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God is > part 4Here I am… (James 2:26)

Introduction 

  • This morning I am gonna get straight to it…
  • No messing around…
  • You see I believe that there are some people here this morning that need to meet with Jesus.
  • So we are about to pray together before we dive into the word of God…
  • And I wonder if there is anyone here today desperate enough to cry out to Jesus?
  • I wonder is there anyone here today that wants to hear a word from God?
  • We don’t have time to play games today…
  • We are gonna pray that King Jesus would show up and show out…
  • We are gonna believe that eyes are gonna be opened…
  • We are gonna believe that the lost are gonna be saved…
  • We are gonna believe that Jesus is in this place…

Pre-talk…

  • Let me say that today is a special day…
  • God has given me a specific word for you…
  • Last week we broke down the life changing reality that “Faith works” from James 2:14-26…
  • And let me remind you…
  • Faith works in the season of suffering…
  • Faith works in the difficulty of depression…
  • Faith works when nothing else can…
  • When everything seems hopeless and all seems lost, faith works…
  • Our God is notorious for letting the situation appear as if everything is stacked against us…
  • Only to unveil that only His power…
  • Only His authority…
  • Only His hand can crush the hand of the enemy…
  • Well today God has laid upon my heart a very familiar passage…
  • Today I want to preach from James 2:26…
  • And I want to make sure you don’t miss this…
  • I want to preach a message entitled “Here I am…”

James 2:26 

  • I have one verse today that I want to stamp upon your heart…
  • I want you to highlight this verse in your living….
  • Circle this verse…
  • It’s Facebook worthy…
  • Whatever you do, I need you to get this 1 verse upon your heart…
  • Quickly, go with me to James 2:26…

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Exegesis

  • In other words you are dead without Jesus…
  • You are lifeless without the Spirit of God…
  • You are unable to feel with out God within you…
  • Oh but when the Spirit of God is alive within you, faith will be active within you.
  • Faith without work is dead…
  • Faith without work is without the Spirit of God…
  • Faith without work is without the leading of Christ…
  • Faith without work is without the relationship with Jesus…
  • If you know Jesus, you’ll have the burden of Jesus…
  • If you have the burden of Jesus you’ll be on mission working with Jesus…
  • And can I say too you that in order to be changed by the marvelous power of God you have to get close enough to see…
  • Are you following me?
  • Let me say it like this…
  • Just this week our little Olivia had her Kindergarten play and she was so sweet…
  • Rachel had her hair curled and done just right…
  • Olivia had a shiny and sparkling dress that made her look like Cinderella…
  • She had matching shoes and matching jewelry…
  • Rachel and I didn’t want to miss this in anyway so we got there an hour early to be sure we got seated on the front row…
  • So it was about 10 minutes before the Christmas play started and Olivia came up to Rachel and I and whispered that she was nervous…
  • Now you gotta know that over the last month Olivia has said her lines 100 times…
  • Over the last month she has been singing the songs thousands of times…
  • She had been so confident, yet right before the show started she was nervous…
  • So Rachel and I grabbed her by the hand and we went back stage and practiced with her…
  • We showed her what was gonna happen, where she was gonna stand, how she would walk out on stage…
  • We went over everything with her…
  • We let her know the teachers were gonna help her in anyway she needed them…
  • But she couldn’t take her eyes off of the 500 people sitting in the sanctuary…
  • So Rachel began saying Olivia’s lines for her…
  • And then Olivia said “I can do this.”
  • I could see her go from fear to faith…
  • She believed again… 
  • She trusted again… 
  • She picked up her confidence…
  • In just the same way…
  • Some of you need to go from fear to faith today…
  • Some of you need to believe again!
  • Some of you need to trust again!
  • Oh could you run back toward your confidence in the Lord!?
  • Oh could we come to comprehend that this is the only way to approach our God…
  • Come into His sanctuary…
  • Come seeking the glory of the Lord…
  • Come and get as close as you can because our God will not disappoint…
  • For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
  • Maybe the clearest picture of this truth is found in Isaiah 6…
  • I want you to see this…
  • Feel free to make your way to Isaiah 6 as we are gonna bring this thing full circle…
  • But let me just say that there are seasons in life that the body is alive but the human spirit is dead…
  • Do you know what I mean?
  • It’s like you see things happening…
  • You feel things taking place…
  • You hear the news of other people making a difference in life…
  • Your body is alive and your witnessing life go by, but the spirit within you is dead…
  • It’s like your on cruise control…
  • There is no taste of goodness…
  • There is no first experience of first hand excitement…
  • There is no feelings of passion or zeal…
  • There is just another day, another week, and another month…
  • There is another holiday, another event, another celebration…
  • Your awake and your eyes are blinking…
  • But when it comes to taste, touch, and hearing your lifeless and spiritless…
  • But listen to me…
  • You gotta know that you were called by the marvelous love of Jesus to live!
  • You were never meant for depression or fear…
  • You were never meant for anxiety and worry…
  • You were meant to live in the fullness of Jesus Christ!
  • Listen to the words found in Isaiah 6…

Isaiah 6:1-8…
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 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!” 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 I am! Send me.

  • Notice that Isaiah remembered everything about what he saw…
  • Can I tell you that if you have been with Jesus you remember what it felt like…
  • If you have been with Jesus you remembered what it looked like…
  • You don’t forget when the God of the universe shows up…
  • It’s not answers to a test your trying to memorize…
  • It’s not important dates on a calendar your trying not to forget…
  • When you are with Jesus you remember where you were…
  • You remember what was going on around you…
  • Because the last words of Jesus are the first words you speak…
  • Look at the life of Isaiah…
  • Isaiah records “in the year that King Uzziah died…”
  • Isaiah knew the year…
  • Isaiah knew the diplomatic leader…
  • Isaiah knew it was in the significant season of change…
  • Because Isaiah saw the Lord!
  • Isaiah records that the train of the robe of our Lord filled the temple…
  • Oh this is good news…
  • In ancient times the train of a robe symbolizes glory and splendor…
  • To understand this you must understand in ancient times only the rich could put on display their glory…
  • Each piece of fabric was stitched by hand to display ones significance…
  • The longer the train the more glorious the King…
  • When you think of the robe of our King think of His authority…
  • When you think of the robe of our King think of His perfection…
  • When you think of the robe of our King think of His incomparable splendor…
  • Then the bible records that above Him stood the seraphim…
  • The created and angelic beings designed from the hand of God…
  • The seraphim were calling out to each other….
  • Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord; the whole earth is full of His glory!
  • And another angel would cry out…
  • Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord; the whole earth is full of His glory!
  • And then another would cry out…
  • Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord; the whole earth is full of His glory!
  • And then another would stop and say no, no, no, you don’t understand….
  • Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord; the whole earth is full of His glory!
  • In the middle of this Isaiah declares “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!”
  • And this is where I want to spend our time today…
  • Have you seen the King?
  • Have you seen your shame?
  • Have you seen your need for the Savior?
  • Have you seen His worth!?
  • Listen to me…
  • Today on this Sunday I have not just come to preach…
  • Today I want to help you go deeper, I want to give you a proclamation for Monday!
  • In this text we see 3 distinct ways to approach God…
  • Follow me…

1. Here I am, save me.

  •  After Isaiah saw the Lord and I want you to listen to what happens next…

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!“”

  • There was no pride…
  • No self worth…
  • No self righteousness…
  • No excuse…
  • When Isaiah was before the Lord, he had nothing to say except “Woe is me! For I am lost.”
  • He goes onto say “I am a man of unclean lips and everybody else around me is too unclean before the Lord.”
  • In other words…
  • There is none that compare…
  • There is no one or no thing that draws a parallel to the mighty hand of God…
  • So here I am Lord!
  • My eyes have seen your goodness and my heart knows your ways…
  • O God I am stained before you…
  • I have sinned….
  • I have rebelled…
  • I have wandered away…
  • I have doubted your word…
  • I have suppressed my living with fear and anxiety…
  • I am lost.
  • Would you hear me today??
  • Before you can ever be saved you must first understand that your lost.
  • Did not Jonah cry out in the midst of trouble and distress unto the Lord?
  • Did not Nehemiah fast and pray unto the Lord in the midst of ruin?
  • When you get more desperate for the presence of the Lord than the preference of your flesh, you will see the move of God!
  • God is not interesting in your bartering…
  • “God I’ll give you my life if you’ll give me your blessing.”
  • “God I’ll give you my trust if you’ll give me a breakthrough.”
  • God is not interested in your performance…
  • You can’t clean yourself up enough…
  • You can’t present yourself will enough…
  • You can’t earn your way into the favor of God…
  • God is most interested in your submission.
  • He wants your heart.
  • He wants your trust.
  • He wants your time. 
  • He wants a relationship.
  • This means you’ll go public for Christ.
  • This means you’ll be faithful to Christ.
  • But how? How do you get to Jesus?
  • How do you walk with Jesus and talk with Jesus?
  • How do you and I have relationship with Jesus?
  • This is the question that every sincere lost person wants to know?
  • Even the most cold hearted unbeliever is slightly interested in hearing how to know that you know Jesus…
  • The bible says that Isaiah looked and seen the Lord!
  • Are you looking for the Lord?
  • Are you seeking after the heart of the Lord?
  • Would others speak of you as having been with Jesus?
  • Are you guilty by association?
  • Let me say it like this…
  • What if we came to church this morning and it came time for me to get up and preach and I wasn’t here…
  • Byron and the band were playing softly hoping that I was gonna pop up on stage somewhere but as seconds turned to minutes, I was nowhere to be found…
  • Then after about 15 minutes of waiting…
  • I come bursting through the doors and down the stairs and I ran to the stage…
  • And then I came up here and said “folks I am sorry I am late but it has been a crazy morning…”
  • Out of breath and trying to calm my nerves down I begin to tell you that I had a flat tire…
  • I begin to explain that I was on my way to church and I got out of the car to change my tire…
  • As I was changing my tire I accidentally stepped out to far into the road and an 18 wheeler hit me…
  • The way I was dressed was in order…
  • My physical appearance was nothing out of sort…
  • But I was breathing hard and a little nervous…
  • You would be thinking 2 things…
  • This guy is a liar…
  • This guy has lost it and he is crazy…
  • Because if you or I were hit by an 18-wheeler everything about us would be changed in an instance…
  • Oh can I say to you that when you encounter Jesus every single thing changes!
  • What you see changes…
  • Where you go changes…
  • What you say changes…
  • What you do changes…
  • Life changes and they way you live changes…
  • There becomes 1 thing upon your heart to proclaim….
  • Jesus!!!
  • Here I am, save me!!! 
  • More than that, Isaiah looked, seen the Lord, and believed the Lord!!
  • Isaiah’s cried out “Woe is me!”
  • For my eyes have seen the Savior!
  • In other words…Here I am, save me!
  • Can I ask, have you been with Jesus?
  • Can I ask, do you need Jesus?
  • I am afraid that we are a people that try to live like we are strong enough… 
  • I am afraid that we are a people that try to live like we are smart enough…
  • I am afraid that we are a people that try to live like we are determined enough…
  • Oh could today be the day that we drop such pride?
  • Could today be the day that we drop such arrogance?
  • Let me say to be in the center of the will of God will always and forever be to proclaim “Here I am Jesus, save me!”

2. Here I am, build me.

  • Stay with me…
  • Pick back up the same text that we started with…
  • James 2:26…

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

  • Listen to me…
  • If your here and you have been born again…
  • Your a christian, you are saved, and your a child of God…
  • Can I tell you that your called to risk everything that you have for Jesus?!
  • Your called toward missions…
  • Your called to speak out the gospel…
  • Your called to begin new ministries…
  • Your called to risk your popularity…
  • Your called to risk your finances…
  • Your called to go to the broken to bring them unto healing…
  • The body of a believer cannot be described as a dead person…
  • The body of a believer cannot be described as powerless, bitter, and hateful…
  • The body of a believer must living out loud in the depths of faith!
  • Oh you ought to be believing God…
  • You ought to be going for God…
  • You ought to be loving for our God…
  • The life of a believer is a life of desperate crying out to God to proclaim “Here I am, build me!”
  • You see this in the text…
  • Isaiah has seen the Lord…
  • Isaiah cries out “woe is me.”
  • “I am unclean.”
  • “Those of which I associate with are unclean.”
  • Lord cleanse me…
  • Create within me a clean heart…
  • In other words…
  • Stop thinking your good enough, your not.
  • Stop thinking your strong enough, your not.
  • Stop thinking your capable enough, your not.
  • Stop thinking your smart enough, your not.
  • You can’t earn the love of Christ, it’s freely given.
  • You can’t work for the favor of God, it freely given.
  • You can’t perform well enough for the blessings of God, it’s freely given.
  • I believe with all of my heart that our God works like this…
  • Just this week Abigail had to be rushed to the ER…Abigail is our 3 year old.
  • We had just finished dinner and I made the girls a deals…
  • I said “If you girls can go clean your room and get it nice and neat daddy will take you all to get hot chocolate and we can drive around and look at all the Christmas lights.”
  • Well, they cleaned for about 5 minutes and then I heard them running back in forth to Jacks room…
  • Olivia was chasing Abbey…
  • So I yell out and reminded them “girls, we can’t go until your room is clean.”
  • Then 5 minutes went by and I hear Abigail crying the serious cry…
  • As a parent you know the difference between a “I’m hurt cry” and “it’s really serious” cry…
  • Abigail had ran through the hall way and tripped over the rug in Jacks room and landed head first on the rocking chair in Jacks room…
  • Abigail had to have 4 stitches in her forehead…
  • I tell you this to say this…
  • I am daddy…
  • I know whats best for them…
  • I told them several times what needed to done.
  • I wanted to give them something good…
  • Yet their disobedience lead to pain…
  • Can I say to you that God wants to build within your heart the heart of faith…
  • God is about building trust within you…
  • God is building hope within you…
  • God is building patience within you…
  • Oh but you and I are called to obey.
  • Yet when you in seasons of disobedience…
  • When your in seasons of doubt…
  • And you start wandering by walking your own way…
  • Do you not know that some of the pain that you experience is due to the stubbornness of the flesh…
  • You and I are smart enough to know what good and bad looks like…
  • The reality is sometimes we just choose what we want…
  • Oh but can I remind you that in order to stand tall in the power of Christ, you must learn how to declare “Jesus, Here I am, build me!”

3. Here I am, send me.

  • Would you stand with me?
  • Can I say to you that when you have a heart that proclaims “Here I am, save me….”
  • When you have a heart that proclaims “Here I am, build me…”
  • You will have a heart that declares “Here I am, send me!”
  • When Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord he cried out “save me.”
  • When Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord he cried “I’m unclean and the people with me are unclean.”
  • Oh he was not only conferenced about himself…
  • The Lord had built within him the heart to care for others…
  • But I want you to play close attention of the words Isaiah speaks unto the Lord…
  • Send me!

Listen to the words of Isaiah….

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 I am! Send me

  • The angel of the Lord took the burning coal from the altar…
  • The altar is the place of crying out before the Lord…
  • The altar is the place of worship before the Lord…
  • The altar is the place of getting your heart synced with God’s heart…
  • It’s as if Isaiah was baptized in the burden of God…
  • When the angel of the Lord touched Isaiah’s mouth he then proclaimed “your guilt is taken away and your sin is atoned for.”
  • Isaiah was reminded that the Lord saves…
  • Isaiah was reminded that the Lord builds…
  • And then Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord…
  • The Lord spoke and said “whom shall I send and who will go for us?
  • And with all passion within his heart Isaiah declared “Here I am, send me!”
  • I want you to notice Isaiah didn’t say send a mighty army…
  • He didn’t say send more resources…
  • He didn’t say send a powerful leader…
  • He didn’t say send peace, love, and happiness….
  • Isaiah declared boldly before the Lord “Send Me!”
  • Oh Send me!
  • For my eyes have seen and my ears have heard of the goodness of the Lord, Send me!
  • Send me!
  • Use me!
  • Let me speak out the word of God!
  • Let me stand tall in my community for the Lord!
  • Let me lift up my voice in praise for the Lord!
  • Send me!
  • Oh the more time that you spend with Jesus the more you will desire to go for Jesus!

Here I am Jesus, save me.
Here I am Jesus, build me. 
Here I am Jesus, send me.
In love, 
Pastor Tyler

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