things that satisfy that have no power to satisfy? Satan’s offerings of sex, drugs, money, fame and popularity will not satisfy the hunger in your soul. Why work so hard chasing after the things that this world have to offer when none of those things will provide happiness, peace or eternal life. Everything of this world is dying; perishing; and will soon be gone forever. Only that which comes from God alone will stand for eternity.

God’s call if for us all to listen very closely to his voice. Don’t let Satan steal the free gifts of God from you because you are letting ever other voice in the world silence the voice of God! Jesus is not going to try to shout over the top of the voices of Satan or the things of the world. He speaks in a still, small, quiet voice.

We will not hear him if we do not listen closely. It’s only his voice that’s going to matter in the end. It’s only his voice that’s calling each and everyone of us to good things and a life filled with abundant blessings. Are any of us listening?

Can we hear him calling? His sheep; his people will hear his voice; and they won’t follow any other! Are we his sheep; and are we listening to his voice?

Isaiah 55:3 “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.”

Isaiah 55:4 “Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

Who is God speaking of here?

It’s God’s only Son whom He sent to be the leader and commander of God’s people. Jesus Christ came so that we might have life and that more abundantly!

Isaiah 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

The gifts of God are always laid before us in the realm of the Holy Spirit. At any moment; in any place, they will be waiting for us to just take them as our own.

God is always near; as near as a whisper; as near as prayer; as close as a thought. God has promised that he will always be with us, in the storm, or in the sunny days of life; in the valley and on the mountaintop. You can call on God anytime.

When I get in trouble fighting “life”; I can call upon my Savior Jesus any time!

When I feel discouraged he will lead me on; I can call Jesus any time

Let me proclaim this again at the top of my lungs: I can call Jesus anytime.

He is always on the battle line. He is king almighty; Lord God is his name!

I can call Jesus anytime!

When the storm is raging and the billows over me roll; I can call Jesus any time!

When my heart is way too heavy, my spirit is too low; I can call Jesus any time!

Jesus is always as close as the mention of his name.

All he is doing is waiting on us to call on him. Call on Him!

Seek Him! Receive from Him! Jesus is waiting on us all the time!

Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

Turn to Christ, laying aside the sin in your life, giving your heart to him – just return to Jesus. It’s time we all turn back toward home.

We have wandered far enough. Like the Prodigal Son, we have wandered so very, very, far from God; but now is the acceptable time: “I’m coming home!”

One of my very favorite songs since accepting Christ into my heart twenty some years ago went something like this, “Coming home; coming home; never more to roam. Open wide, thine arms of Love. Lord, I’m coming home.” Alleluia!

God’s great love is always there! Jesus is always standing with open arms just waiting for us to turn to him! God’s heart aches for his wayward children; those who have refused to pick up his free gift of life eternal.

Let us extend the Words and thoughts of Isaiah 55 just a little bit further today because we can and because they are there and God has given us His permission.

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”

Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Please! Please! Please! Do not let the devil deceive you – God does love you!

God does truly care! And God does want you in his family!

In our minds we often think that we aren’t good enough; and that we’ve gone too far to be saved from ourselves and our sin. God does not want us anymore.

But nothing could possibly be further from the Gospel truth.

Jesus died that we might be able to come to him in repentance at any time. God’s thoughts for us are only for good and not for destruction. He will only consider punishment when we have given him no other choice.

God thinks about you and me; and can see us in a place that is far greater than anything we could ever imagine. His thoughts for us are to see us blessed, sanctified, holy, righteous, and he thinks of how great we will be as a Born Again, Holy Ghost filled, anointed and faithful Child of his own house. He thinks on a higher plane for our good than you or I could ever imagine for ourselves.

Isaiah 55:10 “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

The rain which fell here over the past several days, came for a purpose. It came to water the ground; not just to fall and be immediately vaporized back into the clouds. The snow falls in winter, not just to look pretty on the ground, but to remain until it thaws in the spring months so that the earth may be nourished.

The rain provides what the ground needs to grow the food that we all need to live. That’s God’s purpose in sending it, and it’s purpose will be fulfilled. God’s purpose is that the rain and waters from the snows provide for the seed to grow, the crops to come forth, and food for all living things should be the product.

That’s also the purpose in the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. It goes forth to water the soul and feed the spirit of a man. It goes forth to provide nourishment in the heart so that the seed of the eternal things of God will grow.

God says that when any of the Words from his living Word are preached; they will go forth to water the hearts and souls of men; if those hearts and souls will receive it. This too, is a free gift of God. It’s there for the taking. How much of it anyone of us receives and then genuinely applies is absolutely up to you and me.

Isaiah 55:12 “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Here is God’s free promise to all who will accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Here is God’s will for your life if you will only be faithful to him.

He promises Love, Joy, Peace, Patience and Understanding. Singing, clapping – all motions that come from a heart which is glad and filled with good things. That sure beats the dreariness, sadness, confusion, and crying that Satan offers.

Isaiah 55:13 “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

God is not going to allow Satan’s thorns to overtake you (Book of Job). All of those things in your life that seem to be a constant bother may not go away, but God will give you the peace and power to deal with them and overcome them.

God is not promising us any of this because we deserve it. He is giving us this free gift of an abundant life because of his own immeasurable love, mercy and grace. God blesses all of his people because they are his and he will not fail us.

God’s gifts are absolutely free; they won’t leave you broken and dying by the side of the highway of life. God gives gifts of freedom, life more abundant and life that we can enjoy living. Have we received God’s free gifts this great day?

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Let us now Pray;

‘Tis Finished! The Messiah Dies written by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

1. ‘Tis finished! the Messiah dies,
cut off for sins, but not his own.
Accomplished is the sacrifice,
the great redeeming work is done.

2. The veil is rent; in Christ alone
the living way to heaven is seen;
the middle wall is broken down,
and all the world may enter in.

3. ‘Tis finished! All my guilt and pain,
I want no sacrifice beside;
for me, for me the Lamb is slain;
’tis finished! I am justified.

4. The reign of sin and death is o’er,
and all may live from sin set free;
Satan hath lost his mortal power;
’tis swallowed up in victory.

Author: Thomas E Meyer Jr

Formerly Homeless Sinner Now, Child of God, Saved by Grace.

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