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Hebrews 12:1 NLT
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
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What would happen if one of the Giants of the Faith came out of the stands and encouraged us? What would they say? That’s what we are going to look at.
Today we will look at Isaiah
66 chapters -
He lived in the 2 Kings time period.
If Isaiah could say one thing to us today, he would say...
Isaiah 30:21 NIV
21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Ponderables
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Why sing take me out to the ball game if you are already there?
Here is the serious question we will address this week. Isa would tell you that you need to meet God personally.

For when you are trying to make sense of it all...

An Encounter with God changes Everything.

My goal is not to get you to be part of our church… I want that, but my goal is to get you close to God. I just happen to believe we can do that here. An encounter with God
You know you want that… an encounter with God. You just don’t know how to go about that. Isa saw the cross 800 years before it happened. Wouldn’t you like to have that kind of clarity in your life? You can.

A God Encounter

Our Greatest Pain can be a catalyst for our greatest gain.

God reserves those times to speak to us when we are hurting the most. Why? Most people’s reaction to pain is to run from God and not to God.
If you are in pain right now, don’t run from God… Run to God. Even if you caused it yourself… run to God.
Isaiah 6:1–4 NLT
1 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” 4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.
Remember - at those darkest times, don’t run from God. Run to God.

When we see God clearly we see ourselves clearly.

Before he does anything else, God wants to do something in your deepest most inmost parts of your life.
Isaiah 6:5 NLT
5 Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
Isa saw his own condition.
You need to know that God will go there when you encounter Him.
When we allow God to help us see ourselves clearly, He will do wonderful things.
Then…

God removes our past so He can redeem our future.

The reason why you might be stuck is you are not moving towards this. God removes our past...
The reason that you run from God is you don’t understand God. God is not a negative God. He doesn’t want to talk about your past, he wants to settle it and move on to your FUTURE.
Isaiah 6:6–8 NLT
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” 8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
Altar for us is Jesus. He takes away our guilt.
The reason you are not having encounters with God is that you are still seeing your life through the lens of yesterday. You haven’t allowed God to take away your yesterdays. Heb 8 says he cleanses our conscience… he changes the way we see ourselves.
God sees a candidate to go tell the people. He asks, who can I send and Isa says send me.
You will never exp the best parts of God until let him settle yesterday so you can live out the glorious parts of life. You need to get in the game… Here I am send me!
Isa would leave us with three final words of encouragment.

Isaiah’s Words of Encouragement

1. God wants to reveal more of Himself to you.

This is for all of us. None of us know all there is to God.
Sometimes we think we have it, but we don’t. You need to hear...
Isaiah 55:6 NLT
6 Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.
Seek him...
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
The secret to finding God is for those who go all in. You have to seek him with your whole heart.

Key: Go All In.

Some of you are scared. You are afraid God will send you to ???? as a missionary. There is nothing that God has for you that you will not enjoy.
Some churches - if you were too happy you were going to hell. That’s not what makes church holy. Church is not supposed to be endured, it’s supposed to be enjoyed.
Go all in. When we worship, clap your hands, raise your hands.... clap your hands, shout to the lord with a voice of triumph, dance...
Your life will never make sense until you Exp God.

2. God wants to change you.

God loves you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to leave you where you are.
Isaiah 1:18–19 NLT
18 “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. 19 If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.
You have to be willing and obedient.
You might think that you have done too much for God to work in you. It’s scary because there is so much to do… Listen
1 Peter 2:2–3 NLT
2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
None of us have reached the full experience of salvation.
One of the fun things as a pastor is to take people who all over the spectrum of growth (baby Christians who just prayed to receive Jesus to tongue talking spirit filled followers.

Key: Take the Next Step.

Receive Jesus.
Baptism. Baptism is a public statement of our faith. ILL - wedding band… Baptism is the wedding ring for our faith.
Matthew 10:32–33 NIV
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
This is why Baptism is important. You may have received Jesus in one of our services and we do that silently, but God never intended our faith to be secret.
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Growth Track

3. God has an assignment for you.

God wants to take you through all of this discipleship process… to help you grow because you are part of his plan. He has a work for you to do.
Isaiah 60:1–3 NLT
1 “Arise, Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. 2 Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. 3 All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.
Do you know why you are miserable? You need to get up and shine!
The world needs it because darkness covers the earth.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Key: Discover my purpose.

Go change the world.
Prayer -
Don’t run from God, run to him.
Who will say I’ll do it? Who will say I’ll be saved. Who will say I need to be baptized? Who will say I’ll get on the team and take this message to my FRAN? Who will say I am ALL IN
Close - I have decided to follow Jesus.
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