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A Spiritual Encounter With God

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Sermon shared by John Butler, Jr.

July 2008
Summary: Learn from Isaiah and Jacob what a face to face experience with God will do to the believer.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
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Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Isa 6:2 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.
Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
Isa 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Isa 6:5 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.
Isa 6:6 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:
Isa 6:7 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.
Isa 6:8 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.

In Isaiah, we read where the man of God had an

encounter with God.

Our text this morning clearly shows us what

happens to a person that has an encounter with

God.

One thing that stands out in my mind is when

Isaiah says : "I saw the Lord"

He didn’t have some kind of a nightmare or

vision inspired by too much pizza the night

before.

this was not a product of his imagination

-he was not making up some supernatural

encounter

But Isaiah had a true life-changing encounter

with the Lord of Glory!

Where he was praying, the door posts and the

threshold shook like an earthquake.

the room filled with the shekinah glory of God

I’ve been in services where the glory of God was

so real that there was a blue haze, holy smoke in

the sanctuary about 4 ft off the ground.

I’ve been in a revival where the fire department

was called out because of the cloud of smoke

covering the building.

And you know what was taking place?

We were having a life changing encounter with

God.

Because we were in the presence of an Almighty

God Amen?

Reality check: In my time in ministry I’ve seen

people lots of people have an encounter with

God but too many of these were just emotional

encounters.

encounters where they come to an altar or kneel

in a pew, pray, weep, cry, shed

tears, shout sing but then they get up and leave

just like they came.

They live and act the same way they did before.

But I tell you the truth this morning when I say I

believe when we have a true encounter with God,

it changes us!

-when we truly repent to God, we aren’t the

same anymore!

When we really come into His presence we

become like Isaiah saying woe is me.

Because In His perfect presence we realize our

imperfect state and we ask Him to purge us, and

bring about change.

And we put off the old and take on the new. Amen?

We take off our old self righteousness because

we can see that it is only filthy rags and we put

on His righteousness.

Too many Christians have an emotional

encounter with God and think that there’s

nothing more.

But there is!

When you have a true encounter with the Lord

of Glory Things change!

First of all you’re no longer
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