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When we meet together, we take time to share our joys and concerns. Consider your past week. If you have any prayer requests, you can share them in the comments on this post. When you are ready, use the prayer below (source) to get started.
Mighty Savior, give me strength to hold on to the great blessings and wonderful gifts You have given me. Especially the blessings of Your promises, Your presence, Your peace, Your guidance, Your healing, and the gifts of salvation, faith, hope, love and eternal life. May I never forget these blessings or fail to use these gifts, and may they always be to me a proof of Your gracious love. Thank You for all You have given me: thank You, Mighty Savior. AMEN
Today's lesson is on Isaiah 43:1-4, 10-12.
This text is God’s promise to Israel. As a result of turning away from God and refusing to repent, the nation of Israel has been divided into northern and southern kingdoms. The northern kingdom was captured and dispersed by the Assyrian Empire.
Because Judah was spared, the people thought it was a sign that God would never allow Judah to fall. Isaiah called the people to repent, return to God and become witnesses for God. Unfortunately, forsaking God for a false god erodes the knowledge a person already has, and prevents growth toward God. The people refused to listen to Isaiah.
Although Isaiah was not believed in his own time, his words were written down. His words were considered precious by God and were preserved throughout generations.
Lord, give us hearts and minds to be true witnesses of your mighty world. Thank you for how you have revealed yourself throughout history. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Thought to Remember
Remember God’s works, and witness faithfully.
This week's benediction is from the New Living Translation.
Next week's lesson will be on Isaiah 48:3-8, 17.
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