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The third person, and my favourite call is Isaiah:
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:1-8
Isaiah sees God. Isaiah responds to God. Here am I, SEND ME.
No questions. No self doubt. No self examination – apart from recognizing that he is sinful and broken and human – and recognizing that God is great and glorious and powerful. His humanity doesn’t hold him back from responding to God with HERE I AM SEND ME. He doesn’t question his gifts or his skills or his natural attributes. He doesn’t compare himself to anyone else. Isaiah had confidence in God. He had a clear and correct view of God, believing that God is actually who He says He is. and that He can do what He says He can do. His encounter with God and connection to Him gave Isaiah perspective and faith.
I want to be more like Isaiah. Unreserved in my response to God.
Don’t be put off by the challenges of ministry or your perception of limitation. God uses the broken and the flawed to shine His glory, power and love through us to the world. We are witnesses of what God can do – forgive, restore, love, use. Our life is a demonstration of His nature.
God doesn’t called the equipped… He equips the called.
My name is Jeremiah. I am a priest, and my father Hilkiah and everyone else in my family are from Anathoth in the territory of the Benjamin tribe. This book contains the things that the Lord told me to say. v1
I love the directness of the CEV – very straightforward. Jeremiah was a priest and this is the words and the messages God gave him to share.
The Lord said:
“Jeremiah, I am your Creator,
and before you were born,
I chose you to speak for me
to the nations.” v 4-5
Hey – did you notice that Jeremiahs message is STILL going forth to the nations – in fact more nations than he was even aware of at the time he was alive! God anointed and appointed Jeremiah before he was even born for this task and calling.
I replied, “I’m not a good speaker, Lord, and I’m too young.” v6
oh Jeremiah – you’re so funny! Jeremiah is trying a Moses here BUT he should have taken notice and great hope that GOD CALLED HIM before he was born and thus knows all about him – his age, his abilities etc – in fact GOD CREATED Jeremiah to be the way he is. He is Creator God and formed him. Jeremiah had all the answers to his insecurities in what God said back in verse 5 “I am your creator and i call you to speak for me.” Likewise for each of us God has the answers!
“Don’t say you’re too young,” the Lord answered. “If I tell you to go and speak to someone, then go! v7
strong challenge we call all learn (and be challenged) from! what excuses are we saying and thinking? what restrictions are we placing upon ourselves and upon God! when God has all the answers and when he calls us to obey.
I promise to be with you and keep you safe, so don’t be afraid.” v8
again another answer to all the questions in Jeremiahs heart. I AM WITH YOU says God. What a promise! with that promise Jeremiah can take on the world. Likewise Jesus said to us “Lo I am with you always”. nothing should restrict us our limit us!
The Lord reached out his hand, then he touched my mouth and said, “I am giving you the words to say, 10 and I am sending you with authority to speak to the nations for me. You will tell them of doom and destruction, and of rising and rebuilding again.” v9-10
Again God has a supernatural answer – he empowers Jeremiah for the mission.
The Lord showed me something in a vision. Then he asked, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” v11
God now begins to practically train Jeremiah for his mission. He calls, equips and trains us for His purpose. God is actively involved in partnering with us!
eleven years ago today i married my best friend tony on a rainy hot day…
praying we continue to grow more in love each day, more stronger together,
living to fulfil God’s purpose,
knowing Him and making Him known.
i’m so blest to be married to a man that loves Jesus with everything.
11 Years ago the jove of my life said "I do", strangely enough she is still the love of my life. Love you Claire and thankyou Jesus for introducing us : Tony’s fb status today
"Show me a godly woman, and I’ll show you a woman who pursued godliness. Show me a spiritual man, I’ll show you a man who pursued the things of the Spirit. This WILL NOT come to us accidentally!"