Monday, 22 October 2018

UNDERSTANDING GOD'S HEART



When John Wesley was rescued from blazing house as a child, he was convinced that God had saved him for a purpose. As he grew up in eighteenth-century England, he applied all his energy towards accomplishing God's for his life. While studying in Oxford University, John led a group of men known as “ Holy Club.”  They met for Bible Study and prayer, and cared for the sick, poor and imprisoned. Not long after completing his work at the university, John and his brother, Charles, sailed to America to spread Christ's message.

John had good intentions but still felt like a failure. He knew God had given him a purpose in life, but he didn't seem able to carry it out. He needed to know and experience God's heart before he could offer it to anyone else. John returned to England discouraged and disillusioned. “I went to America to convert the Indians , “ John said. But, oh, who shall convert me?”










Then something wonderful happened. On 24 May 1738, John attended a Christian meeting in London, and his life changed. In his journal, John inscribed what happened.

“I felt my heart strangely warned ,” he wrote. “ I felt  I did trust Christ , Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given to me that He  had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”

John Wesley became one of the most influential men in the history of Christianity. During the 52 years following that experience in 1738, he preached over 40,000 sermons and travelled over 300,000 Kilometres, sharing of Christ with hundreds and thousands.

John needed to understand and worship God before trying to serve Him. The prophet Isaiah had a similar experience that launched his ministry. Read abut Isaiah's encounter with God in Isaiah 6:1-8.;

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ESV: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.
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ESV: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.
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ESV:And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4
ESV:And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
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ESV: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!”
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ESV:Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
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ESV:And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
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ESV: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.”

Questions To Consider
  • Why did both John Wesley and Isaiah need to understand God's heart and worship him before they could adequately server God?
  • According to this passage, what do you know about God's character?

Motion Points
  • Asking God to reveal himself to you the way he did to Isaiah or John Wesley
  • Writing a song to God, praising for the qualities about him that you are true.

Further Study
  • Psalm 50
  • Revelation 19:1-9
  • 2Chronicles 29:18-36
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