SEND ME (1)
April 28, 2019 | Steve Pixler
BACKGROUND: This message flows out of “Your Harvest Is In Your Field.”
Matthew 9:37–38 (ESV): Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out (ekballe: “to cast, thrust, launch like an arrow”) laborers into his harvest.”
BIG IDEA: Being SENT by God requires INNER HEALING.
Look at the Freedom Life icon as an emblem of being sent.
MOTTO: “Helping people find their way into freedom for all of life.”
ICON: 3 arrows into a circle:
Arrow #1: Know God
Arrow #2: Find Freedom
Arrow #3: Discover Purpose
Circle: Make A Difference
THE STORY OF ISAIAH
The simple idea is this: Isaiah could not be SENT into his destiny until God addressed the inner issues that threatened his call.
Isaiah 6:1–8 (ESV): In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for 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!”
[Isaiah 6:5 (The Message): “Doom! It’s Doomsday! I’m as good as dead! Every word I’ve ever spoken is tainted—blasphemous even! And the people I live with talk the same way, using words that corrupt and desecrate. And here I’ve looked God in the face! The King! God-of-the-Angel-Armies!”]
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
The SENDING requires INNER HEALING. We all have the “go” embedded in our spirit—“God has set eternity in our hearts”—but we all inevitably face a “woe” (or, “whoa!”) moment.
Isaiah needed to be healed in relation to God (“my eyes have seen the King!”), to self (“I am a man of unclean lips!”) and to others (“I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips!”).
God qualified Isaiah: “Your guilt is taken away! Your sin is atoned for!” God addressed and healed the SIN blocking the SEND.
TO BE CONTINUED...