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What are you waiting for?: True Spirituality
June 2, 2019

What are you waiting for?: True Spirituality

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: What are you waiting for? | Many people talk about spirituality, rather than faith or religion. Spirituality is seen as good, but a more organized and structured faith is seen as bad, or at least suspicious. This week’s sermon, True Spirituality, in our sermon series, What are you waiting for?, compels us to ask ourselves some important questions regarding spirituality. What does it mean to be truly spiritual? How do we know it when we see it? What is the power of a genuine spirituality for our living? To help us answer these questions, we turn to Isaiah 58:4-11 to find a spirituality that was empty of any power and God’s solution to the emptiness. As we look at these verses, we find that true spirituality is both challenging and very rewarding to our lives! It calls for us to offer our best and gives us the strength to do so! As you read Isaiah 58:4-11, let its message shine the light of hope and power into your heart. Isaiah 58:4-11: “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (NIV)

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