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Summary: Study of the book of Isaiah, Chapter 9. On Independence Day 2010, we compare the issues Isaiah had in the people he was living amongst, and how America is seeing the very same challenges. Our response, as believers of Christ, must be to follow the Lord

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We Have Freedom! What is Our Response?

(Independence Day, 2010)

Isaiah 9:13-21

Introduction

- Today, we celebrate our nation’s birth; as well as look forward …

- Title: We Have Freedom! (So, What is America’s Response?)

- God is calling us to respond; and His people we must obey Him: Always

- On Wed night, we discussed the response of God’s people to His word

- Importance to understand the mindset here (Read verses Isaiah 9:9-10)

- We have a revelation of a prophecy of Hope to be given to us

- Sadly though, the response from the people contains pride and arrogance

-- The people proclaim that the bricks have fallen down, but we’ll rebuild

-- The fig trees are taken out (food & shade), so we’ll just plant cedar

- The pride seeping out of these verses is immense and we have to see this to grasp the impact of God’s response

-- Prov 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

- APP: When the Lord speaks to us, our response has to be to move; we must respond to changing our own course (most important app)

- So, we see word being sent; but nothing in their lives changes

- Have they not seen God’s power? Have they not seen God’s strength?

- Were these same people brought from captivity by God’s mercy?

- QUOTE: Abraham Lincoln said almost 150 years ago: “We’ve grown in numbers and wealth and power as no other nation has grown…We’ve vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our own hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient…, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” (p. 80, as quoted in “America, Return to God”; edited by Thomas Wang)

- This morning, I hope we can leave here with a renewed sense of purpose

- Our country needs the Lord; today more so than ever

- It is God’s people who will impact it & set the example to follow

- Stand and Read Isaiah 9:13-21 / Pray

Point 1 – No Vision brings Confusion

- There are several things to see here; prayerfully we can see ourselves in it

- The people were experiencing confusion; a sense of no direction

- V16 says “Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray” … and V19 repeats this same confusion and says “… and the people will be fuel for the fire; no one will spare his brother.”

- The confusion and anarchy here is paramount that we grasp and understand

- Without direction, without vision and purpose, success is impossible

- This confusion Isaiah writes of is the cause of one thing: poor leadership

APPLICATION:

- Hear me, don’t miss this: it is not a matter of Republican or Democrat

- No pastor of any church should EVER tell someone how to vote

- Don’t miss: But, it is a matter of understanding that everyone has a leader

- 20 years of military service has taught me that everyone has a boss

- Who that person follows guides their own direction and choices


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