State of Emergency

The Saviour’s Message to The Hypocrites:

Isaiah 58:1-5

In the present Scripture, God spoke directly to the hypocrites of Isaiah’s day. What He said is applicable to every generation.  

2Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

This is, The Savior’s Message to the Hypocrites: Guilty of Deceptive, Phony Behavior, which became their lifestyle 58:1–14.

  1.   The deceptive behavior of religious hypocrites (vv. 1–5)

Is. 58:1 “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people Israel of their sins!

When we behave as hypocrites before the Lord, we should expect that the Lord will have something to say about our actions. We are all guilty of a dangerous transgression and sin. God instructed Isaiah to give a profound review, from His perspective, of how Israel was acting before Him. This message is quite relevant to all God’s people in every generation. It is so significant that the prophet was told to shout it out and not hold back from telling the truth.


What was the Issue at Hand?

God’s people were deliberately rebelling against Him, turning away from His holy commandments. Although they professed to know the LORD and to be following Him, they lived hypocritical lives. They were living dangerous lives that did not reflect the heart of God.

2Tim. 3:5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

The Danger of Hypocrisy

It is quite dangerous for us to practice a lifestyle that is unreal or hypocritical before God and man. In most cases we tend to not recognize our behavior because we are blinded by this great sin. In the text, the house of Israel deceived themselves. Despite being guilty before God, they continue their regular religious sinful activities in the belief that God still accepts them. They are convinced that they are good enough and have done enough good works for God not to reject them.

It does not matter how deeply sin is rooted in their lives, they are of the belief that in the end they will be accepted by God. They are convinced that they are eternally secure. God responds, stating that those who are blinded by hypocrisy can even make the following four claims:

  1.     They seek God daily; that is, they have a daily devotional or worship time, either in their home or worship center (v. 2).
  2.     They are eager to learn God’s ways, to study His Word so they will know how to live righteous lives and please the LORD.
  3.     They pray for guidance, seeking to make right and just decisions in their behavior toward others.
  4.   They worship and seek the LORD on a regular basis throughout the day, drawing near to Him in fellowship and communion.

The Actual Day-to-Day Behavior They Conceal

Note what Scripture says: these are deceptive claims, for the hypocrites have forsaken the commandments of God and are not living righteously. Their hearts and day-to-day behavior are a far cry from what God requires (vv. 3–5). God demands a personal relationship with and obedience from His true followers. Hypocrites, however, confuse the issue. They substitute religion or church membership for a personal relationship with the LORD; and they equate good works with obedience to His commands.

Seeking God daily, being eager to learn His Word, praying, and drawing near to the LORD throughout the day are all necessary to maintain a strong spiritual life and relationship with the LORD. But engaging in these worshipful activities while neglecting to behave righteously is hypocritical. This was the indictment of God against many of the Jews in Isaiah’s day. And it has been God’s indictment against many down through the centuries. They “have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof” (2 Ti. 3:5). Their hearts are far from God, and their daily behavior does not conform to the commandments of God. The prophet Isaiah described how they act. Note the feeble behavior of hypocrites:


  1. They complain to God that He has not noticed their fasting or prayer: Has not met their needs or blessed them.

Some complain to God that He has not noted their fasting or prayer, not met their needs or blessed them (v. 3). When trials or crises arise, they seek the LORD for help, even to the point of fasting. But they think God appears disinterested in their needs and seems to be ignoring their prayers. Thus, they question God, asking why He had not heard their cries. What they are overlooking is the importance of simply obeying God, for God considers obedience even better than offerings and sacrifices (1 Sam. 15:22).

  1.   They live selfishly.

Using fasting as an example, they will set aside a day to fast, but instead of spending the day in prayer, they selfishly go about their regular daily routines and activities. Professing to be followers of the LORD, many people faithfully participate in religious services, rituals, and ceremonies. However, directly after the religious activity, they return to their selfish ways. They live as they want, indulging the flesh and becoming entangled with the sinful pleasures of the world. Ignoring the commandments of God, they seek to please themselves and do their own thing, regardless of what God says.

  1.   They exploit people.

Some are guilty of exploiting those who work under their supervision. (v.3)

  1.   They are divisive, arguing & fighting: Right after fasting or leaving worship.

Some are divisive (v. 4). The picture being painted by Scripture is tragic. Some were arguing and fighting even after fasting and as soon as they walked out of worship. Think how many families every week walk out of worship and quickly return to their divisive behavior, quarrelling and treating each other coldly. Despite living under the same roof, they shut one another out and live what amounts to separate lives. This is phony and insincere. Think also about church members who are divisive within the church, who fuel or initiate heated discussions that at times, regrettably, lead to a split within the church. This is hypocritical behavior at its worst.

  1.   They expect God to bless them despite their wicked behavior.

Most, if not all, hypocrites expect God to bless them despite their sinful, wicked behavior.

(v. 4). Nevertheless, God is very clear in this passage: “You cannot fast [pray, seek God] as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high” (v. 4). God will not bless hypocrites. He will not answer their prayers until they have confessed and repented of their sins. No matter how religious they are or how many good deeds they do, God will not accept people who continue to live wickedly and disobey His commandments.

  1.   They wrongly think the Lord will accept their religious behavior.

Hypocrites are themselves deceived, for they think the LORD will accept their religious behavior (v. 5). Again the example given is that of fasting, for fasting is considered above and beyond “normal” religious activity. And the picture is that of religious people, those who confess the LORD, attend worship services faithfully, and perform good deeds. But these people do even more. When difficult times come or a crisis arises, they set aside a day or more for fasting and seeking the LORD in prayer. They humble themselves, bow their heads, and even put on sackcloth and ashes. Because of their commitment to religion and their religious activity, they feel confident that the LORD will accept, bless, and look after them. But God is clear: as important as it is to attend church and do good deeds, these activities are not His first demand. 




(Isaiah 58:1–5 NLT-SE)

Isaiah II (Chapters 36–66), The Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible. Accordance electronic ed. (Chattanooga: Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 2005), paragraph 153558.




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Unity within the Family- MOTHER/WIFE

Today we will be praying for the family with a special focus on our “Mothers / Wife”. I have prepared some scripture references that relates to the mother’s or wife’s role within the family.
A Mother’s / Wife’s Roles and Responsibilities within the Family
In Relation to Husband
Eph. 5:22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
Eph. 5:24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Respect & Love
Eph. 5:33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Titus 2:4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
Children- Care & Love
1Th. 2:7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.
Titus 2:4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
To Assist in Spiritual Training of Her Children
Prov. 1:8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
Prov. 31:1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

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Unity within the Family- FATHER/HUSBAND

Unity Within the Family
Psa. 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Gen. 2:18 And the LORD God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Gen. 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
The “Family is the first institution created by God and forms the bedrock or foundation to society. When God created the family, He created it as a single unit to bring glory to His name. Since the family was a divinely designed by the wisdom of God, it is only wise for us to search the scriptures that we may have a proper understanding of what God expects from us.
This morning we will be praying for the family with a special focus on our fathers. I have prepared some scripture references that relate to the father’s role within the family.
A Father’s Roles and Responsibilities within the Family
Husband & Father
The husband and father serves as the leader or head of his family. He provides spiritual leadership and guides his family in the way of the Lord.
Gen. 18:19 I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.”
Josh. 24:15 But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
Provides for His Family
1Tim. 5:8 But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.
Love, Understand and Honors His Wife
Eph. 5:25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her
Eph. 5:28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.
Compassionate towards His Children
Psa. 103:13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
Instruct and Disciplines His Children
Psa. 78:5 For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,
Eph. 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
Warned not to Anger or Exasperate His Children
Eph. 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
Col. 3:21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

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I Samuel 1:1-20

I know persons may be asking how this reading relates to our period of fasting but there is a strong message for all of us to learn from this beautiful passage of scripture.

When we know with all our heart (“yeah, not some all”) that the solution for our desperate situation resides with only one person, we will call, write, bang down the door if necessary, to get the help we need. We will only act in this manner when we are convinced that the solution is with only one person.

The Bible shares with us several accounts of various individuals whose deep faith that God was their only Source of help caused them to “bang the door” of heaven. Their prayers were fueled by their total trust in God and Him alone.

Hannah was one such individual who along with her husband were childless for nineteen years, during which time she prayed for a child to no avail. It was only when her husband exclaimed, “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?” that Hannah realized he no longer had any hope of her having a child.

Hannah then poured out her heart to the Lord, convinced that only a miracle would enable her to have a child. Hannah did not merely ask the Lord for help, she placed all her hope and trust in Him, knowing that only God could grant her a miracle.

Because she changed her attitude and placed her entire trust in the Lord, she got more than she requested. She was blessed with a son who became a unique leader. He was instrumental in anointing David as king over Israel whose dynasty will reign forever.

I encouraged us to lift our spirit and direct our hearts to the only Source that can answer our dilemma. Bang down the door if you must but don’t stop until He answers. 



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*2 Chronicles 7: 13-14*

*2Chr. 7:13* At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you.

*2Chr. 7:14* Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

*Isaiah 55:7-9*

 *Is. 55:6* Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.

 *Is. 55:7* Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong.

Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them.

Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.

 *Is. 55:8* “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.

“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

 *Is. 55:9* For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.


*2Chr. 7:13* _At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you._


The first thing we need to understand from this passage of scripture is that God is the Sovereign One overall his creation. He does not act randomly or unjustly to his people. This verse teaches us that such acts in the material realm is directly connected to the actions of man.        

  • He shuts up the heavens so that no rain may fall.
  • He commands grasshoppers to devour the crops
  • He sends plagues among his people

It is incumbent on us to recognize that the Sovereign Lord has acted in this manner to produce good results. The purpose is to get our attention to recognize our error and quickly repent. Before He decrees these calamities God by His attribute of mercy has beforehand created a solution.


*2Chr. 7:14* _Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land._

*If my people …* God demonstrates ownership

*Called by my name …* His mark is upon our lives

*Humble themselves …* Get real, recognize how finite we are and how infinite our Great God is. There is a fixed principle, He cannot share fellowship with us because of our pride.

God *will* act favorably only if we meet these conditions.

*Humble ourselves* – We cannot pray if we aren’t humble, refuses to hear the proud.

*Pray* – God’s ears are open to the prayers of his people.

*Seek my face* – Be fully convinced in your heart that he is the answer, the way and seek him diligently.

*Turn* – Repent of our lawless actions that have become a lifestyle. Not just to be sorry but broken over our sins.


God promises that He will hear form heaven and forgive us of our sins and heal our lands.

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