Devotional Thought for Today – 10/13/21

Isaiah 59:14-15 | Isaiah 59, Jesus, Worship lyrics

Isaiah 59

CONTEXT: Once again the sins of the nation v.2 of Israel have separated them from God. Let me be clear, God is still sovereign and in control of all things yet His hand of providence over Israel has been lifted. In v.3-8 Isaiah lays out all the sins committed and the apparent lack of remorse. In v.9-11 he lays out the consequences of their sin and then in v.12-15a he confesses those sins. Finally, in v.15b-21 Isaiah lays out the need for a Savior and the promise thereof.

Out text, today comes from the NLT and is really v.14-15a, with …The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice completing the verse.

This should seem like a familiar tone of what is happening all around us today. Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. With the courts legislating from the bench and the fact that you are guilty until proven innocent our legal system is turned upside down.

Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Go ahead, speak out about LGBTQ, abortion, or some other woke or cancel culture hot topic and find out how fast truth and honesty are outlawed.

Yes, truth is gone, and anyone who renounces evil is attacked. The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. We should all expect that natural man can not understand the ways of God and is therefore corrupt and unrepentant. The disconcerting thing is that the church, v.20-21, and individual “Christians” failing to speak out and call to judgment the evil being perpetrated. John Gill comments:

and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment; he took notice of all this, and resented it, though in a professing people, that there was no judgment or discretion in matters of doctrine and worship; no order or discipline observed; no justice done in civil courts, or in the church of God; no reformation in church or state.

For far too long “Christians” have bought into the lie that we are not to be judges based solely on Matthew 7:1-2. Read these verses in CONTEXT and with the WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD and it is clear we are to judge righteously.

Was the Apostle Paul a lier? He wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things… and later in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, he writes that Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?

It is time that those calling themselves “Christians” started acting like it. As James Chapter 2 notes, a true Christain faith is a faith working for God not sitting by afraid to speak out.

The Importance of Faith

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Then Abram believed in (affirmed, trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to¹) the Lord; and He counted (credited) it to himas righteousness (doing right in regard to God and man). – – GEN 15:6 (AMP)

¹ For Christians, this is one of the key verses in all the Old Testament. Abram responded to God’s latest promises with doubts, asking how God’s promises could be true if he still did not have a son. And yet, Abram also willingly received the reassurance of God’s Word. After God showed him the stars and promised once more that Abram’s descendants would be uncountable, Abram chose to continue to believe God. 

It’s important to note here that this is not the beginning of Abram’s faith. It is a statement about his continuing belief in God. This is more than assumption: the Hebrew word used in this verse, from the root word ‘aman is in a form which implies something that occurred before this encounter. This moment of trust, during the vision of chapter 15, is not the instant where Abram “finally” came to faith in God. He has expressed faith in God—and that faith is the reason he is choosing to trust God now. 

More importantly, this is a statement about how any sinful human could possibly be counted as righteous in any way by a perfectly holy God. Abram’s heroic rescue of Lot, from chapter 14, was not credited to him as righteousness. His believing the Lord was what was counted as righteousness. It is faith in God that makes people acceptable to God. This idea is key to Christianity, and this verse is referenced by the New Testament writers in Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, and James 2:23. 

God kept His word. Abram will be renamed Abraham, and his descendants will become Israel, the uncountable people of God. However, as Paul will write in Galatians 3:6, millennia after Abram, all those who trust God are the sons of Father Abraham, who believed.   Source

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 05 & 06 June

MERE PROFESSORS

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him – Titus 1:16

The course of thy life will speak more for thee than the discourse of thy lips. – George Swinnock

He who is but a visible Christian, may, in a short time, cease to be so much as visible. – William Jenkyn

MARRIAGE

If thou marry thou hast not sinned… never the less such shall have trouble in the flesh – 1 Corinthians 7:28

As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage he made one of two. – Thomas Adams

First he must choose his love, and then he must love his choice. – Henry Smith

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent, “Walking with God”, daily devotional. The topics are SAVING FAITH and ENTHUSIASM

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 30 March

            FAITH WITHOUT WORK

    Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone

– James 2:17

Naked faith is no faith. – Thomas Manton

 Faith believes as if it did not work, and it works as if it did not believe. – Thomas Watson

                         The want of good works makes faith sick, evil works kill her outright. – Thomas Adams

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

                  Check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and

               Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God” daily devotional.