Peter calls upon God's people to "consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation." God's patience lies behind the saving favour that every child of God enjoys and will enjoy. Here we think about the patience God shows before someone becomes a Christian, when they are becoming a Christian, and after they have become a Christian. Such contemplations fill the heart of a child of God with humble wonder, and—far from inciting the wicked to indulge their sin—should be the very thing which draw sinners to repent.
#2134- KJV- Isaiah 9:8-21
8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.
14 Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
18 For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.
19 Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the...
En su oración, Jonás agradeció a Dios por haberlo humillado, necesito descender a lo mas profundo para poder admitir cuan bajo el pecado de desobediencia lo había llevado, fue en esa circunstancia que Jonás agradece a Dios por permitirle el arrepentimiento. Tanto la salvación como el arrepentimiento pertenecen a Dios.
People reflect the image of God, which includes being rational, but because of our sin nature, we are foolish thinkers. Our perceptions of the world will determine our belief system which in turn shapes our core values and desires. Christians are transformed by the renewing of their mind (Romans 12:2), so it is critical for our images and beliefs become aligned with the truth God has given us in His word
How does the Lord show mercy to those who prefer human wisdom to God's authoritative Word? Isaiah 30 prepares us for the first serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these thirty-three verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that if men prefer their own wisdom to God's Word, it is a mercy when God visits their plans with devastating failure.
Depending and Drawing on the Wisdom of God
• God's Goodness and Preservation.
◦ Pastor Nick Holden and Shannon Ryals share testimonies of God's goodness and provision in their lives.
◦ Pastor Nick encourages others to testify and share their own experiences of God's blessings.
◦ Pastor emphasizes the importance of God's goodness and grace in our lives, and how it's not our own goodness that keeps us but God's goodness in us (Psalm 16).
◦ He contrasts the saints of God who have God's goodness in them with those who serve other gods and emphasizes his desire to invest his time with the believers, God's portion and inheritance.
• Trusting God's goodness in difficult times.
◦ Pastor Nick reflects on God's goodness and counsel in his life, drawing on biblical verses and personal experiences to encourage others to seek God's guidance and presence in their own lives.
◦ Pastor Nick emphasizes the importance of God's written word on our hearts, which can be drawn upon in times of need, and how this has helped him navigate difficult seasons in his life.
◦ Pastor discusses Psalm 119:49-11, connecting David's body not seeing corruption to Jesus' resurrection (Psalm 16 and Acts 2:25-28).
• Trusting God's goodness and resisting evil.
◦ Pastor Nick encourages listeners to trust in God's goodness and advance His kingdom, resisting evil and dwelling in His presence.
◦ Pastor Nick Holden encourages listeners to seek God's guidance and wisdom in the face of life's conflicts and challenges.
• James 3:13-18 and wisdom.
◦ James writes to Jewish believers, emphasizing practical obedience to God.
◦ The pastor emphasizes validating faith through actions, not just words.
A mother insists that her daughter, who was present, can become a man, and that this is a life saving necessity. The daughter was an older teenager.
There is some friction with other hearers. Also some are asking why they have illnesses if God is real.
Drawing wisdom from Jeremiah 17:9, Rev. Ipema uses this chapel message to focus our attention on the deceitful nature of the human heart. He stresses that only through God's renewing grace found in Jesus Christ can our hearts be transformed and changed.
The account of John the Baptist's beheading lays out the most obvious of contrasts. John is right with God and as a result has a peace and a confidence that allows him to be bold and clear even when calling the most powerful men to repentance. Herod and his household are not right with God and as a result, they have an unstable and double-minded spirit that leads to cowardice and panic. God made both church and state to function alongside and in harmony with each other, both under His sovereign authority. In order for us to enjoy the blessing of a calm and peaceful social order, we will need the courage of a clear conscience. This will not and cannot happen apart from the gospel of Jesus Christ. The blessing of a free and stable state has only come when the church has taken her prophetic role seriously. On the personal or on the corporate level, forgiven men are free men, and free men create free societies. Let us all find the calm, cool assurance in the gospel that makes our peace and our freedom contagious.