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Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2004 5:59 pm
steve knox
 
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thoughts about the talk and this specific passage...

isaiah was speaking a forceful word of comfort in the hope of a coming messiah...in relation to sabbath, isaiah is speaking about the motive behind their seeking after God...it made me think about why i seek God...

is it because of what He can do for me?

the hope of seeking after God is not that I would get something or have some need met...the hope of my seeking is to know God...

the hope of my fasting is to hunger for God...the hope of my solitude is to focus on God...the hope of my silence is to hear God's voice...

according to this passage (isaiah 58 ), God takes care of the details and my needs if i will just simply seek Him...that's why sabbath is important and essential for me as a follower of Christ...

if i love and know God, i can't help but express this love to those around me...i cultivate this love when i embrace sabbath...

when i slow down to hear and be with God, i'm tuned into how He's at work in the world around me and live in response to His voice...

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[+] isaiah 58
Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 8:58 am
Gary
 
Joined: 12 Aug 2004
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Too fast and pray....to fall inward so as to move outward. Author, Brian Atwood , gives insight into what happens as we fast and pray for the right reasons.

We desire a deeper relationship with God so we choose fasting and prayer as one of the options available to us to accomplish that goal.

We disassociate ourselves with other things for a while so we can focus more on God. It’s as if we’re saying, "God, I don’t even care about food right now I want so much to walk in your presence."

In so doing we dive into a closer walk with God. We begin to "see His face" - which is the way the scriptures depict our relationship when we draw close to God.

Walking more closely to God brings brings about formation in our character. Fasting and prayer doesn’t change God - it changes us!

We’re now being formed to the place as isaiah stated,

where your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

Our life with God ...grows stronger.
Our relationships with others improve.

As we walk with God we become more like God who treats others in an excellent manner.

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    May the love of God continually interrupt your day,

    Gary
    coffee drinker

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