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Lord, pick me!

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Sermon shared by Rick Duncan

April 2005
Summary: Most of us are willing to admit that a makeover would help. But we don’t know how to make the makeover happen.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
66:5 (HCSB)

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How can I become more broken? Three words:

1. Behold: see the Lord.

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up.
Isaiah 6:1 (ESV)

2. Compare: confess my sin.

And one [seraphim] called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Isaiah 6:3, 5 (ESV)

3. Receive: seek my cleansing.

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And 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.”
Isaiah 6:6-8 (ESV)

A truth to take home: Beware the barrenness of an unbroken life.

A verse to remember: I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Psalm 57:15; NASB)

A question to answer: What is blocking me from experiencing more brokenness?

I once read an interview with one of the survivors of the Titanic. She was just a little girl when the ship they swore was unsinkable went down in the waters of the Atlantic. Over 1,500 passengers died that night.

The Titanic had been constructed with water tight compartments in the hull that were supposed to contain any flooding. The ship left England in April of 1812, traveling at speeds and through waters that were dangerous. But the Titanic was unsinkable, right?

Right. Until it hit that iceberg. Actually it only scraped the iceberg. Most passengers never even knew about it. But that simple scrape left a deep hole in the hull below the water line. For a while no one knew how much danger they were in. But within a short time the unsinkable ship was gone. The man who had designed it went down with the ship. In the interview, this crusty old survivor summed a lifetime of reflections on the Titanic in just a few words. She just said, “It was a monument to human arrogance.”
Human arrogance. It sinks more than ships. A lack of humility, a lack of brokenness, and a lack of trembling at the word of God has cost too many people too many blessings from God. For some, it’s cost them their Eternity.
It’s pretty sobering. If you can’t become humble and dependent, you’ll never get God’s look. Why? A lot of us are human Titanics steaming along through life feeling unsinkable. Our motto is “I can handle it.”
Comments and Shared Ideas
Excellent exposition. Great Outline.

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