Isaiah :1-31( Message Bible)
Isaiah is known as the prophet who let the Word of God mold him. He displayed God’s characteristic of being Holy. The entire book of Isaiah is littered with nuggets of Holiness and the need for it. It shatters every myth of sacrifice over obedience. Bringing to the light the damages of religion and all thinking associated with it. Isaiah allowed himself to be a vessel for God speaking what thus says the Lord.
Isaiah tells Judah that their behavior has gotten them no where. They were just a hop and a skip away from being like Sodom and Gomorrah….DOOMED. God was sick of their empty acts of sacrifices masked as obedience. Sound familiar? Ritualistically going to church, bible study, every church event and function, serving on the usher board, singing in the choir, secretarial duties and more, while going home to complete chaos?
Quit your worship charades.I can’t stand your trivial religious games: Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings—meetings, meetings, meetings—I can’t stand one more! Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them You’ve worn me out!(MSG Bible)
Lets keep it real. I have literally been in church and no later than hitting the parking lot been in a full blown argument. In the past I have past judgment on the homeless because of my assumption as to what they would do with the money.I’m telling you I have gotten into a fight and not just a little fight I’m talking about an all out I’m trying to take you out kind of fight and yet went to a conference less than 15 mins later. It was exhausting. Going to church doing everything religiously correct while spiritually decaying. I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning. From the bottom of your feet to the top of your head, nothing’s working right.(MSG Bible)
This can be because we are empty. We have gotten more focused on the acts of worship then who we are worshiping. Some because honestly that is exactly what tradition has taught them. You are to worship this way! You are to speak this way! Be sure to pray this way!
For the most part when you visit a church you are expected to possibly: join the church, take their version of the essentials of Christianity course, get placed in a ministry, and participate in every single church service event. Sure you are hearing the word but as it says in the good book don’t just be hearers only fooling yourself but be doers also. (James 1:22)
Now while you are doing all of these wonderful things how’s that heart? How’s that willingness to HELP not HINDER the poor? Where is the ability to; Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings so I (God) don’t have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out? Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless?(MSG Bible)
The alternative is far worse; No matter how long or loud or often you pray, I’ll not be listening. And do you know why? Because you’ve been tearing people to pieces, and your hands are bloody.(MSG Bible)
I don’t know about you but the whole idea of a prayer is to be heard by God and to have him look the other way because of my stubbornness is devastating. Lets today decide to stop with the trivial religious games. And go for a more fitting lifestyle change. That’s where the molding takes place. That’s where the Holy Life begins. God Bless…
Father God, I just thank you on this day. Lord I bless your name because you are truly worthy to be praised. Thank you for your Word that is never changing, yet ever altering our lives. What a mighty God we truly do serve. Lord God draw us closer into a deeper intimate relationship with you. We surrender to you all areas of religious practices that may be causing our own prayers to go on heard by you. We want to be Holy. We know that we are more than a conqueror in you and we trust you in Jesus Mighty Name we pray Amen. Got a prayer request?