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I Am Ruined

January 25, 2019


I Am Ruined!

A lot of people are so nonchalant  about who God is.     God is not going away.     He cannot be dismissed  in the end — our end.     It does not matter  what a person’s opinion  about God might be,  that won’t change any facts.     Some people like  to refer to God  as the “old man upstairs”  or some similar  disrespectful term.     Their disrespect won’t diminish God’s authority one iota.

The Bible records a number of instances  of a person meeting God  in a vision,  or something like that.     Their encounters  need to be taken seriously  by everyone today,  because the prophecies  these people then recorded  in the Bible  are all things  that came true  in Jesus Christ.     Since their prophecies came true,  word for word,  even after hundreds of years,  we need  to understand God  in the way  that these prophets saw Him — not according to our personal,  vain imaginations.

Isaiah 6:1-5  describes Isaiah’s vision  of the LORD.     Isaiah records,

In the year of King Uzziah’s death,  I saw the Lord sitting  on a throne,  lofty and exalted,  with the train  of His robe filling the temple.     Seraphim stood above Him,  each having six wings;  with two he covered his face,  and with two he covered his feet,  and with two he flew.     And one called out  to another  and said,  “Holy,  Holy,  Holy,  is the LORD of hosts,  the whole earth is full  of His glory.”

And the foundations of the thresholds  trembled  at the voice of him  who called out,  while the temple was filling with smoke.

Then I said,  “Woe is me,  for I am ruined!    
Because I am a man  of unclean lips,   
And I live  among a people  of unclean lips;   
For my eyes have seen  the King,  the LORD of hosts.”

We are more unclean  than we can imagine  in the presence  of the holy LORD.     In our earthly circumstances,  it is impossible  to realize the fullness  of the Lord’s holiness  or see it  in comparison  to the total filthiness  of our deprivation.     Isaiah was a faithful man of God  before this vision,  but,  in this vision  he much more fully realized  how awful his sinful condition was.     Seeing God’s holiness  enabled Isaiah  to realize  how his sins had to be condemned  in the eyes  of the one and only  holy God.

When we honestly see ourselves  according to God’s holiness,  we all have to exclaim,  “Woe is me,  for I am ruined!”     Then,  just as God took all  of Isaiah’s iniquity away  and forgave all  of his sin,  so also,  God takes away our iniquities  and forgives all of our sins  through faith  in Jesus Christ.

We cannot be cleansed  of our sins  if we refuse  to admit them.     It is a damnable pride  that leads people  to imagine  that God has to accept them  for who they are — because they try  to lead a reasonably good life — or because they are spiritual  in some way or another — or because it’s not their fault  that they were led  to sin.

If our pride is keeping us  from humbly confessing our sins  and asking  for God’s forgiveness  in Jesus Christ,  we need  to realize  that we will be condemned  by our own pride  on Judgment Day.

All those  who understand and accept God’s awesome authority  over all of His creation  will bow down  in humble adoration, as Isaiah did,  and willing serve God  all the rest of their days  on earth,  in joyful praise and adoration.

They say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are holy  in all Your ways,  and yet,  You have condescended  to love and forgive  even me.     Blessed be  Your holy ways.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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