In Your Bible Read This
Here Is Your Memory Verse
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55.8
Afterwards Talk About This
Think about receiving. In practical, everyday terms how and when do you receive anything. What happens?
Something To Do Before Next Time
Make a determined effort to be quiet. Set a day aside to seek God. For the first hour or so you will find all the issues coming into your thoughts. Write them down, commit them to God and be quiet.
Written Diploma Work
Describe in two pages how and when the Lord actually accomplished all those blessings for David that he mentions in 2 Samuel 7, 8-11.
Meditate Word By Word On This Verse
Psalm 37, 25-26.
Spend a Minute to Change the World
Pray For Kenya – 31,000,000 in 117 ethnic groups, 82% Christian, many nominal. Great freedom for the gospel, over 500 Kenyan missionaries.
Be sure to teach this lesson to others. Always pray and prepare well adding your own verses and stories to bring it to life.
The Lord gets everyone’s attention when he invites us to –
Come buy milk and wine without money and without cost.
God’s word in this glorious chapter says that without money or cost, you can have milk which is necessary for food, and wine which speaks of celebration.
There Are Even More Promises
You will eat what is good, 55.2b.
Your soul will delight in the richest of fare, 55.2b.
Jeremiah 31.12 explains what the bounty of the Lord is, and Isaiah 1.19 agrees that if you are willing and obedient you will eat the best of the land.
Are you willing and obedient?
There is life for your soul, 55.3.
There are the blessings of God's eternal covenant. Hebrews 13.20
God Promises You His Faithful Love
The same as he promised to David, 55.3. What does this mean? You find out by looking at 2 Samuel 7, 8-12
God being with you.
Rest from your enemies, until they are cut off from you.
God says that he will make your name great. Genesis 12.2.
There will the provision of a place.
Offspring are promised.
Why Did God Bless David So Much?
Why would he want to bless you so much ? Because God planned to make David and his kingdom into a living witness to show the nations God's goodness and freely given kindness. 55.4. Men saw the blessing of God and came to David, who is a picture of Jesus. In the same way God wants to show you his kindness in a way that all the people around can see you because his plan is still the same.
"Surely you will also summon nations and nations that you do not know will hasten to you."
Another Kind Of Currency
If money is not to be used to buy our wine and milk then there must be another kind of currency within the economy and trading of God’s kingdom.
What can it be?
The Key Is One Word, " Receiving"
One Bible translates Isaiah 55.1 as, "Come, buy, simply for the self -surrender that accepts the blessing." People normally want to work or strive in order to earn money and feel worthy. But God's salvation comes by faith and none of it by our works that might make us feel worthy.
Please Must Become Thank You
God's plan is always that we receive what we need from him. There is a time to ask, and a time to receive but some people just keep on asking and never receive. Romans 8.32, John 1.16
The Key To Receiving Is "Listening"
Listen, listen to me. Give ear, come to me, hear me, the Lord pleads to busy people in a noisy world. Isaiah 55,1-3. This sounds so easy, yet it can be so difficult, because hungry people do not usually want to wait for words, they want to eat and drink. We know that God has kept his people for thousands of years in cities and deserts alike so why do we prefer to struggle for food rather than making time and quietness to listen to Jehovah Jireh.
Why So Difficult To Listen To God?
A missionary became ill in Malaysia, and doctors said he might die. In hospital all his issues, problems and appointments filled his mind but he realised that he was facing death and could do nothing about any of them. Shortly he might be with the Lord and someone else would have to attend to the tickets, the money, the family and every other thing. One by one he let them all go in prayer handing them over to God and rested with his mind quiet to see what would happen to him. As the voices of all the issues ceased to dominate his mind he became very aware of the Lord and he could hear the voice of God clearly. He became well, but to this day regrets taking all those voices of the issues back into his head and losing his intimacy with the Lord. It is the demanding voices of everyday issues and our mental struggle to solve them that keeps us from hearing God.
What Might You Hear From The Lord?
If you hear the Spirit say "Come," he will tell you where to come to. When the bride, the Church also says, "Come," you have a solid confirmation. Reply to the Spirit, "Yes, I will come," and right there in his appointed place you will freely drink. Revelation 22.17
The Key To Listening Is, "Seeking"
The Lord says, "Seek me." If we seek him he will be found by us, and we will hear him. Isaiah 55.6-11. But if you do not seek him and listen, you will surely make a mistake. Why? Because his thoughts and ways are higher than ours and very different from ours. It is his own words that come from his mouth which we repeat with our lips that always accomplish his purpose and never return void. Isaiah 59.21, Matthew 6.33.
The Keys That Open The Door
These three keys of receiving, listening and seeking bring financial freedom for the servants of the Lord and the work of the gospel. The Great Commission becomes an intimate walk with God, not a financially stressful duty.
You Will Go Out In Joy Not Stress
Because you know that God has spoken to you and directed you. By faith you know he has placed ample provision on the way before you.
You have peace because there are no worrying pressures caused by money you borrowed to do your ideas.
You can lead the mountains and hills in praise to God instead of worrying.
You go expecting growth in tough places instead of thorns and briers, and everlasting fruit for the Lord’s renown.
To Close Pray for the World's Most Unreached Peoples by Name
Taken from the Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List these people have no church and as yet no cell, church or mission has committed themselves to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.