Sermons on Isaiah
Isaiah 11 The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring 11 There shall come forth a [a]Rod from the [b]stem of Jesse,And a Branch shall [c]grow out of his roots.2 The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,The Spirit of counsel and might,The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. 3 His delight is in the fear of the Lord,And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,And decide with equity for the meek…
Rather you, than me 1.Demands great physical and mental stamina 2.Excessive investment –Years of work. –Long distances –Controlled Diet 3.Punishing toll –Injuries –Hours alone Could be doing something else 4.For what? –A medal –Fame –Money –Personal satisfaction Spiritual Endurance 1.Demands great physical and mental stamina. •Struggle against the devil •Excesses of this world •Staying focus amidst constant distractions 2.Excessive investment –2Cor.12:15—“I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls.” –Mt.19:21—“Sell all and give to the poor…come follow me”…
God is not silent •The Witnesses speak Isaiah 1:18 (NASB) “Let Us Reason” 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,”Says the Lord,“Though your sins are as scarlet,They will be as white as snow;Though they are red like crimson,They will be like wool.
Why bother? •The task is too big •Stories of failure abound •How many ex-Christians, ex-preachers, ex-churches…do you know? •Lots of bad guys •Lots of rip-offs •Lots of disappointments Isaiah 55:11 (NASB) 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;It will not return to Me empty,Without accomplishing what I desire,And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Part 2: 2nd Sermon in the Series on God’s Ways, God’s words will never return to him empty. Isaiah 55:11 (NASB) 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;It will not return to Me empty,Without accomplishing what I desire,And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Part 1: Man’s ways and God’s way are two totally different things. Why are they different and how do you cope. Isaiah 55:8 (ESV) 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.