What Isaiah Saw at Calvary (Isa 53)
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. :4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. :11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
The Value of Sinners, Prostitutes, and Drunkards
Ryan Fullerton preaches on the value of lost sinners. Where are the soul winners who are going out there to love the drunkards, prostitutes and preach to the gospel to the perishing. Brethren do you value the lost sinners who are out there perishing without Christ? Are you able to invite them into your house and love them and preach the gospel to them? I want to testify that this word that was given is not something that is only theoretical. We have a house here in San Antonio that 20 guys live in, over half were homeless, one guy was a child molester, many were slaves of crack and weed and other drugs. These are people I couldn't even of imagined living with at some point, yet to see God glorified through saving wicked sinners, everything is worth it, and God will allow us to overcome our fears. We need to get out of our comfort zone and realize it is not a "comfort zone" but a "selfish zone." Be encouraged, God helps those who are weak yet reliant upon Him.
Rich in The Word of God
If you will be fruitful in the Christian life and grow in maturity and holiness, you must know the Word of God and be rich in it. Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Isaac, The Name of Every Christian
Why is it that Abraham and Sarah laughed at God's promise of giving them a child at such an old age? Do you also laugh the laugh of unbelief at times? Is not God able to save anyone to the uttermost? He is!
Fear: Should I Ride the Roller Coaster?
What is Revelation 21:8 talking about when it says the fearful will not inherit the kingdom? Does this mean I have to ride the roller coaster that I am afraid of?