Word of the Year
January 7, 2018 • Pastor Paul Taylor • 2018
Isaiah 7:14-17 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.[a] 15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted. 17 The Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father's house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!” Notice: God’s plans are good and sovereign. Prayer: God, we’re grateful for Your sovereign plans. From before the beginning of the world, You made a way for us to know You and for us to experience life that we’d never seen before: life extraordinary and abundant. As we look toward the day of Jesus’s birth and the beginning of that plan in motion, help us to slow down and notice all that You’re doing everywhere around us.
Isaiah 9:1-7 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Notice: Who Jesus is. Who is Jesus to me and what do I need cling to this season? Prayer: God, thank You for sending your Son, Jesus. Remind us today of Jesus: our Wonderful Counselor who lightens our burdens. Our Mighty God who fights for us. Our Everlasting Father who increases our joy. Our Prince of Peace who shines light into our darkness. Help us to remember what we’re living for as followers of You and all that this season points us toward: Your Kingdom that is without end.
Isaiah 11:1-9 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. 9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lordas the waters cover the sea. Notice: What Jesus is doing. What is Jesus doing in my own life? Prayer: God, today we’re thankful that You sent Jesus to earth on mission. When Jesus walked on earth as both fully God and fully man, He lived a perfect life by the power of Your Spirit. He was the perfect judge, righteous, faithful, full of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel and might. And we know that He is still working today in the same ways. Help us to slow down today and see all that You are doing through the power of Your Spirit at work in believers.