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We are an Assemblies of God church serving English speaking community in Stuttgart, Germany.

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October 21, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read Isaiah 49:1-26

To feel forgotten is a desolate feeling, even if you have a promise of a future hope.

Isaiah 49 walks the exiled people of God through how they will be saved—through a Servant. Then it points them to what is to come—the redemption of Zion. Although the Lord describes their victorious future, the exiles still cry out, “Forsaken!” (v. 14).

Waiting is an issue that all of humanity wrestles with in general, but when Christians run ahead of God, we are saying that we think we know better than the Almighty. Forsaking the discipline of waiting can get us in trouble, but it also reveals our lack of trust in God’s promises.

In Luke, we are introduced to Anna and Simeon, two people in a long line of descendants who waited for Jesus, this highly anticipated Servant. Anna waited so eagerly that she never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying, prepared to meet the Messiah (Luke 2:36-37).

October 18, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read 2 Kings 17:21-41

The foreigners newly planted in Israel were unsure how to worship Yahweh, the God of the land, but the lion attacks brought an urgency to learn. This knowledge did not accomplish true worship. These new settlers believed that Yahweh was just like any other god. They were happy to add Him to their pile of idols and offer Him worship along with all the others because they simply wanted to avoid the consequences of His anger.

Many of us today try to tack on God to our worship. The people of this story offer us insight that we need: Halfhearted worship is no worship at all. If we have only turned to God out of fear of the consequences of His anger, not regarding Him as our greatest treasure, then is this really worship? True Christians are not ones who run to God merely to avoid hell; they run to Him because they see He is the only God worthy of all worship.

What difference do you see in your life when your obedience and worship flow out of treasuring God versus hoping to avoid consequences from Him?

October 17, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read 2 Kings 17:18-20

God handed His people over to plunderers. Assyria was waiting in the wings, ready to besiege Israel, but only by the sovereign hand of the Lord were they able to carry out their evil intentions. Assyria was always a tool in the hand of God. The Lord would deal with His sinful and idolatrous people, and though Assyria was only hungry for power, the king did not know that his heart was in the hand of the Lord, being turned whichever way He wished (Prov. 21:1).

God has used and will use even the sinful intentions of human beings to carry out His will. When Jesus went to the cross, many wicked hearts led Him there (see Acts 2:22-23; 4:27-28). But these gruesome acts were all prophesied long ago. And before they were prophesied, they were planned by the Father. Jesus was foreknown before the foundation of the world (1 Pet. 1:20-21), and at the right time, He died on the cross according to the will of God (Rom. 5:6). Each evil heart that brought Jesus to the cross was used by God to carry out His plan. Though sinful man is free to carry out the desires of his heart, these desires still serve the plan of God.

How have you experienced people’s evil intent against you being used by God for your good?

October 16, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read 2 Kings 17:13-17

“They went after false idols and became false” (v. 15). We will become like what we worship. God made human beings in His image and ordained that we would worship Him and be like Him. With the fall, we turned our worship away from Him to all manner of created things. As Israel pursued false gods and lifeless idols, the people became like what they worshiped. As these stone and metal idols were deaf and blind, the people followed suit and closed their ears and eyes to the glory of God. These so-called gods produced hearts that desired death, and the people killed their children as sacrifices.

We too were worthless in our worship of worthless things. Jesus died and rose again to free our hearts for worship to God so that we could become like the One who made us. We have been instructed to fix our eyes on Jesus and to be transformed into His likeness from one degree of glory to the next (2 Cor. 3:18). Each day of this life, we are being sanctified to become more like the God we worship. In the age to come, finally and fully free from sin, we will be the perfect image-bearers we were always meant to be.

Looking back over the past year, what is one area in which you have seen God conforming you more to the image of Christ?

October 15, 2019

Matthew Leighty

Read 2 Kings 17:6-12

It seems so illogical to us that Israel would ever follow after other gods. The Lord had delivered them out of Egypt with so many demonstrations of His great power and then brought them into this promised land, a place flowing with milk and honey. After all of this, they would turn and worship idols of metal and stone?

But the truth of sin is that it is always illogical, always deceitful. It always tempts us to think we are acting in wisdom when we are on the path of foolishness. If Israel was wrong to turn their backs on a God who had done so much for them, what about us? We look back not at a deliverance from Egypt and Pharaoh but to our rescue from sin and death. Our salvation came not through plagues but through the death and resurrection of the Son of God. When we sin, we too are illogical, turning away from worshiping the God who has saved us and instead turning to idols that we have made. But the gospel is the good news that God rescues foolish sinners like us.

When was a time you were able to see your sin for what it was—foolish and illogical?