SEND ME | Breaking lies we believe about God
We must be healed before we can be sent.
That’s the big idea driving the Send Me series that we are wrapping up this Sunday. Of course, we can’t wait until we are perfectly whole before we answer the call to be used of God, but we must understand how God heals us along the way as we accept new assignments in his service. He calls us, qualifies us and sends us. And during the qualifying process, he tests us and certifies us for new fields of assignment.
Good never tests us to fail us. He always tests us to prepare us.
Think of qualifying tests in fields like IT, nursing or any other field that requires certifications. The tests are not meant to prevent people from serving—they are meant to fully equip people for serving, to certify that they are ready to enter their chosen field.
Kingdom tests are exactly the same. The Father brings us into a place of testing so he can ensure that the assignment he gives will not crush us. He loves us too much to throw us out into the world without expanding our capacity for spiritual resistance. He takes us to school before he puts us to work.
This is one reason why we must never resent the proving process. It happens for our good.
So back to Isaiah.
The young prophet beheld the glory of the Lord as heaven became transparent to earth during the temple worship in Jerusalem. Isaiah cried out in terror,
“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 6:5):
As The Message Bible puts it,
“Doom! It’s Doomsday! I’m as good as dead!”
Isaiah believed that God was going to kill him. Stop and think about that. He believed that the holiness and glory of God would utterly destroy his wicked soul, wipe him out of his miserable existence. Obliterated in a moment by the inconceivable power of God.
Now, I have never seen the glory of God like Isaiah did. But I do remember a season not long ago when the inexpressible greatness of God became so real to me that I could hardly even pray. I was halting and hesitant out of a dumbstruck awareness of his power and intelligence. It was truly indescribable.
Yet, my experience pales in comparison to Isaiah’s. He beheld with natural eyes the supernatural glory of God—the unmitigated, unrestrained, unfiltered, unscreened glory of God—revealed in Christ upon the throne, as John the apostle recalled it. (John 12:41) No wonder Isaiah cried out in terror! Others throughout biblical history reacted the same way when they saw God’s glory.
Yet God had no intent to kill Isaiah! The glory was never meant to hurt him. The glory was meant to transform him
And this exposes a lie that humans have believed since Eden: that God is bent on our destruction. That he is eager to judge us and cast us into hell for flagrant disobedience.
It simply is not true.
And this is just the beginning of the lies we have believed about God. In fact, much of our inner healing journey is revealing, renouncing and replacing lies we have believed about God.
We need to talk more about lies we have believed about God. But for now, I just want you to pause, close your eyes (after you read the following words!) and pray a simple prayer:
Father God, Creator of heaven and earth, I know that you desire more than anything that I should know the truth about you. Father, through your Son, Jesus, and your Holy Spirit living in me, reveal to me the truth about who you really are. Expose every lie that I have believed about you. Start now with just one lie I have believed, and then give me your truth to replace it.
Now, take a moment and wait to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Listen and let him take you on a journey of truth and revelation.
You are being sent into the world, but before you go, allow God to touch you with a coal from the altar, remove your guilt, forgive your sin and heal your heart.
You must be healed before you can be sent .