Life-Sharing What has God been teaching you through the visions of the book of ISAIAH? Pick one of the prior week’s central truth and explain how the LORD spoke into your life.
Give Counsel, Grant Justice (ISAIAH 16) CENTRAL TRUTH: Need counsel? Look for it in the right place. “Send the lamb” into your situation – Jesus Christ – who shelters you in steadfast love and faithfulness. All counsel apart from this stems from pride, leaving us empty-handed. Look for His counsel already spoken. KEY VERSE:3 “Give counsel; grant justice; make your shade like night at the height of noon; shelter the outcasts; do not reveal the fugitive; 4 let the outcasts of Moab sojourn among you; be a shelter to them from the destroyer. When the oppressor is no more, and destruction has ceased, and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
Look on the Holy One (ISAIAH 17) CENTRAL TRUTH: Partners in sin are couples in judgment. Just as Israel partnered with godless Syria for protection, looking away from God makes us a heap of ruins one day. The ruins help us look on the Holy One!Remember your Rock of refuge, Jesus Christ. Look on Him! KEY VERSE:7 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. 8 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense.
I will Quietly Look from My Dwelling (ISAIAH 18) CENTRAL TRUTH: God is not slow to fulfill His work. He has no need for help from the land of whirring wings, which we chase after for advice. Instead, He quietly looks from His dwelling while His work presses on, shaping us into givers of tributes in worship to Jesus Christ. KEY VERSE: 4 For thus the Lord said to me: “I will quietly look from my dwelling like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” 5 For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he cuts off the shoots with pruning hooks, and the spreading branches he lops off and clears away.
Tremble at His Presence (ISAIAH 19:1-15) CENTRAL TRUTH: Come before the great and awesome all-consuming presence of the LORD today through the indwelling holy Spirit. His presence trembles the world of our idols, dries up the source of dependence, and makes utterly foolish all counsel apart from Jesus Christ. KEY VERSE:1An oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
How has your walk with the Lord grown since the last time we gathered? What areas of your spiritual health have been nourished? What areas are still in need of growth that we can treat together with the Word and Spirit?
What hardships, difficulties, trials, and/or unanswered prayers are you going through that we can all carry together as one body in Christ?
“In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world,” says Jesus (JOHN 16:33). How can we take heart today and overcome?
Life-Praying What requests of prayer are still left unanswered, where God has said “no” or “wait”? What requests of prayer have been answered by God in the last month?
Read the following Scriptures about prayer. Take a moment to invite the Holy Spirit to fill you, and pray for one another. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
… do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)