Monthly Archives: October 2015

Judgment on sin and death

In the Apostle John’s vision of heaven, he says:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3–4)

Bring it on!!!

It’s a world we long for; life as it should be in the perfect presence of God forever. No sin, no death.

Yet, often we fail to think what is needed for heaven to be possible. No sin can exist in God’s presence, and so God’s judgment is just and needed.

Today in Isaiah 24 we look at God’s judgment. Judgment is a taboo word today. But I pray we will see God’s judgment is just and needed so that we can experience God’s perfect presence forever.

In Christ, Tory.

From sin to singing

The Song of Praise in Isaiah 12 describes an individual moving from fear to trust, God’s anger to God’s comfort, from sin to singing (to quote from ‘Isaiah: Surprising Salvation, Kirk Patston, Reading the Bible Today Series, 2010’). The LORD is celebrated as strength, song, and salvation.

Song is the combination of words and truth and channeled emotion that gives wonder and awe.

When we sing we have the freedom of losing ourselves as we focus on another. We don’t sing when we know we’re being watched by others. The book of Isaiah wants us to focus on God and lose ourselves in wonder of Him.

Isaiah reminds us we have so much to sing about!

God’s people have been brought to life by God, and have the joy of drawing water from the wells of salvation.

And we can be true to ourselves as thankful and joyful proclaimers of God’s strength and salvation.

In Christ, Tory.

Who will you trust?

It’s not just what we say we believe with our lips at church – as we sing songs and confess creeds – it’s the practicals of how we live each day.

It’s not just the big defining moments in life – ‘who will I marry, where will I live, where will I work?’ – it’s also the little decisions each day… ‘how will I spend my time and money, will I read the Bible and pray today, will I come to church today, and how will I treat others today?’

Each decision shows in whom your trust is placed. Trust, or faith (same thing), encompasses all of life.

Isaiah’s challenge to the people of Judah in 8th Century BC was: ‘Who will you trust?’

He encourages his hearers to ‘stand firm in your faith in the LORD, or you will not stand at all’ (Isaiah 7:9). He calls them to join the faithful remnant, whom will survive by trusting God.

Let’s pray for one another to stand firm in our faith in the LORD; and that our lips and lives encourage others to ‘Come join the remnant!’

In Christ, Tory.

A brush with holiness

Every now and then we get a brush with fame. Someone different to us who is in a league of their own. They might be royalty, a world leader, sports celebrity, actor, or someone who has excelled in their field. Being in their presence is so special because they are so different to us.

But really, that brush with fame doesn’t change much for us. For a moment it’s exciting, but then life goes back to normal for us.

Isaiah has a brush with ‘someone’ special in chapter 6 of his vision: the LORD Almighty, the one who is holy, holy, holy.

His encounter with God changes everything for ever. Because coming into the presence of the holy God shows us who we really are: unclean sinners.

In fact, it’s fair to say the truly ‘spiritual person’ is the one who has met God and so is aware of their sin. They humbly accept His offer of forgiveness in Jesus, and want to serve Him all their days.

Have you had that encounter with God yet?

In Christ, Tory.