How to satisfy your thirst for God

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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
I play the clip up until 2:10 on the clip...

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How to satisfy your thirst for God

  1. 1. How to Satisfy your thirst for God Isaiah 55
  2. 3. A man in the desert <ul><li>He is thirsty, dying of thirst.. </li></ul><ul><li>He thinks he has found water… </li></ul><ul><li>He kneels down… </li></ul><ul><li>Takes a hand full… </li></ul><ul><li>It is only sand… </li></ul>
  3. 4. Life is like that… <ul><li>We are created to desire God (living Water) </li></ul><ul><li>Many are seeking to satisfy that thirst… </li></ul><ul><li>But all they have found so far is sand… </li></ul><ul><li>The mirage of sex, drugs, alcohol, money, power, other religions.. </li></ul>
  4. 5. In our text today, God tells us how to satisfy our thirst… <ul><li>Isaiah 55:1-13 NIV </li></ul><ul><li>(1) Come all you who are thirsty, </li></ul><ul><li>come to the waters; </li></ul><ul><li>and you who have no money, </li></ul><ul><li>come, buy and eat! </li></ul><ul><li>Come, buy wine and milk </li></ul><ul><li>without money and without cost. </li></ul><ul><li>(2) Why spend money on what is not bread, </li></ul><ul><li>and your labor on what does not satisfy? </li></ul><ul><li>Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, </li></ul><ul><li>and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>(3) Give ear and come to me; </li></ul><ul><li>hear me, that your soul may live. </li></ul><ul><li>I will make an everlasting covenant with you, </li></ul><ul><li>my faithful love promised to David. </li></ul><ul><li>(4) See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, </li></ul><ul><li>a leader and commander of the peoples. </li></ul><ul><li>(5) Surely you will summon nations you know not, </li></ul><ul><li>and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, </li></ul><ul><li>because of the LORD your God, </li></ul><ul><li>the Holy One of Israel, </li></ul><ul><li>for he has endowed you with splendor.&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>(6) Seek the LORD while he may be found; </li></ul><ul><li>call on him while he is near. </li></ul><ul><li>(7) Let the wicked forsake his way </li></ul><ul><li>and the evil man his thoughts. </li></ul><ul><li>Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, </li></ul><ul><li>and to our God, for he will freely pardon. </li></ul><ul><li>(8) &quot;For my thoughts are not your thoughts, </li></ul><ul><li>neither are your ways my ways,&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>declares the LORD. </li></ul><ul><li>(9) &quot;As the heavens are higher than the earth, </li></ul><ul><li>so are my ways higher than your ways </li></ul><ul><li>and my thoughts than your thoughts. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>(10) As the rain and the snow </li></ul><ul><li>come down from heaven, </li></ul><ul><li>and do not return to it </li></ul><ul><li>without watering the earth </li></ul><ul><li>and making it bud and flourish, </li></ul><ul><li>so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, </li></ul><ul><li>(11) so is my word that goes out from my mouth: </li></ul><ul><li>It will not return to me empty, </li></ul><ul><li>but will accomplish what I desire </li></ul><ul><li>and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>(12) You will go out in joy </li></ul><ul><li>and be led forth in peace; </li></ul><ul><li>the mountains and hills </li></ul><ul><li>will burst into song before you, </li></ul><ul><li>and all the trees of the field </li></ul><ul><li>will clap their hands. </li></ul><ul><li>(13) Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, </li></ul><ul><li>and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. </li></ul><ul><li>This will be for the LORD's renown, </li></ul><ul><li>for an everlasting sign, </li></ul><ul><li>which will not be destroyed.&quot; </li></ul>
  9. 10. Come <ul><li>(1) all you who are thirsty, </li></ul><ul><li>come to the waters; </li></ul><ul><li>and you who have no money, </li></ul><ul><li>come, buy and eat! </li></ul><ul><li>Come, buy wine and milk </li></ul><ul><li>without money and without cost. </li></ul><ul><li>(2a) Why spend money on what is not bread, </li></ul><ul><li>and your labor on what does not satisfy? </li></ul>
  10. 11. First, to satisfy your thirst, you must come to God… <ul><li>C God for who He is </li></ul><ul><li>O mit the idea that you can cure your own thirst </li></ul><ul><li>Quit trying to find love in all the wrong places… </li></ul><ul><li>M eekness in Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>E xperience God </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the fact that God wants you to come to HIM! </li></ul>
  11. 12. Listen and Hear <ul><li>(2b) Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. </li></ul><ul><li>(3) Give ear and come to me; </li></ul><ul><li>hear me, that your soul may live. </li></ul><ul><li>I will make an everlasting covenant with you, </li></ul><ul><li>my faithful love promised to David. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Just don’t listen, but hear <ul><li>To the 7 Churches in Rev. Christ said… </li></ul><ul><li>“ He that has an ear, let him hear…” </li></ul><ul><li>And then, John re-emphasizes it in Revelation 13:9 </li></ul><ul><li>(9) If any man have an ear, let him hear. </li></ul><ul><li>Too many people say they are listening, but are they actually hearing God </li></ul><ul><li>Do you take the time to hear God? </li></ul>
  13. 14. See <ul><li>(4) See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, </li></ul><ul><li>a leader and commander of the peoples. </li></ul><ul><li>(5) Surely you will summon nations you know not, </li></ul><ul><li>and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, </li></ul><ul><li>because of the LORD your God, </li></ul><ul><li>the Holy One of Israel, </li></ul><ul><li>for he has endowed you with splendor.&quot; </li></ul>
  14. 15. Pay attention to what is going on around you <ul><li>Watch God work in His world </li></ul><ul><li>World affairs (Specifically the mid-east) </li></ul><ul><li>Your community </li></ul><ul><li>Your church… </li></ul><ul><li>Your friends </li></ul><ul><li>Your family </li></ul><ul><li>YOU </li></ul>
  15. 16. Seek and Repent <ul><li>(6) Seek the LORD while he may be found; </li></ul><ul><li>call on him while he is near. </li></ul><ul><li>(7) Let the wicked forsake his way </li></ul><ul><li>and the evil man his thoughts. </li></ul><ul><li>Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, </li></ul><ul><li>and to our God, for he will freely pardon. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Ask, seek, and knock <ul><li>(Mat 7:7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking is a little bit more involved than asking… </li></ul><ul><li>seeking implies actively looking for something… </li></ul><ul><li>In Other Words, don’t just ask… seek! </li></ul>
  17. 18. Also repent.. <ul><li>(7) Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. </li></ul><ul><li>Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. </li></ul><ul><li>Too many want Christ with no repentance… It doesn’t work that way. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Think <ul><li>(8) &quot;For my thoughts are not your thoughts, </li></ul><ul><li>neither are your ways my ways,&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>declares the LORD. </li></ul><ul><li>(9) &quot;As the heavens are higher than the earth, </li></ul><ul><li>so are my ways higher than your ways </li></ul><ul><li>and my thoughts than your thoughts. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Control your thoughts, keep them on Christ… <ul><li>Heb 3:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Trust <ul><li>(10) As the rain and the snow </li></ul><ul><li>come down from heaven, </li></ul><ul><li>and do not return to it </li></ul><ul><li>without watering the earth </li></ul><ul><li>and making it bud and flourish, </li></ul><ul><li>so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, </li></ul><ul><li>(11) so is my word that goes out from my mouth: </li></ul><ul><li>It will not return to me empty, </li></ul><ul><li>but will accomplish what I desire </li></ul><ul><li>and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Trust what God says will happen, will happen <ul><li>When God says something, it will not come back void, but will accomplish his purpose… </li></ul><ul><li>…but recognize His purpose may not match YOUR purpose.. </li></ul><ul><li>What do you do when this happens? </li></ul><ul><li>You have to trust HIM that He knows what He is doing </li></ul>
  22. 23. Go and be satisfied <ul><li>(12) You will go out in joy </li></ul><ul><li>and be led forth in peace; </li></ul><ul><li>the mountains and hills </li></ul><ul><li>will burst into song before you, </li></ul><ul><li>and all the trees of the field </li></ul><ul><li>will clap their hands. </li></ul><ul><li>(13) Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, </li></ul><ul><li>and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. </li></ul><ul><li>This will be for the LORD's renown, </li></ul><ul><li>for an everlasting sign, </li></ul><ul><li>which will not be destroyed.&quot; </li></ul>
  23. 24. Don’t just sit around and whine about being thirsty.. <ul><li>GO… get active, and put these principles to use… when you do you will have </li></ul><ul><li>In Verse 12: joy, peace, rejoicing, </li></ul><ul><li>In Verse 13: new life, everlasting protection, and life </li></ul>
  24. 25. When you do the following you will not be thirsty in your Christian life… <ul><li>Come to the Living Water </li></ul><ul><li>Listen and Hear: Pay attention to God </li></ul><ul><li>See : Look at God working in your life </li></ul><ul><li>Seek : Don’t just ask for righteousness, pursue it. </li></ul><ul><li>Think : Keep your thoughts on Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Trust God, Knowing he has a purpose for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Go , become active in God </li></ul>

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