(Hebrews 12:1 NLT) 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.
(Isaiah 30:21 NLT) Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
• An ENCOUNTER with GOD changes everything! •
√ Our greatest PAIN can be a catalyst for our greatest GAIN.
(Isaiah 6:1-4 NIV) In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, . . . And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
√ When we SEE GOD clearly, we SEE OURSELVES clearly.
(Isaiah 6:5 NIV) “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
√ God removes OUR PAST so He can redeem OUR FUTURE.
(Isaiah 6:6-8 NIV) Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
1. “God ALWAYS has more to show you.” * Key: GO ALL IN!
(Isaiah 55:6 NLT) Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.
(Jeremiah 29:13 NLT) If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
2. “God wants to CHANGE YOU.” * Key: Take your #ONEstep.
(Isaiah 1:18-19 NLT) “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. If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.
(1 Peter 2:2-3 NLT) 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, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
(Matthew 10:32-33 NLT) “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
3. You have SOMETHING to do! * Key: Discover YOUR PURPOSE.
(Isaiah 60:1-3 NIV) “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
(Ephesians 2:10 NLT) 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.