Our guest speaker today brings an interesting perspective. If they say you're a door, or you're a signpost, as will be discussed this session, I think everyone understands that you're not, really. These are just examples, metaphors. But what about a temple? That's real, and that has power. Power to change you. Power to change others. Your life is completely and irrevocably changed when the power of the Living God, the person of the Holy Spirit, because of Jesus Himself, has taken control of you.
Yes, you're going to have to listen to the entire sermon for that one. But it relates. Words have power, and they should be directed toward the things that count, the things that make the difference in life. We're still in the life of Peter.
If ever there was a time in all of human history that availability of information was at its pinnacle, we're living in it. You name it: quantity, quality, ease of access. In fact, a new data storage system uses single atoms as computer bits and could hold the contents of the US Library of Congress in a cube just 100 micrometers across... that's a little more than a speck of dust. Understanding God, His reality and how to know Him personally is no longer a matter of lack of info. It's a matter of the heart. Once again, as we've discussed before, it's definitely time to get serious. One thing for sure: He Is.
For almost everyone, when life's circumstances seem overwhelming the question usually arises, 'Why is God allowing this to happen?' Hopefully this series might help in getting some perspective.
We're looking at Isaiah 53 today. There are way too many zero's you have to add to the probability that Isaiah's prophecy could ever be fulfilled. But it did. And there's so much to learn.
We are continuing our discussion from last week in Isaiah in our effort to understand the full impact of what Jesus has done for us on the cross.
Many of us remember the exact incident when we "gave our life to the Lord". We now had our guaranteed security, on our way to heaven for sure and certain. It's a scary proposition. I've heard so many say, "It doesn't matter what I do, what sin or sins I commit. From now on I'm guaranteed my salvation". That kind of attitude frightens me beyond description. A one time "prayer of confession" is the beginning of a lifetime commitment of love and obedience. It's the beginning of a journey, not an end in and of itself. We've been guaranteed that Jesus paid the price on the cross. He did the work of bringing peace between sinful man and Himself, and Jesus continues to do the work, every day, every moment. We yield and He gives us the continued ability. Yes, we may fail from time to time, but He stands ready to wash us clean, every moment, every day.
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