fruitage of the spirit's journal

Expressions from the Heart

Acting on Revealed Truth


How to make Godly decisions in crisis situations

 Isaiah 7: 1-12

 

1)   How does God fit in Your decisions when fear takes over?  Vs 1-2

 Note – (vs. 2)  Ahaz and his people were shaking with fear by the threat of Israel–they focused their attention on the powerful enemy. They failed to look to God for deliverance and protection.

Personal application–When you are in the midst of the storm, you’ve gotten bad news or the crisis has come, do you panic and ”shake in fear like the people of Judah”?   Do you feel helpless and hopeless? Remember to go back to the basics….”this I know” – “this I believe”!  God’s word speaks to every  need I have.  Phil 4:19 My best decisions are always based on faith not fear.

 

2)    God is in control of our Circumstances ….Vs 3-6

a)  When we listen to God’s voice, there is peace in the midst of the storm.  We find rest in Him.   Vs 4. God knows our circumstances as well as our perceived dangers – He is our protector.

b)  There is an inner calm in hearing His voice.    Phil 4: 6-9  (read this passage for peace and comfort)  – When we are in the midst of the storm, our minds race with bad thoughts, fears, and what if’s. Focus especially on verse 7 “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.  (God promises protection over our hearts and minds!)

 

3)    God Knows the Outcome of Our Situation    Vs. 7-9

a)  God is involved in the details of our lives.  Vs 7-9

b)  If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not  stand at all.  Vs. 9b

c)  The Lord offers hope, guidance and direction, but like Ahaz, we must choose to  believe and then receive.

 

Remember in John 11 when Martha and Mary called for Jesus to come – their brother Lazarus was very sick.  Jesus stayed 2 more days (did not come when they asked or in their time frame).  Lazarus died.  When Jesus did arrive, they both met Him and said, “ if You had been here our brother would not have died”.  He asked Martha if she believed – -3 or 4 times He asked “do you believe?  He knew the outcome!   In verse 22, there are 2 little words even now.  Even now, if all seems hopeless, we must remember His timing is always perfect – He is always in control and we can trust Him!

 

 4)  God is our provider, He wants us to place our trust in Him. Vs 10-12

Why did God offer Ahaz a sign?  God wanted so much for Ahaz to trust Him and to set an example of faith for the people, but Ahaz refused God’s offer to choose a sign – he could name anything, but he didn’t want to give us control.  Instead he made an excuse that he didn’t want to test God – how pious!   Ahaz left a legacy as a man who was disobedient to God.

Personal application:

God so loves us, His daughters.  He wants us to place our complete trust in Him alone.  What legacy will you leave those you love and care about? Do they know you are a woman of great faith and love Jesus with all your heart?

 

May we leave a legacy of obedience to God – this is my prayer. 

 

Blessings Dear Ones, Sandy

Advertisements

March 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

3 Comments

  1. Sandy,
    Thanks for this outline of Isaiah 7:1-12. As you brought out the importance of how we FOCUS our attention in times of crisis, I was reminded of an acronym a friend made up:

    Focusing
    On
    Circumstances
    Unleashes
    Satan

    but…

    Focusing
    On
    Christ
    Unlocks the
    Supernatural

    Thanks for the lesson! Julie

    Comment by Julie | March 23, 2009

    • Julie,

      Thanks – I’ll be able to use that sometime. Very good! I’m always open to new insight to pass along as I speak for women’s conferences and retreats around the country as well as in my Sunday morning Life Group. Some of my best stories and illustrations have come from “out there”!
      I am especially thankful to Linda for posting them so others can benefit.

      Bless you dear one,

      Sandy

      Comment by Sandy Maddox | March 23, 2009

  2. I like the acronym, Julie. It’s so very true! I look back to a few days ago when all I did was focus only on my circumstances and I felt no relief. These past few days I’ve focused on Christ and his ministry and, although my circumstances haven’t changed, I feel such a sense of liberation. Only Christ can do that!

    Comment by Linda | March 23, 2009


Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

%d bloggers like this: