The Lord’s Invitation
In response to God’s savior and His marvelous grace God openly invites all to come. This invitation is for the thirsty, the broke, and even the misguided. This invitation is for everything you need or ever wanted. But you must come with humility and respond with hope to receive his offer.
God has made a remarkable provision for all wandering sheep to return to Him through His servant, Jesus Christ. This incredible act of grace, once understood, has major impact on a person’s life. Isaiah 54 is the exposition of the power of that grace.
The Suffering Savior
The fundamental problem that stands between God and man is the sinfulness of mankind. We have gone our own way, done our own thing, and sought to live without God. This sin causes separation and the only pathway back is for God to justly punish sin. To ensure sin can be punished and sinners be saved God provided a servant to stand in our place – Jesus Christ.
The Servant Savior
God is a saving God. He solves the problems that we cannot solve. Isaiah 42 gives us a glimpse into the servant God will provide to be the Savior we need.
The Gospel or Law
There is a stark difference between the gospel and legalism, yet it can easily be confused. We must be serious about protecting the gospel in our lives. Paul leads us in to how we do this.
Comfort My People
In the midst of suffering, turmoil, and crisis we find ourselves in desperate need for comfort. Whether our crisis is collective or individual, external or internal – our soul is in need of comfort. God offers us comfort that is based on reality and has life changing effect.
God is Good, All the Time
The affirmation that God is good is a warm sentiment when life is going right. But when we hit hard times, experience disappointment, and face moments of uncertainty we can be left with the question – is God good? Surveying key points in Scripture allow us to see that even in our most difficult moments, God shows Himself to be good, working out what is best for us, even when we cannot see it.
Learning to Wait
Wait upon the Lord is a familiar phrase of Scripture. Likewise, it can be a frustrating phrase to humans. We are prone to trust our plans and our power and forget to live in expectant hope of God’s plans and power. Learning to wait upon the Lord is key to relating to Him properly.
A Sure Foundation
It is essential that we have a firm foundation under our feet as we journey in life. There is no other foundation able to handle our life than the foundation of God’s faithfulness to us. We must examine our foundation to see what we are building our life on and make the necessary correction to ensure God alone is that sure foundation.
Transformed by Grace
God’s deepest hope for each of us is not just a simple, happy life. Nor is it limited to just making it to heaven. His deepest hope is your transformation into the kind of person fit for heaven, who then can truly live with real joy and peace. This can only happen when we have a genuine encounter with God. When we recognize Him for who He is, it humbles us in our sin, and then (and only then) can we be rebuilt by His grace. Transformation really takes off once we are then commissioned into God’s mission.