fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. —Isaiah 41:10 ESV John Piper, in a sermon, “Fear Not, I Am with You, I Am Your … More The crucial factor in fearless living
John Piper, in a sermon, “Prayer and the Victory of God” Now to fix this truth vividly in your minds—that the victory of God is coming and that it is coming by means of our prayers—look with me at Isaiah 37 and one stunning illustration of prayer and the victory of God. Sennacherib was the … More The Stunning Effect of Prayer Illustrated
O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered, and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts leap, it is leapt upon. The Lord is … More Ultimate stability in unstable times
When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” —Luke 22:53 ESV J.C. Ryle comments on Luke 22:53- …the time during which evil is permitted to triumph is fixed and limited by God. We read that … More God’s absolute and complete sovereignty
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.—Isaiah 30:18 John Piper’s introduction and conclusion of a sermon, “Battling the Unbelief of Impatience,” Impatience is a form of unbelief. … More Piper: Impatience is a form of unbelief.
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.—Isaiah 25:1 John Piper comments: God is a planning God. He gives forethought to what he does. He is wise. And if you believe that he is all-knowing, … More Piper: God never “gets lucky”
Overwhelmed at all the political commercials, ads and election coverage? Frustrated by the general political climate? Here is some encouragement to PRAY for our leaders, no matter what political party they belong to. John Piper, in a sermon, “Pray for Kings and All in High Positions” No king, no president, no premier, no Ayatollah can stay … More Our God reigns, and no politician can stay his hand
As we approach some days of long readings in Isaiah, let’s pause to understand Isaiah’s purpose in writing. Isaiah was a well-educated man, married with two sons and called to preach in Jerusalem during the period of 740 BC until after 701 BC. This was the period after King Uzziah died (ch6) and the succeeding … More Can you see God in these long passages of Isaiah?
2 Chronicles 22:7 “But it was ordained by God that the downfall of Ahaziah should come about through his going to visit Joram.” Ahaziah decided to join Joram, king of Israel, in order to try to recapture Ramoth-gilead from Hazael, king of Syria. He had advisors that encouraged him to do this. A few years prior to this, Jehoshaphat had … More Ahaziah and Ahab. Both corrupt. Both under God’s ultimate rule.
And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.Did you … More For we are powerless but our eyes are on you