Sunday, September 4, 2011
Grace Church in Overland Park, KS. Pastor Tim Howey.
The last in the Rebuilding Series, this sermon title is Rebuilding the Awe. These are my notes.
By faith, I can have a brand new perspective of God.
Isaiah is the first of the 17 prophets, of the last books in the Old Testament. Isaiah had a ministry of 60-plus years, so he had a long ministry. He began his ministry while King Uzziah ruled. As King Uzziah grew successful he became arrogant and stopped following God.
This can be a lesson for everyone. When God grants me success, I cannot begin to think I did it on my own, become arrogant and believe I can be successful without God.
The year that Uzziah died, Isaiah was given a vision of God. That is what Isaiah chapter 6 is about. Isaiah received this vision of God, was cleansed and given a new commission. Isaiah gained a new perspective of God. I love the description Isaiah gives us of God, the glimpse of heaven and our future.
(It is too great not to type part of it for you to read here.)
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” (vs 1 – 3)
When is the last time you had a true sense of how high and lifted up God is? God wants to rebuild that awe, that respect with you, like He did with Isaiah. The foremost characteristic of God revealed to Isaiah was God’s holiness (“Holy, holy, holy.”) Holy means to be set apart, to be pure, clean. This signifies God’s purity of character and separation from sin.
Verse 5 says, “So I said: Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” A true picture of God changes your view of yourself. Pride is gone and humility reigns. When is the last time you had a profound encounter with God that you experienced true joy and brokenness all at the same time?
If you see who God really is, you will see who you really are. (Referenced Psalm 113:5-6; Exodus 3:5-6; Hebrews 12:26-28; and Ephesians 2:1-12) Over time, life can deaden my sense of Who God truly is. God humbles us to reconcile us to Him.
If you see what God really did, you will do what God really wants. (Referenced Esphesians 2:4-13 and Luke 6:46) When you admit your sin to God in a specific area, God will heal you in that very area. In verse 5, Isaiah said he was a “man of unclean lips” and in verse 7, his lips were touched and his “inquity was taken away.” However, many times we will continue to feel guilt over sin that God has already forgave us for.
Verse 8 says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” God called Isaiah to serve and immediately his answer was yes. Isaiah had no idea where he was going, what he would have to do, how much it would cost him, what he would endure physically…no details. But yet, his answer was “Yes! Send me!”
Do you have that type of surrender to God? Will you answer His call without details? Follow God today, to whatever He would ask you to do. Surrender to Him.
I ended my notes from the Pastor’s sermon by writing at his prompting the following: Lord, here I am sitting before You. Send me. Send me on whatever mission You have. Lead me. Guide me. It’s time for me now.
I am praying over those words of surrender and commitment, that I can mean them whole-heartedly. As well as have a fresh vision of God’s awesome holiness. His majesty. I will continue studying over Isaiah, as well to help me have that new perspective.
You can listen to the sermon for yourself at: http://www.visitgracechurch.com/mediacenter/index.php and scroll to the bottom under Rebuild. (Until I get that super-techie friend I mentioned last week, I won’t be able to download the media directly in my blog!)