It is one of those portions of Old Testament Scripture that is rarely used because of its counterpart in 1 Corinthians 15:54, “Death is swallowed up in victory”. But the context of this truth in Isaiah 25 adds the blessing of God’s people waiting together for His ultimate and complete salvation. Isaiah says, “He [God] will swallow up [destroy or suffer ruin] death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces” (25:8). In the next verse, Isaiah gives a marvelous response to this promise; “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him that He might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (25:9). It was as if Isaiah was including the whole nation of Israel in his statement of hope, even though they had fallen back into disobedience and idolatry.
We desperately need leaders today who lead the church by standing on truth and principle and the promises of God. There is an essential element for this kind of leadership to be effective. Jesus made it very clear just before His ascension into heaven that His disciples were “not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father…you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:4-5). What was the purpose of waiting? The disciples asked Jesus a question in verse 6 showing that they were more concerned about the prophetic timetable than waiting for the Holy Spirit. Jesus had to adjust their thinking to center around the coming and receiving of the Holy Spirit so they “will be my witnesses…to the end of the earth” (1:8). The next ten days were spent waiting in prayer! This must be the motive and purpose behind all we (the church) does in order to usher in the return of Christ (Matthew 24:14).
YES, the Holy Spirit has come and dwells within us! There is a purpose to His ‘making His home in us’. He wants us to experience the blessing of HIS LEADING on a daily basis so that our witness for Christ in this dark world becomes more and more effective (see Acts 16:6-10; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16-26). I urge you to gather your church and wait on God in prayer before making any decisions and specifically ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Be prepared for Him to change your thinking and direction of your ministry.
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