18 For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited),
“I am the LORD, and there is none else.
19“I have not spoken in secret,
In some dark land;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
‘Seek Me in a waste place’;
I, the LORD, speak righteousness,
Declaring things that are upright.
20“Gather yourselves and come;
Draw near together, you fugitives of the nations;
They have no knowledge,
Who carry about their wooden idol
And pray to a god who cannot save.
21“Declare and set forth your case;
Indeed, let them consult together.
Who has announced this from of old?
Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the LORD?
And there is no other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a Saviour;
There is none except Me.
22“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other.
23“I have sworn by Myself,
The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
And will not turn back,
That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
24“They will say of Me, ‘Only in the LORD are righteousness and strength.’
Men will come to Him,
And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.
25“In the LORD all the offspring of Israel
Will be justified and will glory.”
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil….. – Hebrews 6:19
The heaviness of the enemy is like a persistent storm beating against the side of a ship; on the surface it looks hopeless. However, God’s heaviness is like the anchor holding it, keeping it safe, steady, secure throughout and despite the storm.
That world outside there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity, it’s waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity! – Leonard Ravenhill
This is one of my favourite Spurgeon quotes, discernment is vital in the church today and among individual believers.
Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace – J.C. RYLE