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by Leslie Schonfeld
God so loved...that is the running theme throughout Scripture. God so loves me that I can’t help but love Him. So why is it so hard for me to serve Him at the first urging? Why do I hesitate? The crux of this hit me when I was studying Isaiah 6:3-8. In this beautiful narrative, Isaiah is taken before the throne of God. Through Isaiah’s illustration we learn the steps of submission and service.
First, we must recognize God is Holy. Isaiah in His revelation is “undone”. I believe we need to recognize more that God’s purity and perfection. We must also see His intense love for all of mankind. We must come to the same conclusion as Isaiah, God is Holy, Sovereign, and pure love. I used to see myself falling into the arms of Jesus when I enter heaven. Now I don’t believe I will be able to stand. Not out of fear, not out of awe, but out of complete inability to pay back the love He has bestowed on me. This point was driven home after viewing the movie The Passion of the Christ for a second time. A true depiction of unconditional love.
#1 God is Holy
Write a Praise statement of His Holiness.
“My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord. And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:21 NAS
From Isaiah’s perspective God’s love reveals Isaiah’s inadequacy. He saw his own sin as he stood in the presence of God. We also see we are unworthy. His grace then shines forth and He offers forgiveness. Isaiah received it through he angel and the burning coal; we receive it through the blood of Jesus.
#2 I am undone - forgive me
Pray- God please forgive me for:
I forgive myself for:
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin fo the world.” John 1:29 NAS
When the Father asks for someone to send out, Isaiah responds. He is overflowing with gratitude and joyously proclaims “SEND ME”. For many of us, we hear the needle scratch across the record. STOP, I’m not ready...He might send me to Cambodia. Obedience is risky business. We balk at the idea of unconditional surrender. But Why?
I believe the key is our security. An unconditional "yes" feels like stepping off a precipice into the unknown. We want to know the end results. It feels as if we have no control or say to the direction of our life. This leads to a revealing question: Where is my security in self or in Christ? That is a tough question and one I deal with daily.
So, what do we do? When fear of any kind comes, I must stop and say my trust in You God. Your word says You “will set me securely on high, because I have known Your name.” Psalm 91:14 NAS
#3 My Security
I trust You, God, You are my security.
Here I am send (write your name):
“I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.” Psalm 91:14 NAS
Finally, we then wait for God to lead us to where He sends. We must specifically determine what we are each assigned to do. Also it is important to share that assignment with another to keep us accountable.
#4 My Assignment
Write your assignment:
My prayer partner:
“Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble.”
2 Peter 1:10 NAS
We must recognize God is holy, recognize without Him we are not, remind ourselves daily that He is our security, and walk out what He has assigned us to do.
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