Sorry, I need to go back. Yesterday we read chapter 58 and I just checked it off my list and moved on. I had to go back to it and this is crazy…that is what the scripture was about and I didn’t even SEE IT!! (Maybe because my priorities were not on God when I was reading).
Can I just lift you up for 1 minute. Today is day 213.
Can you imagine 2020 without your Bible. Many churches are still closed. Think about it…if you attend church (even just sometimes)- that is where we normally hear the Word of God. That is the only time of the week we read a scripture unless we have Hobby Lobby wall art in our house. Is that working for the World? Let me ask you…how many of you feel closer to God now than ever before BECAUSE you spend time with your Bible now more than ever before (and I know you get behind and then jump in or catch up…IT IS OK!!) . 213 days in the Bible is 4 YEARS of SUNDAY’S at church.
Now let me ask you…Are you different? When I say that I mean: are you able to contain your words this year? Do you serve the people around you a little different? Do you feel more humble? I am different, on the inside and I hope that it spills out into my actions.
So here is the question: Is what the World doing working? Is outward “fasting” enough. What we do in Public?
God wants True Fasting=True Worship- what does it mean to be a Christian?
Isaiah 58 (yesterday)-Hang on every word….
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.