August 15, 2017

Isaiah 53:6 (NLT) — 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

We must not forget that the last sentence in this verse is a promise. About 700 hundred years before the crucifixion of Jesus this promise was given. Now I realize that 700 hundred years is a long time to wait for a promise to be realized but it goes to show you that God does keep his promises and time, circumstances and people cannot stop the promise from being fulfilled. The Psalmist says it this way:

Psalm 12:6 (NLT) — 6 The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.

Silver is melted over and over so that what is not silver rises to the top and is skimmed off. After seven times(seven in the bible is a number of perfection) there is only pure silver left. God’s promises are pure truth. There is nothing in God’s promises but truth. God can always be trusted to bring about his promises because God cannot lie.

Numbers 23:19 (NLT) — 19 God 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?

Hebrews 6:18 (NLT) — 18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

God’s promise to us was that he would take all of our sins and put them on Jesus  so that we could be saved from the consequences of unforgiven sin.  He has. One thing to remember is that a lot of promises have conditions attached to them. In order for us to experience forgiveness and having our sins placed on Jesus we must:

Acts 20:21 (NLT) — 21 I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.

What a relief and what hope to have a pure record before God. Thank you Jesus.

Is there a promise of God that you have been relying on but haven’t seen come to pass yet? Don’t give up hope. Keep trusting and in time God will bring it about For example:

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) — 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

In this verse God says that if you put him first in all that you do he will see to it that all your needs in this life will be supplied. What a wonderful promise! Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any areas where God doesn’t have first place. It could be how you spend your time or money. It could be how you treat other people. Let the Holy Spirit show you and then make the necessary changes. Remain confident that God will bring about what he has promised.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. What a big trip and lots of miles for all to go so well. Praising the Lord for his protection upon you both. It was fun to hear a little bit about it as you weaved it into being intentional. I’ve missed your daily insight of the scriptures and appreciate you jumping right back into it for us. Thank you Pastor Dan. My reading today was Psalm 91 the promise of his presence and protection as we trust in him. This is my favorite place to go when the weather gets nasty and I’m afraid.