Joyful Thanks Living - Living For God

Joyful Thanks Living - Bible study 
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Living For God
saiah 43 + 44  

Isaiah 43 + 44    select verses (NIV 1984)
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—  he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  …7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”   …10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.  Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.  11 I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.  12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you.  You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.   13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.   …21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.   … 25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.  … [chapter 44] 22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,  your sins like the morning mist.  Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

  The prophet Isaiah lived in the southern kingdom of Judah.  Both Israel (the northern kingdom) and Judah were initially at peace and very prosperous during that time.  Then things changed.  First Israel was destroyed by the Assyrians, and now foreign armies were threatening Judah. 
   The message of Isaiah chapters 43 and 44 is that our Savior God is the only God, and he delivers his people for his own sake.  In these chapters God points out the sins of God’s people, calls them to repentance, and declares full forgiveness. 

God claims You as His Own
   The book of Isaiah, written to Old Testament Jews, addressed their situation as an earthly nation, and also their individual spiritual situations with God.  The words of Isaiah still apply to us today regarding our spiritual lives.  In verse 1 God says, “You are mine.”  Verse 1 also says that God created us, formed us, redeemed us, and summoned us.  This is why God claims us as his very own. 

You Were Bought at a Price
  In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 the apostle Paul writes, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”  God’s Son paid a great price to redeem us, by living a sinless life in our place and dying on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.    
   Paul writes about Jesus in Philippians 2:6-8, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

God Demands to Be #1
   In Isaiah 42:8 God declares, “I am the LORD; that is my name!  I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.”  God claims us as his own and will not “share” us with false gods.  God demands to be first in our lives.  He does not accept second place.  When anything begins to come between you and God, whether material possessions, career, family, or anything else, your faith is in jeopardy. 
   Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38).   Jesus also said, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”  (Matthew 10:37). 

Created for God’s Glory
   Isaiah writes in verses 7 and 21 that we are created for God’s glory, that we may proclaim God’s praise.  The purpose for our lives is to worship, praise, and honor God.  Even our everyday activities can please and honor God when done in faith and in conformance with God’s will.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,  do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,  giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17 (NIV 1984)

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,  do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV 1984)

Our Daily Life is Worship
  God has placed us in various roles such as parent, student, employee, friend, and many others.  We glorify God by fulfilling these roles with a loving Christian attitude. 
   When we live to the glory of God and place God first in our lives, we are worshiping God with our lives.  The apostle Paul puts it this way, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” 
(Romans 12:1)

  Sinners and Saints
   Our sinful human nature wants us to live only for ourselves, not for God.  Here on earth the Christian is both a sinner and a saint.  Paul also battled his sinful nature (see Romans 7:14-25). 
   God gives us the power to battle our sinful nature.  God also gives us the desire and ability to please him in our daily lives. 
“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13). 
  Continue in God’s Word, where we hear the wonderful gospel message. 

I gave my life for thee; 
My precious blood I shed
That thou might’st ransomed be 
And quickened from the dead.
I gave my life for thee;
Come give thyself to me!

Oh, let thy life be spent,
Thy years for me be giv’n.
As I for thee was sent
To bear thee home to heaven.
I gave my life for thee;
Come give thyself to me!

Christian Worship 
454 verses 1, 6 
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Let Us Pray:
   Jesus, my Redeemer, you are everything to me.  Forgive the times I have failed to live for you.  Grant me the strength to love you with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind.  May my daily life glorify and honor you.    Amen.

For additional study read:  Isaiah 43:1-44:28

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My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. ~ PSALM 62:1