This morning I want to continue from where we left off and to thank God for watching over us while we were absent one from another. This morning I send special greetings to our brethren in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. To our ministers and members we ask that you pray for the operations of the Headquarters in Arima. It is from that place where all ministers will be commission for this great work. Our Patriarch is toiling very hard and we need you to keep him in your prayers. Follow me as we get into the word of God.
Isaiah’s commissioning to service gives us some insight into the perspective that is required for a person to come to view their lives as a servant of God and to sacrifice accordingly. In Isaiah 6, Isaiah received a vision of God seated on His high and exalted heavenly throne. That the train of His robe filled the entire temple was a symbol of total power and authority (Isaiah 6:1). Even the seraphim, angels Who minister in God’s very throne room, maintained positions of reverence, covering their eyes and their feet while flying so that they wouldn’t touch or see the holiness of God (Isaiah 6:2, Exodus 3:5). They called out to one another saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory” (Isaiah 6:3). The three-fold emphasis of God’s holiness is meant to be emphatic to the highest extent. The only right posture as the seraphim demonstrated was to bow, worship, and exalt. Deference to the King of Kings was the only thing that made sense. Add to Isaiah’s experience the fact that the foundations of the room were shaking and the room was being filled with smoke, likely symbolizing God’s glory indwelling the entire place. My brothers and sisters in Christ it will happen to you when the Holy Spirit comes upon and dwells in you. There will be a shaking and a shouting for God is dwelling in man.
Isaiah couldn’t take it anymore, being immersed with glory, perfection, and holiness, and he cried out, “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 LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5). In light of God’s perfection and holiness, Isaiah was overwhelmed by his imperfections and sinfulness. It so sickened him that he thought that he was going to die. He recognized that he was unclean and that his people were unclean. (Notice here that Isaiah never said some were clean and the others unclean. What he saw was sin in every form. There was nothing but sin and uncleanness). But this is exactly what he needed to see. He needed to first see just how holy and wonderful God was before he could see his inadequacies and his need for change and sanctification. Only when we see God for Who He really is can we rightly deal with the true state of our own hearts which God will graciously enable us to do. Note here my brothers and sisters, until you come face to face with the truth of God’s word like in the case of Isaiah, you will not see yourself as a sinner and you will forever pointing your fingers at others. In Isaiah’s case, one of the seraphim took a burning coal from the altar before God and touched it to his mouth (Isaiah 6:6). The coal symbolized the holy cleansing of God sanctifying Isaiah and removing his sin (Isaiah 6:7). This encounter with the grace of God had to be so incredibly relieving and moving that it was something he could never forget and something he was eager to share with his people.
I want to tell you this morning that when we approach the Throne of God’s grace, we must go with open hearts. Like the song writer “I am not worthy Holy Lord.” or you may want to approach this way “Just as I am without one plea.” you must not make yourself perfect but go with all your imperfections to God and let Him take care of you. I love you all in the Name of Jesus.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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TO BE CONTINUED ……………