A Spiritual Encounter With God
Sermon shared by John Butler, Jr.
Summary: Learn from Isaiah and Jacob what a face to face experience with God will do to the believer.
Audience: General adults
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
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
this was not a product of his imagination
-he was not making up some supernatural
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
Because we were in the presence of an Almighty
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 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
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
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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