God's Grace vs. Our Hypocrisy
Passage: Isaiah 58:1-12
Memory Verse for the Week: Isaiah 58:9-11a (ESV)
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, “Here I am.” If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire …
Intro: How vulnerable are you to charges of hypocrisy?
CLAIMS WITHOUT CONDUCT
What is the core problem?
HIS GRACIOUS REPAIRS
How does this help us see (and trust) God's work to redeem?
DESIGNED TO IMAGE HIM
Why can we have confidence to follow His lead?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Worship the LORD for His integrity – that He is everything that He calls us to be. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for His glorious purity and righteousness.
2. How have you lived inconsistently or hypocritically, welcoming help but rarely offering it to others? Confess your pride and self-interest to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you and to make you whole again.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for all that He has done to repair what we have ruined by our sin. Thank Him for breaking the bonds of our guilt, for healing us where we were ruined, and for always being with us.
4. Who do you know that struggles to care for others? Pray for them, asking the Lord to open their eyes to their hardness of heart, and that He would renew them to trust His love and then offer His love to others.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of love and goodness. Pray for Him to flood into your life with His life-giving power so that you would be equipped to help others the way that Jesus has helped you.
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