Isaiah 7:10-17 by Pastor Don Moore

Monday, August 31, 2009

Isaiah 7:10-17 by Pastor Don Moore

Do we really believe there’s a Heaven and it’s a better place as we are down here going through our go through?  Your expectations cause your disappointments.

Pastor Don gave us a homework assignment regarding this Immanuel, God with us prophecy.  We were to look at this prophecy and look at our lives, to see where we are in the prophecy, and where we had come.  It was kind of hard to do that, until he gave us a sample from his life.  As you see this progress, I strongly suggest thinking about some of these questions for your life as well.

Isaiah 7:10 Moreover, the Lord spoke again to King Ahaz, saying,

Ahaz represents a non-believer or  a new believer.

Isaiah 7:11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”

Ask a sign for yourself.  Pastor Don wanted us to remember what we were like as a Baby Christian or a non-believer, asking God for signs.  Wanting God to do such and such, looking for a sign.  Some seek signs from stars, the occult, new age, not going to God as a believer.  Then asking God questions like, “Why don’t you ….”  Some tell you God doesn’t do those signs, miracles.  After you become a believer, you first have immature ideas of what God does and doesn’t do.  Signs you asked God to perform for you, to make you happy, and give you a reason to believe.

Signs do not always come from God.  Pastor Don shared about ouija boards and signs in the occult.  In fact, at one point, Pastor Don’s college roommates were asking questions on an ouija board, but whoever the familiar spirit was that was answering questions, refused to answer questions about Don.  The spirit told his friends that they did not like Don, but to tell Don his girlfriend was coming up the stairs.

Pastor Don told us that as a young child, a Sunday School Baptist, child of a pastor and having a pastor as a grandparent, he would ask questions, wondering about God in the church, is God real, looking at the stars, etc.  Then one day, he went to a Baptist conference, mostly because a girlfriend was attending, but she didn’t show.  He was sitting in church during this conference and they were singing “Just as I am.”  Pastor Don got the hymnal out and read the lyrics of the hymn, and started crying, and gave his life to Christ.

So as a new believer and an unbeliever we want to ask God for signs, to have Him show Himself to us.  Did you ever do that?  What did you ask and why?  What did God do or not do?

Isaiah 7:12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”

Ahaz sounds so spiritual saying that he will not test the Lord.

James 1:2-8 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

No matter how filthy you feel, God will give you liberally in faith.  Don’t be double minded.  When we take a position of not wanting to ask God there is fear – fear He won’t answer, or pride which keeps you from asking God.  We should ask and God will give us any GOOD thing.

James 1:13-14  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

Patience and tests.  We ask in faith – believing.  God is not in the temptation business, but it doesn’t say that we won’t be tested.  God will not put something in front of you to tempt you to sin – for example alcohol in front of an alcoholic.  The koran says that allah sets a trap for a good man to destroy him.  God will test a man to show his goodness and bring out patience, good will and strength.  God will not put a hooker into a room to tempt a minister to fall.

Isaiah 7:12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”

We often don’t ask because we are afraid of asking wrong.  A religious spirit tells us not to ask God for stuff, but that is pride and a religious spirit that stops us.  Then Ahaz says nor will he test the Lord.  HOW can you the LESSER test God the GREATER?  It is not possible.  The book of Micah tells us to prove God in reference to the tithe, and see if God doesn’t open the windows of Heaven.  God has no problem setting a test before Himself.

James 4:2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

We have not because we ask not.  Ahaz was told to test God.  If he chooses not to ask God it is a lack of faith on Ahaz’s part.

We need to ask ourselves if we are in a situation because we have not asked God to prove Himself in our lives.  In order to ask God for something you have to confess something – you have to confess that you have need of God.  Prayer is the highest form of worship. To ask God you have to humble yourself and say you lack.  If you pray to anything else other than God, you are humbling yourself to an idol.

Confessing lack, insufficiency and inability to obtain something for ourselves, we have to ask in faith, believing.  Ask and God is glad to prove Himself to be God.  God is saying, “If  you have a need, why not come to me?”

Pastor Don asked us to think about what turning points in our life did we, instead of asking God to be strong in our lives, take a detour, ignored the warning signs.

When the Bible talks about not being unequally yoked, we need to realize that it is not just about marriage, but business, and other areas of our life.

There is darkness and light.  If we choose a different path and direction, we are choosing darkness over light.

Identify those turning points, what built and tore down your character, what did you turn to that wasn’t God.

Just because you came to Jesus for salvation doesn’t mean that you’ve surrendered your flesh to Him.  Accept the flesh where we are, and then ask God to give us more of Jesus.  We have Jesus on the inside working on the outside, and oh what a change in our lives as we gain more of Him in our flesh.  The more Word that goes in, the more sin goes out.

The world tries to imitate what we have in Jesus, there are many books that take the principles that are there in the Bible, strip out anything relating to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and then try to claim that these are their original principles, but they do not have the power that we have, for we have the Lord.  We have faith in God and the authority of Jesus.

Pastor Don then told us that we need to die to self, and one good way to do that is to help someone else.  The woman prostitute came to Jesus with the spikenard, her valuable possession, and poured it over Jesus, anointing him – she gave Him her all, her valuables.  After she got saved, she didn’t go fix her hair, create a new wardrobe, and say I’ll get myself happy then I’ll serve God.  She went out and served Him immediately.

A spirit of pride and a religious spirit, is what keeps us from asking.  God gives us an opportunity, and if God says ask, ask.  Ask for the the nations, ask for something great.  The more mature we get in Christ, the less we will be asking for ourselves, but adding to our prayers those concerns of others.

The greatest curse in America right now is it’s divorce rate, which causes damage to many living.  Parents do not do their jobs, and this tendency goes to the next generation and the next generation.  Someone suggested that abortion was also a curse for America and abortion is a terrible sin taking many lives, but Pastor Don felt that divorce also leads to the devaluing of life and abortion as well.  And it goes from generation to generation.

There is a tendency in this culture to follow the thoughts of songs like make yourself happy.  Pastor Abraham told Pastor Don that in India when a marriage occurs people marry with the plan to make themselves happy and content within that marriage – not divorce option.  The divorce rate in India is very small.

Isaiah 7:13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?

We can weary men, and constantly asking God for a sign can weary God too.  The Bible shows us that there are signs in Heaven, and we need to line up with God’s perfect plan for our lives.

Pastor Don told us to ask ourselves how have we stressed men out?  How have we stressed God out?  This is what I do to people. Have you messed up your marriage, stressed out your pastor, over-dominated you children, etc.? How do you weary men?  How do you weigh people down? To become spiritually mature, we have to ask this.  Are we uplifting to others?  How do we stress ourselves out?

We need to make sure we give ourselves time to take a vacation.

How do we stress God, weary God?  Do we grieve the Holy Spirit?  Weary the Holy Spirit?  God can get tired of stuff and put us on the back side of the desert until you figure things out.  He did it for Moses.  He put Joseph in prison for awhile until he grew up, etc.

Pastor Don had us pick up any object in front of us with our right hand, then pick up something with our left hand.  Then he asked us to look at the table and see if there was anything more valuable on the table before us that we wished we had picked up with the first set of instructions.  In order to pick up the more valuable thing, we had to put down something.

Sometimes God puts us on the backside of the desert until we figure out that we have to put some stuff down so that we can be ready to receive God’s best for our lives.  If we humble ourselves, and let God take over, things will go much better for us, but that involves putting down some stuff.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

What is it that blocks you, what is holding you back.  Even though you don’t have it together, God will still use us.  In spite of our sin and our stuff He still uses us. God knows what we do and He still has a purpose for us.  There is a sign – BEHOLD – The Virgin will conceive and bear a son, in spite of it all.  He sees us as a virgin and sees us as bearing a Son – God with us.  Unsoiled, unsullied bringing forth fruit.

God can use us.

Isaiah 7:15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.

He knows to refuse evil and choose good, and He will bring you stuff, and He will show you how to refuse evil and choose good.  This is evil/this is good.  We want to discern good from evil.  God is with us, and when we realize that, we gain some spiritual maturity.  As we mature in Him, we will make more and more right choices.  After you begin to make those choices you enter ministry.  Jesus was obedient and didn’t have to be put on the backside of the desert.  At age 12 we have only one correction from his parents reported, that he stayed behind to discuss the Scriptures, and his parents corrected him for causing them concern by not traveling with the group.  From that time it stated that Jesus learned obedience and wisdom.

The Church of America has lost its way, for the leadership has led the people wrong.

Isaiah 7:16 For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.

Choose good and avoid evil.  The land you dread will be forsaken by Kings.  There are kings over you in your flesh.  The kings have forsaken you.  Who are those in your life who have forsaken you?  The land you dread, you fear to be forsaken.

If you are in ministry and grow in the Lord, those who knew you in the flesh will forsake you.  You will begin to pray about those in your life, your children, the ministry, those who are your spiritual children, praying less about yourself and more about others.  The more you grow, the more you will be concerned about others. There will be new and different things to face, and in this land that you dread there will be spirits that oppress you, and try to pull you out of God’s will.

Pastor Don ran out of time during this Bible study, so he asked us to spend time thinking about verses 16 & 17 in detail to see how they apply to our walks of life.

I hope this blesses you, it sure gives me a lot to think about and reflect on.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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