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God's Presence Changes Things | Digging Deeper


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Sermon from February 2, 2020


Every morning we need revival to awaken from our sleepiness. Thirsty houseplants need revival. The dying embers of a fire need revival. Those who are sick and dying need revival. Today we discuss our desperate need for spiritual revival and how God’s Presence Changes Things.


MEDITATE


  1. Pastor Eric defined spiritual revival as “the awakening of the awareness of the presence of God that leads us to repentance & obedience.” Describe a time when you needed revival.

  2. Read Isaiah 64:1-5a. According to this passage, what happens when God arrives on the scene when we invite Him?

  3. Read Isaiah 64:5b-7. What results of sin do we see listed in these verses?

  4. How can our outward appearance be contrary to our inward “appearance”? What is the best way to guard against this?

  5. Read Isaiah 64:8-12. What is the difference between contentment and complacency? How can we guard against being complacent?

  6. What is the difference between seeking God’s hand vs. seeking His face? Why is seeking His face more challenging for us?

  7. Where does God dwell, according to Isaiah 57:15? What is God’s reason for dwelling there? (see verse below)


SO WHAT?


What areas of spiritual revival are desperately needed in your life right now? What areas of complacency, sin & disobedience hold you back from fully surrendering to God and His will for your life? Pray that God would reveal these things to you and grant you the courage to call upon Him and wait for Him.


HIDE THIS IN YOUR HEART


For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 57:15
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