July 17, Reading 2 – Isaiah 31, 32

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SAA Notes

The King of Righteousness is contrasted with those who look to world powers for salvation of society, and not to God, and with those who are complacent. What should I be?

SJA Notes

* Gracious Father in Heaven, please in Your grace teach our hearts and minds from Your word today.

“… until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.”

Isaiah longs for the day when God’s Spirit will be poured out upon His people.

Ezekiel too, another Old Testament prophet, looks forward to that day as God speaks in Ezekiel chapter 37,

“And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land.”

Today we are blessed to be on the other side of the event of God’s Holy Spirit being poured out on His people.

This was an actual event in history!

We read in the New Testament, in Acts chapter 2, of the outpouring of God’s Spirit, and the apostle Peter’s most compelling sermon.

This is why we can be alive in Christ instead of dead in our sins.

This is why we can grow towards our King, more like Him, instead of returning to the vomit of our hard hearts in sin.

This is why we can be good soil and bear much fruit.

And this is why we look forward to that wonderful day, a glorious doorway to eternity, when our PLACE is revealed and experienced in full complete delivery – A new heavens and a new earth.

You can hear this passage from Isaiah resonating in what the apostle John saw as described to us in Revelation chapter 21. Read it today and be encouraged!

From our passage today we read,

“My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Praise God – He dwells with us now through His Spirit, and we look forward to His dwelling with us in glory in all truth!

* Father God,

Thank You for pouring Your Spirit out on Your people.

Please help us today to walk according to Your Spirit’s guidance.

Amen.

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