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Grace Bible Church - Gatesville, Tx
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Episode · 11 months ago

Seeing God Clearly

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Seeing God Clearly

Isaiah 6:1-8

Gary Deaver - Preaching

You know, we live in a world and which there are a lot of different views about God, about who he is, but what he is for that matter. I mean there's some people who think God just sort of created the world and started at spinning and walked away and left it. Then there's other people who view God as some grandfatherly figure with this long flowing white beard who just oozes love, you know, and accepts anything and everything. And then there's people who really don't believe in God at all, the atheist, if you will. Now these views don't really bother me that much because I used to think that those people who hold those views are either unbelievers or are they are so ignorant, none learned in the word, that they don't have any concept of who God is. But what does bother me is when people who say they know God and know the word and yet their lives don't reflect that. God is nowhere to be found in their lives. Maybe at least, you know, Monday through Saturday. On Sunday they may show up and they look like, you know, the Christians and everything is wonderful and we're all dressed up and we smile and we shake hands. But but through the week. God's nowhere to be found. Where is God during the week? It's sort of reminds me of parents who went to a priest to ask if they would help, he would help straighten out their unruly children. A girl of eight in her younger brother, and the priest said he would and he said that he would speak to them one at a time. So they live close to the church. So one parent took the little girl over, Girl of eight years old. She walked into the room and they're set the priest solemn behind this big, huge desk and you the little girl sit down. The priest looked at her solemnly and said, where is God? There was silence. The little girl didn't know what to say. Pretty soon the priest said in a little louder voice, where is God? Still Silence. Finally the priest said, are not the louder voice still. Where is God? At that the girl jumped up and tore out of the room, ran straight home up to her bedroom and told her little brother boy or we in trouble, and he said why? Said God is missing and they're blaming us. So sometimes I wonder if God is missing in our lives, our daily lives. The lives we live throughout the week, the lives that we claim to demonstrate. We claim to be Christian, we claim to know God, and yet God is somehow missing. The George Barn a group is a marketing research team. Of Team foundered in one thousand nine hundred and eighty four by George Barna, and they research the impact of faith on culture and culture on faith. In one poll, dated August twelve of two thousand and twenty, it's entitled the Church. The Christian church is seriously messed up. It's surveyed over two thousand Christians, evangelicals, pentecostals, Catholics, Baptist and other Protestant groups. Their findings can be capsualized in this fifty percent. Fifty six percent of the respondents who identified as Christian say that having some type of religious faith is more important than which faith a person aligns with. Forty one percent of the professing evangelicals said that if a person is generally good or does enough good things in life, they will earn a place in heaven. Anybody here believe that? Thank you for not raising your hand. Seventy four percent said they felt...

...they had a responsibility to share the gospel all thought. Well, you know, it's not too bad. Seventy four percent. Seventy two percent say they were born again and would go to heaven when they die. Most of the people said that the objective of life was feeling good about yourself. Other said that all aith are of equal value. Other said entry into God's eternal presence is determined by one's personal means of choice. And then, lastly, there are those who say that there are no absolutes to guide or grow US morally. The barner group summarize this by saying, and I quote, if you keep back a step back and look at the big picture painted by the outcomes of this research project, it seems to suggest that many people are in an anything goes mindset when it comes to faith, morals, values and lifestyle. Americans appear to be creating a unique, highly customized world view based upon feelings, experiences and opportunities, rather than working within the boundaries of a comprehensive, time tested, consistent worldview. I would post to you this morning that the church needs some definite absolutes and a fresh vision of who God is. I've entitled my message message this morning seeing God clearly, because Isaiah saw God clearly. In the six chapter of the book he saw a vision of God and who God was. And when we see God clearly, it's going to change who we are. It's going to change how we behave Monday through Saturday, and not just on Sundays. It's going to determine how we see the world around us. It's going to determine how we treat those around us, it's going to determine how we live our lives. We say we are Christians, but the question I have to have you where is God? Are You followers of Christ? Do you follow his teaching? I've often met people who say they are Christians and yet they don't follow Christ. I need to ask them what is their definition of what a Christian is? When we see God clearly? There are four things in Isaiah. I think that will occur when we see God clearly. Number one, we realize God's greatness. Nobody says I notice what he says in verses one through four. In the year of King Uzaiah's death and I'm reading through the new American Standard, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of his robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above him, each having six wings. With a two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said wholly, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole Earth is full of his glory, and the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out while the temple was filling with smoke. Isaiah says that this occurred, this vision he had in the temple occurred in the year that King Uzaiah died. Now let me tell you a little bit about King Ziah. If you don't know, he was actually one of the better kings of Judah. He later on kind of messed up. He's sort of got puffed up with pride and went in to the temple and was going to offer incense to the Lord and the priest forbade him to do that and god struck him with leprosy, which he carried to the day he died. But all in all he was a good king. He took the throne when he was sixteen years old and fact Second Chronicles Twenty six outlines a lot in his life. It says here that he did right in the eyes of the Lord. I'm always interested, as you read, as I read through the Old Testament passages, a...

...talk about a certain King doing right in the eyes of the Lord as opposed to other kings who did evil in the side of the Lord. And what I find is there are a lot more kings who did evil in the side of the Lord than there are who did good. But Isaiah, I'm excuse me, Huzaiah, was one of those kings that did right in the eyes of the Lord. Judah prospered under his leadership and under his reign. It grew materially, it grew agriculturally and it grew material militarily as well. So not since King Solomon had the country been so blessed and so proud that they had this king. They had a great time during the reign of King Uzaiah, but now King Uzia, the sovereign of the land, is dead. The nation was overcome with despair and grief and misery at the loss of this king. It's probably for those of you who are my age can can remember when John F Kennedy was assassinated. It was that kind of feeling that gripped the nation a feeling of loss, a feeling of despair, a feeling of uncertainty, the loss of leadership, and the same kind of feeling gripped Isaiah, the prophet, and he went into the temple to communicate with God and to discuss with him this, this crisis. But to his surprise, the earthly king was gone. But as he went to the throne, to the print, to the temple, he saw the heavenly king, the heavenly ruler, the heavenly sovereign, good king. US I was dead, but Jehovah, the King of Heaven, was alive and well. And I'm going to tell you, no matter what occurs in our lives, whatever it is, we need to remember and we need to always have a fresh vision of God on His throne, that he is in control of our lives. Amen, God is in control of everything that goes on every day of your life. And I know sometimes we go through situations. I go through situations, and we're like this as we go through the situations, you know where, Oh my goodness, what's going to happen? How is that? How is this going to work out? What am I going to do? And we start to tremble, we start to fear, there's uncertainty in our lives, but we forget that the King of Heaven is still on the throne, the sovereign God of this universe is still in control of your lives and my life. One of the things about God that I'm always amazed at is a fact of God's transcendence. It's a theological term that means God goes above and beyond all his creation. His personal being goes, expands beyond everything that we could ask or think. Goes beyond it. We can't even comprehend it. And yet God's concerned about a wrong attitude that you might have. God's concerned when you hurt. God's concerned when you're having a bad day, when you're having a struggle, when you sin. When I said, God's concerned about that. He goes above and beyond. He's transcendent, and yet he's involved intimately into our lives because he dwells us as his children. As we look at this passage, I want us to note that Isaiah says that he saw the Lord. There's actually two words for Lord in this passage. If you read with me and look in your Bible, as you probably see, the first one there in verse one, the year the king is I ha died. I saw the Lord capital l little, Oh little, our little de e, and the word that use. There's the word ad and I. It means Lord, Master or sovereign, and I think it's set in contrast to the sovereign of the land who just died, the sovereign King Uziah, who died. Now he steps into the throne, are steps into the temple to to...

...talk with God and he comes face to face with a true sovereign Lord over all the universe. He says, I saw the Lord the I don't. I if you will, no one. The other one is found in verse three, where he says and one called out, speaking of the Sarapheme, holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts. See, they're all capitals, capital L, capital, Oh, capital, are capital d. The term Lord. This is the word that is Yahweh. It is the word, the Tetragrammaton, if you will, and the Old Testament. It's the word that the Jewish writers didn't want to write. They wrote it and then they would throw the pain away and get a new one because they didn't want to profane that holy, righteous name. It's the name Jahweh and he says I saw the Lord High and lift it up. Now it's very interesting to me that many theologians, of many commentators believe that this Lord here is not God, the father, but it's the Lord Jesus Christ. It's a preincarnate appearance, if you will, of the Lord Jesus Christ. John Bears this out in John Chapter Twelve, verses thirty seven, forty one. He says this even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah, the Prophet Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah fifty three. And then he goes on. He says for this reason they could not believe because, as Isaiah sells elsewhere, he has blinded their eyes and harden their hearts, so that they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn and I would heal them. Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus's glory and spoke about him. So this is referencing, I believe, Isaiah Chapter six, when it speaks that he saw Jesus glory when he enters the throne. He saw Jesus on the throne. He didn't know him as Jesus, he just knew him as a sovereign Lord of the universe. And then notice God's greatness. When we see God's greatness, notice how it's described here. His greatness first of all is seen by the description. He's described as high and lifted up. First Vision he gets of this great God is that he is high and he's lifted up above all others. How do you see God this morning? I'm talking about in our daily lives. Do we see God continually as high and exalted, or do we sometimes forget? I must admit sometimes I forget. Sometimes I live my life almost like God doesn't exist in the choices I make, decisions I bring about in my life. Maybe for a moment, because I usually confess it after that, and so should you, but for a moment there I just say, Oh man, I blue it. Give you an example. You're driving along the road, everything's wonderful, you're going on high weighted four, every things good, happy, maybe hiving thirty six. All sudden some Bozo cuts in front of you, or else he zips around on the left hand side and brewer and you know, you're honking and screaming and you know, I know none of you've ever done that, but but I've been there or have gotten frustrated and for that brief moment God wasn't on the throne in my life. But he should be. We should always remember that God is on his throne. He's high and lift it up and he says here he goes on and describes him and he says and the train of his robe filled the temple. The picture is of royalty...

...and, mad justy, it's like when a royal person gets married and the bride has this long beautiful dress and this long, long train. I remember when Princess Diana got married. Her train was twenty five feet long and it took two attendance to walk behind and carry the train so it didn't get caught on something or somebody trip over it. Princess Diana didn't dare take a step backwards. That's all I got to say. You know, the train followed her along twenty five feet. But here it says that when he saw this vision of God sitting on the throne, it says his train filled the temple. It'd be like if this were the temple. Space back to the temple was probably about maybe a fourth of the size inside, but but if was filled with the train of the robe of the Lord, and that speaks of majesty and royalty in exaltedness. Another way his greatness can be seen is by the attendant attendants who accompanied him. Notice what he says in verse. Two Seraphim stood above him, Saraph and this is the only place, I believe, in the Old Testament where the term sarapheme is found. Sarah fhim's. These are angelic beans. They stood above him, and Saraphem are described in various worries. I want you to notice here, having six wings, with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet and with two he flew. Now get the picture. These are Seraphine. They have six wings, right so to the feeder covered to he's flying, and then too, he's covering his face so he can't see. Several years ago we were teaching this passage and I had one friend of mine in the group who had this insightful question. He said, Gary, if he had six wings and he's covering his feet with two and he's flying with two and he's covering his eyes. How did he see where he was going? That's a brilliant question. How did he see, you know? And he totally missed the point of the whole passage. It's not the fact that he couldn't see where he's going. The fact speaks of humility and the fact that he couldn't look on the presence of the majesty before him. God is so highly exalted and highly above all. The point is that God creates all creatures suited for their environments. He created fish suited for the waters right. He created man suited for life on earth and walking on the earth, and he can can create an angel so that they might be suited for heaven. But noticed that even in their own environment they couldn't look at the presence of Majesty. That's how holy and how righteous God is above us. And then notice that goes on and greatness can be seen by the announcements of the serapheme. Notice what they say. Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts. The whole Earth is full of his glory. You know, we often think of holiness and purity as kind of the same thing, but they're different. Purity means like pure and clean and bright and righteous and all that, but holiness actually means to be separate, to be set apart from something else. It comes from an an ancient word that means to cut, so if you cut something, it's separated from the other thing. Probably, to explain it a little better here in this passage, it's the idea of if you have a garment, you go to a garment store and you see assured or something, you feel the material and I'll see like wow, that is an excellent material. You would say that it is a cut above the rest, it's better than all the rest out there. And that's what he's saying here, that God is holy. God is unique. There's none like him. Not only is...

...he a cut above the rest, he is abundantly above all the rest. There is none like him. He's holy, he's righteous. When it refers to us, holiness is talking about us being separate from sin in our lives, when we walk holy before God, were to be separate from sin and uniquely available to God. First Peter says that this way. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written be holy because I am holy. We're to be models of holiness. One Jewish writer said this about Modeling Holiness. I thought this was good. Holiness as a quality of life is not an abstract concept. Holiness is to be translated into practice, into a distinctive pattern of behavior. In the PINETOOK, the call to holiness is first and foremost a call for imitation of God. You shall be holy, for I the Lord, your God Him Holy. Leviticus nineteen two. The talmud states that holiness is attained by modeling individual and communal life upon the attributes of God. As He is Merciful, you be Merciful, as he is Gracious. You Be Gracious. When more, modeling holiness were to have the same quality and characteristics that God, that God has that exists with him. He is kind, we need to be kind. He is loving. We need to be loving. He is gracious, we need to be gracious. Now, when it refers to God, means that he has set apart from anything else. There is none like him. He is uniquely holy. He is totally set apart from all things second art, excuse me. First, Samuel to says this. There is none holy as a Lord, for there is none beside thee. Neither is there any rock like our God. God's holiness means that he is above and beyond all things in his being. Our Se sprawl says it in his book the holiness of God. He says this. We say that God is a spirit, that he knows everything, that he is loving, just, merciful, Gracious, and so on. The tendency is to add the idea of holy to this long list of attributes as one attribute among many. So He's merciful, he's Gracious, he's kind, he's holy. He goes on and he says this. But when the word holy is applied to God, it does not simply signify one single attribute. On the contrary, God is called holy in a general sense. The word is used as a synonym for his deity. Holiness is a primary characteristic of God's attributes, of all of them. For God to be holy is for him to be holy in relation to every aspect of his nature and character. His love is Holy Love, His grace is Holy Grace, his righteousness is holy righteousness. His love, for example, is you equally set apart from all other loves. You get the picture. The picture is that God's love is holy love and that it is set apart. It is unique to all other loves in the world. I often think I can't understand why God would love me and how he could love me. This is how, because his love is holy love, it's above and beyond, it's set apart from all other kinds of love. In even the kind of love, even the kind of love that I could imagine or try to think of, I think, Oh, I love somebody really dearly, and I can understand that concept of love. But God's love goes beyond that, because there's probably going to be a point at which my love would stop for that person, depends on what they did. But God's love...

...goes beyond that because his love is holy love. It's uniquely above and beyond. It's more than a cut above. It goes above and beyond anything that we could comprehend. Also, the uniqueness of God's holiness is seen in the fact that it's repeated in the Hebrew there aren't any exclamation points. So from the Hebrews wanted to express something with emphasis, they repeated it over and over and over again. Notice what he says here. The angels or the Saraphim cried out holy, Holy Holy is the Lord of hosts. It's repeated three times, because holy, Holy Holy is a Lord. Now God is never is. Never says anywhere in the Bible that God is Love, Love, love, or the God is mercy, mercy, mercy, or the God is peace, peace, peace. These are all characteristics of God. This is the only attribute of God or characteristic of God that's repeated for emphasis, and that's because I think God wants us to get the picture that holiness is his overwriting character of his entire being. He is holy, he's above all things, not just pure, but he's above everything. His love is above all, his mercy is above all, His grace, everything is above all. Now notice the next phrase in verse three, and I think this is great. He says holy, Holy Holy is a lord of hosts. The whole Earth is full of his glory. The whole Earth, everything that we see around us, is full of his glory. Now the Bible never makes an attempt to prove the existence of God. The existence of God is assumed. In fact, in Psalm Nineteen, is says the very heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day After Day they pour forth speech. Night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, there are no words, no sound is heard from them, yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words until all unto all the world and the heavens. God has pitched a tent for the sun and he goes on. The point is, God doesn't have to prove himself. I have to do is look around you. Look at the heavens, look at the stars, look at the earth that God has created, the seas. God doesn't have to prove his existence because his glories everywhere. In fact, even our bodies, when we look at our bodies, our bodies are the work of his hands. Psalm says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Several years ago I took a course in an microbiology and I remember the teacher was talking about some anatomy in this course and she was talking about the vertebral artery. Okay, anybody know what the vertebral artery is? Probably some nurses do. The vertebral artery is a little tiny artery that tortuously winds its way up through some small openings in the bones of your neck. And I remember her saying that. It's as if someone laced it in there and I want to raise my hand and said, well, I know who did it. A tent, pick me, pick me, I know the answer. You know, the sovereign God of this universe fearfully and wonderfully made us. So we don't have to look far to see the glory of God. You can't miss the glory of God. Did you see the glory of God on Your Word Church this morning? That it was there. It's all over the place. You look around, you see the sun rise, you see the sun and the sky, you see the clouds. All this declares the glory of God. It's obvious. Why do people miss it? Because they're...

...not looking for it. And we often will miss the glory of God when we're not looking for it. All though it's staring us right in the face, we don't see it. Seeing God clearly means that we have a grasp and understanding of his greatness. Seeing God clearly, secondly, means that are it helps us to since our unworthiness. Notice he goes on and he says in Verse Five, when all this is going on, the angels are flying through heaven saying holy, Holy, Holy. The foundations were being shaken. And notice what Isaiah says. Woe is me, for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of Unclean Lips, for my eyes have seen the king, the Jahweh of hosts, the Lord of hosts. When we're confronted with a true s of who God is and we see God clearly, we're going to realize that that we are unclean Romans. Twelve says. If this way, for by grace giving me, I see to you, not every one of you, not to think of yourselves more highly than you ought to think, but to think of yourselves with sober judgment, in accordance with a faith God has distributed to each of you. He tells us that we're to think soberly about ourselves. The problem I see with most people is that most people think incorrectly about themselves. They either think too highly of themselves or they think too lowly of themselves. You know, some people think they're the third member of the Godhead. You know, I think well, I'm really great, I'm exalted, I'm I'm really cool, and others are just barely scrape and by. You know, I can hardly lift my head, I'm so worthless. Reminds me of these little boys that made a clubhouse and they knew that people would either act too big or two small, so they made three rules. Nobody Act big, nobody acts small, everybody act medium, and God wants us to act medium. He wants us to have a sober perspective of who we are. We're not exalted, you're not better than me, but you're not worse than me either. We're together, we're one, we're unit, and seeing God clearly means that we see each other clearly. But we also recognize when we get into his presence, woe is me, because I'm unclean and I'm a man of Unclean Lips. Our Sea sprawl says it this way. When we are aware of the presence of God, we become most aware of ourselves as creatures. When we meet the absolute, we immediately know that we are not absolute. When we meet the infinite, we become acutely conscious that we are finite. When we meet the eternal, we are temporal. You cannot get into the presence of God, or realize his presence, see him clearly, without recognizing the fact that you are unworthy. Do you notice when Isaiah said woe is me, for I am ruined because I'm a man of Unclean Lips, the Sheriff M didn't say wait, Whoa, Whoa, stop. I say, you're not that bad man. Hang on, YOU'RE A prophet. God's chosen you. You're okay. Yeah, maybe a little here and there. You need to be cleaned up, but you're pretty good. You know, sometimes we think this about ourselves. Hey, not bad, I'm not as bad as so and so. So we make the air of comparing ourselves with other people. We need to be care comparing ourselves of the sovereign God of this universe. So the point was that Isaiah, when he said woe is me,...

...he fell on his face before God it. He didn't go in and say hey, Woll God, you're it's his great man, I'm going to finally get to see. I've been looking forward to this. So reminds me of that song. What will it be? You know, when I get to heaven, will let well, I see Hellelujah? Will I be able to speak at all? Most kinds of things. But we find that when we see the presence of God, we're going to recognize that we are unworthy before him. There are other examples of what occurred in men's lives whenever they got into the presence of God, and job, when he had experienced a similar situation to Isaiah, his reaction was to say, I abhor myself and I repent in dust and ashes in revelation. One verse, Seventeen John, when he was on the Isle Patma said. When I saw him this vision of holiness and purity and God, he says, I fell at his feet as though dead. In Daniel Ten, when Daniel saw God, he wrote. So I was left alone gazing at this great vision. I had no strength left, my face turned deathly Pale and I was helpless. When we see God, clearly, we're going to recognize his greatness and our lack of greatness. We're going to recognize that we belong to him, that we get are worth from him. You know, the value that you have is a value that God is placed on you. I sometimes struggle with feelings of inadequacy and inferiority. You may not believe that, but that's true. So I feel like I just can't do it, I'm not good. Maybe it's the way I was raised. I can always blame everything I am on my parents. You know, they're not here to defend themselves. So, but but we feel I feel personally like and I'm just not worthy. But you know what, the thing that makes me worthy, the things that make you worthy, is the value that God has placed on you. God has placed infinite value on you, so much that he gave his only son to die for your sins. Amen. Did you see it? Do you believe it? God put value on you. That's why we can say I am clean before him, when we see God clearly. The third thing is that we will, we will receive his goodness. Notice of verse six, when one of the Saraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand. He didn't just leave Isaiah in his moment of despair, his moment of debt depression. He came to him in with this coal in his hand, off the altar, and he touched my mouth with it and he said, behold, this has touched your lips and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven. What marvelous words. I was looking at this and I was studying it and I thought, man, what incredible words they are here Isaiah is in this sense of total worthlessness and total unworthiness before God and this Angel Takes this tongue and he touches his lips and he says, I'm going to cleanse you. God is going to cleanse you. How many of you remember the moment you got saved? Everyboddy? Few of you? Yeah, for some of us we feel like we just sort of oozed into salvation, you know, we just it just happened, you know, as part of our lifestyle. We don't remember it. I remember distinctly when I was saved. I don't remember the date, I don't remember, but I remember the experience where I grew up, in the churches I grew up in, we had what we called an altar call, and anybody heard of an altar call before? Yeah, and this wouldn't bench on each side, down in the front and at the end of the sermon the pastor would ask if anybody wanted to accept Christ...

...and had l all the heads bowed and the people raise her hand if they wanted to accept Christ, and then he would ask you to take a step further and come forward and down to the altar. They called it an altar because that's where you sacrificed your life to God. That interesting. They called it an altar because there you gave your heart to God. You said, God, I'm here. It's like one man that that it took God to him. Took God twenty years to teach him two words. Those words were Lord anything, and some of US haven't learned those words yet. How I god anything you want to do. When he came to the altar. But I remember when I came to the altar that night I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, and I know I did that moment and it was like a burden had been lifted off from me. I felt clean, I felt pure, I felt righteous, I felt like God loved me, because he did. He gave his son for me, so I felt clean. Reminds me of the book Pilgrim's progress, when Christian is making his way up this hill with his big, heavy load on his back and he finally reaches the foot of the Cross and he looks at the Cross and the burden falls off and it rolls down the hill. That's what I felt. The burden from our lives and our sins have rolled away. So when we see God clearly, we will accept his goodness in his clearity. It's interesting that no one disputed Isaiah's claim that he was unworthy, that he was a man of Unclean Lips. No Angel in heaven came down and said no, you're not bad, you know, because the point is he was bad. He was flawed, just like you and me. You know we're flawed. We have sins in our lives. Do you ever go through time where you don't sin? A pretty good record. Sometimes we can make it without sending for a while, but I guarantee you every one of you sin because we're born to the sin nature that constantly wars with our spirit. One preacher was preaching one time at and he's preaching on the fact that God forgives us of our sins and as believers we have sins and we need to go to first John One nine and confess our sins. And at the end of the service a man came up to him and he said, you know, I want you to know that I haven't sinned in over twenty years. And the pastor was kind of looking over his shoulder like that and it said no, did you hear me? I haven't sinned at twenty years. Looking over again wait, pastor, look at me. I haven't stand it over twenty years. She says, yeah, I'm just looking for your wife. I want to get her opinion. You know so, just because we don't think race and you know you asked the wife, you as somebody that lives with you, that knows you. You know when they know you, they know what you're like, and God knows you. I love the passage in effusions. It says, for as for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you used to live, when you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the air, the spirit who is now at work, and the disobedient, all of us, also lived among you, at them at one time, gratifying the cravings of your flesh and following the does, sires and the thoughts of the flesh. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive together with Christ. Hallelujah. He made US alive in Christ, even when we were dead in our sins. And you might be here this morning and you don't know Jesus Christ, and this passage actually he's talking about you because, like all of us who accepted Christ, we were all dead in our sins until we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, and he made us alive and he will make you alive here this morning...

...if you trust him and accept them as your savior. God can cleanse us and he does cleanse us from our sin. The fourth and final thing is that when we see God clearly, we commit to his service. Notice what he says in Verse Eight. Then 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. One of the things that tells whether you're really saved or not, where you been born again, is a fact that you'll serve God. You want to serve God, you want to follow him. And notice the thing that God really invites us to serve. He doesn't command us to serve, doesn't make us serve, but he invites us to serve. He said who will go for me? Who will go for us? So God is all he wants really is somebody to be willing to serve. You know, whatever you're doing in the church, and this is a church really made up of a lot of servants. I must admit I've seen a lot of people's hearts willing to serve and and that's marvelous, because when you love God and Love Jesus Christ, you're willing to serve. But when you're not serving, when you're not serving God, something tells me that you maybe don't have a clear vision of who God is. You're not seeing God clearly. He doesn't invite us our in in he does invite us to serve, but he also incites us to serve. I like what Flippians too says, for it is God who works in you to will and to act of his good purpose. God is motivating you in your life. When you submit to him, when you present to him a willing heart, he will stir you up to put you where he wants you. You don't have to have great talents, you don't have to have great abilities. As I mentioned before, I have, like suffers, from inferiority complex, you know, I just feel like I'm inferior to everyone else, but God makes up those deficiencies, you know. Since my inferity complex is so bad, I was feel like the guy who went to psychiatrist and he says, you know what, I have this horrible inferiority complex and I'd like for you to check me out and see what's going on. So they ran a series of tests on him and called him in the next week and he says, wow, I've doctor said I've got some interesting news for you, and he says what? And he said that that complex you have. I said yes, yeah, it's no complex, you are inferior. So that's what I am more is afraid of in my life. You are inferior, but we're not, because God makes us able to accomplish all that he wants us to accomplish. This morning now would ask you, where is God? Where is God in your life? If you see God clearly, you'll have a realization of God's greatness. You'll have a sense that are your need for God, that you are really unworthy accept God has made you worthy and you have to receive his cleansing. And then, while lastly, when you see God's clearly, Yours said, I am here to serve him, whereas are you going to serve God this morning, pray that you're seeing God cleared this morning. Let's pray our father. We thank you for your word and Isaiah, thank you for the truths that are there. I pray, father, that you would use this passage speak to our hearts, that you would penetrate our lives so that we, like Isaiah, would say I am unclean, but I'm willing to serve. Cleanse US, father, help us to see you clearly. In Jesus name, we pray Amen.

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