Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Please look at Isaiah chapter 5:1-7 and read. Dispensationally, this is speaking of Israel (V7) however, Scripturally, it is true in any dispensation, grace or law, Old or New Testament.
Look at V. 4 and notice God’s question: “What could have been done more?” The LORD had done everything to make Israel prosperous and fruitful. He fenced the field, planted it, cleared the stones, built a tower, made a winepress and waited for the fruit. God is always looking for good results from His works. He works the same in our lives in this day and age as well. He gives us everything needed in order for saved people to become mature, rooted, successful, stable, and fruit-bearing. He has given us the Bible, The Holy Spirit, The Church, along with His great and precious promises, 2 Peter 1:3-10. We who are Born Again have no excuse for failure. What more could have been done?
That brings me to the second question: “What will it take?” Now notice in vs.5-6 that God does something different. He will take away the hedge and there will be no more protection. He will break down the wall. He will lay it waste. “I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.” God will use His command over the natural environment to get man’s attention. There are many examples of this in the Scriptures from floods, to famines, to flies etc.
As in the case of King David and his sin with Bathsheba, God sent a messenger. In the case of Ananias and Sapphira, God sent sudden death. In the case of the prodigal son, God sent emptiness, loss of everything.
Note here if you are lost. God can send you the same things, just for a different reason.
Sometimes, God just simply speaks in a still small voice, and if you will not respond to that, He may send a circumstance, or a convicting thing or person, or maybe even a dire consequence…whatever it takes to break a person in order to make a person.
Now, here are three important questions:
- What will it take to get you fired up? Like David.
- What will it take to get you freed up? Like Ananias and Sapphira.
- What will it take to get you forced out? Like the Prodigal.
Many years ago my Pastor, Dr. Charles E. Wright preached a message titled: “Three ways God deals with His people.”
- At the Altar.
- At the Woodshed.
- At the Graveyard.
If you are Saved but not living for the Lord, “What will it take?”
If you are unsaved and living for self, “What will it take?”