Who is Isaiah?
Isaiah was a young man whose name means Jehovah saves or Jehovah is Salvation in other word, he was born to believe and have confident reliance on Jehovah.
He was an Old Testament Prophet who lived through the reign of 4 kings in the Southern Kingdom of Israel. (Uzziah, Jothan, Ahaz, Hezekiah)
Young Isaiah regularly enjoyed visit to the royal house as a Prophet and he had access to who was who in the time of King
Uzziah who by the way was an outstanding king after David and Solomon.
Even though a prophet he was limited in his prophetic because of distractions due to the achievements of his hero.
Beloved be careful of associating with Achievers of great things that you forget there is greatness in you too. Elisha was close to Elijha but he did not lose his vision of God. Joshua was close to Moses but he did not become his friend! As a matter of fact whenever Moses left the Tabernacle, Joshua stayed behind to seek the same God his master sought after. (Exodus 33:11)
No wonder God appointed him successor. While you idolise achievers, you forget your purpose in life.
NEVER BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR UZZIAH THAT YOU FORGET THERE IS A WELL WAITING TO BE DUG IN YOU TOO.
DIG YOUR WELL FOR MANY ARE WAITING TO DRINK WATER FROM IT.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the story of Isaiah was an example of us all.
Isaiah was comfortable as long as his hero was achieving success and everyone was talking about him. The success of his king took hold of him and he forgot he had a higher calling. His prophetic ministry was greatly affected by lack of pursuit of God because of what he focused on.
Let us ask ourselves this question.
WHAT AND WHO YOU FOCUS ON RIGHT NOW DETERMINE HOW YOU END UP IN LIFE.
Isaiah never asked himself those questions until the day God took his hero away.
Direct or indirect idolisation of your hero will cause God to remove him or her in your life.
Our God is a Jealous God! Exodus 20:4-5.
We are a generation that is raised in comfort so why do you need to pray beyond the comfort zone? Why seek God when you can even buy your way through after all “money is a defence and it answers all things”. Ecclesiastes 7:12
While focusing on your Uzziah, your heart is not fully exalting the Lord but man and his achievements.
The result is to develop ungodly confident in man and Jeremiah 17:5 declares “Thus says the Lord, cursed is the man who trusts in man, (have confidence in man) and makes flesh his strength whose heart departs from the Lord”.
Beloved, we all need the Holy Spirit to help shift our attention from hero worship in this age. Everyone has his or her favourite Bishop, Pastors, Apostles etc… While we pick and chose our hero preachers, we are stuck in our own pursuit of God and the calling of God on our lives become irrelevant to those we are sent to.
Some of us are even in a church where you cannot even say you are chosen for a specific assignment because the set man is the man of the hour! We dress like our heroes, talk like them, walk like them….
As important as our Pastoral ministry is, STOP IDOLISING US! FIND YOUR MINISTRY AND LET US EQUIP YOU TO FULFIL IT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE FOR YOU.
THE PURPOSE OF A LOCAL CHURCH IS TO EQUIP BELIEVERS FOR THE WORK OF THEIR MINISTRY HENCE A PASTOR IS GIVEN ACCORDING TO EPHESIANS 4: 11.
THOSE IN FIVEFOLD MINISTRY ARE TO EQUIP YOU FOR THE WORK OF YOUR OWN MINISTRY.
NOT ALL OF US WILL STEP OUT OF THE LOCAL CHURCH TO PIONEER MINISTRY BUT YOU HAVE A MINISTRY!
Saved for 5years, 10years etc and you are still hooked by hero syndrome and not seeking God for why He took hold of your life.
If your attention is on your Uzziah, and not God, what happen when God remove your hero from you what do you have left?
Beloved, to be an effective believer, your vision must change from today. May your vision of God be renewed.
When you see the Lord, the following will happen to you as it did to Isaiah.
Vision of God’s Awesomeness & Holiness.
Isaiah 6:1-3. God is bigger than Uzziah. He is the King of all kings and the Lord of all Lord!
When you focus your attention on mortal man, your vision is limited as he is limited. The bigness of our God enables us to live beyond limitation.
Also God is Holy.
You and I cannot serve God until you catch the revelation of His Holy nature.
How can you profess to be a worshipper and servant of Holy God and still be leaving in sin?
How can you profess to be a worshipper and servant of Holy God and be involved in all kind of unfruitful work of darkness that is destroying the progress of your local church?
Beloved the Holiness of God revealed to us causes us to abstain from evil and all unfruitful work of darkness. It is this Holy nature of God that should enable us to focus and run from evil because in His is no darkness at all.
Be ye Holy as Am Holy 1Peter 1:13-16.
VISION OF YOURSELF.
Until you see the Lord, you will never see yourself as a sinner saved by grace. You will be seeing other people as unclean and deal with them arrogantly.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are all sinners but the Redeemed of the Lord has been saved by His grace. Stop behaving as if you are above the shoulder of other people.
You are not all that yet!
When Isaiah saw the Lord, his statement changed to “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 my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts” Isaiah 6:5.
He also later wrote “ But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like a filthy rags. We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind have taken us away” Isaiah 64:6
While you are busy chasing your hero Bishop, hero Apostle, hero designer, hero Pastor, hero footballer, hero R&B singer etc.. with the intention of dressing like them, talking like them, ministering like them and you believe that their achievement is IT. Beloved what God has in store for you, “eyes has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it enter into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
See yourself as a workman in progress and allow the Holy Spirit to clean you and grace you for the journey of greatness.
VISION OF GOD’S ENABLING POWER TO CLEANSE US WAS REVEALED.
“And he touched my mouth with it, and said: behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is purged. Isaiah 6:7
Ladies and gentlemen, when your eyes are turned from your Uzziah to the Lord, you will receive the revelation of the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus. You are now a new creation old things have passed away behold they have become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17.
You cannot be effective in your walk with God with weight of sin hanging on your shoulder. The guilt of sin is unbearable. You must know that your old life is under the Blood of Jesus!
When you also turn to seek the living God with the same passion you use in pursuing your heroes and heroines, you will experience the grace to live a new life.
VISION OF BEING SENT & HIS MESSAGE FOR THE PEOPLE HE SENT YOU TO: Isaiah 6:8-10
Finally, when Isaiah had the encounter with the Lord, he was able to receive a fresh mandate from God.
There was a call in Heaven as it was in Revelation requesting for a messenger to go with a message to God’s people. Who responded?
A man who had seen the Lord and is no longer afraid, no longer intimidated by human success but Heaven’s Victory!
Isaiah became a man with a different mission on earth after he saw the Lord
Where are you in all these?