Summary: Study of the book of Isaiah, Chapter 2. In this message we see God's calling to move into the House of Jacob -- that we would not only move, but that we would bring others as well.
Walking in the Light
- Can you imagine for a moment if the literal house of Jacob acknowledged Jesus?
- However, these people have a veil over their hearts; to hide the true Messiah
- Yet, there is good news – one day they will see Him; and that day we will too
- A day is coming that we shall see the True and Living God; are you ready?
- Let’s stand together and Read Isaiah 2:1-5 / Pray
Point 1 – Here is an invitation
- V5 says, “Come, o House of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
- It is important to note that we ALL need this kind of invitation to walk with God
- As believers, we should desire to submit this way and live under God’s protection
- But the challenge is: Who are we bringing to God as well?
- Even though we might invite, the invitation from God is singular and individual
- The nations and the house of Jacob are called to respond because of God’s desire
- He desires to be close to them and to be in a relationship; we must too – 2 Pet 3:9
- We must walk in the light of the Lord (1 John 1:7); willing to grow and change
For us, this invitation comes in several forms we must recognize:
- For us who have been ministered too. Have you been comforted? Loved? Healed? Delivered? Destroyed? Crushed? Changed?
- How about those you’ve ministered to that have accepted Jesus? Joy felt?
- From new converts, who are burning in zeal to be like the older saints – the invite is to teach them and develop them with temperance and patience
- For those of us who desire to lift one another up (“… come let US walk …”)
Point 2 - We must accept this invitation
- No other light is comparable to it; especially if you are already bought by God
- Go to 1 Corinthians 6:20 with me – let’s read how valuable you are: “you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Jehovah is your LIGHT!
- There is no other walking that is ever going to be safe (Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
- Walking in the light of the Lord means that your eyes are open – you’re changed
APP: When we accept this invitation, what is it that happens?
- In the light we find certainty for the mind
- Reason makes guesses, or confesses that she knows nothing
- Revelation alone is sure, infallible, unalterable. All other light is DARKNESS
- In this light we find rest for the conscience
- We see Jesus, his blood, and the perfect pardon which it procures
- We see his perfect righteousness covering us, and making us bow before God
- Perfection is in Christ – but what do we seek until we are face to face?
- In this light we find direction for judgment
- We see sin, love, providence, the future, etc. in their true colors and we respond
- We learn to know the right way to go – all by being willing to enter in/respond
- We discover the hidden snares, and are led to avoid them at all costs
- Better than any GPS or map we could find; God’s direction is perfect
- In this light we find delight for the soul
- In our personal condition in Christ – we are “complete in him”
- In the dealings of our Father, “all things work together for good for them that love God (Romans 8:28) – Can you be delighted when God’s plan works?
- In the struggling which goes on in each of us; we receive grace and hope
- In the future of death and eternity – we don’t fret – because we walk with Him
- In this light we find communion for the heart
- We see God and feel perfect peace
- We see grace practiced in our lives and we enjoy full assurance
- We see Jesus for Who He is, not who others say He might be; and are comforted
- We see the saints and we delight in their trials and ask to be a part of them
- We need to enter into this agreement … and we need to come into the light
- We are called to remain in it at all costs; not just for a one time meeting
- However, we’re called to do more than that – we’re called to GROW – to move forward to having a perfect completion; a perfection in our lives