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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
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self-centered, sensual kind.

Joel 2:12 says, “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

Even a committed Christian can slip into a casual attitude toward sin, presuming too much on God’s forgiving and merciful nature.

We’ve got to recognize our own spiritual poverty, to admit our desperate need of God’s help, and to submit to his commanding will for our lives. The more we see God as He really is, glorious and holy, the more clearly we see ourselves as we really are, sinful and depraved and in need of grace.

3. … tremble at His word.

But this is the one to whom I will look: he who… trembles at My word.”

chared {khaw-rade’} - trembling, fearful, afraid

Trembling. “Wait. I thought nothing is as sweet as the word of God!”

There are two kinds of trembling. One makes people hate God and run from Him. The other affects the heart and brings obedience for those who reverence God. God is looking for people who will listen to Him when He speaks.

You say you have a reverence for God? But if you disregard His word, you show that really take Him lightly.

You who tremble at His word, hear the word of the LORD.
Isaiah 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
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Excellent exposition. Great Outline.

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