THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Yesterday I heard my friend Lyndon Longoria preach at Outreach Baptist in Columbia, LA.
Bro. Lyndon reminded me of a passage of Scripture preached many years ago by my pastor at that time, Bro. Perry Lassiter.
That sermon on the following verses helped me get my priorities in order with Christ.
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, 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 mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
At the sight of God in His majestic holiness, Isaiah realized his sinfulness!
It is at the preaching of the Word of God that mankind realizes God's holiness, and our own sinfulness! (Rom. 1:16)
When we realize our sinfulness, God reveals His provision of forgiveness and cleansing.
One of the seraphim took a coal off the altar of God and brought it to cleanse Isaiah.
Notice that the coal was applied to the "lips" of Isaiah.
The character of a man's heart is revealed through his conversation!
The heart, or spirit of the man, is the place of thought and decision.
But it is the mouth which reflects the character of the person!
AFTER Isaiah realized his sinfulness, and God's provision for cleansing, THEN he received a CALL from God for usefulness.
"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." (Isaiah 6:8)
God's call to those who surrender to Him is for salvation, yes.
But it is also a call to be USEFUL in service to Him among people.
Unless people realize sinfulness, they have no understanding of the need for cleansing.
Unless they realize God's provision of cleansing they will not surrender to Him for salvation.
And unless someone PREACHES, they will realize neither!
Are YOUR priorities in order?
How are you using YOUR mouth?