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‘“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool”‘ (Isaiah 1:18 NLT).

From: September 8, 2019


Isaiah begins his prophecy with a terrifying appraisal of Israel’s sin. Yet before he even finishes the first chapter, he offers this hope of forgiveness and covering from the Lord. For the Lord invites us to come to Him and “settle” our sin problem. Though our sins are deeply dyed as scarlet and doubly red like crimson, yet the Lord is able to make them white as new snow or sheep’s wool. We cannot remove sin’s stain, but the Lord can.
For as Isaiah later writes, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6). Who is this “Him” upon which the Lord will lay our sins? It is the Lord Jesus Christ. For when we bring our sins to the Lord asking for forgiveness and believing in His Son, our sins are “laid” on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died in our place.
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You for not only forgiving our sins, but also removing sin’s stain. We rejoice in the gift of grace through Jesus Christ our Lord! Even though we are still in this world, we are justified and clean before Your heavenly throne. Help us to walk in the Spirit today sharing the Good News of Your grace to all we meet. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:17 NKJV).

From: September 8, 2017

The prophet Isaiah wrote of a Day when the “haughtiness” of humanity would be “brought low” and the glory of the Lord rightly acknowledged. This is the “Day of the Lord” (“Yom Yahweh”), a time when God’s purposes are fully revealed and fulfilled. It is at that time, as the apostle Paul wrote, that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil.2:10-11).

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 10:17 ESV)

From: September 8, 2016

Apparently, there were leaders in Corinth who were boasting of superior authority over the apostle Paul in his absence. Some accused him of being bold in writing, but timid in person and in speech (2 Cor. 10:10). Yet, Paul was the one who had first carried the gospel to Corinth. He warned against those who boasted in themselves. They may be more impressive in stature and superior in speech, but it was the Lord who had given the Corinthians Paul as their spiritual father. Instead, the “one who boasts,” should “boast in the Lord.” Here, Paul offered a summary of Jeremiah 9:23-24 to show that such self-commendation was unwise. The only boasting a Christ follower should do, is boasting about Christ. Whatever you are, whatever you have, whatever accomplishments or successes that have accrued to you… give the glory to the Lord. Boast in Jesus, not in yourself.

“…They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4 NKJV)

From: September 8, 2015

The Lord gave Isaiah a vision of the latter days when all nations will come to Jerusalem to worship, a day when the Lord Himself will judge and bring peace. In that day there will be no need for weapons of war. The wealth and works of the nations will no longer be wasted on mutual destruction, but on worship of God and mutual welfare. Even the study of war will be lost, so that mankind forgets the art. Such a day Isaiah saw and we still await its arrival.

“I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love” (Psalm 52:8 NLT)

From: September 8, 2014

This psalm of David was written during the time when he was hiding from Saul. Even though David was being persecuted and circumstances looked bleak, he trusted in “God’s unfailing love.” He compared himself to an olive tree that had sunk its roots into God’s house. Throughout the Middle East the olive tree is known to thrive. No matter the conditions: hot, dry, cold, wet, rocky, or sandy, this gnarly, evergreen tree will live and produce fruit. Even when cut down or burned, new shoots emerge from its roots. Some trees grow from roots that are over 2,000 years old. The olive tree was a symbol of steadfastness and fruitfulness in Israel. Where other trees would die, it thrives. This is what David declared, that with his life rooted in God’s unfailing love, he would thrive in spite of his circumstances. Instead of asking God to change our circumstances, let’s sink our roots into His living water and thrive where we’re planted!

“‘Come now, let’s settle this,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.'” (Isaiah 1:18)

From: September 8, 2012

Isaiah begins his prophecy with a terrifying appraisal of Israel’s sin. Yet, before he even finishes the 1st chapter he offers this hope of forgiveness and covering from the Lord. Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy.

“We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5)

From: September 8, 2011

Are you having trouble praying because of wandering thoughts? Try praying empty before praying full. Pray out every troublesome thought to God. Name every fear and worry to Him. Pray until your mind is quiet. Then pray to be filled with God’s thinking. Be filled with the Spirit.