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“Can You See The Difference?”
 
When we look at contrasting information, we can see a difference. If we are employed by someone else or working for ourselves, we have to see which information or which way of doing things is correct in order for us or our company to be prosperous.
 
In today’s scrip[ture passages, we see two ways of living.
Notice the differences. See which way we think the Lord wants us to live.
 
Please read the following verses
Isaiah 42:18-25
18 “Hear, you deaf;
look, you blind, and see!
19 Who is blind but my servant,
and deaf like the messenger I send?
Who is blind like the one committed to me,
blind like the servant of the Lord?
20 You have seen many things, but have paid no attention;
your ears are open, but you hear nothing.”
21 It pleased the Lord
for the sake of his righteousness
to make his law great and glorious.
22 But this is a people plundered and looted,
all of them trapped in pits
or hidden away in prisons.
They have become plunder,
with no one to rescue them;
they have been made loot,
with no one to say, “Send them back.”
23 Which of you will listen to this
or pay close attention in time to come?
24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot,
and Israel to the plunderers?
Was it not the Lord,
against whom we have sinned?
For they would not follow his ways;
they did not obey his law.
25 So he poured out on them his burning anger,
the violence of war.
It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand;
it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.
 
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10
2 We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.
3 We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,
5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.
8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia — your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
 
Now, if you did a bit of study on the context of these passages, you realize the first passage is a description of Israel, God’s people. The people in the second group are Gentile believers.
 
And the crazy thing is, that the Gentiles, who are being commended used to live like the Jews who are being criticized.
 
before we were believers, we too fell into that first group of people.
 
But praise the Lord God, that through His precious blood, He has made a way for us to change from the old way of living to the new one.
I pray that you are somewhere in this transition period.
 
If you are stuck, do not hesitate to talk to me or another maturing believer for help.
The Lord God has given us each other to lean on and learn from. Amen

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