First Things First

Connecting Points

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Today’s Topic:  Five Fantastic Facts of Faith

Today’s Text:  Isaiah 45:17    “But Israel will be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation.”

     Isaiah 45:19   “I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’”

     Isaiah 45:23   “Before the LORD every knee will bow.”

      Isaiah 45:24   “In the LORD alone are righteousness and strength.”

      Isaiah 45:25   “In the LORD all the descendants of Israel will be found righteous and will exult.”

First things first.

I’m guilty of putting lesser things first.

Today I rejoice that the first things are the first things. They are also the best things. God designed it that way. His first things are always our best things.

As I read through the 45th chapter of Isaiah again this morning I was reminded of five first things that put every other thing in proper perspective. Here they are:

#1.   God’s salvation is an everlasting salvation.

#2.   God does not hide Himself from us, and when we seek Him we will find Him.

#3.   One day everyone will bow before Him and acknowledge that He is LORD. Some will bow in despair as they await their sentence. I will join all others who have been saved and bow before Him in adoration and thanksgiving as we enter His eternal presence.

#4.   Only in the LORD will I discover and embrace righteousness and strength. All other ground is sinking sand. He alone is my solid rock.

#5.   In the LORD I will be found righteous and will glory in Him. God declares me righteous because of the righteousness of Christ in me. Not because of what I did to earn it – I can do NOTHING to earn it. It is all because of the love and grace of God manifested in Jesus Christ my LORD! That makes me rejoice!

First things first.

Pastor John

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