Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday 2-17-10

As I was reading today several scriptures really showed me just how 'nothing' I really am. I mean God has really been using these past few days to show me his superiority and greatness. I knew before that God was a great and awesome God, however as I look at my puny, sin-filled life, God's greatness in simply saving me is brought forth so beautifully. I wanted to share some scriptures that God has used to start to humble me. My desire is that I would be so overwhelmed at God's greatness and magnificence that my pride would be choked out, and I would be humbled at the feet of my creator.

Isaiah 43:25  "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins."

God is the one blotting out transgressions.. my transgressions that is. In times past I would read verses like this and think of how I could use it to teach or witness. There is nothing wrong with thinking of how one can use a verse, however I would miss the beauty of what Christ has done for me. I read this now and think how great and loving is my God that he would blot out my transgressions and not remember my sins. My pride, lust (adultery), selfishness, rebellion, lying, hate (murder), thefts, deception.. my heart grows heavy at the weight of my sin, yet praise to God that there is now no condemnation since I am in Christ Jesus!

Isaiah 53:5-6
"5  But 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.
6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."

He was wounded for my transgressions? He was bruised for my iniquities? He took my chastisement so that I might have peace? He received stripes that I might be healed? I have gone astray to my own way, and yet Jesus took on himself my iniquity? Who am I that my creator.. and my Lord die for me? These are to great me for me to comprehend!

Isaiah 55:11  "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

God sends his word out and promises it shall not return void, he says it shall accomplish what he wants it to, and it will prosper where he sends it. This verse was a great reminder of God's complete and absolute sovereignty! I know when I witness I want to see results right away, and if I don't I feel like a failure. However that is not the way God works, his (as we see in verses 8-9 in chap 55) ways and thoughts are high than mine. God is the one who works in hearts to convict and draw to himself, that is not and will never by my responsibility. I have the duty and yes, privilege of proclaiming to a lost and dying world the good news of Jesus Christ!

Love through Christ Jesus,