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How does the Lord see you?

[…]him and that his sin had been dealt with, “your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for” (Isaiah 6:7-8). Bolstered by the enormity of those truths, Isaiah confidently moved out with the Lord’s message of judgment, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8). Secondly, He calls us to serve Him right where we are. Here’s a story that brings this to light. An Army lieutenant colonel recently shared with me his encounter with a fellow Wheaton […]

Fervent Desire for Peace

[…]for war. God changes them into tools of peace. That is at the heart of this promise in the Book of Isaiah. “Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD– He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths…’ They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:3-4). Today the world finds itself in the midst of a global war against terrorism. The enemy’s cowardly […]

Implicit Trust

[…]sin. He suffered, bled, and died in your place and in mine, the Innocent One dying for the guilty. Isaiah said, “… he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:5 KJV). This Good News of Salvation, is the substitution of Christ, Son of God, as the spotless, unblemished Lamb of Calvary suffering and dying under the load of sin and judgment in the sinner’s place. And that’s all of us, “For all have sinned…” says God’s word. Christ having […]

The Wounded Healer

[…]Yet none of the aspects of suffering limit God’s capacity to use pain in a redeeming fashion. Isaiah’s prophesy about the greatest Suffering Servant declares, “By His wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus’ wounds and suffering are the venue through which we have been redeemed. Believers can rejoice because through our own lives, God uses the mystery of pain and suffering through which His eternal work shines brightly. After David came face-to-face with his scarred, miserable nature and repented, he penned marvelous words of God’s mercy that have guided sinners for centuries, “Have mercy on me, O God, according […]
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