How to satisfy your thirst for God

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Published on January 11, 2009

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Powerpoint sermon Isaiah 55. The second slide is a Road Runner cartoon called "Chaser on the rocks." You can see it here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1M1l1afCtc
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How to Satisfy your thirst for God Isaiah 55

 

A man in the desert He is thirsty, dying of thirst.. He thinks he has found water… He kneels down… Takes a hand full… It is only sand…

He is thirsty, dying of thirst..

He thinks he has found water…

He kneels down…

Takes a hand full…

It is only sand…

Life is like that… We are created to desire God (living Water) Many are seeking to satisfy that thirst… But all they have found so far is sand… The mirage of sex, drugs, alcohol, money, power, other religions..

We are created to desire God (living Water)

Many are seeking to satisfy that thirst…

But all they have found so far is sand…

The mirage of sex, drugs, alcohol, money, power, other religions..

In our text today, God tells us how to satisfy our thirst… Isaiah 55:1-13 NIV (1) Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. (2) Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Isaiah 55:1-13 NIV

(1) Come all you who are thirsty,

come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without cost.

(2) Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

(3) Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. (4) See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples. (5) Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor."

(3) Give ear and come to me;

hear me, that your soul may live.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

my faithful love promised to David.

(4) See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,

a leader and commander of the peoples.

(5) Surely you will summon nations you know not,

and nations that do not know you will hasten to you,

because of the LORD your God,

the Holy One of Israel,

for he has endowed you with splendor."

(6) Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (7) Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (8) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. (9) "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

(6) Seek the LORD while he may be found;

call on him while he is near.

(7) Let the wicked forsake his way

and the evil man his thoughts.

Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,

and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

(8) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,"

declares the LORD.

(9) "As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

(10) As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, (11) so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

(10) As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

(11) so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

(12) You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (13) Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."

(12) You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.

(13) Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree,

and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

This will be for the LORD's renown,

for an everlasting sign,

which will not be destroyed."

Come (1) all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. (2a) Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?

(1) all you who are thirsty,

come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without cost.

(2a) Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labor on what does not satisfy?

First, to satisfy your thirst, you must come to God… C God for who He is O mit the idea that you can cure your own thirst Quit trying to find love in all the wrong places… M eekness in Spirit E xperience God Recognize the fact that God wants you to come to HIM!

C God for who He is

O mit the idea that you can cure your own thirst

Quit trying to find love in all the wrong places…

M eekness in Spirit

E xperience God

Recognize the fact that God wants you to come to HIM!

Listen and Hear (2b) Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. (3) Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.

(2b) Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

(3) Give ear and come to me;

hear me, that your soul may live.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

my faithful love promised to David.

Just don’t listen, but hear To the 7 Churches in Rev. Christ said… “ He that has an ear, let him hear…” And then, John re-emphasizes it in Revelation 13:9 (9) If any man have an ear, let him hear. Too many people say they are listening, but are they actually hearing God Do you take the time to hear God?

To the 7 Churches in Rev. Christ said…

“ He that has an ear, let him hear…”

And then, John re-emphasizes it in Revelation 13:9

(9) If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Too many people say they are listening, but are they actually hearing God

Do you take the time to hear God?

See (4) See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples. (5) Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor."

(4) See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,

a leader and commander of the peoples.

(5) Surely you will summon nations you know not,

and nations that do not know you will hasten to you,

because of the LORD your God,

the Holy One of Israel,

for he has endowed you with splendor."

Pay attention to what is going on around you Watch God work in His world World affairs (Specifically the mid-east) Your community Your church… Your friends Your family YOU

Watch God work in His world

World affairs (Specifically the mid-east)

Your community

Your church…

Your friends

Your family

YOU

Seek and Repent (6) Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (7) Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

(6) Seek the LORD while he may be found;

call on him while he is near.

(7) Let the wicked forsake his way

and the evil man his thoughts.

Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,

and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Ask, seek, and knock (Mat 7:7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Seeking is a little bit more involved than asking… seeking implies actively looking for something… In Other Words, don’t just ask… seek!

(Mat 7:7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Seeking is a little bit more involved than asking…

seeking implies actively looking for something…

In Other Words, don’t just ask… seek!

Also repent.. (7) Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Too many want Christ with no repentance… It doesn’t work that way.

(7) Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.

Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Too many want Christ with no repentance… It doesn’t work that way.

Think (8) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. (9) "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

(8) "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,"

declares the LORD.

(9) "As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Control your thoughts, keep them on Christ… Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

Heb 3:1

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

Trust (10) As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, (11) so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

(10) As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

(11) so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Trust what God says will happen, will happen When God says something, it will not come back void, but will accomplish his purpose… …but recognize His purpose may not match YOUR purpose.. What do you do when this happens? You have to trust HIM that He knows what He is doing

When God says something, it will not come back void, but will accomplish his purpose…

…but recognize His purpose may not match YOUR purpose..

What do you do when this happens?

You have to trust HIM that He knows what He is doing

Go and be satisfied (12) You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (13) Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."

(12) You will go out in joy

and be led forth in peace;

the mountains and hills

will burst into song before you,

and all the trees of the field

will clap their hands.

(13) Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree,

and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

This will be for the LORD's renown,

for an everlasting sign,

which will not be destroyed."

Don’t just sit around and whine about being thirsty.. GO… get active, and put these principles to use… when you do you will have In Verse 12: joy, peace, rejoicing, In Verse 13: new life, everlasting protection, and life

GO… get active, and put these principles to use… when you do you will have

In Verse 12: joy, peace, rejoicing,

In Verse 13: new life, everlasting protection, and life

When you do the following you will not be thirsty in your Christian life… Come to the Living Water Listen and Hear: Pay attention to God See : Look at God working in your life Seek : Don’t just ask for righteousness, pursue it. Think : Keep your thoughts on Christ Trust God, Knowing he has a purpose for you. Go , become active in God

Come to the Living Water

Listen and Hear: Pay attention to God

See : Look at God working in your life

Seek : Don’t just ask for righteousness, pursue it.

Think : Keep your thoughts on Christ

Trust God, Knowing he has a purpose for you.

Go , become active in God

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