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Day 5 – Man-Made Rules

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Isaiah 29:13-14 (NLT)

  And so the Lord says,
      “These people say they are mine.
   They honor me with their lips,
      but their hearts are far from me.
   And their worship of me
      is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.

   Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites
      with amazing wonders.
   The wisdom of the wise will pass away,
      and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.”

“If I do this, what will I get in return?”  We live in a generation that is always asking the question, what’s in it for me?  It is a culture that has the mentality that we are to be rewarded for the things that we do.  In Isaiah’s time it was not much different.  The people had fallen into a dos and don’ts lifestyle, following certain man-made rules or performing religious rituals with the thought that it would earn them something from God.  But more than our outward actions, God is interested in our hearts, true worship that is given in response to who He is and the work of Christ on the cross.  

Responding to the Transmitted Message: As we pray today, let’s draw near to the Lord with broken and contrite hearts, knowing that we are poor and needy.  Let’s pray that as a church, we would be free from any rules, structures and expectations that we create, and that instead we would encounter the true and living God and be captivated by who He is.

Day 4 – The Amazing Heart of God

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Day 3 – What You Deserve

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Day 2 – Firm Foundations

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Apathy-Amazement

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Day 1 – Amazing Grace

Monday, May 18th, 2009