March 25, 2015

Read: Isaiah 53:5

I love memorizing scripture! I think it is one of the best ways to always have the Word of God with me, wherever I go. I want to have His instructions in my heart and mind. 

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

Write this verse down — copy it twenty times if that helps! Remember that teacher that one time made you write something on the board twenty times? Well it works, guys!

God's word brings life! It is beautiful! With His wounds, we are healed. Imagine what Isaiah must have felt, what he saw when writing about our Lord. There was nothing beautiful in His appearance to attract us. Yet, by His wounds we are healed!  

Lord, I am so grateful that, in moments of doubt, I have only to look at the cross to remember all You've done for me. You took my piercing, my crushing, my chastisement - all rightfully due guilty me - and You gave me eternal peace and healing in exchange. I am bowed low by the love You have for me! You paid for my sins, every one of them, with Your very life blood - because of love. What else can I do but love You in return? I love You, Lord! Oh, how I love You!

Pray:  

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.