I am so sorry that I haven’t been able to keep you posted on the events happening at True Woman ’12 as I had hoped to do. Unfortunately, I have been without Internet access for most of the day. Perhaps the Lord wanted me to focus more on absorbing the messages myself before I thought about passing the truths on to others!
Day 2 of True Woman ’12 began with messages presented by Mary Kassian and Janet Parshall. Here are some of the thoughts shared by Mary…
Sending out an S.O.S.—Isaiah’s Message in a Bottle
When people are in danger, they send out an S.O.S., a cry to “Save Our Souls.” In his day, Isaiah sent out such a cry to his people.
1. The Crisis
Isaiah was an 8th century prophet of Judah who wrote to warn of an impending crisis at a time when the people of Israel were prospering in every way, except spiritually. They were making bad choices, not thinking or caring, and playing religious games.
2. The Condition
The people could avoid many woes if they would heed Isaiah’s warnings to turn from their materialism, false ideas, cynicism, mocking God, and intellectualism (ch. 5).
Mary pointed out a series of specific warnings for the women in Isaiah’s time and our own (3:11-26):
- False ideology “your guides mislead you”
- Girl power “women rule over them”
- Arrogance “haughty”
- Sexual forwardness “wantonly”
- Obsession “finery and mirrors”
- Insolence “defying God’s glory”
“Woe to them! For they have brought evil on themselves” (3:9). There are consequences when we don’t do life God’s way: rottenness, bondage, shame, emptiness, desperation and loneliness.
As women, we have the capacity to breathe life into or quench the life out of our men. In our culture, we have tremendous influence for good or evil.
The call in Isaiah’s day and in ours is to stand against the tide of culture: “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good” (1:16-17).
Setting things right with God is not easy, but it is so good. When He corrects us, it is for our benefit and joy. We need to seek His face not only for our own sake, but for the sake of our homes, churches, nation, and God’s glory.