Sunday, September 20, 2020
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
It takes a pure heart to see God (Matt. 5:8). You can attend church services, read your Bible, and pray; but if sin fills your heart, you will not see God. You will know when you have encountered God because your life will no longer be the same.
Isaiah was concerned with the death of King Uzziah, the able king of Judah, but was disoriented to his heavenly King. Then something happened that forever changed Isaiah's life. God, in all His awesome majesty, appeared to him in the temple, surrounded by heavenly creatures. Instantly, God's presence made Isaiah aware of his sinfulness. One of the seraphim came to him with a burning coal and cleansed Isaiah of his sin. Immediately, Isaiah began to hear things he had never heard before. Now, he was aware of a conversation in heaven concerning who might be worthy to be God's messenger to the people. This prompted Isaiah's eager response: “Here am I! Send me.” Now that God had cleansed Isaiah, he was aware of heavenly concerns and prepared to offer himself in God's service. Whereas Isaiah had been preoccupied with earthly matters, now his only concern was the activity of God.
If you have become estranged from God and His activity, you need to experience His cleansing. Sanctification prepares you to see and hear God. It enables you to serve Him. Only God can purify your heart. Allow Him to remove any impurities that hinder your relationship with Him, and then your service to Him will have meaning as you offer Him your consecrated life. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
The beginning part of his devotion strikes a chord with a few people that I know...in their life and behavior. They want to be close to the things of God, want to be warmed and made to feel good...even a few think they are offering Him services but they aren't saved.
The most horrific statement ever written wasn't written by Agatha Christie or even Stephen King. Had not even been uttered by Alfred Hitchcock. It was spoken by Jesus when all of mankind was brought before Him and people were being separated. When the true wheat was separated from the false wheat. The statements made were final judgments they were never to be reversed. They. Were. Final.
A life in Christ is a changed life.
A life in Christ has God's fingerprints all over it. It's not man made works that give the appearance of God, but known to be of God.
Just as the opening scene in Left Behind, in the Church building, the cry uttered by the man behind the pulpit. He preached it, he taught it, but it wasn't God because he wasn't saved.
God's grace and mercy is evident in the lives of people who belong to Him.
There is no craftiness nor deceitful scheming. There is no two faces of their lives. There is one life, lived for Christ. There is no public life and a different private life. No life that is one way in front of believers and another in front of the world.
As Jesus taught, and no this isn't judging on our part, you will know them by their fruits. A vibrant fruit tree cannot be both appetizing and foul at the same time.
The fruits are what defines whether or not you are true wheat or false wheat. Look at the man who supposedly came to Christ in the New Testament and soon afterwards tried to offer money to buy the ability to serve with signs and wonders as the Apostles. Look at Ananias and Sophira. Tried giving the appearance of obedience yet were trying to cheat God. You will know them by their fruits.
You, my friend, will be known by your fruit.
Is your fruit appealing to others to draw them to Christ or is it the foul self-centered fruit? Where you have been blessed are you hoarding or using that blessing to help those that the Spirit shows you that are in need? Do you do things, as Scripture says is wrong, from selfish, empty ambition? Do you claim to be a Christian yet do not treat your believing Wife as you would treat Christ?
We all have our hearts sifted daily by Christ. Scripture says that the Lord searches the hearts of man. What does He see in yours?
Jesus wants people willing to do whatever. Not just what we want. He is already knowing who is true wheat from the false wheat. He is God. The words uttered in that Judgment day are not for anyone's sake but that if the accused.
Which will you be found to be?
Matthew 7, Revelation 20.