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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Promise

Out of the stump of David’s family, will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.—Isaiah 11:1-2 (NLT)

Yes, out of the old law shall grow a promise—a new branch, Jesus, who will fulfill the judgment of the law by paying with His own life. The Spirit of the Lord will fill Him with wisdom and understanding and knowledge. He will possess spiritual insight and counsel, and a great respect for the Lord. “He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,” Isaiah imparts, “or decide by what he hears with his ears;  but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth” (Isaiah 11:3b-4a, NIV).

Who is Jesus to you? Do you know that He paid the price for your sin so that you might walk in the joy and freedom of the Holy Spirit? He died so you might be free from the judgment of the law. That judgment is now broken by His undeserved grace. He doesn’t judge by what He sees in your life. He doesn’t evaluate your life by words you have spoken in judgment. With righteousness—with merciful honesty—with great virtue, He looks at the neediness of your broken life, and recognizes your need for His forgiving grace. He will not force His grace upon you. He waits for you to ask, and then with justice that He purchased for you on Calvary, He imparts healing for your poor and needy soul. 

You aren’t needy? You aren’t poor? You don’t feel you need His forgiving love? I am poor and needy, and only made rich by what He has paid for my sin. He continually imparts grace, and daily I believe by faith. “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ,” Paul writes, “and this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are” (Romans 3:22, NLT).

Do you want to believe? It is true for you. Jesus is not a religion. He is not a God of doom and retribution. He is a Savior of forgiveness and grace who paid the price for your judgment. He offers a relationship of love, peace, and joy. You need only ask.

©2018 Lynn Lacher

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