A Clean Break

Isaiah 62:1-5

I will not keep silent because of Zion,
and I will not keep still because of Jerusalem,
until her righteousness shines like a bright light
and her salvation, like a flaming torch.
2 Nations will see your righteousness
and all kings, your glory.
You will be called by a new name
that the Lord’s mouth will announce.
3 You will be a glorious crown in the Lord’s hand,
and a royal diadem in the palm of your God.
4 You will no longer be called Deserted,
and your land will not be called Desolate;
instead, you will be called My Delight is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land will be married.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
so your sons will marry you;
and as a groom rejoices over his bride,
so your God will rejoice over you.

From the Sermon:

•God will give you a new name and identity

–If you let it, a label from the past can hold you back from the future God has planned for you.

–(v.2) …you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.

•God will give you a new destiny to go with that name.

–His desire is clear, He wants us to become good.

–God gives you a new name and the power to live up to it.

–God’s declarations over you are truth and power.

•God is saying don’t accept anything less than His best.

–God wants us to be engaged with Him.

–When you live in God, you have every right to expect that God will be faithful in his promises to you.

Modern Day Idols (2015)

A Worthy God

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me. 7 ‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; Yes, let him recount it to Me in order, From the time that I established the ancient nation. And let them declare to them the things that are coming And the events that are going to take place. 8 ‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.’” 9 Those who fashion a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame. 10 Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit? 11 Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame.” (Isaiah 44:6-11)

Idols hidden in plain sight

(I) INDIVIDUALISM – THE god OF ME

(D) DECADENCE – THE god OF PLEASURE

(O) OPULENCE – THE god OF MONEY

(L) LOVE OF ACCOLADES – THE god OF ACHIEVEMENT

Jesus can heal your broken heart

Micah 6:1-8

•Genuine heartfelt communication (v.1)

–God invites honesty. He encourages it.

–Revealing my feeling is the beginning of healing.

–Tell God what’s on your mind – and listen to what’s on His mind.

•Genuine honest evaluation (v.3)

–God invites us to “make our case”

–God will remind us of all he has given us.

–Honest evaluation always leads to overwhelming appreciation.

•Genuine humble submission (v.6-7)

–God doesn’t demand that you give what you don’t have.

–What does God want from his people?

•He wants us to do right

•He wants us to love mercy

•He wants us to walk humbly with him.

Be Careful How You Speak

Reference: Matthew 15:37

Your words reveal what’s really in your heart.

–Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

–Get in the habit of listening to what you say and how you say it. 

–The condition of your heart influences the content of your speech.

Your words have the power to help you change.

–Romans 10:19

You need to confirm with your words what you’re ready to believe in your heart.

–You can’t talk defeat all day and expect to experience victory.

Three main areas of conversation

–What we say to God (prayer)

–What we say to ourselves (self-talk)

–What we say to others (communication)

Jesus Invites us

Are you weary and burdened?

1. Hear his voice – Jesus says come

28 Come to me all who are weary and burdened.

2. Accept his offer 

He promises a good life.

He promised us peace in the midst of the storm.

3. Let Jesus take them (He tells us 3 things)

a.Come to me – the initiation

b.Yield to me  - he carries our burdens

c.Learn from me – he helps us grow

A Note from Pastor Jim

In Luke 4:18, Jesus Christ speaks these words: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

This is the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and arguably some of the most important language ever spoken. These words have significant meaning to me personally and to all of us here at the Lighthouse because we believe that this is why we exist as a church; to fulfill this calling and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

First, let's look at His words as a whole. Jesus tells us that He is anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel (good news) to the poor, broken hearted, captive, bruised and blind. In short, to give health, healing and hope to those who have none. There is a wealth of things here for us to grab hold of, but, right now, I want to focus on just these few words:

"He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted" Let me first tell you that this passage was originally written in Greek and translated to English. This is significant because the broken here is not meant to be understood as figurative. The word literally means shattered. I was recently speaking with my daughter and we discussed an article she had read while serving as an intern at the Library of Congress. It stated that studies have shown that emotional hurts can generate as much physical pain (sometimes more) than actual injuries. That is important because it tells us we can truly have a broken heart. The good news is that Jesus can heal that pain! It does not matter whether it is the pain of the loss of a loved one, the pain of a failed marriage, or even the pain of abuse. Jesus can heal ALL that pain. So often, we try to deal with the pain ourselves and suck it up and move on. We end up masking our pain with drugs or alcohol or some destructive behavior, which, in the end, only creates more pain to have to cope with, sending us into a vicious cycle. This pain can define who we are and make us into someone we really do not want to be. Jesus came not only to heal your brokenness, but also to give you a completely new heart - a heart without the pain and scars of the hurts of the past.

If you are a brokenhearted, hurting person today, then I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to come to one of our services at the Lighthouse. Here, you will find everything you need to help ease all that pain and receive a brand new heart and a brand new start. Come join us and find out for yourself.

-Pastor Jim