All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way

Surely our [e]griefs He Himself bore,
And our [f]sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[g]Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was [h]pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our [i]well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To [j]fall on Him.  Isaiah 53:4-6

Jesus paid the penalty that we deserved.  Long before Jesus ever walked the earth the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the sacrifice that Jesus would make.  He is the center of all things and when He is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself.

Sometimes we can get caught up in our own lives and the things we are facing.  We become discouraged by the circumstances we face, but we must always remember the sacrifice that Jesus made.  He gave His very life and shed His very blood so that we could be free.

Freedom is not a feeling, it is a reality that is only found in Jesus Christ.  But what does it truly mean to follow Jesus.  To follow Jesus means that we must be willing to deny ourselves and pick up our cross.  Our journey with Jesus is one of continually dying to ourselves and abiding in Him in all things.

The Holy Spirit lives within us and empowers us to do all things that God has called us to do.  In ourselves we are nothing, but as we seek the Lord and seek His face, the Holy Spirit makes all things possible.  Let us always focus and fix our hearts upon Jesus.  As we fix our eyes upon Him and seek Him with all our heart, He will use our lives to bring glory and honor unto His name.

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