August 16, 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.

The Christian does not live on appearances he or she lives on promises. Our memory verse brings this truth to us. We have the promise that God put our sins on Jesus. I am sure that Jesus read Isaiah 53 to his disciples and then told them that he was the person described in this chapter. I am sure that he also read to them these verses from Isaiah 52:

Isaiah 52:13–14 (NLT) — 13 See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. 14 But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.

He probably said to them, “I am going to be beaten so badly that it will kill me and it will appear to you that I am not the Messiah but don’t you go by appearances. Maintain your faith because I promise you that on the third day I will rise from the dead, proving that I am the Messiah, and I will meet you all in Galilee.” (see Mark 14:28)

Because the disciples lived on the appearance of Jesus and not the promise of Jesus their state of mind was not good.  Instead of going to Galilee and joyfully waiting for the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise they lived in fear behind locked doors. They lost their joy, their hope, and their confidence. That’s not living.

Are you, am I, living on appearances or on the promises of God? A quick check of our state of mind should tell us. Maybe like the disciples you are going through a Friday and Saturday when appearances are not good. But take heart and be joyful for Sunday is coming.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT) — 20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

Habakkuk 3:17–19 (NLT) — 17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.

Psalm 16:8–9 (NLT) — 8 I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. 9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.

2 Timothy 4:18 (NLT) — 18 Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT) — 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Thank you for these verses today. I need them.