Category Archives: Isaiah 55

Wide Open

What is wide open in your life?


Is it a desert filled with hopelessness, dejectedness, and resignation?


Is your heart a dry and empty plain defined by shame, blame, and pain?  Are there dark corners, shadowed paths, and an overall dim atmosphere to keep people out?


Is your heart a deeply rutted and overly bumpy plain defined by anger, bitterness, and resentment?  Are there excessive potholes and extending speed bumps to stop all connection?


Is your heart a lifeless and lightless plain defined by fear, dread, and panic?  Are there no sure paths, no true footholds, and no lighted way because you have no security?


A heart like any of these won’t lead to a life most successful or glorious.  Because we have no wide open spaces for His love to penetrate.  We’ve crowded out His grace with our own value and estimation of life.  We’re blocking His goodness from coming in and working good in us.


He wants us to live wide open to all the possibilities He can do.  And He showed us how.


Jesus spent 6 hours with His arms wide open on a cross to overcome the influence of sin over your life and to overwrite the pain of your past.


With His arms wide open, He showed you that He is bigger than your greatest fear and more powerful than your hardest circumstance.


With His arms wide open, He looked past all your bad choices and big mistakes to give you the hope and freedom of a new life.


With His arms wide open, He loved you.  Right where you are, in the mess of your life.  He saw the beauty of His divinely created child and died to adopt you eternally as His own.


With His arms wide open, He proved He was open about:

  • Romans 5:8But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners
  • Ephesians 3:18-1918 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
  • Psalm 103:12He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
  • Matthew 19:26Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
  • Ephesians 3:20Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
  • Numbers 23:19God is not a man, so he does not lie.  He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act?  Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
  • Isaiah 55:11It is the same with my word.  I send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
  • Galatians 6:9So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
  • Romans 8:32Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?


And now He stand waiting, His arms wide open, for you to come to Him.  With all that you are.  With every hope and dream.  With every mistake and hurt.  To come into his open arms and be loved.  Fully.  Completely.  Sincerely.

Wide Open

And when you walk into His waiting embrace, those arms wide open will gently and lovingly embrace you in His supernatural healing love.


So will you open your arms to Him and choose grace over shame, forgiveness over anger, and confidence over fear?


He is waiting, smiling, with His arms wide open toward you.


Marie Fremin.  4/8/18



Our life is the result of the choices we make.


Each day we make choice after choice.  We create the life we experience today – and tomorrow.  We shape the reality we walk in today – and tomorrow.  We set in motion the consequences we reap today – and tomorrow.  We plant the hope or hurt we feel today – and tomorrow.  We decide who we are – and who we will be.  We determine who we can be – at our best or worst.


We declare whose we are – whether we fully belong to God or not.  Because God doesn’t want only 20%, 50%, 75%, or even 99% of our heart.  He wants ALL of us.  He wants every hope, every wish, every dream, every desire.  He wants all of our emotions, our thoughts, our motivations, our attitudes.


He especially wants all of your choices.

He wants the right to say “no” when you are not on His course.

He wants the authority to ask you to walk away from what you think you want.


He wants you to follow Him toward His best plans and purposes.  No matter how much you want to do things your way.  To stay home.  To go out.  To jump into bed.  To avenge yourself.  To speak up.  To keep quiet.  To judge.  To punish.  To hate.


He wants to be part of every choice.  He wants to shape your today for good, which will shape your tomorrow for great.  Without regret interfering.  Without self-condemnation interceding.  Without selfishness impeding.  Without self-righteousness intimidating.


But with all our choices, how often do we choose what He wants?

How often do we decide with His best in mind?

How often do we shape our reality with His guidelines as our boundaries?


We are human, and if we are honest, we probably rarely do.  Because we want to feel happy all the time.  We want to be satisfied now.  We think we know better.


When we really know nothing.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).  We cannot see history from its beginning.  We cannot see the stars from end to end of the heavens.  We cannot look back on all that has been or see ahead to all that will be.  We cannot even see something simple like tomorrow.


Yet we make choices like we have all the answers, divine vision, and eternal perspective.  Again, because we think we know better.  But how can we know (ourselves) better than the One who created us?  The One who “formed my inward parts” (Psalm 139:13a).  The One who “wove me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13b) to “fearfully and wonderfully” make us (Psalm 139:14a) as an expression of His love.  The One who cherishes us as “His poetry/artwork” (Ephesians 2:10) to display His love.


But here is what we should always remember: He, and only He, knows best.  So all our choices should be filtered through Him.  Let your choices – ALL your choices – reflect your love and respect for Him.  “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me” (Isaiah 55:2-3a).


Because when they don’t, we end up with a mess instead of His miracles.



Self control – saying “no” to your body now for God’s best later Sex – getting physically and emotionally connected (bonded) to someone without God’s boundary of marriage.  Which can lead to sex slavery, STD’s, and single parenthood.  It also makes it difficult to end a relationship not sanctified by God.
Saving Grace – allowing His grace to guide us away from sin Saving face – justifying our mistakes instead of owning our sins
Accepted through God’s Love – knowing you are always loved by God Appearance and Popularity – feeling loved only when accepted by people
Repentance – acknowledging and being sorry about your sin Blame – making our problems someone else’s fault instead of taking responsibility for our reactions and choices
Relationship / Devotion – spending time with God and getting to know Him because you want to Rules – living by “have to” and “must” mindsets to earn God’s love.  Diverts us from knowing His love as it really is because we are always focused on doing our standard of “good” (enough)
Resting in Him – allowing yourself to find peace in His love Running – chasing the latest fad, fashion, and trend to create love and acceptance in your life
Endurance / Patience – considering your choices and allowing yourself to go without now for something better later Now – going after and seeking the quick fix and instant gratification so you can have now what you think is good.  But now never fully satisfies, and you always need more to feel fulfilled and happy
Revelation and Growth – hearing His truth.  Applying it to your life and letting it inform your choices Stuck – we choose to tune out God’s whisper of truth and ignore His heart prompt of right.  So we get stuck in what think is good and misdirected by what we want to be right.
Faith as Your Foundation – living with (full) confidence in God Feelings – living with your ever-changing emotions as your guide.  Living by what you want, what you think, and what you feel.
Being Firmly Planted – choosing what is right, no matter what it costs us Double minded – choosing Him only when it is convenient for us
Sacrifice / Serving – stepping out of your comfort zone and possibly being uncomfortable to help someone else Selfishness – choosing yourself and your wants over His best and His boundaries.  Allowing yourself to be bewitched away from Him by choosing you first instead of Him.


“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).


See what God does?  He always gives us the choice.  He always allows us to choose Him.  He never forces us in any way, shape, or form.


So today you can choose Him.

For the first time.

For the first time in a long time.

For a new start.

For a continued fellowship.

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Whatever you choose, make your choice a good one.  Consider His best and see where He will take you.


Marie Fremin.  3/12/17