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Our Witness: The Fruit of Revival

David Shin


Pastor David concludes his three part series with a reflection of Isaiah's experience and Roman's 10.


David Shin

Dr. David Shin is the President of Ouachita Hills College.



  • November 19, 2016
    11:30 AM
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Father in heaven we think you for this opportunity that we have to come together to worship you to give praise to our God we thank you for this opportunity that we have to open your word we pray that you would speak to our hearts for we ask these things in Jesus' name amen I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Isaiah Chapter 6 as we conclude our 3 part many series on revival today we are talking about the result of revival. Isaiah Chapter 6 beginning in verse one as we look at Isaiah's experience Isaiah Chapter 6 verse one in the year that King died I saw the Lord sitting on a throne high and lifted up and the train of his row filled the temple above it stood Serafin each one had 6 wings with 2 he covered his face and with 2 he covered his feet and with to he flew and one cried to another and said Holy holy holy is the LORD of hosts the whole earth is full of His glory and the posts of the door words shaken by the voice of him who cried out and the house was filled with smoke Isaiah is witnessing a vision of God sitting on his throne dazzling brightness the Splendor is uncertain past. And above the throne of God There are 2 Serafin angels and they are covering their faces and their feet and flying above the throne of God proclaiming his holiness Holy holy holy Some scholars believe that this is an allusion to the try you had there in the repetition of holy holy holy and in the midst of this incredible scene of God sitting on his throne in vision I would imagine that likely Isaiah even in vision is squinting because of the glory of God which is unsurpassed to humanize and in verse 5 we have the universal reaction of anyone that has seen God he says whoa is me. Now I want to look at a few verses prior to Isaiah Chapter 6 because you'll see that this term is used. Numerous times building up to Isaiah Chapter 6 Isaiah chapter 3 verse 9 woe to their soul for they have brought evil upon themselves as a chapter 3 verse 11 woe to the wicked it shall be ill with him for the reward of his hands shall be given him Isaiah Chapter 5 Verse 8 woe to those who joined house to house they add field to field Isaiah Chapter 5 or so leaven woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may follow intoxicating drink Isaiah chapter fivers 18 woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity and sin as if with a cart rope as a chapter 5 years 2322 woe to those who call evil good and good evil woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight 2 men might a drinking wine woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink and then he sees God and he says Woe is me in the verses and the chapters prior to the experience of Chapter 6 he's saying whoa 2 to that person and woe to this person vote to that individual but suddenly he sees God in His glory and he says whoa is me this is the universal reaction of individuals that have had an experience with God Remember Peter he said Depart from me for I am a sinful man this paradigm of recognizing one's wretchedness after seeing the purity of God. Is is something that Isaiah is experiencing and notice his language he says whoa is me for I'm undone because I'm a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips why from my eyes have seen the king the LORD of hosts what a reference point Isaiah has for his own lack of righteousness. I heard a prominent speaker a number of years ago and she said I haven't sinned in 2 years a kind sounds prideful doesn't it. And there is a statement that I reflect on many times the closer you come to Jesus the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes it's easy to look good as long as we're comparing ourselves amongst ourselves isn't it at least I'm not as bad as that person did you see him. We call it a relative righteousness easy to look good as long as you're comparing yourself among ourselves or ourselves among ourselves the closer you come to Jesus the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes for your vision will be clearer and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to his perfect nature but do not be discouraged this is evidence that Satan's delusions have lost their power that the vivifying influence of the Spirit of God is a rousing you and your indifference and unconcern are passing away this is the paradox the closer we come to Jesus. The more faulty we appear in our own eyes it's important keep our eyes on Jesus not our own faults but I don't believe that any Christian will come to the place of prideful arrogance for their own spirituality sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it. Spiritual pride so the closer we come to Jesus the more faulty will appear in our own eyes and I believe that there will come a day when God looks down like you said to Noah and says Here is a perfect man but that is God's perspective not ours and it's not perfect because of our merit it's perfection because of the merits of Jesus Christ that are applied to our account so here I say it is going through a dramatic transformation because he is rebuking other individuals pointing out the faults of others woe to this person to that person he sees God and he says whoa is me for I'm undone fried well in the midst of a people of unclean lips her my eyes have seen the King and I have talked with countless individuals that are newly baptized into the church and they come to me later and say Pastor I thought this church was perfect they start to see the foibles in the wrinkles in the warts because the church is made up of people and as long as we are in that proper perspective of keeping our eyes on Jesus we can look at others with compassion recognizing if it wasn't for the grace of God there go I. So look look at the steps Isaiah says God He recognizes his own sinfulness in verse 6 beautiful story here then one of the Serafin the angels flew to me having in his hand a live coal which he had taken from the tongs from the altar and he touched my mouth with it and behold he said this has touched your lips your iniquity is taken away and you're seeing is purged Isaiah has just experienced forgiveness he's experienced justification the gospel. Look at the progression he sees God He recognizes his own need his sin is forgiven this is a transformative experience and it always begins and ends with a vision of God transformation his sins are forgiven this is the way the Gospel works friends righteousness by faith his sin is taken away praise God for the good news of the Gospel but the story does not end here he has just experienced transformation forgiveness justification the Gospel whatever you want to call it and in verse 8 notice what happens afterwards also I heard the voice of the Lord saying whom shall I send and who will go for us plural again an implication of the Trinity the tri you know God Whom shall I send and who will go for us and notice the spontaneous response of Isaiah he says Here am I Send me he didn't have to be manipulated bastard and have to get up front they please share your faith there was no compelling this was not a command. This was a spontaneous response by Isaiah after experiencing the grace of God it was asked Whom shall I send and who will go for us Isaiah said send me sharing one's faith is the natural spontaneous response of experiencing the gospel it's what you want to do there there is are certain types of news that you just can't keep to yourself. My wife and I discovered. They were going to have a baby and after we got over the initial shifting of priorities in reframing and the initial surprise we got excited and I had to tell somebody I called my parents and said Are you together and I said we're going to have a baby and there's certain news that you just can't keep to yourself and this is the greatest news of all and here Isaiah says look I will go and I think that sometimes we have framed witnessing in terms of a guilt trip or feel guilty Pastor good stuff the elder you should share your faith the reality is you experience Jesus sharing your faith is spontaneous it flows from this reality and if at one time you were on fire for Jesus and that fire has dwindled go back and follow the steps of Isaiah look at the beauty of Jesus in Scripture experience the grace of God and you won't help but be able to share. Isaiah said Here am I Send me steps the Christ 78 says No sooner does one come to Christ then there is born in his heart a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus every person born into the kingdom of God is born as a missionary or to statement once a said You are either a missionary or you are a mission field you're either a missionary or a mission field very quickly I want to look at another statement and he who seeks to give his light to others will himself be blessed God could have reached his object in saving sinners without our aid but in order for us to develop a character like Christ we must share in his work that God didn't have to use this he could have called angels to do his work now who would you rather give a Bible study pastor shin or Gabriel or Hopi said Gabriel or Daniel Chapter 9 Daniel Chapter 8 he knows his Bible but God has intrusted with us this precious task of being his ambassadors of sharing the gospel with others and this is one reason in order for us to develop a character like Christ's we must share in his work there is something that happens to us as we share Jesus with others it keeps us from navel gazing looking at our own problems and becoming just a community in a club amongst ourselves. I want to go very quickly to almost an identical passage in the book of Romans go to Romans Chapter 10 year Paul has in the preceding chapters talked about the beauty of the Gospel in this is a fascinating passage in Romans Chapter 10 verses 8 through 15 I want you to see it there in your own Bible Romans Chapter 10 verse 8 but what does it say the word is near you in your mouth and in your heart that is the Word of Faith which we preach that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead you will be what does your bible say you will be saved the Gospel is simple. This is not to say that the but the Gospel is not deep throughout the ceases the ages of eternity will be studying the depths of the Gospel when it comes to the the rudimentary basics of the Gospel the Bible tells us that if you call on the name of the Lord by faith you will be saved do you believe that a you accept Jesus as your savior your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life no questions asked does that is what Paul is describing here you accept Jesus your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life righteousness by faith his life stands for your life and when God sees you he doesn't see you he sees the life of Jesus the righteousness of Christ you can have this right now except Jesus and have the assurance of salvation. Very simple very basic that if you confess with your mouth 1st 9 the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead you will be saved for with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation for the scripture says Whoever believes on him will not be put to shame so he's building the beauty of the gospel and I know that we as a denomination historically have struggled with the notion of assurance you know we struggle and grapple in the context of living in the end to typical day of atonement How do I know I am saved the Bible says except Jesus and you will know that you are saved anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved now that is good news. Amen and Paul goes on telling us that this good news does not discriminate verse 11 for the scripture says Whoever believes on him will not be put to shame for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek for the same Lord is over all is rich to all who call upon him for whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved in other words the Gospel does not discriminate doesn't matter if you're black or white or Asian or Hispanic or Native the Gospel is available to all no prejudice no bigotry no discrimination anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved now Paul has just established the beauty of the Gospel and while. We are celebrating how simple the Gospel is how a vailable the Gospel is how anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved he doesn't end there and he starts to make us feel just a little bit uncomfortable because he goes on I want you to read it there in your own Bible here it is and verse 14 after you just established the beauty of the Gospel in verse 14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed and how show they believe in Him in whom they have not heard and how show they hear without a preacher and how they preach unless they are sent now I have it here in the New Living Translation because for some reason it just it just brings it home to me personally here it is verse 14 in the New Living Translation but how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in him and how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him and how can they hear about him unless someone tells them in other words a message that is wonderful and sublime and beautiful in available to all doesn't do any good if the message is never deliver you can have the greatest message in the world but if it is never delivered to the recipients it is as good as no message at all this is what Paul is saying he just established the beauty of the Gospel it is good news to every person you use have to call on the name of the Lord in your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life no questions asked and he says look this is a great message but unless the message is delivered it's no good what if I wrote you a check for a 1000000 dollars knowledge this is never going to happen even if I wanted to and I put it in the mail. And it got lost it does you no good I think of the story that came out in the paper just last year. A gentleman during World War 2. While fighting in Europe wrote to his beloved girlfriend This is Bill Moore 1905 wrote to his beloved girlfriend Bernadino he wrote her a love letter of an excerpt from this love letter No this was made public so I'm not in fringing on privacy here this came up in a newspaper I hear is an exit or my darling lovable alerting burna Dean I ran out of space but I could have written a lot more adjectives describing you you are so lovely darling that I often wonder how it is possible that you are mine. I'm really the luckiest guy in the world you know and you are the reason Bernardin even if you're even your name sounds lovely to me is just when I get so horribly terribly lonely for you that I write letters like this I have never been so homesick for anyone in my life as I am for you. Is that a good message to burn again. He sent that letter in the post office lost it it was delivered 70 years later. Bernadine had died 6 years before it was a wonderful message what a warmed her heart it was sent but never delivered you see a good message depends on a faithful messenger Amen and here we are. Possessing a knowledge of the greatest news in the world. And God has intrusted to us you know we're like the U.S. Post Office or Federal Express whatever you want to call it we are gods in Basset hers to deliver the message the message is dependent on a faithful messenger and a message that is not sent is as good as no message at all many times we think of witnessing as something that we say but really it begins with who we are I think of this quotation from ministry of healing forge page 470 here it is the strongest argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian you can say all you want but if it doesn't come from a character that is reflecting Jesus it doesn't do any good it's not only a witness in word it's also a witness in the life witnessing character as to who we are a message that is not sent is as good as no message at all some people may ask you know what can I do I'm only one person and I read this interesting statistic number of years ago if an evangelist could win a 1000 people to Christ every day how long do you think it would take to reach the whole world. I would be glad to win a 1000 people a day. 1000 people a day how long would it take in I looked on the Internet and this is approximately according to UNICEF estimates that an average of 353000 babies are born every day. Around the world 154889 deaths take place as as a daily average thus the net gain roughly give or take is 200000 more people being added to the population every single day so if you're depending on the evangelist and the clergy we're going to be here forever forever are just not going to work but I came across this interesting idea. Suppose that you lead only one person each year to Christ by the grace of God you made a commitment this year I want to win one person to Jesus one person I think by the grace of God We can reveal the character of Christ to one person a year lead them to the foot of the cross and then when that person accepted Jesus you would train and disciple them to make a commitment to do the same thing so they would make the same pledge I'm going to when one person in Christ a year and then train that person so for the rest of our lives we say you know what I'm going to train one person to lead someone to Jesus after they have accepted Christ and here is the progression it begins very innocuously Oh well here we go are after one year there are only 2 disciples so it starts. At the end of the 2nd year for 3rd year 8 4th year 16 now you're thinking by this point this is just not going to make a big effect but when you go through the multiplication process of discipleship here we have it all right however by year 33 you have more than 8500000000 1000000000 Christians. And then if you just for fun if you were to go on further by year 35 you would have 34000000000 Christians so God has has made it very very approachable or I'm very bite sized pieces you know if all of us in this room would say lure I know that there is someone in Anchorage that is longing for something more help me to lead someone to Jesus Christ and there is no greater high then seeing someone accept Jesus into their life for the 1st time there is nothing like it I have seen an atheist except Jesus and in that experience in that dialogue my last district with my associate pastor nigh as this as this atheist has seen a revelation of the character of God and I posed the question is there anything keeping you from accepting Jesus into your heart right now. Right now and she says no nothing and I said you want to pray right now and accept Jesus and we're just giving the invitation the message you know you want to accept Jesus right now and she says yes and I want to tell you I say look repeat after me lor Nama sinner in need of a Savior I accept Jesus into my are and she repeats those words after me we say amen and I want to tell you that our tears are flowing and there is a peace that comes over her soul because she has just consented to invite Jesus into our life and this young lady right now is in China. As a medical missionary price. We are His ambassadors we don't have to do the work of the Holy Spirit and it was very liberating to me as a pastor the all the Spirit convicts and when you see the wind blow you give the invitation and the Lord is responsible for the entire process we are His ambassadors. Like to close with this verse Matthew chapter 5 years for 18 through 16 Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount says you are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candle stick and it gives lined unto all that are in the house let your light shine before men. There are people in your life that God has strategically placed next to you or you strategically next to them and it is our God given privilege to be a faithful messenger for him amen with its parents together as we pray. Our Father in Heaven may we daily experience what Isaiah experienced father we think you that the Gospel is profoundly simple that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved Lord if there is someone here that has not accepted you as their personal savior. May you impress upon their hearts the reality that they can know that they are saved right now Father if our hearts have grown cold we pray that you would advise us and through this experience we pray that we would respond like Isaiah in saying Here am I Send me. To carry our candle. To light to our world for we ask these things in Jesus name. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit W W W audio verse or.


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