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Thanksgiving Part 1

What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday?

1. List 3 things God has done for you today.

2. List 3 things God has done for you this week.

3. List 3 things God has done for you this month.

4. List 3 things God has done for you this year.

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Read Isaiah 66 (the last chapter of Isaiah!)
1. What does Isaiah 66:1 teach us about where God dwells?

2. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ 2 Chronicles 6:18

□ Matthew 5:34-35

□ Acts 7:48-49

□ Acts 17:24

3. Who does God say He will look upon in Isaiah 66:2?

4. What does God promise in Isaiah 66:3-4? To whom?

5. What does God say about Jerusalem in Isaiah 66:5-13?

6. What does God promise to the servants of God in Isaiah 66:24? To his enemies?

7. What prophecy is given in Isaiah 66:15-17?

8. What promise does God make to those who are scattered in Isaiah 66:18- 21?

9. What promise to the faithful do you find in Isaiah 66:22-23?

10. What does God promise to those who have transgressed against Him in Isaiah 66:24?

11. What are some of the things that struck you as you studied the book of Isaiah?

12. What have you learned from Isaiah that you can apply to your life today?

13. How have you been changed by your study of the book of the prophet Isaiah?

Isaiah 65

Read Isaiah Chapter 65
1. Who is God talking about in Isaiah 65:1? How do you know?

2. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Romans 9:24-26, 30
□ Romans 10:20
□ Ephesians 2:12-13
□ Deuteronomy 32:21

3. Who is God talking about in Isaiah 65:2-5? How do you know?

4. What did Jesus have to say to people similar to those described in Isaiah 65:5?
□ Matthew 9:9-13
□ Matthew 23:13-38

□ Mark 7:1-13

□ Luke 18:9-14

5. To whom is God speaking in Isaiah 65:6-7? What is He promising?

6. What is God promising in Isaiah 65:8-10? To whom?

7. Who is God speaking to in Isaiah 65:11-16? What is He promising them?

8. What is being described in Isaiah 65:17-25?

9. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ 2 Peter 3:13

□ Revelation 21:1

10. Copy Isaiah 65:24 here. Meditate on this verse. What comes to mind?

 

Read Isaiah 64
1. Isaiah continues his prayer in chapter 64. What does he ask God to do in Isaiah 64:1-5? Why?

2. Isaiah makes a corporate confession in Isaiah 64:6-7. What sins does he confess on behalf of himself and the nation of Israel?

3. Copy Isaiah 64:8 here. Mediate on this. What observations can you make? Application?

4. What do these verses teach?
□ Deuteronomy 32:6
□ Psalm 100:3
□ Ephesians 2:10

5. What does Isaiah ask of God in Isaiah 64:9-12?

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I love when God reminds me that I don’t have to struggle or fight or worry. He has everything under control. The opening verses of Isaiah 43 are a perfect example of such a reminder:

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:1-2 NLT

God holds the reins.
God controls the impact outside forces can have on me.
God is sovereign over everything.
God is concerned and monitoring the things and forces that come against me.

For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia[a] and Seba in your place. Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
Isaiah 43:3-4 NLT

God chose me.
God values me.
God will choose those who are His–those who love Him and seek Him over those whose hearts are cold toward him.

May the Holy One of Israel speak these truths over you today in such a way that you know that He loves you and will keep you from going under or burning up. He is a good, good Father.

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Dan – Israel

Doing All to Stand

The dark cloud of trial
looms large overhead
again

I know the signs
I want to circle my wagons
okay–my wagon

my heart says it’ll be hard
my enemy whispers, “He’s left you”
everything in me
wants to circle the drain of my past
shouting, “alone! I’m alone!”

But God–
Your patient hand steering me,
through perilous forests of loss and
seemingly endless quagmire of sorrow,
has taught me:
I am not alone
I am never alone
I was never alone
I will never be alone
this young lion remembers

But the winds of adversity still blow
there’s still more in my heart
You’d have me know
my adversary whispers in my questions
“this will be hard,
you will suffer loss”

everything in broken me wants to cut bait
jump ship
throw out the baby with the bath water
move into crisis mode
find a solution

on come my plans
contingency plans
plans for protection
plans for the future
plans to stay busy
but not Your plans

You say, “Lift your head, sweet child
I have plans for you
good plans
future plans
hope-filled plans”

I don’t need more of my plans
I need faith
to believe Your plans

I must stand
doing all to stand
just stand
just wait
just be

He’s coming
He’s watching
He sees
He knows

It’s Him willing and doing
for His good pleasure

I am His
I am accepted
I am beloved
I am adopted
I am under the blood

this young lion rests

 

Salve for Sorrow

For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
        Jeremiah 31:25

With God everything is done to perfection. Thus, in the Amplified Version, this verse reads, “I fully satisfy the weary soul” reminding us of that complete work God does in our souls when we allow Him.

The Amplified Version also adds “languishing” to the second phrase, so it reads, “I have replenished every languishing and sorrowful soul.” This word languishing carries the meaning of wasting away from sorrow.”

This is my testimony. As I was languishing in my sorrow over my loss, betrayal and humiliation at the hands of one close to me, God gave me satisfaction and healing in my soul, in my innermost being–the place that only God can touch, but which desperately needs touching. My situation remained unchanged, but my soul was replenished and restored.

So remember, when you are languishing in sorrow, you need only wait in helplessness for God for just a short while with an openness to Him, and you shall experience what God promised through the prophet Jeremiah.

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